Friendship at the Pharmacy

When I was a kid, I thought it a bit strange that my mom was on a first name basis with the lady at the Jewel food store that worked at the check out.  Every Saturday my mom went shopping for everything that we would need for the next week. Every Saturday she would get in the same check out line and have a short but personal chat with this lady.  My mom knew about her kids and this lady knew about what was going on with my brother and I.

In Recent years, my mother has had a  close relationship with three women in the pharmacy where she gets her meds refilled.  They not only know her medical history, but also are on a much more personal level.

As I grew older and became  . . . gulp . . . an adult . . . ugh, I realized that if you have one of these types of relationships, you are not only fortunate but in my case, truly blessed.

Since I now have to be on meds for the rest of my life, I have come to know a few ladies in my own pharmacy.  (OMG I’m turning into my mother.  Well . . .  There are worse things and I am very proud to be her daughter.  . . . . Okay back on track.)

The ladies of my pharmacy in Montgomery have not only shown the utmost professionalism but they have also been extremely friendly and supportive through out my transition.  They were the first professionals, outside of my doctor’s office, that I dealt with at the very beginning of my transition. They have been there through it all and even celebrated with me when I finally changed my name legally.

Though I only see them about once a month, I have gotten to know them as more than the people that dole out my pills.  They ask about my kids, one will ask about my pet snakes and my photography.  They have taken the time to get to know me and not just my medical history.   We have found common interests and I have even become Facebook friends with one of the pharmacy techs who just so happens to be a fantastic photographer.

Knowing these ladies has benefited me more than them just making sure my meds don’t interacted badly.  They are a constant source of encouragement and friendship!

So, raise a glass with me to the ladies of the pharmacy at the Montgomery Walgreens.  You all are the best!!!

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