7. Saving a Life
Early in my pharmacy career, a patient had a grand mal seizure in my pharmacy. I knew enough to get him on his side, clear away any objects and to call 911. The EMT said we handled it perfectly.
Not long ago, I had a patient enter the pharmacy, clearly confused. We knew her and this wasn’t normal. I called security and had them escort her to the ED. The ED attending doctor later called and said we probably saved her life. She was having a mini stroke. These aren’t daily occurrences, but they do make you feel really good.
Being a pharmacist has its ups and downs. Doesn’t every profession? But if there is nothing great in what you do, why do it? Being a pharmacist is a great responsibility, a great opportunity, a great privilege, and great job.