God grant you the light in Christmas, which is faith;
the warmth of Christmas, which is love;
the radiance of Christmas, which is purity;
the righteousness of Christmas, which is justice;
the belief in Christmas, which is truth;
& all of Christmas, which is Christ.
--Wilda English

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


My devotional for last night referencing Philippians 4:4 turned out to be a preface for my day today.  Here is a brief excerpt.

"Twice in this passage the apostle Paul
tells us to rejoice.  If you wait until
everything is perfect before rejoicing...
you won't have much fun.  Live in the
fullness of the joy of the Lord by finding
something to be glad about besides your 
current circumstances.  You must learn to 
derive your happiness & joy from the Lord
who lives inside you."

I am certainly having a lesson in this teaching today.  I have been trying to get a refill of a particular medication from my specialty mail order pharmacy since February 21.  It is a necessary medication, pretty much what you'd consider a life or death kind of thing.  I won't die without it but my quality of life would not be good.  I have gotten the runaround from what now totals 9 pharmacy representatives these past 2-1/2 weeks, each of them with a different excuse/story.  The one I spoke with at 8:30 this morning ... I could tell as soon as I started talking with her that she wasn't going to lift a finger to help me.  In fact, she told me they had never received a refill request from my doctor's office so they just closed my file!  I got off the phone with her & immediately called my doctor's nurse who assured me that all the necessary paperwork had been faxed to the pharmacy. When I called the pharmacy again to tell them this, rep #9 responded by telling me "there's no record of it" & then saying that she'd give this information to the person in charge of my file.  There is one particular person in charge of my file?  This was news to me.  I asked if this person would call my doctor's office regarding the fax & was assured that they would.  I then asked if this person would call me afterward to let me know the status of my refill.  I was assured that they would.  I won't hold my breath.

I will be calling the specialty pharmacy again this afternoon but I will ask to speak with the supervisor this time.  If we lived closer to Kansas, I'd hop in the car & drive to the pharmacy to meet with someone face to face ... the previously unknown to exist person in charge of my file perhaps.  I have 3 days' worth of medication left. 

Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice!  
   This looks just like me rejoicing while sitting in front of my laptop!  
If I was younger ...
& thinner ...
& my hair was thick & brown ...
& my neck skin wasn't sagging down onto the keyboard ...
& I could hold my arms up over my head ...


Robin said...

Hope you get the matter taken care of, Shirlee! One of the reasons I stopped doing mail order meds.

Robin in Virginia

Julie said...

Enjoyed having a blog reading catch up here... nice new header picture and a lovely quilt on the bed.

Simply Victoria said...

Wow - what a test to see if you can rejoice in the midst of a trial. Praying you get an A+ on it and you get the meds too.

Maggee said...

There you go... rejoicing in the midst of strife! Sort of... with a bit of sarcasm mixed in. Gotta love my buddy, Shirlee! Hugs!

Annette-California said...

Hope all works out and you get your meds you need.
Love your new header and love the pretty plum color & soft grey on sides.
love Annette

Chris said...

Ugh!! I hate that you are having this problem with your pharmacy. I love your spring blog header, when it popped up today it made me smile.

jennifer768 said...

Bless your heart! I sure hope that you have gotten the problem solved.It is aggravating to be given the run around for so long.Be blessed,Jen

gracie said...

Now don't you just feel special to know there is someone in charge of your file? Now if you find her, that would be very special!!!!