Pharmacy. …

I decided to retire from teaching, but then I felt a strong urge to work when school resumed in the fall. I found and opening for a pharmacy technician.  That sounded fun… Everything about it was horrible- the pay, the hours, the weekends, being short -staffed constantly, the amount of information I had to learn. …but it was one of the most valuable learning experiences I have ever had, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. The knowledge I gained about medications has really helped in our experience with Jake’s illness.  They are trying to wean my son off of IV dilaudid. I am happy; I am tired of watching him hallucinate, jerk, talk constantly in his dreams and sleep almost non-stop. They are trying to ease his pain, but it doesn’t really touch the pain he’s having. It just makes him sleep through it. He was complaining to his night nurse, and she immediately offered him an extra dose of dilaudid. Now, wait a minute…no…we are trying to wean him off. This will not be a one-time dose.  He will ask again and again. It is my understanding that it isn’t effective on this type of pain anyway…. I followed her to the nurses’ station. “My job is to keep the patient comfortable.”  Dr. N. was adamant today that we wean off the drug.  “Dr. N. isn’t here tonight. How about trazadone to help him sleep?”   Now wait a minute! Trazadone? No…he takes Remeron to sleep. “I don’t recall that on his list…” I found myself at midnight going over his meds and insisting he get nothing extra until I talked to somebody. In the morning, a pharmacist was in early. Then a doctor.  Later 2 GI doctors came in. They decided to do a scope to check his esophagus for a reason his pain was not improving. They found ulcers. Ulcers they believe to be caused by a virus. They can test, determine the type of virus and start medication to actually heal the sores. Not just mask the pain. I wasn’t mean. Or angry. Or distrspectful…I just didn’t let it drop. I hate the thought of my kid having added pain, sedation and a procedure, but I  am thankful they found a reason for it. Before my job in the pharmacy, I wouldn’t have known any better…

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