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Sunday, November 20, 2011

No Peace for the Sick

I'm sick. Not like I got the sniffles but "OMG I have Swine Flu" sick. I've been in my house since Monday afternoon and today I felt a little better. So, I decide that I will go out tonight sit, have a coffee, and look at some bedsheets. Yes bedsheets, it's random but why not?

So, I'm out be-bopping around. I returned some makeup and looked at sheets with my friend (Anisa was kind enough to join me) and as I was out there...I started felling really crappy. Not sniffle sniffle but "OMG I'M GOING TO PUKE AND PASS OUT".

I say goodnight jump in my car start to drive home. Actually, I  was going to go to the walk in clinic but it was closed, that's how bad I felt, but I digress.

As I'm driving home I realize that I'm low on medication. Now mind you this is literally only 2 miles from my house. I'm not going 30 minutes to some random place and galavanting around with dancing bears or anything.

I decide to suck it up go to pharmacy and then go home. I get to the pharmacy go to the pharmacy area in the back to get my meds and see this older black woman there. The pharmacist sees me and gets this look on her face, and it's at this point that I think to myself "Oh no I should have gone home".

Let me explain something my friends. I was a nurse many years ago, when I was younger, and this Pharmacist knows me from then. Guess who gets asked to help? You got it.

I'm talking to this woman about her insulin injection, yep I said insulin. She's confused so I ask, "Do you have anyone with you?"
"No, he left me here and was cussing me out."
"I see, is there anyone you can call?"
"I'm calling triple A and they're going to drive me home with my car."
She then goes on to tell me the right side of her face is drooping and that it wasn't like that before. I'm listening and she then pulls out her drivers license which has a picture of an obviously much younger her. She then says "SEE, I didn't look like this before!"

Oh holy shit mother#@!$%#$@#%#$#@$@# (in my head).

So, I ask for some alcohol swabs while I keep talking to her. The Pharmacist is like WHY? I say because I'm SICK and I don't want to give this woman the flu let me wipe off her insulin pen.  I also say I need a sharps container to waste the needle. WHY? Because...I'm....sick...and it's no good now because you took the cap off of it...(blink blink)

That's all I need "Yeah she would have been OK if she hadn't gotten that FLU and died of pneumonia" (banging head on wall).

While she's finding me a sharps container the Tech gets a chair for the wobbly lady.

I pull the Pharmacist aside and say I have to go I'm really sick, but you need to check her BG (blood sugar) at the very least BUT (I stress this) her face is drooping, she's confused, and can't drive. If I were you, I wouldn't let her leave and you should call 911. She looks at me like REALLY? YES REALLY.

Listen the diabetic, older woman, can't stand up, has facial drooping, says she is calling triple A to drive her home - YES you should call 911.

She's OK, she went to the hospital and will be fine.

I however have decided not to leave the house again.

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