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Fri Mar 27, 2020, 12:04 PM

Trip to pharmacy

Worried about the spread of disease? Don't go to the drug store.

My wife and I are old, we both have health issues. For the last 13 days we have been totally isolated on our property. If I get the virus, I will get the morphine instead of a ventilator, so I am taking this damn seriously. Today, I needed to go get my wife's insulin refilled, and at the same time, we needed an OTC med. It required stops at two pharmacies. (Walgreens and CVS)

I go through the drive thru at both places. The pharmacies were very busy with lines inside and at the drive thru. Patiently waiting I finally got to the windows. I had a complete view of the pharmacy area of the stores. The clerks serving the drive thru was back and forth between the inside counter and the window. Nobody in the areas were wearing masks or gloves. There was no hand washing between customers. I had to sign for the meds by reaching into a filthy plastic basket to use a filthy ink pen, that all of the people ahead of me had been handling. I drove up 15 feet and bathed in alcohol and still felt dirty. I came home, took the meds out of their outside packaging, trashed the packages and scrubbed up again.

When the virus raises its head in this community, the pharmacies will be the number one spreaders.

And this is why the USA will not get a handle on this virus, it is just not being taken seriously until scores of people, locally, start dying and it is too damn late.

Sometimes I wonder if the whole damn country isn't on dope.

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Reply Trip to pharmacy (Original post)
Chainfire Mar 2020 OP
Wounded Bear Mar 2020 #1
Chainfire Mar 2020 #15
unblock Mar 2020 #2
ProfessorGAC Mar 2020 #7
captain queeg Mar 2020 #3
luvs2sing Mar 2020 #4
lpbk2713 Mar 2020 #5
customerserviceguy Mar 2020 #17
lark Mar 2020 #6
Luciferous Mar 2020 #8
Peregrine Took Mar 2020 #10
Luciferous Mar 2020 #13
customerserviceguy Mar 2020 #18
LakeArenal Mar 2020 #9
Chainfire Mar 2020 #12
LakeArenal Mar 2020 #16
Chainfire Mar 2020 #23
whistler162 Mar 2020 #11
Chainfire Mar 2020 #14
customerserviceguy Mar 2020 #19
Glimmer of Hope Mar 2020 #20
Chainfire Mar 2020 #21
StarryNite Mar 2020 #22

Response to Chainfire (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 12:06 PM

1. Wow, my barristas were doing better than that...

where are you?

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Response to Wounded Bear (Reply #1)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 01:47 PM

15. The stores were in

The small town of Quincy, Fl. (7500 pop) It is 25 miles West of Tallahassee, Fl.

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Response to Chainfire (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 12:08 PM

2. remember to wipe down the steering wheel and any controls you may have touched

yeah, i'm due for a refill on my migraine meds soon. not sure how i'm gonna handle it yet....

nitrile gloves at a minimum....

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Response to unblock (Reply #2)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 12:45 PM

7. Good Advice

I do the same. I probably should have mentioned that on other such threads.
BTW
I've taken to wearing kitchen gloves at store.
When I get back to car, I spray gloves with beach containing disinfectant cleaner and mimic hand washing. Then I take gloves off and let them dry.
Now, I can use same pair over & over knowing they're as safe as I can make them.

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Response to Chainfire (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 12:08 PM

3. I used to smoke a lot of dope. It didn't make me THAT stupid nt

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Response to Chainfire (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 12:11 PM

4. I'm sorry. Even my Kroger store was better than that.

They had a huge bottle of hand sanitizer on the counter, the meds were in sealed plastic bags, they were wiping down the keypad between customers and even had marks on the floor for physical distancing. I was very impressed. The rest of the store was a frickin petri dish, but the pharmacy had it together.

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Response to Chainfire (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 12:17 PM

5. But the PR people at Walgreen's and CVS and others will send you emails.



Telling you how concerned they are about your well being and all the precautions they
take. All it takes is one trip to the local store to find out for yourself they are full of shit.

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Response to lpbk2713 (Reply #5)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 01:54 PM

17. I've noticed

a lot of mealy-mouthed emails that were full of "we care" nonsense, but not a lot of practical help. Gives the PR flacks something to do from home.

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Response to Chainfire (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 12:31 PM

6. How stupid they are.

Even our vets have curbside service with everyone wearing full protecting masks, gowns and gloves. So people deserve less care than animals?

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Response to Chainfire (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 12:48 PM

8. My dad does pharmacy deliveries for seniors. Do you have something similar in your area?

Might be something to consider.

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Response to Luciferous (Reply #8)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 01:03 PM

10. One of the good guys. Thanks to your great dad! n/t

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Response to Peregrine Took (Reply #10)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 01:38 PM

13. He also volunteers for Meals on Wheels and the local polling place.

He is pretty awesome

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Response to Luciferous (Reply #13)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 01:55 PM

18. Dude's a saint! n/t

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Response to Chainfire (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 12:49 PM

9. I heard of a study on the news that

Packages delivered to your home do not transmit the virus.

Carry your own pen from now on. Cary a pack of wipes with you. If the box that returns money bugs you wear plastic gloves.

Workers in that pharmacy are heroes.
Under huge pressure to both be there and worry about what you might be transporting through the same devices.
Give them a break.

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Response to LakeArenal (Reply #9)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 01:29 PM

12. I am not so sure about packages

I live on a rural route. The letter carrier goes from house to house picking up and dropping off mail. If my neighbor just licked an envelope, then there you go. There is no way that he is washing his hands from the time he leaves the PO to the time he gets back. I could be wrong, but I doubt he sanitizes either. The faster he runs his route, the sooner he is off work.

Our rural county has only laid claim to one confirmed case, but we know how fast that can change.

I may be getting paranoid, but I just microwaved an incoming letter. If this virus gets me, it is going to have to work for it.

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Response to Chainfire (Reply #12)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 01:50 PM

16. The report said all packages.

Iím glad you are taking responsibility for your own health.

But once again the postperson is really the one at great risk. Especially if all you say is possible. We could be forced to go to the post office and wait in line to get your mail.

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Response to LakeArenal (Reply #16)

Sat Mar 28, 2020, 02:39 PM

23. I can promise you

that I get no mail that is worth risking my health or life for. If they stop delivering mail, I will have a lot fewer credit card and life insurance ads to throw away.

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Response to Chainfire (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 01:06 PM

11. Same with my local Wegmans drug pickup

but I had gloves on and my own pen so just needed to handle the clipboard and scrawl my chicken scratch down. Not a good example.

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Response to whistler162 (Reply #11)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 01:45 PM

14. In a sane world

they would waive the requirement for a signature. I was taken by surprise.

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Response to Chainfire (Reply #14)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 01:58 PM

19. I picked up

a prescription two days ago at the Kroger drive through. No signature, but I did use my HSA debit card to pay for it, and got that back in the bag with the refill. Easy to shake out into the sink, and wipe off when I got home.

One of the things I should have done (will do next time) is take an empty plastic grocery bag with me, and use it to pick up the pharmacy bag from the drive through drawer. Just turn it partially inside out, put it over your hand, and use the other hand to enclose the prescription.

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Response to Chainfire (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 02:02 PM

20. My CVS has 1-2 day delivery. Thank gawd.

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Response to Glimmer of Hope (Reply #20)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 02:37 PM

21. The only thing I can get delivered,

way out here in the woods, is sunshine, and that for only from dawn to dusk. I live in the country, folks, way out in the country. So far out, in fact, yesterday, there was a wild turkey walking around my yard 100 feet from where I am tying.

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Response to Chainfire (Reply #21)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 02:54 PM

22. What a treat to be able to watch a wild turkey in your yard!

Being way out like that must be wonderful. It sounds like for the most part you're safer than most people. And from your experience with the drug stores you will be better prepared the next time you have to make a run. Take care!

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