Thursday, May 07, 2009

Phone's For You ...

It gave us the giggles.

I said, 'No one else would get the humour in this.'

Joe said, 'Um, are you forgetting you have a blog? They'd all pretty much get it.'

So, let's see.

We switched pharmacies when we moved to the city. The new pharmacy has a plan whereby when one of your medications is near time for refill, a computer calls you. The phone rings and after you say hello, it say's 'Hello, this is Pharmaplus calling, our records indicate that a member of this household has a prescription that is ready for refill ...' Then it walks you through a security question and then gives you options for ordering the medications.

When we signed up we forgot that we are both men over 50 and kept alive by the miracle of chemistry. Joe is on a whack of medications, I'm on a double wack of meds. That's a lot of perscriptions.

That's a lot of phone calls.

Some days the only personal phone calls we get are from the soft voice of PharmaPlus. Joe is convinced that she is hot for him. I know ... it's me. I get double the calls after all. On our way home from Florida, we got 5 calls. 5 calls. How desperate is that? We are putting off coming out to her, we figure it will break her, um, disc.

After the third call, we got a fourth, I answered saying 'Come on just admit you want me ...' It wasn't the pharamcy - a voice said, 'Well, yes, we do want you to come and give a lecture.' Luckily it's someone I work with a fair bit. She recognized my voice and played along. I explained about the pharmacy calling and she claimed jealousy - apparently her drug store never calls, never writes and certainly doesn't sent flowers.

Well, our pharmacy makes us feel special. Over and over again.

I figure others feel the same. We went in to pick up meds today and were in line between two elderly women, one said to the other, 'Some days the only way I know my phone works is because the pharmacy calls.' The other says, I wish they'd use a male voice, I could use the thrill.'

Sorry, gotta finish up the phone is ringing ...

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ohh, I can relate! After 5 months in a new city, the person I knew best was my pharmacist! She knows all my allergies, my medical history, my credit card number - all the important stuff!

Krista said...

Bwhaaaaahahahahaha!!!!!!!!

You just made my day!

Eileen said...

What a laugh! For me it's spam offering me all sorts of resolutions to my relationship issues...!!

wendy said...

The pharmacy should maybe consider adding a little personal touch to the recording. Maybe it could start out with "Hello, darling" or "Are you alone?" LOL

Leslie said...

For real personal service you should be able to select the gender of the automated caller. Nice though - I wish my pharmacy would do something that convenient for refills.

Anonymous said...

From now on, I'm always going to answer the phone with, "Come on, just admit you want me!"

It'll have to work sometime...

Don in Missouri

CJ said...

Lol..lol..lol..

I wish I had that service!

liz said...

Reminds me of that line in They Might Be Giants' "Ana Ng"

"If it weren't for disappointments, I wouldn't have any appointments"

FridaWrites said...

Once I picked up the phone and gave a personal detail--it wasn't my husband, who I'd anticipated calling right then.

Yes, my insurance company loved me, or did and called me all the time, enrolling me in programs for each symptom and phoning me for compliance with their instructions, which contradicted my doctors' and my specific disabilities.

Anonymous said...

Mine doesn't call first, it just fills the prescription and lets you know. And if you need a new prescription they contact the doctor for you. There are time when I love big corporate giants.

Myrrien said...

no phone calls from my pharmacy but they are wonderful, always a friendly word and they dote on my son when we come in to collect my prescription.

JudiElise said...

LOL!!! This was funny!

I am a woman and straight. My digital pharmacy voice is male, but he couldn't give a thrill to a stark, raving person who had been locked up for years! It is so cold and monotone.

Problem is, I am so accustomed to it, that when the real pharmacist calls, I hardly know what to say!