Lots of Drugs

I never, ever thought I’d have to use one of those handy, dandy pill holders but – I have two. One for morning and one for evening.
I never, ever thought I’d have a small bin chock full of pill bottles, but I do.
Back when I was 18 and at Ft. Belvoir for my college physical, the doctor and several others became very excited feeling my neck. The doctor called in the others and everyone was feeling my neck. I was mortified and petrified. Next thing I know, I’ve got an appointment at Walter Reed for the next day. Drove through the DC rush hour traffic by myself and got there. My BP was high when they checked but after I calmed down from the drive it went back to a good number. You have to remember that when I was 18, it was a long time ago. There was no simple blood test to measure your thyroid activity. Nope, you basically drank radioactive orange juice, sat around for awhile and then were x-rayed to see where the radioactive stuff had gone in your body. Mine didn’t go far enough and so I started my “pill a day” for my thyroid.
Now – I have bunches of pills, most introduced after my d diagnosis, some are vitamins and some are prescriptions – and of course, I still take the thyroid med (Synthroid) each morning.

We use the 3 month mail order option with our insurance company and I try to stay ahead of the ordering dates. As soon as the prescription says I can order again, I do. So then I have even more bunches of pills. In an attempt to keep them straight and used in a sequential order, I mark the top of each bottle with the month number. It works. I use the oldest ones first and then have the next 90 days in waiting.
I don’t order the insulin through the mail order. That one is at our local drug store and I have to pick it up each month.
The Ping supplies are ordered through Animas. Cigna has to approve the order each time I reorder so, sometimes it can take a week or more. And… yeah, I’m ahead on those also.
Keeping up with all of this is a pain, annoying and often frustrating. But I do it, just like all of you.
The cost – is petrifying, even with insurance. But, you already know that. You do what you gotta do, but it doesn’t mean we have to like it.
Some of our snow melted yesterday, not much though. And it might go to the 40’s by tomorrow and Friday. Woo Hoo!!!

5 thoughts on “Lots of Drugs

  1. OHHH…same here on the medical supplies and on the snow! I am sad though, b/c our rink is thawing. It is the beginning of the end for our 2010/2011 Backyard Season.

    I sooo hate keeping track of the supplies. I am not very good at it either. UGH.

  2. Funny that after my crisis, I now take a few less meds than before. But it's still a lot, and I agree that even with insurance the cost is staggering.
    The other day the dialysis center called over a prescription to my pharmacy for a phosphorous binder – a drug that lessens phos. levels in the blood. My pharmacist phoned that evening and said that insurance would not pay for it, as it was $340 permonth. He also said there was a generic equivilant at $30 pwe monrh and I'd have to get permission to substitute it. The center said that they usually only use the trade name one for Medicare patients, and yes, I could have the generic. So……………….why are they using one that charges Medicare an exorbitant price when there is a generic equivilant. Mind boggling, to say the least.
    50 degrees here today. Glorious.

  3. Yup, I try to stockpile my meds and supplies so Idon't run out too. Great idea about marking the top of the pill bottles. I'm gonna steal that idea from you!! 🙂

  4. The pancreas is small, but the store cupboard for the substitute pancreas is massive! When Frank's diagnosis was made I quickly understood we would be “doing injections”, but I had no idea I would be running a pharmacy/stationery cupboard with supplies from all round the world. But closing the shop's not an option!!!!

  5. I hate pill boxes, but I've tried my share of them as well. Seems like they're always in need of refilling and make the days tick by even faster!

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