Thursday, June 25, 2009

Mom of the year

I know it's been a while, work and life have gotten in the way of blogging.
But this lady yesterday was just SOOOOOOO stupid, I had to make time to tell you all about it.

Lat night, about 8pm, a woman and her two daughters come to my pharmacy to ask advice about hydrocortisone cream. "The doctor said to put this on my daughter's burn, and I don't know which one to get." Hydrocortisone on a burn? I had to ask questions...
"Is that your daughter? (looking at a 7 or 8 year old)" Mom picks up the smaller child and sits her on my drop off counter "No, it's this one" Child looks to be about 3 years old, and the skin on her face, mainly around her eyes, is all red and puffy. "What happened? Do you know what caused this burn?" It didn't look much like a burn to me, so I had to know details. Then the mom of the year story came out...
"Well, she got into my makeup. So, I used hot soapy water to try to wash it off, and it wouldn't all come off, so then I tried nail polish remover" Alrighty then....
Who on God's green Earth would take makeup off with nail polish remover???? Come ON lady, would you put it on your OWN face? No? Then why did you put it on your CHILD'S face??? Around her EYES no less???
I picked out a hydrocortisone product for her, told her not to use it more than a couple of days, and to follow up with the doctor again if it didn't improve by then. Then, I hoped that the kid didn't ever get into makeup again...

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

What rock have you been living under?

I had a really stupid question from a patient yesterday... One that made me question which planet she'd been living on recently.
This lady approaches the counseling window, so I walk over and said "Do you have a question?" She replied "Yes. I haven't been feeling well, and was wondering... Is the flu going around?" I almost laughed out loud! Seriously - what media outlet HASN'T talked about the dreaded swine flu? Apparently she doesn't get TV signals or the newspaper delivered to that rock she's been living under...