I know that you’re not supposed to talk about things like this, but recently I developed a rash on the calf of my leg. I went to the doctor, and she prescribed some medicine. I went to my pharmacy and Brenda, my pharmacists, told me it will take three days to get the rare ointment that I needed.
I had a certain itchy urgency that would not allow the wait. Brenda was sympathetic and said that if I was willing to drive 22 miles to their other location, I could have it within 2 hours. Well, that was easy!
My wife and I made the 40-minute trip. I went up to the counter. The young woman with a radiant smile asked for my name.
“Steve Scearcy,” I said.
She riffled through some white bags with names and pharmaceutical warnings stapled to them. She picked up a package, her eyes dancing with delight.
Excitedly she asked, “Steve Scearcy?”
Yes! I said.
I looked down to fish my wallet from my coat. When I looked up the young woman was not the same. Her smile was forced. She was uneasy. Standing a foot from the counter, she placed my package down and with one finger pushed it forward in my direction.
“There you go,” she said.
I tried to tell her I needed to pay my co-pay but she stopped me.
She backed away from the counter. “No, it’s fine. Taken care of.”
I left the store shaking my head, no co-pay?
I sat in the parking lot and recounted the story to my wife. At the end, I reenacted the girl’s actions. I read the label out loud. I read the big print.
“STEVE SCEARCY, DAPSONE, USED FOR THE TREATMENT OF LEPROSY.”
She never got to the small print “also used for other skin ailments.”
Now when I go to the pharmacy, I always say in a loud voice, “Sure hate it when the leprosy kicks up like this.”
I haven’t had to pay a co-pay for months!
Steve is an award-winning playwright, author, and professional speaker. His extensive background in entertainment includes writing and producing with Academy Award-winner Earnest Borgnine, working with sports legends Mohammad Ali and Hank Aaron, writing comedy specials with comedian Marty Allen, and much more. Steve’s books have been endorsed by people like comedian Jeff Foxworthy and Chicken Soup for the Soul author Jack Canfield.