Making Sure I Stay On Script

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I’ve been taking the medication Zoloft for years, and I’ll never forget the time when I ran out, and my therapist was away for his annual one-month summer holiday. I left a few messages for the doctor who was filling in for him, but didn’t hear back right away, so I had to skip a couple of doses. It wasn’t a life or death situation, but I became dizzy and irritable, which can happen when you suddenly stop taking Zoloft.

This scenario wouldn’t happen today, thanks to the new world of technology and the development of clever online tools, including CVS ReadyFill, which ensures that my prescriptions are ready when I need them. No longer do I have to deal with the annoyances of calling in or dropping off refills.  And, if I’m out of refills, CVS contacts my doctor ahead of time to make sure the script is updated. CVS also calls or texts when my prescriptions are available for pickup. If I stop taking a medication, I simply can opt out of the ReadyFill program. Pretty simple.

I’m currently taking a few meds, so I also enrolled in the CVS ScriptSync program, which lets me pick up all my prescriptions at the same time every month. My friend was beginning to rib me about my frequent visits to the pharmacy. Every time we’d get in the car, he’d say:  “I bet we have to have to stop at CVS.” CVS worked with me to determine the best day to get all my medication, but I can change my pickup date anytime, as well as add or remove prescriptions. Now that I live in Brooklyn, and the nearest CVS is no longer steps from my house, ScriptSync saves me a great deal of time (and gas.) (more…)

Today is OUR DAY

Today is International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity, according to

First observed in 1911, a time of tremendous population growth and the rise of radical ideologies in the industrialized world, IWD “is a collective day of global celebration,” belonging to no single government, NGO, charity, corporation, academic institution, women’s network or media hub.

“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights,” said Gloria Steinem, world-renowned feminist, journalist and social activist. It’s about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action – whatever that looks like, wherever you are.

Today also is my 71st birthday, and as I reflect back over my own life, a handful of personal experiences stand out that attest to women’s progress, at least in the workplace: (more…)

Thoughts On My Mother’s Birthday

       Today marks the 71st year my mother, Geri, has been alive.  She was born in 1947 which, to me, feels like it was centuries ago.  I will be her age in 2052, which also feels like it’s centuries in the future.  Consider how much has changed in my mother’s lifetime. Here are some basic prices from the year she made her debut:

Average cost of new house:  $6,600.00  

Average wages per year: $2,850.00

Average cost of a new car: $1,300.00  

Minimum wage: 40 cents per hour (more…)

Geri’s Turns 71 Today!

For our mother, Geri, on her 71st birthday, my brother and I compiled a list of 71 reasons we love her.

Playing The Frame Game

When I asked you, my FOFriends, to vote on the frames you thought I should buy, 68 percent of you chose Well Red and only 5 percent of you chose Orange Is The New Black. I also loved the Well Red frames when I tried them on, but had already decided to buy the frames few of you preferred. If I could afford to buy two frames, I’d have bought Well Red, too. (more…)

The $100,000 Makeover!

If you have oodles of money to throw around, a Park Avenue plastic surgeon has come up with a strategy for you to throw it his way. His $100,000 One-Year Plastic Surgery Plan, designed to “help you achieve a brand new aesthetic look and feel in just one year,” according to a press release, consists of only non-invasive treatments.  


Only In America

Imagine being a mom whose teenage son blew you a kiss as he raced out the door for school this morning, and shouted to you as he ran down the block to catch the bus:

“Bye, mom. I’ve got basketball practice after class. See you around 6.”

But, he never made it to the gym, and he’s never coming home, because your son was slain by a mass murderer, even before school let out.

Unimaginable to those of us blessed with the good fortune to get to see our kids again, maybe not tonight, or tomorrow night, but again. Right?

Photo Credit: ABC News

But terrifyingly real to hundreds of mothers and fathers (or is it thousands at this point?), whose children got caught in the gunfire coming from a weapon in the hands of a disenfranchised human being. Deranged? Angry? Evil? Maniacal? (more…)

This Doctor Defies Conventions

My 36-year-old daughter Simone needed a physical and blood workup, so I wanted to find an internist for her who practices near my home in Brooklyn, where she’s been staying. Ever since our beloved internist, Stan Mirsky, died seven years ago, Simone hasn’t properly taken care of herself. I found Dr. Roger Boyce on the United Healthcare website, who accepts Simone’s insurance and has an office about two miles from my house.

One of the reviews mentioned that Dr. Boyce doesn’t take appointments (unusual, but interesting, I thought), so I called the office to find out when he sees patients. The doctor answered the phone (unheard of in this part of the world), and told me his office hours, which include Sunday (this is getting more interesting by the minute, I thought).

“I’m curious why you don’t make appointments,” I asked Dr. Boyce.

“It’s not my style,” he plainly responded.

Hoping to avoid a lengthy wait, Simone and I arrived at Dr. Boyce’s office precisely at 11 a.m. yesterday, when he told me he begins seeing patients. Although only one person was in the waiting room, about 10 people had signed in before us, many of their names already checked off.  A tall handsome man at the front desk told us to take a seat near the water cooler.

“Are you Dr. Boyce?”  I asked.

Of course he was.

Within 10 minutes of sitting down,  Simone was called into a room where the doctor’s assistant took down all her info, while I watched Dr. Boyce rotate through his three examining rooms, where patients waited who had arrived earlier. When the assistant got what she needed from Simone, and took her blood pressure (which was excellent), she escorted Simone to the first examining room. By this time the waiting area was starting to get crowded!    (more…)

Who’s Been Taking Me To The Cleaners?

I didn’t recognize a $68 charge on my December MasterCard bill from a place called FlyCleaners. Since legitimate charges sometimes show up under unfamiliar names, I Googled FlyCleaners and learned that it’s a laundry service. I’ve never used a laundry service in my life, so I called Citibank to report the error on my bill.

Citi credited my account for the $68 error, and I thought that was the end of the story. I didn’t cancel my card because I assumed the charge was an innocent mistake. Wrong!  When a new MasterCard bill arrived earlier this week, it included six new charges from FlyCleaners, which totaled  around $300.

I immediately called Citi again, this time to cancel my card and get a new one. And, I called FlyCleaners. Turns out, when the laundry company called the number associated with the first $68 charge (after Citi notified it about my dispute), the person who answered said he was “Geri Brin’s assistant,” “had use of my credit card” and was “doing the laundry for her.”

This is pure insanity, I thought. Despite the fact that I had reported the first charge as erroneous, and Citi called FlyCleaners to investigate, FlyCleaners continued to accept my credit card number on its app as payment for its laundry washing and folding services. And Citi continued to let charge after charge on my account move through its system. (more…)

Fun Fast!

I and my cells are about to accomplish one the greatest feats of our lives:

Wrapping up month three of the ProLon Fasting Mimicking Diet (FMD). I may have decided to embark on this valuable dietary program, but if my cells could talk they’d thank me for giving them a chance to naturally and properly regenerate and rejuvenate so they can give me more energy and stave off age-related illnesses.Face it, ladies. Our cells aren’t going to hang around forever, when we consistently feed them horrible foods until they become damaged and cause all kinds of havoc on our bodies.  Some of the bad stuff floating all around us in the air, not to mention the UV rays of the sun, also don’t help our cells breathe easier.  All these “stressors” can certainly distress our “cellular metabolism.” If you were as horrid a biology student as I, you’ll want to know that “cellular metabolism” encompasses all the biochemical reactions inside living organisms that keep us alive—and healthy

ProLon® FMD™ has been scientifically shown to positively impact biological aging and related health markers. And, just as the name indicates, this diet “imitates” fasting, but you don’t actually fast. You’ll achieve all the benefits of fasting, but in a safer and easier way that gives you more energy.  You’ll eat, too! (more…)