MY STUPID DAY – Marilyn Armstrong

FOWC with Fandango — My Stupid Day

Some days, I’m smart. I can feel the smarts buzzing around my head, but this is not one of those days.

Let me start with my first stupidity of the day. I needed a refill on a medication. It said that I’d had 120 of them in the bottle a little more than a month ago and I have 15 now because I don’t always take the full amount I’m allowed. It’s for pain so I can do that.

I called the doctor’s office hoping for something with a refill on it but was told they’ve changed the law, so I can’t get refills anymore. I pointed out it isn’t an opioid. She pointed out “It’s amazing what things people will misuse.”

We both agreed that 120 pill was good for two months, even though I’m supposed to take four of them and it’s only 120 pills — but should be good for two months.

I called the pharmacy and complained I hadn’t gotten enough pills, except when I hung up, I multiplied 4 times 3o and came up with 120 — for ONE month. I should mention the pharmacist didn’t notice the problem either.

Apparently, no one can multiply 4 times 30 and come up with a one month supply of 4 pills a day.


I called back the office and said: “Hey, how much are 4 times 30?”

She sighed. “120. After you hung up, I realized we weren’t quite getting the multiplying thing right.”

I explained that I felt like a moron having just argued this point with the pharmacy. She said that math was never her good subject either. Neither one of us could multiply 4 times 30 and get 120. How depressing is that?

Then I spent a fair amount of time calculating which of two barn jackets — the classic LL Bean or the very not classic Land’s End lined version. I was going to buy it until I realized the LL Bean jacket is much nicer looking coat, but the Land’s End would be more user-friendly given our weather. At which point I also realized — I don’t need a coat. What’s more, I can’t afford one. And also — I have that same LL Bean jacket in my coat closet. Same size, color, style. Just from last year.

Not even at 50% off.

And my hand is killing me because I took my brace off (because I can’t type with it on) and now, I’m back where I was yesterday.

So much for today’s smarts.

47 thoughts on “MY STUPID DAY – Marilyn Armstrong

  1. I got that immediately, for once BUT re-calculated and re-calculated because I thought I didn’t get something in your post…. 😉 As a long suffering victim of being unable half of the time in math questions, I didn’t even have enough self-esteem to assume that for once I was right!
    Our pharmacy employees have the same eternal problem with my eye-drops. I need to use 3×1 portion per day and can get a 90 portion package each time. That lasts me a month, as some days I don’t need all the 3 drop-potions. But EVERY time, and I use them for many years now, a heavy calculation game is on….. I just smile and wait, and wait, and wait!

    Bears ONLY eat fast food – they have to go about it quickly because somebody, maybe YOU, might take it away from them! 🙂 Just like my dachsie . For 18 years she gobbled her food up in an unhealthy, unholy superspeed…. Nothing and nobody could teach her that no one would ever take away her food.


    • The funny thing is that I can usually do simple multiplication, but for some reason, we ALL got it wrong. Three out of three. One young one, two oldies. Maybe it was the weather, but it was definitely a very stupid day.

      Bears sleep in the winter so hopefully, we don’t have t work this out quite yet.

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  2. My pharmacist isn’t that good at math either. One of my scripts used to be a 2.5 mg pill I took once a day… but then my doc’s office (for whatever reason) started calling it in as 15 5 mg pills a month. OK, fine… even though I have to cut the pills in half now… but the last time I got it filled, they put 30 of them in the bottle anyway… and even seemed to “double check” it since the Qty: 15 on the label had been circled! Since that’s my only medication I can’t get at generic prices, I was quite happy to get a two month supply for the price of one…


    • It was a terribly stupid day yesterday, but some people are ALWAYS like that. The pharmacy interns (especially at CVS) are particularly dull-witted. I swear, you look in their eyes and see … nothing. I hear they have a serious opioid theft issue. Maybe that explains it.


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