I hope we enjoyed the Eid holidays, I enjoyed it even if everyday is like an holiday for me since I finished internship like I mentioned here . Anyone wana hook a sister with some side hustle yeah, hit me up.
Today’s post is me musing about something that happens frequently in the Community pharmacy experience.
A patient/ customer (Mr A )walks up to me the pharmacist (Rx. Tee)
and we have this conversation…
Mr A: I have a slight cough
Rx. Tee: How long has this been sir?
Mr A: Since yesterday morning
Rx Tee: Okay sir, have you taken any medication of any sort to ease the pain?
Mr A: Nothing, I just drink water after coughing.
Rx Tee: Okay great, Are you currently on any medication if any sort?
Mr A: Not at all
The conversation goes in this direction so I ascertain that he is not having a side effect to any medication he is already taking and to decipher if he has an medical condition we should be concerned about.
After adequate diagnosis, I prescribe a Cough syrup and this happens…
Mr A: Ermm Madam Pharmacist, are you sure this cough syrup will work?
*I look at him with my signature not smiling face
*I sigh after blaming myself in my mind for getting off my chair to attend to someone that is doubting the five years I spent in College of Medicine cramming structures that I really cannot remember right now while wondering if this customer expects me to start explaining the mechanism of action of the active ingredient in the cough syrup.
*Not today Lord
Then I reply Mr A with the most adorable smile ever and say
Yes Sir, it will work.
Mr A: Ehen, have you used it?
Then I go ahead and tell Mr A one of these :
- Yes sir (Dear lord forgive me as 99.9% of the time, its the reverse) . Although this answer happens when I want to just shuu the customer away
- No sir, but it is a very good cough syrup. I gave Mr k( referring to another customer) and it worked so fine….and I keep blabbing off
- No sir but it contains….* i begin to explain the mechanism of action of the ingredients to the customer who doesn’t necessarily understand all the pharmacology involved but acts otherwise.
Mr A: Alright then, let me have it but I have marked your face…he then proceeds to search for my name tag. I will come back if it doesn’t work. Shebi you work here.
He leaves the store after purchasing the Cough syrup.
Like really, what part of our job description as pharmacists exepect us to sample all medication to know if they are effective or not. Some customers will even ask you if it tastes nice and will insult you because you do not know the taste.
P.S This blogpost is just for fun. Please don’t take it too serious. Still talk to your Healthcare practitioner as we are here to serve you regardless of the plenty years we spent studying the course😋🙃