Continued from yesterday...
While I sat in the doctors waiting room and thank goodness I was on my own, I realised I was shaking. I was shaking with embarrassment, indignation and disbelief. I had never felt so humiliated in all my life and I would not want anyone else to have too experience what I had just gone through. So that’s why I’m telling you all about this.
After about ten minutes the door opened and the doctor asked me my name. She was holding a prescription in her hand. As she handed it to me she said “You don’t look a day over fifty five, you should have lied.” I explained to her that I didn’t know that I needed to lie, I didn’t know there was an age restriction on the product, no one tells us theses things, we have to find out the hard way.
And I just had!
But apparently it’s only Boots the chemist that have put this restriction on? it’s not the medical profession.
I’ve been saying for ages I think Boots the Chemist wants to rule the world, they certainly want to rule US.
I had always just bought the cream in the past without anyone ever asking me any questions. So I have a feeling this is a new rule of ‘theirs.’
The doctor gave me the prescription and said, “You’ll know what to do the next time.” She smiled and left the room.
There won’t be a next time at our local chemists, because they all Know who I am now, as all the staff in the shop had turned to look at me while the chemist was telling me “ I Was To Old!”
I walked straight back to Boots, and as I handed my prescription over (with all the staff staring at me) to the pharmacist I was able to say to her, with a smile on my face, “There you go, and I don’t even have to pay for it now.”
So every cloud does have a silver lining.
But to play safe, I bought some more about two weeks later from a different Boots the chemist, and yes I was asked how old I was. But this time I said, looking at her quizingly. “I’m 58” and the assistant said “That”s fine” and got me the box with the caneston cream and pessary without her (or me) batting an eyelid.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m normally a very honest and open person, but NOT for Boots the chemist!!!
I’m very fortunate, I don’t look my age, partly due to the fact I have no gray hair and my hair is Not dyed.
So, if you get thrush, be prepared to lie about your age in Boots the Chemist, or better still find an independent chemist shop or, go online and order the caneston cream from any of the online shops selling it, and there are a few and one with next day delivery.
But here’s what should have happened.
I happen to know a pharmacist very well, who owns his own chemist shop and I asked him what he would have done if I had gone to his shop. And this is what he told me.
You would have been asked if you’d had thrush before, and if you said yes, then you would have been sold it with no questions asked. But if you said no, you would have been asked to go and see your doctor just to make sure there was nothing else wrong, but you would have still left with the cream in your hand, because you needed help immediately. We as pharmacists are here to help you, not hinder. The pharmacist at Boots should have taken you into a consulting room to talk to you. She should not have spoken to you in the middle of the shop with other staff and customers looking on. That was unforgivable and not at all professional, it should not have happened to you - but as we all no, It did.
So to all of you wonderfully beautiful sixty plus girls out there - remember my story the next time you get thrush!
Please, retweet this if you live in the UK, it may just help someone.
With love and blessing always