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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Winter Break is Finally Here

Well, finals week is officially over. My transcript is going to show a GPA lower than ever, but a couple of Bs never hurt anyone, especially pharmacy students.

While my GPA may have suffered a bit this semester, every thing else in my life seems to be going abnormally well. I don't hate my job all the time, I've been getting in better shape, and I actually met someone.

Amazingly, this girl became interested in me not because of my extreme good looks or ridiculously hot body, but because of my writing. That's right people, I have started dating someone because of my writing skills.

Un-freaking-believable. I'm not complaining.

Now I can look forward to three weeks of reading for fun, being lazy, and hanging out with this girl while not trying to learn anything new.


Friday, December 4, 2009

A Complete Waste of Money

As I watched the robot fill the 20th prescription for zolpidem for the day, I wondered exactly why so many members of the ever shrinking middle class insist on using it to fall asleep.

Granted, they aren't on the useless products of Zolpimist or Ambien CR, and they aren't spending an extra arm and a leg for Lunesta (eszopiclone - oh yeah, I've been studying up on the Top 200).

But still, why waste the money each month when, for a one-time payment of $180, a patient could get the best sleep aid I have ever come across? This sleep-aid can be used over and over again and never lose its effectiveness. Actually, I only paid $60 for mine, and it's even more effective at putting me to sleep than the $180 version.

That sleep aid is my Biochem textbook. I seriously believe that Lehninger could make much more money by marketing his book as a sleep aid.

He could even mark the international version (the one I own) as a fast-acting version, because nothing puts a person to sleep faster than an all black and white Biochem textbook.

I have a quiz tomorrow. I'm sure I'll be asleep in 20 minutes. Goodnight.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Misinformed Doctor

We have one doctor in the children's clinic that seems to be a tad bit... slow. For one thing, she refuses to write for any amoxicillin strength except 250mg/5mL. Even if she wants 400mg PO BID 10D, she'll still write for amoxicillin 250mg/5ML, when every other doctor would write for 400mg/5mL.

I once called down and informed her that the 400mg/5mL existed, and she told me she knew that, but had been informed that the 250mg/5mL tasted better.

I informed her that we get the two different strengths from the same manufacturer and they taste exactly the same, but still to this day she still will not write for the 400.

While this is just a minor annoyance, seeing that we can fill the prescriptions with whatever strength we please, it is when the doctor writes incorrect instructions that obviously means she does not look at the prescription she writes that pisses me off. An example:

Zithromax 100mg/5mL
Take 6mL tsp today, then 3mL tsp days 2,3,4,and 5.

Now, anyone with a brain would know that she accidentally put the tsp in there, but according to the law I had to call and confirm the prescription. Unfortunately, that took about 10 minutes. 10 minutes I had to stand there and listen to the little kid cry and cry and cry and cry and cry while his mom tried without success to calm the little womb fruit down.


Oh well, it really isn't anything to get all worked up about, but it still gets on my nerves when I have to listen to a screaming kid because some doctor does not check the prescriptions she writes.