This morning, I’m laying on the floor of my garage after an intense battle ropes session.
I started working out again 4 weeks ago after a heart to heart moment with my bathroom scale.
“No way,” I said. Stagnation and complacency were taking control of me.
This felt all too familiar because I felt the same way 3 years ago at the pharmacy. Continue reading “Ten Pounds Lighter”
It’s holiday week at the pharmacy, and there’s an eerie, unfamiliar calm. I would say it’s tranquil bliss because I’m not working at the pharmacy, but it’s more than that.
Normally, holiday week is crazy with last minute requests from patients, end of the year business priorities, and sick call outs.
But this year, I decided to make something different happen. Continue reading “The Calm Before The Storm”
When I was a pharmacy technician in training, I listened to senior techs tell me what a good pharmacist should be like.
When I was a pharmacy student, I listened to jaded pharmacists tell me their definition of happiness.
When I was a new grad pharmacist, I followed my boss’s expectations for what success looked like.
After 3 years, I finally could start breathing because I accomplished so much at my pharmacy, and I had what others wanted.
Yet, I still felt a little empty inside. Continue reading “My Pharmacy Mission 2.0”
Today, I was working in the “field,” aka not stuck behind the computer screen.
I still opted to use my pharmacy as my office, and I was able to witness a different side to the ordinary chaos.
Now that we’re in the heat of flu season, I’m used to the colors on the screen.
The computer screen bellows with all its fury. Continue reading “Who Laughs In The Face Of Danger?”
As soon as the pharmacy gates opened up, a line had already formed at Pick Up. My heart starts to beat faster, and my anxiety slowly builds up.
My technicians are both up front helping patients, and I can overhear conversations escalating.
I’m trying to focus on my pharmacist duties, but the volume of voices increases up front. I can’t concentrate knowing there’s a crisis impending.
We’ve only been open for a total of 5 minutes. Help. Continue reading “The Corporate PharmD Origin Story”
It’s 4 pm at the pharmacy, and the hordes come flocking.
Flu season is like zombie apocalypse.
I have 60+ prescriptions screaming OVERDUE at me in a blood orange color
I think to myself, “If I don’t take a lunch break now, it will never happen.”
But right as I’m about to flee to the back, 2 of my regulars come up to the counsel window, waving me down. Continue reading “Mind Over Stomach”
I pick up the pharmacy phone and start dialing to make one of those “dreaded adherence calls.”
As the phone is dialing, I peruse my patient’s profile for some notes only to find one that says, “Patient hates adherence outreach calls, DO NOT CALL.”
This feels like I’m about to open Pandora’s box.
Continue reading “The Adherence Call – Pandora’s Box”
At the pharmacy today, I had 3 pharmacists in training to oversee.
I love coaching and mentoring, don’t get me wrong.
But these days bring me so close to the end of my tether. Continue reading “To Be Human Again”