Remember the medication that I went back and forth between the pharmacy and the primary care clinic to get the authorization? The pharmacy had texted me on Thursday morning, saying it was ready to be picked up. I went to the pharmacy directly after work, picked up the medication that was ready, verified the dosage, and came home. I took one pill for the first time on Friday night without noticing anything.
But, last night, or rather, very early this morning, I remembered that the physician assistant had told me she will prescribe a 90 day supply to eliminate having to go back for refills before my next appointment with her. I checked the vial and saw that it said "Qty: 90" on it. But, when I looked at the amount of pills in the vial, it didn't look like there were 90 pills! So I poured out the pills onto my hand and counted them out - two by two and, when I counted 29, I recounted them, one by one! Still 29! The pharmacy had given me the usual 30 pills, even though the label on the vial specified 90! Good grief!
I knew I had to go back to the pharmacy, later in the morning, to tell them about the mistake. But I couldn't fall asleep fretting if the pharmacy will give me the balance pills or if they will say they can't give me the balance remaining pills because, by accepting the vial, I had indicated everything was correct! What if they say they gave me the correct number of pills and accused me of removing part of the 90 pills and coming back with a false claim to get more pills from them? How would I prove that I only received 30 pills? Does this mean that, from now on, I will have to count out my pills to verify I received the correct number, before I left the service window?! I'll be ready to do so if I had to, but really! Why is getting a routine prescription filled so complicated?
It was 4:00 a.m., before I finally went to sleep! I woke up once around 6:30 a.m., but went back to sleep and slept until 10:00 a.m. when my daughter called to say she was going with her colleague to feed the stray cats at the race track and then grocery shopping. I had a cup of tea, responded to blog comments, spoke with my neighbor who called for our Sunday morning chat, and spoke with my aunt who called to check on me.
Around noon, I went to the pharmacy and told the pharmacist that I had a problem. I explained the discrepancy in the pill count and she was really nice. She didn't give me a hard time about it, at all, but immediately counted out the remainder of the pills and gave me. Well, that was a relief! Maybe these ladies just really like to see me on a daily basis? LOL.
I called my friend from the car and told her I was going to the Armenian grocery store and asked if she needed anything; she said no, she didn't need anything. Then, I went to the Armenian store and I picked up this week's specials and one or two other things:
|July 16 Groceries|
Papaya ($.49/lb) = $2.48
Peaches ($.79/lb) = $.99
Cherries ($.99/lb) = $2.01
Mini cucumbers ($.99/lb) = $.56
Okra ($1.99/lb) = $.66
Broccoli ($.99/lb) = $.23
Tomato ($.99.lb) = $1.38
Serrano chilies ($.99/lb = $.18
Red lentils ($1.29/lb = $1.04
Pita bread = $.99
Cashews ($8.99/lb!) = $3.78
Total = $14.30
Cashews (raw) have gone up by $2 per pound since I last bought some! Now I am sorry I didn't look for cashews at the Sri Lankan store.
Amount spent on groceries so far in July = $34.21 + $2.59 + $35.43 + $14.30 = $86.53
Amount left in the July grocery budget = $103.82 - $86.53 = $17.29
|July 16 Grocery Receipt|
After I came home, I cut and ate some of the papaya:
Along with a pita bread with the last of the lentil curry I had made and some leftover sausage.
In the afternoon, I rested for awhile, trying to persuade myself to do some housework. Just then, I received a phone call from a friend, asking if I would be home in the evening around 6:00 p.m., as she and her husband wanted to visit. I told her I'd love to see her. It was just the impetus I needed to get started on the housework! I dusted and tidied the living room, dining room, and family room and vacuumed them, along with the kitchen and the hallway; then, swept my bathroom. I decided to do the bedrooms, tomorrow. I tidied the kitchen a bit, too and took out the trash and the recycling.
Then, I took a shower and got ready to receive my visitors. Since they came around 6:00 p.m., I offered them tea or coffee, but my friends declined, saying they had just had dinner. They brought me some mangoes and a packet of rice and curries for my dinner! My friend had prepared rice, fish, lentils, beetroot, and kale, wrapped it all up in wax paper and aluminum foil to make a packet:
We had a nice, long visit. We've been friends for a long time, but it has been awhile since we last visited. After they left, I had dinner, and returned my aunt's phone call (she had called while my friends were visiting). Then, I walked up and down my block for about 15 minutes. I didn't walk for the full 30 minutes - I figured my vacuuming counted for part of my exercise! After that, I video chatted with my daughter.
Today, I am grateful for:
- The medication pill count was resolved without any hassle (other than fretting about it during the night and having to make yet another trip to the pharmacy!)
- Daughter had a fun morning out with her colleague
- Friends called and came for a visit
- They brought me dinner and fruit
- The house got tidied and cleaned!
How was your Sunday?