Kansas has always been the "dreaded state" as far as taking a road trip through it. Most the routes I have taken thought that area are dry, brown, and flatter then flat. Its boring and long. This trip has cemented the notion into my head that Kansas is to be avoided at almost all costs whenever possible.
My sister in law, Cale, and I left Colorado yesterday morning and planned to drive to a small town in the southern part of Kansas where my brother lives. This was a two hour detour, but it will probably be the last time we will see him for a while since we won't be 6 hours away from him anymore, but 20. Before we left I went to the doctor for a regular check up on the baby, and she had a prescription the doctor wanted me to fill. "No problem", I thought to myself, "I can just fill it when I get into KS.". Ha! Should have known better!
As soon as we arrived to the small city my brother calls home, we decided to go straight to dinner. It was around 6:30 and I was famished. Due to the gestational diabetes, I don't last much past five for my dinner. We where seated fairly quickly, even though the restaurant was pretty busy. Our waitress came over to take our drink order, and I should have known something wasn't right when she brought the drinks to us two by two instead of in one group like normally they do. We next, ordered our food... 45 minutes later, nothing. The next thing we know, the nervous waitress was standing at our table explaining that she "lost" our order. How do you just lose an order and not notice for almost an hour? Giving it my best effort to keep in mind that everyone has those bad days, The manager offered us free appetizers and told us our food would be put in to the kitchen right away. Thirty minutes later, the food did arrive, but I was starving by that point. The appetizers they gave us where items I just can't eat, due again to the gestational diabetes. By the time we left the restaurant all the pharmacies in the city where closed, we went to one pharmacy just in case, and it was definitely closed... not to open until 9AM, and we wanted to leave no later then 8AM, after having an early breakfast with my nephew, mother, and brother. I figured I would just fill the prescription when we stopped for lunch later. Again, should have known better to think that would work.
When it was time for lunch we where on the Kansas turn pike and getting off would be more of a pain then anything, so we stopped at the travel plaza and ate lunch there, planning to stop in a few hours when we got off the turnpike to fill the perscription. I spotted a grochery store that I know is a huge chain out here, so I thought for sure they could fill my perscription. We asked the clerk where their pharmacy was, she looked at us like we where aliens and asked "do you mean the kind you go up and talk to people, or the kind like on a shelf." Are there really pharmacies on shelves these days? Hum, I think not... maybe a shelf with medications on it, but that is not a pharmacy. Turns out they didn't have a pharmacy in the store, so back in the car off to seek out pharmacy #3.
Hours later there appears right off the highway, a large chain store that I KNOW has a pharmacy. We walked up to the window and fill out my information, using my Pittsburgh address and my Colorado doctors phone number, so they had to know that we are not from around there. After I dropped it off, they told us they could fill it, but it was lunch break so they where closing for a bit. At this point I just want it done, so figure we can walk around for that amount of time and then at least it will be taken care of. After an hour we return to the pharmacy to find that the prescription isn't filled. I asked if she had an idea how long the prescription might take, she said "Could be until Monday." Well, evidently "something" wasn't clear on the directions the doctor wrote down so they had to call the doctor and where awaiting a return call. Doctors don't always return calls on a Saturday for things like that. I asked for the prescription back, after over an hour wasted there. I really wish they would have just paged me over the intercom to tell me there was an issue, then at least I could have saved a bit of time.
After pharmacy #3, I decided that the stress of filling the prescription was probably causing more damage from the stress then not getting it filled, so it will be waiting in my purse for when we arrive in Pittsburgh. As far as entering the state of Kansas again, not going to happen any time soon. We are now hundreds of miles away from that state and literally cheered as we crossed the boarder and where done with that state. If anyone would like to start a business, offering customer service classes to the state of Kansas' businesses may be a lucrative one.