Thursday, April 17, 2008

Isn't there an easier way?

So they prescribed one of these Advair things to me for my pneumonia. You know, the ones heavily marketed for asthma and COPD. Which came with 8 pages of directions.

And I still used it wrong for a whole day.

Yeah, I do have a PhD, why do you ask?

Heaven help even more elderly people than myself who get prescribed these things.

Plus the Target pharmacist was happy to dispense ampules of liquid Albuterol to me. Which requires a nebulizer to actually administer to yourself. Which you figure out only after going back to the car, opening the packages from the pharmacist, and saying to yourself WTF!?? And no, when you go back into the store to ask them about it, they don't actually stock nebulizers, without which you can't use the medicine they just dispensed to you, and only one drugstore WAY on the other side of town does. Which is just what you want to hear when you're sick and feeling like crap and all you want to do is go home and crawl in bed.

8 comments:

Holly said...

BAH...I hope your day gets better Nancy!

Melissa said...

Oh man, that seriously sucks. Hope you're feeling better soon!!

Wendy said...

Feel better fast, Nancy!

I use Advair for my asthma, but I don't find the particulate form works as well for me as the old fashioned puffer. So I have a puffer.

LBTEPA said...

Oh no!
Get well soon.

jeanne said...

house calls. please why won't they bring back house calls!

we actually have on pharmacy here in bethesda that still delivers! amen!

take care of yourself.

Jumper 2.0 said...

The hospital or clinic may rent one out to you and your insurance can possibly pay for it?

Good luck and get better.

Ultra, Iron "GeekGirl" Misty said...

I've been using the Advaire since 2002 for my asthma. It's changed my life. Before Advaire, I used my recue inhaler 1-2 a day. Now I use it maybe 1-2 times a month.

Ellie Hamilton said...

The office nurse didn't show you with a dummy Advair how to use it, and make you practice till she felt certain you were using it correctly????? Who are they hiring for nurses???