Well, I Just Almost Had a Heart Attack

November 9, 2020 3 of 8

I wasn’t expecting one of my eight posts to be about my license renewal.

In the world of pharmacy technicians, there are two kinds of qualification, certification and registration. Texas requires registration but not certification, but if I want to leave Texas someday (and I do), I’ll need to maintain my certification as well as my registration.

I went to the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board website and realized that the renewal window for my certification closed on Halloween. This was the first, biggest, heart attack.

It looks like if I shell out another $25 I can apply for recertification, and I did shell out that extra $25, so hopefully that’ll go off without a hitch and I’ll be certified for another two years.

Then I went to the Texas State Board of Pharmacy’s website and applied there. They’re requiring refingerprinting for anyone who has been a technician for more than five years, and I’ve been a tech for six. But it didn’t say anything about it when I applied.

So I had another minor rise in my blood pressure over this. I thought that maybe they had put a hold on that project because of COVID? But then I got the email with the link to sign up for the fingerprinting. So I’m doing that one week from today, at 9:50 in the morning. The fingerprinting site said that there were 20 appointments in the next 7 days, but I couldn’t sign up for anything before next Monday.

Maybe there are 20 appointments next Monday? Who knows? All I know is that by Thanksgiving, everything should be fine.

Now to move on with my life, and get another Gratuitous Amazon Link in here. I don’t have any other way to monetize this thing yet, and I’ve made a whole $0.97 from Amazon here so far. Let’s see if someone will eventually make that, I don’t know, $10,000? $20,000? $100,000? Today’s link is Ms. Marvel: Time and Again, by G. Willow Wilson, Saladin Ahmed, Rainbow Rowell, and Nico Leon.

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