A Conversation With a Pharmacist
[Scene opens with a loooooooong wait in the pharmacy before my number finally “pings” on the digital number-pinging thingy, as I struggle out of my chair, and hobble up to the pharmacist’s window, and hook my cane on the window ledge for emphasis as I hand over my ID and number slip, wincing in the fluorescent lighting on the other side.]
Army Medic Pharmacist: One moment.
Me: No problem, Specialist. (I am well aware that two of my three expected prescriptions require me to wait as they are counted, twice, some other fun stuff, though I no longer have to run around to get them, and have to be signed for, so I amuse myself by reading the literature he hasn’t bothered to hand me yet.)
[AMP returns with the Civilian Pharmacist]
Civilian Pharmacist: You have taken pregabalin with topamax before?
CP: What about this antacid?
Me: No. But I assume it is the same as my previous one.
[I sign for one med. CP hands me two bottles.]
Me: There should be a third script.
CP: No, only the two.
Me: There should have been a vicodin script as well.
[CP raises her eyebrows at me]
CP: You are on pregabalin.
CP: That is a time released pain medication.
Me: Yes ma’am.
CP: You don’t need vicodin with a time released pain medication.
Me: With all due respect, ma’am, I usually have both.
CP: Well, there isn’t a script for it, and I don’t think you need it.
Me: Well, ma’am, there should have been one, and I am going to ask you to call my provider about it.
[Staring contest ensues between Me and CP. I win. CP picks up phone and asks AMP for Dr. Awesome’s number. I can hear Dr. Awesome on the other end apologizing for forgetting the script, that the computer wasn’t working right when I was in her office, which it wasn’t, and that she forgot to put it in before leaving the office, and would put it in the next day she was in.]
CP: Dr. [Awesome] apologizes for your inconvenience. You can pick up the script on Monday.
By Ouyang Dan 27 February, 2010. accessibility, justice, medical practice, military, social attitudes barriers to access, chronic pain conditions, disability, drugs are bad mmm'kay, fibromyalgia, health care is an accessibility issue, justice, military, myths and misconceptions, pain management, problematic attitudes, social treatment