I knicked this one from www.notalwaysright.com, a funny site about customer service encounters...occasionally they have pharmacy-related stories...
Don’t Hold Your Breath For This One
Pharmacy Boulder, CO, USA
(I am counseling a patient on using an inhaler.)
Me: “Do you know how to use an inhaler, sir?”
Patient: “Nope, never used one.”
Me: “Okay, you’ll want to begin inhaling, and then depress the inhaler as you are breathing in. Then, hold your breath for as long as possible to allow the medication to be absorbed into your lungs.”
Patient: “Oh, sort of like smoking pot…”
Actually, the patient is spot-on. I may have to incorporate this into my inhaler counseling...