Tired of the Word “Pharmacies”?

Written by Panorama resident, Mary Jo Shaw. June 2021

The entire planet is probably familiar with (and probably tired of) the word pharmacies. I’m dizzy observing millions of purple-capped little bottles kicking sides with each other as they race with the flow on machine belts to be packaged and distributed around the world.

What’s my view of the Puget Sound Pharmacy at Panorama (see there’s that word again)? Let’s peek in after getting screened and earning a tag that expires at the end of the day. The tag also allows my entry into the bank, hair salon, pharmacy, and bears my name, date and time of screening. The screeners are our re-positioned dependable, friendly employees who catch up on computer work and also switchboard the telephones for questions from residents, or prospects, etc. My tag’s tagged onto my right shoulder.

I wheel my walker a few feet around the corner of the hall into our pharmacy.

“Good morning, Mary Jo! So good to see you. How are you today?” I see a forehead looking up over the rows of pharmaceuticals on shelves facing me.

“Oh, am I blessed to have this pharmacy! Maybe you’re not ready yet, but you should be receiving a prescription from the Providence Clinic here on our campus any minute. I just walked over from there,” I responded.

“Well, I’m just finished filling your order,” Cheryl said. She handed Courtney the little brown plastic container with new pills. After finding out it was a med I’d not taken before, Courtney asked for Isaac, the pharmacist, who explained the instructions and handed me a printout of the side effects. What service!!

I turned and walked the aisles of groceries, canned foods, desserts, cookies, chips, fruits bananas, tangerines, pears, apples, frozen dinners, ice cream assortments, dairy products, wall of hygiene products mainly for our needs, bathroom items, ATC medications, baking needs . . . you get the idea!

Several times a week I fill my walker with several items. Some days either Kate or Nancy will do my check-out.

Hubby Chris uses the excuse to go down to the pharmacy to take his blood pressure. He takes the opportunity to buy a frozen ice cream sandwich or the famous Nestle Drumstick. About that drumstick, Google says, “It’s Over 90 Years Old, But Forever Young!” At 89, I suppose Chris wants to stay young, too! Have to admit, I did go with him a few times for the ice cream sandwich.

As restrictions let up, we were allowed to have families and friends to our apartments. Our daughter, Melody, her hubby, and their 14-year-old daughter accepted our last-minute invitation to come the next day for Melody’s birthday for a simple get-together of Jell-O with strawberries and banana slices.

The day of the simple “big event,” Melody called, “We’ll be there in 25 minutes.”

Feeling we wanted to offer more, but had nothing else to serve, I grabbed my walker. “Chris, I’m going to the pharmacy for bear paws and cinnamon rolls, peanut butter cookies . . . I don’t know what all I’m getting . . . something . . .”

At check-out, Cheryl heard my story about my “bad, goodie” stuff I normally don’t purchase.

Back upstairs in 10 minutes, Chris asked, “Are you back already?

“Yes, thank God for our pharmacy.” I ripped open the packages, placed goodies onto platters, and answered the BING text on my iPhone: “We’re parking outside!”

We raced down to the Quinault entrance where our family was just appearing at the door. Saved by Puget Pharmacy, goodies and all!

Am I tired of the word pharmacy? Three guesses, and two don’t count!

Panorama Not Standing Still

Written by Panorama resident, Sandy Bush. May 2021

The COVID pandemic has certainly changed some things around our Panorama campus. We can ALL attest to that! But I must say, while we have all been overly cautious about being out and about, at least most of us residents have had our two dose vaccinations. The masks are slowly coming off except for high-risk areas outside campus. But in thinking back on this year and a half, it becomes very clear that Panorama, while being cautious, has marched ahead with improvements when they could be done.

The parking lot across Sleater Kinney finally saw actual start date of cars parking over there, easing staff and resident parking. It was not without many bumps in THAT road, but finished it is.

Our sportsters worked through and got their pickleball and bocce ball courts. Sometimes, even in the lighter rains, you can hear the pock/pock of balls over in the court. The bocce ball field has been less utilized, but maybe as I don’t live close to that area, I haven’t noticed play there.

The Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center (C&R) sorely needed re-roofing and that finally got started and went on and on, but is now done and that should stop the leaks and extend the life of that facility that is there for us.

The expansion on the northeast campus brings us the Willow Lane construction. This complex offers three buildings of four apartments each that should be finished near December. Already these twelve units have been reserved. As a part of checking in for temperatures for use of the pool, we were able to watch the buildings spring up out of the ground. Now we make a special loop over there to see progress. We have made progress in screening for COVID and the station will close as the Auditorium prepares to offer limited seating and events in July (YEA!!!!!). What has been particularly of interest is the solar panels that festoon the roofs of the Willow Lane homes, appropriately facing the direction for best exposure to collect solar power.

Last, but certainly not least, is the Assisted Living addition. The building part proceeded apace and the only inconvenience to us walkers was the blockage of the path from Panorama Hall to the C&R when dropping off things for our friends sequestered there during the COVID lockdown. What has been amazing is watching the landscaping from up on the west and north facing sides of the Quinault apartment building! Many of us and Quinault residents were saddened by the removal of the bigger trees in that area that is being re-landscaped. What is going on there now is worth the time and effort to watch!  The giant boulders rock, so to speak!

Now that access is allowed into the Quinault building by independent residents living in the outer neighborhoods, I have been treated to a fourth-floor view of the proceedings as the water feature is starting to take shape. Yes, there is noise, some days awful in volume, but there has been very little construction dust and keeping track of progress has been fun. Big earth-moving equipment has always interested me. Now there are three sizes of equipment as maneuvering has gotten tricky for the big guys. We watched the huge boulders being off-loaded from flatbed trucks. Now they are being dispersed and seated in the landscaper’s plan. Such finesse.

The amazing plumbing required in a complicated installation like this is mind-blowing! Water will be recirculated and the installation includes spillways and such. There is more plumbing than this picture shows, and I hope the master plan works to perfection!

This addition sports solar panels as well as the new Willow development. The solar panels are perched on the two roofs beyond the pond construction. When asked, Administration said that they have been up and running for a month and collecting power from the sun already. When we are able to access that addition, I think there is a panel to see what the collectors are harvesting and this will be of interest to all of us as well as the Green Team.

What has been a delight to watch is so many residents of the building can be seen out on their balconies or patios watching all this come to life! There was a great clapping and cheering as the boulders came to rest off a truck that needed to back in off Sleater Kinney with the huge flatbed trailer behind it, in a sinuous course between stakes, piles and holes. The workers have been careful and respectful of residents and many have taken the time to talk with them regarding what they are doing.

I think many of us take for granted the care and forward thinking of our administration. While COVID had effectively shut us down, we have marched ahead with what could be done. There are other projects in the wings. But I am so very thankful for all that has been done for us in this community.