I'm not a frequent Wal-Mart shopper. No offense to those who are, but Wal-Mart just makes me go a little mad. The general chaos gives me too much anxiety. However, Wal-Mart has amazing deals on prescriptions. I got my Clomid there for $9, and so I went back last night to get my prescription for estrogen filled.
When I handed the prescription to the tech, he looked confused. He consulted with another tech for a minute and then came back to discuss the situation with me:
Tech: I'm sorry. We can't fill this without speaking to your doctor.
Me: Why not?
Tech: Well, what's he's asking for . . . we don't have it in that form.
Me: I don't understand. They're estrogen tablets. Two millgrams. You don't have those?
Tech: No, we have them. But, it's the instructions. He's instructing you to use them . . . incorrectly.
[Me (flashing back to my conversation with Nurse L)--Nurse L: Now, these are tablets, but because your uterine lining is too thin and we don't have much time, Dr. M wants you to insert them vaginally. I know it's weird, but it'll help.]
Me (to Tech): Oh, no. You see, I know they're tablets, but . . .
Tech (interrupting): Yes, but they are supposed to be taken orally.
Me: I know, but there's a specific reason why . . .
Tech (interrupting, again): I'm sorry, but he shouldn't be instructing you to take them this way. They should be taken orally.
By this time our conversation was pretty heated and neither of us were exactly whispering.
Me: No, you don't understand! I am SUPPOSED to take them VAGINALLY.
[Me (thinking to myself): Shit. I said "vaginally." Loudly. At a Wal-Mart counter. I am so white trash right now.]
Tech (face bright red): Hold on one moment.
Minutes later, I was talking to the pharmacist (a female, thank God):
Pharmacist: How did your doctor instruct you to take these?
Me (seriously? do I have to say this word again?): Vaginally.
Pharmacist: Can I ask why?
Me: I'm having an IUI on Monday. Clomid thinned my lining and they are trying to thicken it before the procedure. They said this would be faster than taking it orally.
Pharmacist: Okay. Give me ten minutes to fill it.
What we do for infertility (and $4 estrogen pills).