Spotlight Friday: pharmacy

Yes, I didn’t write a Spotlight last week. The reason…..well nobody really wants to talk about some pain in the butt. But it struck me Wednesday afternoon. I thought it was one of the “normal” ones I have and it will be over in a few days. Boy was I wrong. By Thursday afternoon I was in agonizing pain. I went online to see if my Doctor had an appointment available for Friday. She did, I claimed the spot and had another sleepless and tossing and turning night.

By the time I got to my appointment my “pile” was pretty large and didn’t want to stay inside anymore.

I was hoping that something could be done, because this grape between my butt cheeks was driving my bonkers. But I walked out with a prescription for cream and suppositories.  And a referral.

Well it was Friday, nothing was going to happen over the weekend. “Start calling the insurance late Monday or Tuesday to see where your referral is.” my Doc said on the way out, “you know it can take up to 10 days until you get it” I was ready to get physical. My butt was in pain and every step hurt. I am usually very pain tolerant but this…. I have not felt that much pain since the birth of my first kid. That’s where those hemorrhoids stemmed from.

So I spent another night not sleeping, trying to find the right position that would cause the least pain.  I spent a few hours surfing the internet, trying to occupy my mind with something else. Went through different forums to see what is the latest on the medical side of how to handle this “pain in the butt”. There I learned that:

A hemorrhoid is a cushion of blood vessels in the lining of the anal canal. All people have hemorrhoids; we are all born with hemorrhoids. Not everyone, however, has hemorrhoid causing symptoms. When these hemorrhoids become enlarged, you may have painless rectal bleeding. Swelling of hemorrhoids may cause them to prolapse (slide out) during a bowel movement. (http://www.colonrectal.org/services.cfm/sid:6688/hemorrhoids_internal/index.html)

I didn’t know that everyone was born with them. I thought they developed.

Also I found out that a lot of treatments that where done before are not used anymore because they seem to be to risky for infection or are not really effective because they tend to come back after a while.

Believe me this was the longest weekend I had in a long time. The minutes turned into hours. My kids enjoyed it, the didn’t have to get out of their jammies and slouched around just as much as I did.

Come Monday I was online to check my referral status…nothing…. later in the afternoon…. nothing. Ok let me call the insurance and see if they have gotten anything. “well Mam, I don’t see anything here but if you went off Post then it has to be sent to post first and then we get it, but you can call the referral center on Post. Usually once we get it you should see it within 3 -5 days.” It was too late to call there, it was after hours. So I would try Tuesday.

I did and their answer was “oh it went out to the insurance on Monday, but you know they have 7- 10 days to process this.” I was ready to scream. It has been nearly 7 days since this ordeal has started and I am not one step closer to getting any relief. Tuesday night I did see the referral online. What a relief, I can make an appointment tomorrow  with the specialist. I called first thing in the morning, got an opening on the other side of town, because the office closer to me was booked till half way through September, for Thursday, yeah.

So Thursday off I go, in the afternoon hoping for some relief of my pain. I have been taking tylenol because that is all I can take, which just took the edge off, sometimes. As well as the baths and ointments and oils and which hazel etc.

Well, she told me everything that I had read on the internet the last few days what is done now and what is not done anymore. She didn’t even look at my cute “little Jewel” that is housing at the end of my tailbone.  She gave me a prescription for some stronger meds that would shrink the blood vessels and numb the pain.

The first pharmacy I stopped in to fill my prescription on base, “sorry, no we don’t carry this, you will have to get this off base”

Sigh- ok, will stop on the way home in another pharmacy and get it there. But the next pharmacy said the same thing “sorry we don’t carry this” I asked the lady where she though I could get this kit. She told me to go to an independent pharmacy and try there. So I did.                                                      a-pharmacist-helping-a-sick-customer_71728564

I walked in and said ” I really hope you have this because you are my 3rd stop.” and handed over my paper.  I saw her eyebrows move up and said “oh oh” First she couldn’t even figure out what was in the kit and if there was a generic (but there wasn’t)  Price check $400. And I was, oh no, I don’t need a bill like that on top of my pain in the butt, just for my but.

So she tried to call the doctor to see if they could change it to something else, but of course the office was already close.

“well we don’t have it here, but there are 2 in stock, we could have one tomorrow” , ” let’s see if your insurance would cover it and then make the decision”  “sure let’s do that” was my answer and she did check. I was going to be out of $24, I can stomach that if it’s going to give me some relieve and healing. So tomorrow I will go and get my kit and fix my behind. I love using herbal and natural things, which I did, but they only go so far. Nothing really helps when you feel like you have a knife up your rear end.

So now you know why I wasn’t in the mood to write last week. I wasn’t really up to it this week either. But after this nice Lady in the last pharmacy was so helpful and went above and beyond. I thought I would give all the people that work in a pharmacy a round of applause, appreciating their work.

This is the treasury I created on Etsy 

pharmacy

I love those vintage pill and medicine bottles and containers. I remember when I was around 7 years old we used to have one of those old toy store furniture to play with, it looked like a pharmacy with all it’s little drawers. It had a counter in front of me and big shelves behind me. I used to be the pharmacist and my brother the shopper. I can still see us playing with all those little bottles and boxes.


Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
McCoy Schering Coricidin Medical Pharmaceutical Advertising Mug by VintageIntent

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Mustache Pharmacist Retractable Name Badge Holder Reel
by Badges and Beyond

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Pharmaceutical-Personalised-symbol/sign
by Funnybanana

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Vintage Bayer Childrens Aspirin in Original Box
by ZiLvintage

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Tape Measure Medical Theme Retractable Measuring Tape by AllAboutTheButtons

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Vintage Ceramic Diet Angel – St Andews Abbey – Signed Maur (Father Maur) by AzVintageVariety

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
EpiPen Case, 8″ x 5″, Insulated, Zipper Top, Snack Bag, Made To Order by SewProDesigns

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Leather medicine bag with wolf totem and fringe , Fringed neck pouch
by thunderrose

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Organic Rose Water Hydrosol
by ApothOtopiA

This week I did a mixture of items I found on Zibbet and Artyah in this treasury. Just click on the picture and it will take you to the corresponding shop.

I hope everyone had a wonderful week so far and is going to enjoy a wonderful weekend.

We are planning to have a fish fry with our neighbors and some friends.  I am really looking forward to that and hope that my  behind will be in a better condition then it is today.

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10 thoughts on “Spotlight Friday: pharmacy

    1. hope fully an end is in sight Barbra. And no worries, humor is the only thing that kept me going this last week. If I get to the point losing my humor then it’s time to worry. So bring on the jokes :0

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  1. Wow! I really hope your doing better. Sounds really painful. Thanks so much for including our beaded leather pouch in your blog post. 🙂

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  2. What a runaround you got with your health care system. Makes me appreciate our Canadian medical coverage which is readily available for everyone and most of it is totally free. Only in Canada, eh? Hope you feel a lot better soon. What a pain in the ass, huh? Sending hugs, Faye

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    1. yes Faye, moments like this makes me miss the German Health system so much. Well at least I didn’t have anything life threatening 😉 . But it truly is sad. And at the looks of it, it will not get better any time soon. Time to get back to knitting for me now!!!

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  3. Thank you for featuring my vintage children’s aspirin on your blog. I apologize for the late reply. My computer has been a pain in the butt:)

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