Saturday, October 24, 2009

attention wal-mart shoppers

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).


Kelly said...

No, weren't white trash at all. You didn't say "cooter" or "hoo ha". That would have been white trash, at that moment.

I'm sorry you had to go through that. FWIW, I try to avoid Walmart at all costs as well (but hey, a deal's a deal!)

Jen said...

ha, this made me laugh. The things we do! I actually by our groceries at super Wal-Mart fairly often because it's very close and because the food really is cheaper. If I happen to run into someone I know though, I MAY pretend I don't see them. I become VERY engrossed in my shopping list!

I hope they help! vaginally or not!

2catdaughters said...

I hate Wal-Mart and never shop there, but cheap drugs are cheap drugs. Too bad you had to deal with incompetent pharmacists, though. How annoying that you had to go through all that!

By the way, I completely lost it when I read Kelly's comment and the word "cooter." Hahahahah!!

ifcrossroads said...

Kelly, LOL ... Cooter ...
(I can't imagine how many pagviews this blog entry is going to get just by using that word in your comments! LOL)

Would you be suprised if I told you that I had nearly the *exact* same conversation at Rite-Aid when I filled my Estrogen during IUI#1?

I wanted to bitch-slap the woman behind the counter!

Glad the Pharmacist didn't have the guts to argue with a hormonally pumped IF'er :)
Have fun with the blue discharge ... make sure to wear pantyliners!

Katie said...

M: Yeah, about the discharge . . . I completely forgot that I had taken the pill and when I woke up this morning, I had a short freak-out moment as to why I was "bleeding" blue. My husband took one look at it and said, "Oh my God. You're turning into a smurf!"

Mommy In Waiting said...

OMG I would have wanted to kill someone! Had a something like that at Walgreens. I agree, can't pass up a good deal!

JC said...

This made me laugh too, and the smurf comment! And Kelly...cooter...LOL! Love that word!

Jin said...

LOL @ "smurf" and "cooter"!

Shelley said...

Way to hold strong with the pharmacists at Walmart! Good luck with the IUI. ICLW

Elizabeth said...

"cooter" - ROTFL Kelly
But seriously did the techs think you had a fake prescription or something? Um...who's the DOCTOR and who's the tech? Unless you have some strange white trash cooter woman (which in no means you are BTW), I can't imagine a woman would ask to have to take a pill vaginally. Come on dude - you should have stepped aside from the first minute and had the female pharmacist handle the issue. So sorry you had to go through that. You made me remember a crazy Wa.lgr.eens story of my own, and I was looking for a topic for a blog! Really pulling for you tomorrow!!

A baby for Al? said...

Lol, hilarious story, can't believe I missed it.

I rarely go to Wal*Mart - the last time I went, and old man stopped me to tell me how pretty I was and how nicely I was dressed. AWKWARD. That stuff just doesn't happen at target :-).