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Melantrys’ Page » Blog Archive » Of weekend emergency doctors, pharmacies and the usual crap at work

Of weekend emergency doctors, pharmacies and the usual crap at work


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As some of you may know, I’ve been suffering from an ear infection (with the added bonus of fluids behind the eardrum) since Friday evening.
As you may also know, the store I am working at turns into a fridge during winters (which may be how I got that ear infection in the first place).
Anyway, on Saturday stupid me dragged herself to work. Doctors were closed anyway. That invisible guy might as well stab his knife into my ear at work. Bad decision. Was a terrible day.

On Sunday I couldn’t stand the pain anymore and drove to the hospital. The resident weekend “family doctor” there was really good. Noted my cold, and didn’t only peer into both ears but also listened to my lungs, inspected my throat and took my temp (37.2°C, which he dubbed a “mildy elevated operating temperature”).
He prescribed ear drops with an antibiotic and ibuprofen (”Are you allergic to Ibuprofen?” First doc ever to ask me that…).

Then I drove to the weekend emergency pharmacy for the region, which was in the same city.
Patients had to stand outside in front of a flap and crouch down slightly to be able to see the young lady manning the pharmacy.
After I had handed her my prescription she was gone for quite a while. She returned and beamed at me.
“I am sorry but we don’t have your ear drops. We have similar ones but I’ll have to call the hospital and ask.”
Another long absence; another bright smile.
“Unfortunately I can’t reach anyone there. I could give you your painkillers and order the ear drops. You can come pick them up on Monday then.”
“I need those ear drops now; I am in pain. That’s why I went to the weekend emergency doc at the hospital.”
(You may or may not know that those kind of drops also have some effect on the pain. And of course they fight the infection - which is after all what causes the pain…)
*another bright smile*
“Well, we also have some over-the-counter-drops. I could give you those of course.”
“Look, I’ve already tried those at a weekend in the distant past. They do not work. At all.” (Which is no small wonder, as they don’t contain antibiotics…)
Then she went and looked up some hotline that has the numbers of weekend emergency pharmacies to phone the closest one and ask if I can get my drops there, which - you might have guessed it - took her a while. She returned with the phone pressed to her ear. Whoever was on the other end wasn’t really more helpful than her.
“Ah. No, that’s us; I meant other pharmacies that are open today. Uh-huh. (*beam*) Which city’s nearer for you, Faraway or Totallyfaraway?”
*speechless*
*blank stare*
*desperation*
“Look, I’m not gonna drive that far with that pain. Why don’t you just give me my prescription back and I’ll see if I can rouse our local pharmacist?”

*confused look*
All in all that exchange must have taken 20 minutes (out in the cold), and I had attracted a cue of two more patients, which I think is quite a lot for an emergency weekend service…

My local pharmacist was not on weekend service but answered my buzz at his door, let me into his warm pharmacy, assured me that was no problem at all, could give me all I needed and wished me a speedy recovery.

On Monday I first went to work, then soon to our new family doc. He said it didn’t look dramatic, but I should take more of the painkillers if the pain was so bad and offered to give me a sick note till Friday.
Stupid me thought of the special 20% off thing at the end of the week and said so. Doc suggested taking off till Wednesday then.

So today was my first day back at work. As I still need the odd pain killer I decided that the cold air is not good for my ear. Stuffing cotton inside or pulling thick woolly hats over my ears was no option as those kind of infections apparently get worse if you cut off the air.
I have a thin t-shirt cloth like keep-hair-out-of-face bandana thing that I tried out but it clawed at my ear rings, and kept slipping upwards and keeping my ear canal uncovered. So I went for a stylish thin yellow shawl.
That went well until our boss arrived.
He declared that outfit inacceptable.
“Can’t you find something else here in the store? Or at least tie it in a different way, I don’t know, Rambo-style?!”

A part of me must have known it, as I had the bandana with me, too. My ear rings went, that thing came on and I spent the day looking like a moron and constantly pulling down that ugly thing.

I really need a new job, I think…

no hijab
not allowed

19 Responses to “Of weekend emergency doctors, pharmacies and the usual crap at work”

  1. Frans Says:

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    You look astoundingly Turkish, lol

  2. lellly Says:

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    This all sounds horribly familiar…
    Cute look in the hijab..er, yellow shawl thingy. It probably confirmed ur boss’s worst fears about u tho :D

    You need ear muffs, me thinx

  3. anarki13 Says:

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    i cringed when reading the article, had that particular hurt myself sometime ago, wasnt nice, no sir, but then:

    i LOLed when i saw the foto :D but not in a bad way tho, it just is funny considering you are the #1 Cameldrivers’ advocate i know of :)

    salamat girl, hoping you get well, and sorry :) but that pic is funny :D

    cant you get a beanie or something? i wear those here, and i do see girls wearing them too, and your hairstyle is smoothed down so it wont mess it.. yes?

  4. Alican Says:

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    Hallo, Kollegin.
    Gute Besserung; ich gratuliere dir zu deinem Mut.
    Du hast gar keine Angst gehabt. Einfach Kopftuch oder eigentlich eher Schal, wenn auch nur für 10 Minuten, in der Firma angehabt. Aber manche Leute haben Angst gehabt.
    Das war sehr mutig von dir.

    instant translation service:

    Hello, colleague.
    Get well soon; I congratulate you on your courage.
    You weren’t afraid at all. Just put on a headscarf or rather a shawl in the shop, even if it was just for 10 minutes. But some people were afraid.
    That was very brave of you.

  5. Melantrys Says:

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    @ Frans: Yeah, I do have this oriental nose. ;)

    @ Lelllly: Maybe it did, maybe it did.
    No, thanks, dear. As the bandana thingy put too much pressure on my ear, which is always rather sensitive to pressure, causing some very ugly and lingering pain in some of the gristly parts of it, I doubt ear muffs would do me any good.

    @ Anarki13: Ear pains suck majorly. The invisible ear stabbing faction should have their red hot daggers shoved up some other bodily orifice of their own bodies… if they had real bodies… *sighs*

    Well, doesn’t a camel drivers’ advocate have to wear hijab at times? ;) :P

    Thank you.
    Funny in a good way, I hope…

    Beanie….. See ear muffs and bandanas, me thinks….

    @ Alican: Danke für die Blumen, Kollege; freut mich, daß dich das so begeistert hat.
    Ich wünschte nur, ich hätte den Mut gehabt, zu sagen, so oder gar nicht; ich kann mich auch weiter krank schreiben lassen.

    Angst? Glaube ich nicht. Waren wohl eher Vorurteile. Naja, gut, und womöglich die Sorge, daß unsere “guten” deutschen Kunden denken, ich wäre konvertiert und das schlecht fänden.

    Thanks for the compliment, colleague; am glad that this delighted you so much.
    I just wish I’d have had the courage to say, this way or not at all; I can get another sick note.

    Afraid? I don’t think so. Have more likely been prejudices. Well, ok, and maybe the concern that our “good” German customers think I converted and would not like that.

  6. David Says:

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    Sorry to hear about your illness Mel. I hope you will be feeling better soon.

    Maybe you need a job selling portable heaters. You could keep them all turned on for customer demonstration purposes, of course. ;)

  7. attawie Says:

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    Salamat :)

    Get yourself ear warmer and stay warm :)
    update us and Get well soon :)

  8. khalid jarrar Says:

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    no no, no ear warmers! as i said! its a sign german, its a sign!

    you should start wearing hijab! i know other girls that werent so much for it but now they are ;) ;) maybe its time for you to see the light!

    :D :D :D

  9. Lynnette in Minnesota Says:

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    Ear infection? Oooooh, ouch! Tell you the truth, I’ve never had one (yet, anyway). I’ve heard they’re no fun.

    My mother has been struggling since July or August with her ears stuffing up and a hoarse throat. Three different doctors told her it was allergies. So she was tested for allergies and they found nothing. She’s tried a couple of different antibiotics, and while they have helped her throat the problem never seemed to go away. The last time she went to the chiropractor he gave her some garlic drops to put in her ears. And they seem to be helping. Go figure.

    So your boss didn’t like the hijab…er…scarf? :lol: But the way you have it draped is rather stylish.

    Maybe find a shorter scarf and tie it in back under your hair. Kind of like the Cinderella look? You can just tell him you’re waiting for your Prince to come… :P :D

  10. Lynnette in Minnesota Says:

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    How could I forget?

    Hope you feel better. :)

  11. Melantrys Says:

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    @ David: Sure I will, sure I will.

    Right now my sister needs those wishes more though.
    Screw 2008….

    If our store was warmer I wouldn’t need to be thinking about selling portable heaters….

    @ Attawie: No, thanks.

    Thanks.

    @ Khalid: A sign, a sign! *throws away a sandal*

    It’s bright enough already, thank you.

    @ Lynnette: Well, the ear infection is either gone or almost gone. No more pain. The pain of an ear infection really is no fun though, nopes.

    I am having a cold now, which is a pain in the ass in so many ways.
    (Atta, I took it home today instead of throwing it away; photo will follow shortly. ;) )

    Do her ears have garlic breath now?

    No, he didn’t like it at all.

    Well, as I don’t like umbrellas, I have been using various shawls and scarfs to ward off inclement weather for decades by now.
    I suppose it’s ok to wear it on one’s way to work… ;)

    Like I already told other ppl, and what you can’t see in the pic: Unlike “sloppily hijabed” Turks I was not only showing some hair around my face, but also had the ponytail I had tied my hair into hanging down my back from under the scarf.
    Still, it must have looked too much like a hijab for the boss’s taste…

    Do I feel better? Yes and no.

  12. Lynnette in Minnesota Says:

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    Do her ears have garlic breath now?

    :lol: :lol: :lol:

    Don’t know. But one of the other ingredients is olive oil. Maybe her ear drops could double as salad dressing? ;)

  13. Melantrys Says:

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    Maybe she’s been given salad dressing as ear drops?

  14. Lynnette in Minnesota Says:

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    :heehee:

  15. Sang Golliday Says:

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    Ear infections do occur from time to time. You can use some home remedies that includes herbal anti-microbials as wells as over the counter antibiotics. Xylitol is also great agains ear infection. ;’.':

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  16. Benton Burlington Says:

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    Ear infection can always be managed by taking in some antibiotics and pain killers.^

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    Ear infections are one of the most common reasons parents take their children to the doctor. While there are different types of ear infections, the most common is called otitis media, which means an inflammation and infection of the middle ear. The middle ear is located just behind the eardrum..

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