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Marilee J. Layman

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04:20 pm: The Van Has a Mohawk
The snow on top of the van melted into a triangle that looks like a mohawk (particularly since the snow & van are both white) and the top is about six inches today.

I dropped a DVD by the post office and went to Kaiser to get my H1N1 shot and pick up the 75mcg levothroid that the primary ordered Friday. It turns out that there's a national shortage of levothroid and they're back-ordered on 75mcg, so they gave me 50mcg with 1.5 as many as usual, and a pill cutter. I almost turned it back because I have 50mcg at home -- that's what I've been taking for the last three months -- and getting it from the pharmacy is $3 more than getting it in the mail. On the other hand, getting a new pill cutter is a good thing, so I went ahead and got it there.

The line was very long when I got to the pharmacy and there were only two booths open, so I did what I'd been told to do the last time that happened -- walk up to one of the booths and tell them I can't stand long enough to stand at the end of the line -- and that worked for the pharmacy clerk, but I did get mean looks from the people in line.

Junie just dashed at Spirit and hissed. And things had been working so well.

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From:etumukutenyak
Date:December 23rd, 2009 09:25 pm (UTC)
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A shortage?! That explains why we got the wrong pills for my patient. ;-)
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From:mjlayman
Date:December 23rd, 2009 09:57 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I got a little flyer, too, that says the shortage is due to manufacturing delays and that they're monitoring it and are only filling for 30 days now, so everybody gets some. They say to keep taking it as prescribed, refill before you run out, and if they run out, they'll talk to your doctor about an alternate med. I sincerely hope if it's a brand name, I won't have to pay more than the generic.
From:etumukutenyak
Date:December 23rd, 2009 09:26 pm (UTC)
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Oh, and I was thinking the same thing about the cars and their snow -- only I called it a "sno-hawk".
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From:mjlayman
Date:December 23rd, 2009 09:57 pm (UTC)
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Oh, much better!
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From:redbird
Date:December 23rd, 2009 11:57 pm (UTC)
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With regard to the lines, if they have reasonable chairs I can see them saying "OK, Ms. Layman, you're behind Mr. Thus-and-Such, here, we'll call you when it's your turn" (if the issue is entirely the standing), but if not, letting you go first is the only reasonable answer. And maybe if they get complaints they'll get some chairs.
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From:mjlayman
Date:December 24th, 2009 12:02 am (UTC)
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That's what I suggested before, that either I stand long enough to have someone behind me (which wouldn't be long) and just say I was there, sit down, and would join again when the line was much shorter. I also suggested that they should get tickets and let everybody sit and they can call numbers. But they didn't like either of those ideas.

They have about 13 chairs, which would manage the primary people in line (some come with kids or partners), but they didn't like my ideas and said I should just come up to the booth.

I always take the newspaper with me when I go to Kaiser, so it isn't as if I would be just staring into space.
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From:agent_mimi
Date:December 24th, 2009 05:00 am (UTC)
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Mean looks? I love the holiday spirit! LOL

Last time I was at our pharmacy, they filled a script for someone who would wander off if he had to wait a few seconds. The pharmacist would have to ask other customers to please wait while his companion brought him back to the counter so they could finish the transaction. These other customers would get mad, which just made me roll my eyes. It's 2 minutes of their time, they can just wait.
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From:mjlayman
Date:December 24th, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)
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Well, Kaiser sometimes takes longer. Mine took about five minutes because she had to "counsel" me that I would have to take 1.5 pills and use the pill cutter, and I had to sign that I accepted the counsel. I suspect some counsels are more exciting.

When I got to the pharmacy, the line was out the door and I would have been the 12th person. When I left, it had turned into the area where people wait to check in and was closer to 15 or 16. When they get that many, they should put more people at the booths, even if it means someone isn't filling prescriptions.
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