4/30/10

A spoonful of sugar...and all that.


Yesterday, I went to the pharmacy at our local grocery store. I’m afraid I’m probably their best customer, with all the little pills I’m prescribed for my old arthritic gymnast knees, the missing (pesky) female parts and the chronic fatigue. (That little old lady on TV that opens up that monstrous pill container that slightly resembles a tackle box? That will be me soon.)

The lovely pharmacist was busy filling the billion scripts that were piled by her computer, and she had managed to get help at the register by a young girl I’ve seen at the customer service desk. The girl looked at me sweetly and I told her my name. She quickly located all my tiny bags and put them on the counter when I realized I had to pick up something for Bitchy.

“Oh, I think you might have my daughter’s allergy medicine ready, as well.” I saw my pharmacist smile as she heard me say that.

The girl at the register looked at the bag she had plucked off the shelf and, in a voice loud enough for the whole line to hear, said, “This isn’t ALLERGY MEDICINE! It’s BIRTH CONTROL.”

I looked at the pharmacist (who laughed out loud) and then back to the young girl. “You obviously don’t have teenage daughters. When YOU’RE a mom, you’ll be calling it allergy medicine, too. It makes it a tad easier to swallow.”


Rookie.


(We could always call it the “insurance package”, right? Or even my little “sleep well at night” pills. Somebody stop me. )


35 comments:

The Empress said...

Oh, that poor teenage girl. When she realized she just put her foot in her mouth

No filter, just came flying out....

Maggie May said...

HA!!!!!!

justsomethoughts... said...

shall we discuss men as allergens, or should we stay away from that ?

Steven Anthony said...

teanagers....lol

Lori said...

Bwahaha. Love it. I have to pick up the allergy meds, too. (blush)

Lori said...

But I forgot to add, my daughter's is just for migraines. (blushing again) um. okay.

Liss said...

PMSL!!!
I used to work in the local pharmacy when I was in high school. Was highly amusing having my classmates coming in for their condoms... and asking 'which size' or saying 'is this the right size?' at the checkout(even though there wasn't a size....)

Cheryl said...

I'm 53 and I would have said the same thing. Does that mean I'm uncool?

The Mayor said...

I won't stop you, I'll just jump right on that wagon with you. What all these young mommies with their precious wee ones can't comprehend, is that a mama has got to do what a mama has got to do to get through the day.
And to be able to sleep.
And survive without Xanax.

No matter how conservatively you raise your children, there comes a time where the rubber meets the road.
I don't want to be the grandma pushing the stroller prematurely.
(says the mom of 5 daughters)

Scope said...

It's your "umbrella insurance". You know, for when a "rain coat" is not enough.

Everyday Goddess said...

bill's daughter skipped her allergy medicine.

Guess what?

The baby is due in about 3 weeks.

Stace said...

LMAO!! That's too funny...I never called it anything other than birth control..but then I used to make her go in and get it herself..because Im mean :p LOL

SkylersDad said...

Yep, rookies! I used to get embarrassed, but now I ask really inappropriate questions in a loud voice, because I am an asshole like that.

(loud voice) ARE YOU SURE THIS MEDICATION WON"T MAKE MY TESTICLES SWELL LIKE THE LAST ONE?

Missy said...

LOL! "Insurance package" is the best I have heard!

Not The Rockefellers said...

I am filing this in my phonebook...where all of my important documents go...I have a pre-teen...n'uff said

Peace ~ Rene

Eternally Distracted said...

Sometimes it is just comedy genius to hang around these places... providing you don't have a prescription to collect of course!

Anne said...

BCP... Is all I ever called it. I will let my girls know that I will be HAPPY to fill that prescription for them... better safe than a Granny.

Gayle said...

I don't even want to think about that. Not now. Not any time soon!

Lynn from For Love or Funny said...

Hubba wha? My teenage daughter is never going to need birth control... is she?!

WeaselMomma said...

Girly vitamins would be a nice delusion too.

Susan Higgins said...

Very funny story, I can only imagine the awkward moment. Thank you for the laugh.

just making my way said...

Perfect comeback, VM! Too funny.

Snappy Di said...

Ya, Hubby always makes me sneeze and my eyes water.

DI

NIC said...

LOVE it! I will have to tell my niece we shall call them allergy pills also. I think you are on to something about it being "easier to swallow".

Viv said...

Weird! I'm allergic to babies too!

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

Flippin hilarious. Hate those rookie clerks. I once had one announce over the speaker that she needed help locating a product for a customer (me). Hair thinning spray.

Marinka said...

Hysterical! Don't they have special cashier training about this stuff?

Clark Kent's Lunchbox said...

I won't be picking up the girls' birth control at the pharmacy; I'll be getting it at Gander Mountain in the ammo section.

Frau said...

We called them vitamins in my day! Now I call my special little pills happy pills easier to swallow also. Have a great weekend.

Magpie said...

Snort. Will keep that in mind for 10 years down the road...

Just Me said...

not looking forward to that with my daughter but its definitely best to be proactive in that area.

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