A Pox On The Self-Righteous Pharmacist!

So over the weekend I’ve been sick. Second time in as many weeks. At first I call my gynea’s clinic, whereupon the nurse says “but you can easily take much stronger meds now, what?” Tell it to the pharmacist (in the tone of Tell It To The Marines. And btw I try not to go to clinics as far as possible because I keep fretting about the possibility of catching something else.)

So this rant dedicated to all you stick-up-the-butt pharmacists out there (because one of you just pissed the hell out of me):

1) I EXPRESS MILK 100%. THIS ALLOWS ME TO PUMP AND DUMP AT WILL. AND I HAVE A FREEZER OVERFLOWING WITH SAVED UP BAGS OF MILK.

2) I PUT EFFORT INTO GETTING MYSELF TO PRODUCE MILK AROUND A MINIMUM 8 HOUR GAP IN BETWEEN PUMPING SESSIONS AT NIGHT SO I CAN TAKE MEDS AT NIGHT IF NEEDED.

3) MY VERY REPUTABLE GYNEA CONFIRMED I CAN EASILY TAKE MEDS AT NIGHT WITHOUT IT AFFECTING MY MILK (but if I want to be kiasu there is still pump and dump – see 1)

Oh, and go cold turkey on alcohol, meds, and smokes (not that I have ever smoked anyway) for the entire duration of the pregnancy, pump a minimum 4 hours every day (or, if working, cut short your morning and evening “me” times by a further 90 minutes each, around your work schedule), THEN come back and let’s see if you still feel like being all pompous. Especially if you might risk developing an infection requiring antibiotics (which of course will guarantee you have to pump and dump).

So, you random Dumb-ass Pharmacist – SELF-RIGHTEOUS LECTURE ABOUT A MUM DOING SOMETHING THAT IS “NOT GOOD FOR BABY” DOES NOT MAKE YOU LOOK LIKE A GOOD PERSON. IT DOES NOT MAKE YOU LOOK SUPER PROFESSIONAL. IT FREAKING MAKES YOU LOOK LIKE A DEAF PERSON. (No offense meant to deaf people.)

If someone is telling you points 1-3 above then SHUT UP and do not be that bobble-head in some of those car windows. Uh-huh <bob head>, uh-huh <bob head>, uh-huh <bob head>, Is Not Good For Baby! You Are Doing Something Not Good For Baby! It’s like one of Ms Rockstar’s toys where you say any damn thing and pull a string and the toy bobs its head and repeats Is Not Good For Baby! Except this one has an ego. 

So, what, You Must Suffer Through Your Cough-Fest Because This Is Normal Motherhood Duty? If I were irresponsible enough to nurse when high I wouldn’t disclose I’m nursing. Or for that matter go cold turkey and do the whole crazy pumping regimen come rain or shine or deranged stock market run. I have never even had an experimental puff of a bloody cigarette, dumb-ass. The benefits of a 100% bottle-fed breast milk baby – I CAN PUMP AND DUMP. So waiting to get in whatever the hell you already decided you want to say – NOT COOL.

Just wish I knew how to say all that in Cantonese. Oh, right, dumb-ass might not believe any of these things are true. (And husbands, before you say anything, remember all the other crazy things you’ve seen the Mummy monster do – you just might also remember you maybe can trust her on this one.)

Things that make you go Hhhmmmmmm....

ps: Is Not Good For Baby Soliloquy ended with “we don’t sell that medication.”

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About Aileen

I blog about living and raising my son in Hong Kong - where toddlers have entrance interviews, parents keep test score spreadsheets, private school debentures can trade for more than half a million USD. Raising Rockstar's the most important thing I'll ever do. We show our true colors by the choices we make in bringing up our children. My blog is a message to my toddler son, about what the world and his parents are like today - for when he becomes a teenager and knows everything.
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  • yieng

    Hi there. I am a pharmacist myself and if I have patients like you I will be thankful because you have given so much info on the “pump spacing time” which is really useful. Most mothers do not bother about that. What medicine are you trying to buy anyway? I think the pharmacist you are talking about need to “LISTEN”. LOL. Do get well soon :)

    • http://raisingrockstar.com Aileen

      You are kind lah… I was asking for Phensedyl because I think that was what I was given when I was discharged from HK Sanatorium (otherwise I was coughing hard agst c-section stitches). I took it sparingly. I’m aware a small amount of virtually anything I take would end up in my milk, my gynea even said the very occasional med is ok without my 8-9 hour night time space because the amount in the milk is tiny (but I dumped my last two pumps regardless i was pumping 4-5 hours after). I have Robitussin handy and Duro-tuss, both are so-so maybe because my cough is at least partly coming from my nose running down the back of my throat causing irritation. My nose runs from allergies to chemicals in pollution quite frequently too, not necessarily because I’m actually sick…

  • mun

    Dear Aileen,

    Hope you get well soon. If they don’t have the medication, then just say so in the first place. Why lecture the customer? I wonder what the pharmacist would have said if you talked back in English with all your valid points above.

    What medication were you looking for? Did you manage to get it at another pharmacy in the end?

    Really hope you get well soon. The weather must be cold in HK. Take good care.

    • http://raisingrockstar.com Aileen

      It’s not too cold but I tend to have bad “recovery cough” or “allergy cough” after being sick. I would say it’s due to pollution as well, but that isn’t the only factor because the “record” duration for one of these coughs was 7 months in a dealing room in Singapore (not HK)!

  • Jessie Yap

    Poor dear! Hope you get better. And yes, that pharmacist really deserve a very very good scolding. As if any mum would really want to harm their child. Especially one that has been expressing for 6 months. Truly not easy feat. Take care there.

    Brisbane has been hard hit with extreme weather again :-( Is your ex-boss still in Brissy?
    All weekend we were at home watching the news.

    • http://raisingrockstar.com Aileen

      Yeah he’s still there – I should drop him a line and ask how he’s doing then; last time he sent me a map with an arrow pointing out where his home was – and it was something like the first house to escape unscathed by a flood!

      • Jessie

        Hopefully his house is not flooded this time too. Very sad around Queensland.