Geez, and it's only October. We are compounding a lot of Tamiflu suspension these days because of the shortage of the commercial product. It takes a little longer but I feel pressured to speed it up just to get the sick person out of the pharmacy. For myself, I alternate between soap and water, hand sanitizer and the foamy stuff (which is kind of wet and sticky but more fun to use). It's probably going on 2 years since I've had even a cold --- I'm thankful for that but it makes me nervous that I'm overdue for something nasty.
This guy is waiting for prescriptions for himself and his kid. We're busy and going as fast as we can. He comes up to the counter TWICE and loudly asks if it's ready yet. I really don't appreciate that especially when he's sitting there watching us run around like maniacs. We told you we would call you up as SOON as it's ready. It's not just a matter of pulling the next cheeseburger off the grill, you know what I mean? Finally I go to ring him up. All of a sudden he's asking about adding flavoring for the kid's antibiotic liquid. Oh really? NOW you're gonna tell me you want it flavored, huh? Well guess what, it comes already flavored. Whatever it is, your kid's gonna love it. Mr. In-a-Hurry-and-it's-taking-too-long. Now YOUR time is up. I don't know why this irritates me so, but damn, it really does.
By the way, that Tamiflu suspension I have to compound? ---- No, it's not available in banana, watermelon or bubble gum flavor. There are 2 vehicles that the manufacturer tells us we can use --- cherry flavor, no substitutions. For crying out loud, if my kid really needed Tamiflu I would be glad it's available to me and I would get it into my child no matter what flavor it was....
In a similar vein, I'm annoyed when I hear news reports about the government's 'sputtering' response to the production of H1N1 vaccine. Growing virus to make a vaccine is not something we can do in our kitchen sinks. I'm thankful to live in a country that has the capability and scientific know-how to produce MILLIONS of doses of a vaccine in a few months' time. The people at high risk are getting it first, and the rest of us will follow.
There are an awful lot of places around the world where, if a pandemic breaks out, the people are pretty much on their own. I think we take it for granted sometimes.