I went into London Drugs today (the one on Hastings* – this may become important later) to buy their brand of pseudoephedrine. I use this because one of the other meds I take, Trazodone, makes my very congested and this is the only OTC med that takes care of it. I asked for 3 bottles** and for some reason this set off some big pharmacists alert. Apparently all OTC drugs are sold at the pharmacist’s discretion. I was advised that this medication would be banned for Olympic Athletes. I feigned interest and decide not to make some snarky comment about me being banned from figure skating because I was congested.
Then they told me that this drug was used in the making of crystal meth. I’m thinking: “Do I look like a meth cooker?” Seriously folks. I am a 40-something Executive Director. My only addictions are dogs, music and egg nog (until it runs out). I do not do illicit drugs. I was dressed in a black dress pants, a nice blouse, brown merrels and I had my brown Roots bag.
I continue standing there as the pharmacy techs run back and forth to the pharmacist. Then one of them says: “You know this medication will make your high blood pressure even higher.” I responded with a terse: “I do not have high blood pressure.” Of all the comments this was the one that pissed me off the most. Basically, because I am fat there is the assumption that I must have high blood pressure. Very fucking annoying.
Finally, the pharmacist peeked over top of the barrier to look at me. All of a sudden it was no problem. Thankfully saner heads prevailed. I got my pseudoephedrine and all was fine. I am surprised that I did not have to sign a binding contract stating that I will only take it for nasal congestion.
*I have never been hassled like this before when buying pseudoephedrine. Of course I usually do it in Maple Ridge.
**I buy three bottles at time because they don’t always have it . and I hate to be without it. Plus I like to maximize my trips to the pharmacy.
***I am too tired to proof read this today. So if there are any errors oh well, too bad so sad.