I looked in the mirror to see if the word LOSER was etched on my forehead. It wasn't, but the thing staring back at me was scary.
I did talk to Dr. Z here in town about the liver cysts. He said "Don't worry. You'd have other symptoms if there were a problem there." He reassured me...somewhat.
The Boston gastro doc called in the prescription for Singulair (I may as well try it) last week. It wasn't there on Wed, and Thursday the pharmacy said it needed a pre-auth from my insurance company. Time is passing.
Called and left messages with his secretary. She called me back the next day, said she'd get that done. I got it this week, on Wednesday. (It took a week) What I got from the pharmacy was an inhaler for something called Flovent. Now how the hell will that work on my stomach pain?? The directions say to puff it and rinse it down with a few sips of water. I'm thinking this is strange, but don't think anything of it till Today....
I get the pre-auth letter in the mail. I'm approved for 10 mg TABLETS, not an inhaler!
I call the secretary back and she calls me within an hour (WOW!) and says the inhaler won't do me any good, and will call the pharmacy to make sure they pull the right thing. I can't wait to go in. I'm not paying for the new script.
I also called the Boston neurologist this week to ask what I should do about the headaches coming back since I upped my dose of Nortriptyline to 20 mg a day and it didn't do squat. I called on Monday, left a message. The next day, I called again. Jeff also called to leave a message (he's not happy about the time it takes to get a call back).
Jeff gets the secretary, Shane, on the phone (he answered! Miracle!), and this guy tells him "I talked to her yesterday". As soon as he hangs up with Jeff, he calls me, and I tell him what's going on. He said the doctor would call me today.
Jeff calls me after we hang up and we're talking and he says "Why didn't you say he talked to you yesterday?" Because I DIDN'T. The guy outright lied to Jeff!!!
The doctor calls back, says I am on too low a dose, tells me to up it by 10 mg a WEEK till I'm taking 100 mg. He'll call in a prescription (I'm nearly out). He said they will be 20 mg tablets instead of 10 mg capsules and I can cut them in half to make 30, 50, etc.
The same day I pick up the INHALER, I pick up the new Nortriptyline. It's another bottle of 10 mg capsules, only the directions say "Take 2 caps at bed, may increase by 1 cap every nite
to goal of 100 mg at bed, as tolerated."
ARGH!!!! It's supposed to be increased every WEEK, you morons! More phone calls ensue, and I'm being pushed to insanity.
We wonder how people get worse instead of better, how old folks overdose.....it may not be their fault!!!!!
Time to change pharmacies too. I'm so tired of incompetence!
I have a nurse case manager now. I took my neighbor's advice and called the insurance company to get someone to advocate on my behalf with the myriad of 'professionals' tending my care. Let's see if that helps expedite things a tad.