He had it figured out. He'll come to the pharmacy at 12:45 pm... during the lunch hour. No one goes to the pharmacy during lunch hour, especially on MONDAY. The place will be empty and get can get his script filled lickety split.
He hands me two prescriptions for amphetamines, one immediate release and one extended release. I type them in carefully before telling him how long it will be before we can get them filled. That's what we do.
I get paid claims and tell him it will be 15 minutes. I'm really doing him a favor because we're stinking busy and there's other scripts to fill... scripts for people who were before him.
"Fifteen minutes? I have to be to work at 1:15 pm. Can't YOU step it up?"
I have to admit something to you, fellow pharmacists and technicians. I have this thing about me. I'm going to be honest with you. I have a demon inside me. And when the demon gets pissed off, I can't stop him. He takes over my mouth and words come out. I can't truly be held responsible for the things this demon makes me say. I have worked hard to keep this demon inside and there are times when I am able to settle him down, but then there's other times... well I just can't stop him.
"Really? Really??! I have people ahead of you who are waiting a lot longer than 15 minutes. I'm doing you a favor considering these are controlled substances and require special handling and extra paper work!"
That is what the demon said, loudly I might add. At least that's the way I remember it. Mr. "Step-it-up" slinked away. I don't if "slinked" is a word, but that's what he did. He slinked.
I have since heard of people under extreme duress speaking in strange tongues. And in the past I have become conscious that a steady torrent of obscenities and swearing of all kinds was pouring out of me as I screamed... you know, because of the demon, but not this time. It was close, but not this time.
(Apologies to Jean Shepherd ~ the demon made me type this).
Mr. Step-it-up came back in 15 minutes, collected his medication, and slinked away again. The demon is gone now... waiting for when I need him again.