One of our regular patients steps up to the window. Today she's wearing big dark sunglasses like she's Jackie Onassis.
"I think I might have pink eye," she says.
I'm glad when people say that so I can get out the alcohol and hose everything down after they leave. Plus, I send a mental note to self.
Self: Don't touch eyes until you wash your hands
The lady hands me two bottles of Sulfacetamide. She asks me if she can use them to treat pink eye. I say yes, of course, but I look at the bottles. One expired in 2008. The other expired in 2003.
You people out there! Throw away your expired medication! Seriously!
So I tell her they are expired. She asks me if she can still use them anyway.
I wonder what people think expiration dates are for. Is that something manufacturers print on a medication package for fun or because they're bored?
This is a lady that would probably argue with me, so I tried a different approach: "Suppose you go over to the meat department and find a package of hamburger with an expiration date of last month. Would you eat it?"
"Of course not!" she said.
"These medicines expired in 2003 and 2008, and you want to put it in your eye? Really?"
That seemed to get the message across.
"I'll go to Urgent Care," she said, and wandered off.