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Dear Abby: Vacationers should pack medications first

Dear Abby: I have worked in a pharmacy for 30 years, and every summer it’s the same story. People forget their medication and leave it at home. Why do people not realize that their meds should be one of the FIRST things they pack? Yes, we can call their pharmacist back home to get a transfer, but if the prescription was just filled, their insurance will not go through, or they’ll have to wait while we call for a vacation override.

Please, people – remember your medications and if you don’t, plan on spending a while sitting around our pharmacy waiting for us to call your hometown pharmacy, and possibly your insurance company, then don’t get angry at us when it takes longer than the 15 minutes you expected.

– Phrustrated Pharmacist in Montana

Dear Pharmacist: I sympathize with your “phrustration,” so I’m printing your heartfelt letter, hoping it will help you to lower YOUR blood pressure. I don’t think the people you describe are irresponsible as much as they may be disorganized.

The way I have solved this problem is to keep multiple copies of a printed list of items I must have when I travel. As I pack, I check them off my list – and before I close my travel bag, I double-check to make sure nothing has been forgotten.

Nobody’s business

Dear Abby: I know it’s rude to ask workers how much money they make, but does that also apply to asking a student what his or her grades are? Aside from parents and teachers, I don’t think it’s anybody’s business.

In my opinion, asking, “How are your grades?” is as rude as asking, “How much money do you make?”

– Matt In Eugene, Ore.

Dear Matt: I’m with you. How about coming back with, “I’ll forgive you for asking if you’ll forgive me for not answering.”

Write Dear Abby at or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 60069.