Thursday, December 27, 2007

Eryn's Feeling Better - Compounding Pharmacies

For anyone that was concerned about Eryn and her puke bowl, like my sister was, she's doing much better now. Her ear hurt something fierce, and by 2:00 a.m. she was crying more than sleeping, so we called the nurse line. Her temperature was down from the 101.6 earlier in the evening, but the ear was hot and hurt, so the nurse recommended we take her to the E/R. Unfortunately, as most Minnesotans know, it was snowing heavily Christmas night. Heavy enough that I had to shovel the driveway before we left, and the ride to the hospital was a bit unnerving given the ice. I think it was the three hours at the E/R that was killer, though.'s an ear infection, she's had one before, recently...can't you just look at her clinic's chart and be done in a minute and a half? Afterward we hit the 24x7 pharmacy because the hospital pharmacy was running over an hour wait. Two doses of drugs and a bunch of ear drops later, she was feeling much better.

Here's our basketball hoop at 2:30 a.m. or so, right before we left.

Why do they call it a compounding pharmacy? Does anyone know what this means, without having to look it up, unless they're already a pharmacist? Isn't just "pharmacy" sufficient so no one is confused? If you really need custom liquid forms of traditional pills or specialty concoctions, do you drive around looking for a compounding pharmacy sign? Or do you look up pharmacy in the yellow pages and make a few calls? I'm guessing not the former. When I saw this sign, I pictured a pharmacy recursing on itself into a million little fractal pharmacies, or a place where you could leave your prescription to earn interest on it as long as you weren't taking it, so it would be ready when you really were in ill health.


LissyJo said...

You called the "nurse line" with two personal nurse practitioners at your disposal? Wait a minute...What time did you say you called? Yeah, nights aren't so good for our household at the moment. And i guess the other nurse doesn't so much like pediatrics.

Sorry you had a crappy night. Glad to hear eryn is getting better.

Anonymous said...

Hey! Found your blog completly by accident, googling "Wiggles + Joanie Works With One Hammer" in an effort to stave of a temper tantrum...

Anyway, had to laugh at your query about the compounding pharmacy sigh. Yes, if you needed a compounding pharmacy to get a comounded medicine in a short period of time, you would know what that meant, and yes, you would drive around looking for it. We did that, in a WI snowstorm (Much like your MN snowstorms, I'd imagine)last winter.

We needed either vancoymcin or Flagyl (can't remember which at this point) when our daughter was ill with c.diff. We were released from the hospital without the meds...had to locate some on our own and it was 9:00 on a Friday night. Thus, the search for the sign.

Got a good laugh from your blog, thanks!

Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot for returning the puke bowl - we threw it out.