Shopping is hard enough in general. It can be extra tough for those of us in the Sandwich Generation, juggling extra duties and responsibilities which often including shopping for other family members.
If we are taking our aging parents out shopping with us, we have the added issue of monitoring them to be sure they aren't getting over-tired while out and about. Add all of that up and then throw in the extra "hoops" we sometimes have to "jump through" when we need to buy an over-the-counter medication that is controlled, such as Claritan D – 12 hours.
That was me last week. Our area is in the throes of allergy attacks from pollen EVERYWHERE! My senior mom was off shopping in the grocery section, while I stood in line at the pharmacy for about 10 minutes to pick up a package of Claritan D for each of us. As I got up to pay, I learned that I could only buy one package. I would have to wait two more days to get the second package I needed (probably because of another medication I had bought a few weeks earlier) OR bring my mom to that counter to stand in line for ANOTHER 10+ minutes so she could buy it.
All of this, of course, is due to the misuse of some of the ingredients in Claritan by those who make illegal drugs. I opted to just get the one package, as I knew my senior mom would already be tired enough when we got home. Sure enough, the minute we walked in the door with the groceries, she sat down and took a nice long nap, commenting on how tired she was. It was the right choice to make, even though it meant I had to go back a couple of days later to get the other package, which I did.
That's OK for me. I was able to get more of my favorite dessert, Edy's Fudge Chocolate Brownie Frozen Yogurt then too. But what if I was headed out of town? Or needed more for other family members. What's a busy Sandwich Generation caregiver to do?
Fortunately, the clerk who helped me had an excellent tip to pass on. She suggested I talk to our family doctor and get a 90 day prescription for each of us for the medicine. Then we could have it filled at our local pharmacy with less hassles. We'd pay the same price but it would be a big help. And I'm thinking I can even take my senior mom's prescription to her pharmacy where they deliver! Perfect for those times I can't get out and about to pick it up for her. YAY!
Now, I do have to warn you – I have not yet tested this out. I am trusting that this pharmacy clerk was correct in passing this information on, so I'm sharing it with you, as well. If you find otherwise, do let us know. And when I do test drive this, I'll let YOU know. Assuming it works, it's a definitely help for the busy Sandwich Generation, don't you think? 🙂 And one last thing – did you enjoy all the lovely flower pictures – the photos are a fun way to enjoy the season without the allergy symptoms AND they're a sweet way to wish you all a HAPPY PINK SATURDAY. 🙂