April 12, 2004

UC Berkeley Hell: Just Like Old Times

If there's anything that I miss less about UC Berkeley than the street punks on Telegraph, pseudo-liberals with their causes of the month and everything being up-hill from everywhere else, it would have to been the endless amount of red tape and bureaucracy that you have to wade through to get anything done around there. Why this sudden resurgence of my hatred for Cal bureaucracy? What a great question; let me tell you...


One part of my tale about my ultra-drunken St. Patty's Day in New York City was that I somehow lost my pills that night. Nothing else was missing from my purse, so I didn't even notice that they were gone until I went to take them the next night while Renee and I were at the "exploded Christmas tree" Indian restaurant. Of course I freaked out (b/c that's what I do best in life) and tried to find a 24-hour pharmacy in NYC that would issue me an emergency pack, but I guess that's against the law, so I had to wait until the next day (and until the Tang Center at Cal was open) to find a pharmacy that could call the UC so I could get a refill ASAP.

(Aside: I really love how many, many, many kinds of drugs are readily available on the streets and on drug-store shelves that are much more dangerous and powerful than birth control pills, and that people don't know how to take as well as women who've been on the pill for years know how to take theirs. Perhaps this is more an issue about keeping the price of birth control ridiculously high rather than any real concerns about women's health... but I just think it's interesting).

So, anyway, after a couple hours at the Walgreens near Union Square in NYC, the pharmacist got in touch with the Tang Center. I told the guy I only needed one since this was just an "emergency", so the UC transferred my prescription, I paid as much for that one pack as I had paid for my last 6 months worth through the UC and went on my way. So that was all good.

Now it's a month later, and I need refills again, so I phoned in a refill order to the UC last on April 1st. The Tang Center called me back on the 2nd and said that because they had to transfer the prescription back to the UC system, it would take 7 days and I had to come to Cal to fill out a transfer request. I didn't get that message until after business hours on the 2nd, so I called on the 5th and the lady told me that it did take 7 days to transfer back, but she was nice enough to take my transfer request over the phone.

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Jeezus girl - what a hassle!
So are you going to run out? I've been getting a similar (albeit totally less involved) runaround while trying to get my pills refilled down here in SD. And while you have the UC system, I have the ever-intept pharmacy technicians of Kaiser Permanente to frustrate me.

The end result being I have been out for about 2 1/2 weeks. My acne is returning and I am looking forward to the most miserable, crampy, bloat-filled cycle I've had in a while. YAY!
And also, no sex in the champagne room. But for me, how is that different than any other time?

Posted by: kati at April 12, 2004 04:52 PM

i don't understand. how come we can buy condoms over the counter, but birth control pills you need a prescription?!?

Posted by: cody at April 12, 2004 09:37 PM

i think theoretically we could OD on birth control without proper instructions at frequent intervals to keep our smaller woman-brains aware of our own danger. whereas it is tough to OD on condoms. I think.

Posted by: didofoot at April 13, 2004 10:58 AM

Yeah, bureaucracy=bullshit. And just as a contrast, I've been phoning in refill requests for my b/c pills (that are prescribed through Kaiser in Alameda, which I am no longer a member of--my parents are) and I think my refills ran out in AUGUST of last year. But thanks to the nonsense of the bureaucracy, no one seems to have noticed and they're still sending packs that average about $3 per, which is great since I have no idea how my new work-issued health plan works. And I intend to keep it that way so NO ONE BETTER SAY NOTHIN'!

Posted by: Renee at April 14, 2004 12:40 PM

i just went and got my pap so i could get another year's prescription (i swear it's a conspiracy just to get you in for your annual dose of mild humiliation and torture) and now my doctor has started calling it my "womanliness exam". what the hell?! it certainly doesn't make me feel any more womanly.

Posted by: jade at April 15, 2004 10:16 AM

you have a doctor who is unwilling to use the word "vaginal"??? does she refer to it as your "hoo-hoo" as well?

Posted by: didofoot at April 15, 2004 10:24 AM

no, she just warns me that i may feel a little "pressure", and then gives me a schpiel on the medicinal preparations i should undertake 6 months before i plan on becoming pregnant. then hands me my year's Rx for b/c pills.
...she's a little wierd.

Posted by: jade at April 15, 2004 10:35 AM

Having a doctor, your doctor, refer to a pelvic as a "womanliness exam" seems very weird. They're usually so clinical.
Does she make balloon animals, too? Are there lollipops?

Posted by: kati at April 15, 2004 11:16 AM

by "pressure," does she mean "pressure to have kids"? my doctor never mentions pregnancy to me except as something undesirable. though maybe that just reflects on my obvious unmotherliness.

Posted by: didofoot at April 15, 2004 11:31 AM

i wish there were lollipops. then at least i'd have bright colors and sugar to distract me from the metal objects in my hoo-hoo. i'm just baffled at the instructions for a healthy pregnancy when i'm in to get birth control pills.
maybe she just thought i needed a healthy dose of irony.

Posted by: jade at April 15, 2004 12:15 PM

I've always had doctors say "you'll feel some pressure and a slight cramp" before they... as if notifying me that it's going to be uncomfortable is going to make it better or as if I wasn't already aware that it was going to be uncomfortable. My old doctor from while I was in college always had different pretty posters over the table, like a nice painting or a scenic picture. She was really nice; she remembered my boyfriend's name and always told me asian girls have to take lots of calcium; that was her deal, I wish she was still my doctor.

Posted by: Kristina at April 15, 2004 04:00 PM

...oh, so THAT'S why she always tells me to take 500mgs of calcium & vitamin D...but i'm half white. does that mean i only need to take 250?

Posted by: jade at April 15, 2004 05:15 PM

no, as a white american you should actually be taking more than you need.

Posted by: didofoot at April 15, 2004 05:16 PM

You also might want to consider deep-frying the calcium tablets, and then rolling them in salt.

Posted by: sean at April 15, 2004 05:24 PM

I think that's enough "hoo-hoo" talk for one day, ladies! =)

Posted by: Clint at April 16, 2004 04:15 AM

I'm also only half asian and tend to take after my (white) father's side in the medical-conditions department, but I am small-boned, so I'm sure that I need to take calcium supplements. I agree, the hoo-hoo talk may be disturbing to the male viewers... but that wasn't my intention with this blog. It's really about how retared the UC is - no one can deny that ;)

Posted by: Kristina at April 16, 2004 09:34 AM

The UC bureaucrats are a bunch of pussies.

Posted by: sean at April 16, 2004 09:38 AM

seriously they need a swift kick in the cunts.

Posted by: michele at April 16, 2004 09:42 AM

It's more from a gay male perspective than a male one as I'm sure there are plenty of hetro men who love talking about the illustrious "hoo-hoo."

I do sympathize with the bureaucratic bull-shit and I only go to a school with a population of like 2 thousand so where do they got off with that kind of crap!

Posted by: clintalexander@earthlink.net at April 16, 2004 10:18 AM

hey, *I* am a UC bureaucrat!

actually though, sean's right. I am a bunch of pussies.

Posted by: didofoot at April 16, 2004 10:35 AM

like a bunch of poesies?

Posted by: michele at April 16, 2004 12:20 PM

Back to the hoo-hoo talk for a second...It's cool when your gyno is nice, but too nice can be scary. For example, at planned parenthood one woman asked me, from down below, if I was scandinavian. Minutes later, post stirrups, she informed me I had beautiful eyes. At least the order and locations of the comments were not reversed. A little too much bed-side manner for me.

Posted by: Susan at April 16, 2004 12:28 PM

I once (very briefly) had a doctor, that I met for the very first time on the day of my exam. *During* the exam, she was telling me that her partner was also a doctor and that *she* was from Canada, etc. It wasn't in a casual kind of way, but in an obvious way that made me think that she was trying to communicate to me that she was a lesbian. I think that I wouldn't have minded receiving this bit of information before or even after the exam, but *during* made me a little too uncomfortable. I never went back to see her again.

Posted by: Kristina at April 16, 2004 12:37 PM