Happy Monday! Today is day twenty-one of the “31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes” writing challenge. Today’s word prompt is PERSON.
I graduated from Pharmacy School at the tender age of twenty-three and took my first job as a retail pharmacist at Revco (now CVS). I marched in with high ideals about being part of the healthcare team, leading diabetes days and lobbying for a “private counseling room”. After about four months of practicing, I decided instead of more pharmacology classes in pharmacy school, I needed more psychology classes.
Working with the public, especially in retail, was NO JOKE! Upper management did not equip the store with the staffing necessary to meet patients’ needs…..SAFELY. Most of my patients were really sweet, but there were a few porcupines.
Although I was “grown” for all intents and purposes, I was still not very comfortable in my own shoes. Life back then was like walking on a balancing beam. Arms swinging, toes grasping for the beam ….trying desperately not to fall.
If I could go back and say something to the person in this picture I would say:
Oh you sweet and beautiful girl. You are amazing and God loves you so much. The profession of pharmacy is not ready for your creative spirit now but things will change eventually. Continue to serve others and everything will fall into place. You will make peace with counting pills by fives but the fighter in you will not settle. Obtaining your PharmD (Doctorate) and becoming Board Certified in Ambulatory Care are on the horizon. I’m gonna blow your mind a little here: you will have MULTIPLE jobs in various facets of pharmacy where you will not even dispense medications! Girllll, I know! Just keep pushing!!!
Personally, the depths of loss and pain will knock you off your feet but God will show up in ways you cannot even imagine. Twenty years from now, you will not recognize the person who will be staring back at you in the mirror. You are going to be a wonderful mama to two smart, spunky and stunning little women. Annnnd you are also going to be a bonus mom to a man-child. You have no idea what a bonus mom is …but you will! Things are going to be waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay different from how you hoped and prayed they would be.
Derailed plans aren’t always easy but they can still be good.
The person you are becoming, just like the profession you chose, is still in process. Thankfully, God’s perfect penmanship is written all over it.
Many plans are in a man’s mind,But it is the Lord’s purpose for him that will stand (be carried out). Proverbs 19:21 (AMP)
October is American National Pharmacist’s Month which carries the catchy slogan: Easy to Reach and Ready to Help. The purpose of American National Pharmacist’s month is to bring awareness to the wide array of services pharmacists provide, emphasize pharmacists’ easy and immediate accessibility and highlight our expertise in patient care.
Please say yes when the pharmacy clerk asks you if you would to speak to the pharmacist. Get to know your pharmacist. Ask questions and allow them to educate you about your medications. You just may learn something.
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