Handy Dandy Over-The-Counter Tip For The Busy Sandwich Generation

But for all of us in the Sandwich Generation - seasonal allergies can be an extra headache to our schedulesShopping 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.

For boomers and seniors in the Sandwich Generation - spring flowers sneezes and sinus infections to all ages - making extra workThat 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.

My Sandwich Generation family is surrounded by lovely shades of pink this spring in our own boomer and senior gardening area and around the neighborhoodThat'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!

For our Sandwich Generation family - the sights of pink spring flowers - lovely leaves - and other fun spring things are a sweet joyNow, 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. 🙂

4 Comments on "Handy Dandy Over-The-Counter Tip For The Busy Sandwich Generation"


  1. Hi Kaye, I was just talking to Beverly and we were both whining about the terrible allergies we have been suffering lately. We take Claritan as well and we buy several at a time at Costco in the generic form. I works for us.

    Love the red bud trees. Spring is sure blooming early here in the NC mountains.

    Happy weekend to you and yours.
    Hugs, Jeanne


  2. Kaye, Beautiful spring pictures you took, makes me jealous. I live in the northwest and we are still in lots of rain, cold temps, and no sunshine. Enjoy for me will you? Sandy

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