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Sunday, August 29, 2010
Of Dinosaur Birthday Parties and the Hunt for Lotrimin
The Physician's Assistant told me I might get some odd looks from the pharmacy, since he was ordering a liquid suspension of Lotrimin that is typically used for Athlete's Foot for Nolan's ear. I went to the pharmacy on Friday afternoon, and the pharmacy technician said the order hadn't been filled yet. Sidenote: killing fifteen minutes in a Rite Aid with two small boys should earn any mother an award.
I returned to the counter and the tech had a big smile on her face. "Oh, no! this isn't a prescription product- it's over the counter!" Even better- I could get the stuff at low cost, and it didn't even need a prescription. I wondered why the PA had warned me about the difficulty of getting the Lotrimin suspension.
Then the tech handed me some Monistat.
"Erm... I know the main ingredient is the same, but we need this in a liquid suspension. It has to go in his ear."
I picked up the box and pointed to the applicator and cream mixture, so that she could see this was a tad different than what our ENT office had ordered. The tech looked flustered and said she needed to confer with the pharmacist.
Another fifteen minutes later, the boys had taken their blood pressure at the free stand about 50 times and the pharmacist came out from behind the counter to troll the aisles of Rite Aid with me. Apparently, the only over-the-counter formulations of Lotrimin are creams. After I convinced him that the creams will not penetrate Nolan's PE tubes to get to the source of the fungal infection in his middle ear, the pharmacist left to consult his Big Book of Medications.
He found the suspension the PA had ordered, and they have it in stock at their warehouse. This is the good news. The bad news? The suspension won't be in the store until Monday afternoon. Sigh...
Fortunately, the infection doesn't seem to be bothering Nolan very much. We had his dinosaur birthday party on Saturday, complete with Funfetti cupcakes, dinosaur pinata, and dinosaur adoption events. Everyone had a blast, and Nolan is finally convinced that he is no longer two years old. Happy third birthday, Nolan!