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Marilee J. Layman

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07:57 pm: Sometimes You Need the Rainbow
The sky was blue this morning and the temperature cold. I went to get my haircut first, and she did a good job. Then I went to Kaiser where both the line to pick up meds and the line to check in were longer than I've ever seen them. I had to wait to check in for 10 minutes, and then another 15 minutes before a pharmacist was free to see me. The new pharmacy software (and new procedures and process) have really hit them hard. I showed the pharmacist the box for my steroid inhaler and told her that my side of the Kaiser software had said the mail order pharmacy was refilling it for a week and I would run out tomorrow. She looked it up and they have it filled and packed, but it wouldn't be here by Saturday, so she put in a refill for it there. I'll just use one and then the other. I asked about the mail order phenobarb and she said it was filled but not packed, but that's okay because I have four more days of that. I'm okay with the other meds.

So I went to get labs and since I'd had so much trouble getting them to do all the right standing orders, I'd made a file with the list of all my standing orders and printed off a copy to take. I hope that worked. After that, I went back to the pharmacy waiting room and waited about an hour. Some of the supervisors were helping people as they came in and I talked to them -- all the pharmacies are far behind and the one in Largo had 60 people in line! I'd taken an old WashPost so I had something to do. Finally my name was up on the screen and then I had to stand in line another 20 minutes. This is one of the reasons I usually get meds mail order. Even when things work right, I have to stand up too long.

The supervisors told me we're going to have a big new "green" building for the clinic in a year, about two blocks away. I'm going to call Customer Service and see if I can get them to not put brick at the entryway.

When I left Kaiser, I stopped at the PetSmart in the same shopping center to get wet food for the kitties. When I came out, the sky was gray and it was even colder. We're to have "wintry mix" tonight and tomorrow but it may clear for Saturday.

But when I got home, things brightened up -- many packages had come: My BFAC kit for this year (can't say anything, I know other BFACers read here and they don't get to know until they get their kit), books, Spirit's teddy bear, and her alligator. I took the alligator out of the box, threw it at her, and she sniffed it a few seconds and then started play-disembowelling it. That's my girl!

I'll sleep with the teddy tonight so it doesn't smell strange.

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Date:February 22nd, 2008 02:04 pm (UTC)
I misread that last line as "I'd sleep with the teddy tonight if it didn't smell so strange".

If you don't mind, I'm going to abduct that misreading and use it in a story ...
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Date:February 22nd, 2008 08:27 pm (UTC)
LOL I was guessing you'd comment on the pharmacy stuff! Sure, you can have that.
Date:February 23rd, 2008 04:34 am (UTC)
That doesn't sound like a good thing - having to stand in line at the pharmacy for such a long time. Is it always this bad?
I much prefer mail order for my maintenance meds - I get 3 months' worth at one time and re-order via computer. But I realize that doesn't work for everything so I appreciate that it's that easy for me.
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Date:February 23rd, 2008 09:09 pm (UTC)
No, even when the doctor orders something new and I have to pick it up at the pharmacy the first time, it's not usually this long. It's just that all the pharmacy software (and process) changed this week and even though the staff was trained, it takes a while to actually get used to using it at speed. I usually get my meds in the mail because it's cheaper and I don't have to stand.
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