Friday, March 25, 2011

The Pharmacist's Wife

I am married to a drug dealer. Now that I have your attention. What I meant to say is that I am married to a pharmacist. I would like to further clarify that I am MARRIED to a pharmacist and as such have no training whatsoever about drugs in general. I cannot answer your questions about medications, I have no idea which cough syrup is the best for your condition and I wouldn’t know a blood pressure pill from Viagra by site. What I do know is this, you’ll have to ask my husband.

A brief bio: My husband is a pharmacist. He graduated from Purdue University. He went to college for five years, the last class to do it in five as now they go six years. When we were in college at times I would help him study. He would have to name pills on site. He would have to draw chemical structures. He is really quite brilliant. I don’t know the difference between an Advil and a Tylenol other than the fact that they are different colors.

I get questions about medication quite a bit actually. More than you would think. In fact, when I go to the doctor the doctor will ask me which medication I want to be on. As if I have a clue that there is a difference. I will tell him that I have no idea but he can call my husband and ask him what he thinks is best.

When I first heard that we were writing for health week. I said I didn’t have a clue what to write about. I was told that being married to a pharmacist surely gave me some insight into something health related. Usually when people find out that I’m married to a pharmacist they will say something like “You are married to a pharmacist? I bet you have all kinds of “good” drugs at your house.” I would like to tell you what being married to a pharmacist, well mine anyway is like. We do not have medication lying around. We have to go to the doctor to get a prescription just like everyone else. For things over the counter he does bring home things for cough and cold that he thinks is best if it’s likely a virus and not something a doctor is going to give a prescription for. We do not go to the doctor until our “read his” best efforts have been exhausted. He brings home Advil for headaches. I have to go buy Midol myself because he doesn’t think it’s necessary.

All of our kids are vaccinated. And this year I was given my first flu shot because he had to go to have all the training to learn how to do it. It would have looked bad if I didn’t trust him to give me a shot. I will say that he was quite good and I barely felt a thing. I do have an associates degree in Medical Assisting so I do know a bit about giving shots. While it’s been many a moon and my only “patients” have been my children I know a bit about bandaids and injuries. He does not handle blood well. Illnesses he handles like a trooper and if vomit is involved he usually cleans it up.

He is a retail pharmacist which has spoiled me in ways you wouldn’t necessarily expect. I rarely buy milk. He brings it home from work. The first time I had to buy it after it went up to $3.00 a gallon I freaked and called him at work. In addition to milk he brings home, tea, laundry detergent, fabric softener, Advil (but never Midol with three women in the house?), things for school (pencils, poster board, etc.), shampoo, body wash, dishwasher detergent, and I’m sure a slew of things I’m forgetting.

So I guess the moral of the story is this. I cannot help you. I am married to a pharmacist. I am however not one. The best help I can be is to give you his work number and have you call him. I am not the person to ask. I would be the middle man. The person you ask if you are looking for a good pharmacist, as of course, I married the best one.

1 comment:

Kristin said...

Heather, I totally get that. My husband is a Best Buy salesman, so guess who gets asked questions about the best computer, tv or cable to buy? NOT the salesman! I serve secondarily as his secretary for friends and family questions.