14. Stalk the FedEx website and watch the package make it's way to your front door.
Fast forward to the Monday before Christmas. I need to re-order Ellie's prescriptions, but have set up a nice cushion of time in order to allow the mail order service to run through the above scenario a couple of times over. I have a couple of changes to make now that Ellie is using a half-dose pen so the insulin order is technically a new one. Besides, it's Christmas week! They will definitely need more time with the rush of the season, right?
I place the order pat myself on the back for a well thought out plan of action.
The week progresses quickly as we pack up to leave and travel for 4 days. I don't even bother checking the computer . . . I am on vacation, after all.
:: News Flash :: Diabetes doesn't take a vacation.
Thank goodness for boredom and the circumstances that lead me to hopping on the computer and checking the status of the order, because it was Christmas Eve morning and Ellie's insulin was on it's way to our front door.
We were in another state.
What? How? So soon? No way!!!!! AAARRRGGGGHH
So, I do what any other person would have done; I called my BFF and see if she can go over to the house, take the package home and put it in her fridge.
Except that wouldn't work because the package required a signature and we didn't know when, exactly, it would arrive.
Hubby called FedEx and was told it may not even get delivered because it was such a busy delivery day (duh) and the insulin could possible be left to sit in the FedEx warehouse until Monday. Which, since the package materials are temperature controlled, the shipper may determine them "useless" if not delivered that day. Um, that's 3 months worth of insulin that could go to waste?
Not acceptable. I needed to save this insulin.
One last ditch effort was made and through the magic of online people searches as we located the telephone number of our next door neighbor's house. I called and asked our neighbors to go and leave a note on the front door of our house requesting the FedEx delivery person go to their house to receive the package.
Not even 2 hours later our neighbor called to say the insulin was delivered, unpacked and safely stored in her fridge. She did feel bad about having to lie to the FedEx guy, though. Apparently he needed a signature from someone IN our house. She told him she was feeding our cats (not true, a friend of Maddi's was doing that . . . . our neighbor doesn't even have a key!) and was going to go over in a little bit. HeHe. The FedEx guy gave her a wink and handed over the package.
Phew. Crisis averted, insulin saved.
I assured my neighbor her lie was cancelled out by ensuring a cute little girl got her life-saving insulin. She agreed.
1. Never try to outwit the mail order pharmacy.
2. Give my neighbor a key!
3. Our FedEx man is an angel in disguise.