I have too much to write that requires a lot of thought, and not enough time to write it all out. I’m rounding up guest bloggers to help me out, but while that solidifies, here’s a new series called Short Stories.

Short Stories will be quick anecdotes from my life in a given moment. No greater purpose, just random moments that may [or may not] be of interest.

If you make a mistake, press star

As I managed to break online prescription refills from Shoppers Drug Mart, I use the automated phone service instead.

(Yes, don’t ask me how I managed to break the online service. And the app. Or why I can get Concerta cheaper at Target.)

I have three medications on my counter needing to be refilled relatively soon: Qvar, Atrovent and Concerta, all neatly labeled with their respective “7 digit Rx number located in the left hand corner of your prescription label”.

I also have a pack of hormone pills with 3 active pills remaining [because I back-to-back those F’ers—since I don’t want to be on them but am for medical reasons, obviously I will use this to my advantage], but no respective label. I “press 1” as I walk to the kitchen to find a receipt with my history to grab the number. Punch it in.

“To request another refill, press 1. To hear when your refill will be ready and confirm your order, press 2.”

Press 1.

“Please enter the 7 digit Rx number located in the left [I DID NOT NEED TO PRESS 1!!!]. If you make a mistake, press star.”

I am pretty sure pressing star will not help me.

Glance down, next on the list– “Zenhale 200/5 – Ref: 1”: Input number.

Press 2.


I don’t need the Zenhale for 27 days. But hey, at least when they tell me it’ll take a week to get in despite promising they’d stock it, I won’t have to revert back to my backup stash of Symbicort I have now for this purpose.

It makes sense if you have chronic disease!

3 thoughts on “short stories: if you make a mistake, press star

  1. That sounds annoying. Here we never have to call anything in or wait for prescriptions to be filled (unless it’s an incredibly rare expensive drug – which I’ve never had to do). Here I print my Rx off the internet and show up with it at any pharmacy. They scan it and bring me my stuff within 2 minutes. Doesn’t take long for them to find the meds in the drawers and put it together for me. I remember in the US as a kid the system was like what you describe. I don’t understand why it has to be so complicated.

    Fun fact: One of the biggest pharmacy chains in Israel, Superpharm (which is where my meds come from) was founded and is owned by the Jewish Canadian who founded and owns Shoppers Drug Mart. Check out Superpharm’s logo. http://www.super-pharm.co.il/

  2. Last time I laught, that my doctor wrote me prescription like for army 🙂
    Yes, we are army, weren’t we, Kerri? 🙂
    Greetings from rainy south Poland.

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