I have been warned for a while now that I was running out of options on my diabetes. The oral meds were not working. As I have to have surgery very soon, they have to get my sugar down and under control. My primary is not really the greatest and I have had to lean on her a bit to get things accomplished. So Monday I had a visit with my pain care provider and got my shots. I only got ten shots this time because even though we went lower I asked for her to start lower rather than just below the shoulder blades. The pain care ANRP is the best. Then Tuesday I saw my primary care. She is a PAC. I don’t hold that against her, she is just not really consistent at her job. In fact I asked her if I should go to a specialist for my diabetes management, and she got a little offended. Well the thing is I was put on injection insulin. Now that doesn’t bother me, I have given shots, I don’t mind shots, I get a lot of them already anyway, and so giving myself a shot is not a problem. I don’t care for the new way they do it, these pens injection devices as I have twice not gotten my full dose. I prefer the old way of drawing it up out of a vial and such. Well she put me on this super new pen injection insulin which has both the insulin and some other drug in it. It is like super new, the rep is really hitting the doctors to prescribe it even though the pharmacies don’t stock it and insurance doesn’t cover it. Which is what happened to me. She gave me a sample to use while she sent the prescription into the pharmacy.
The pharmacy called me this morning and flat out said no way. OK I have had that happen on several meds. Here is where it gets to be a problem. Most doctors offices work closely with the pharmacies, especially the one I use as it is the largest health care hospital system in the county and they use the huge pharmacy to provide all the employees and families durg needs. It is really huge. so like if your prescription has run out the pharmacy will call the doctor’s office for a new script for you. Or in this case they would call the doctor’s office and say they won’t cover that script and here are the options. This all makes it much easier for the patient. But the primary care I have ( until I can change it ) hates the pharmacy to call them, and has actually told them not to call and often refuses to take the calls. I have complained about it but got nowhere.
So this morning the nice lady at the pharmacy called , explained everything to me, how they wouldn’t cover it, how they would cover my insulin lantus but my copay would be $50 for three months for that and $50 for three months for something else, on top of the $50 I pay for my blood pressure meds, and some other drugs that cost me less amounts. Not complaining because while that is tight for me, it is doable and a lot of people don’t have the insurance I do and their copays are a lot more. I agreed to the $100 for three months added payment. Then she said she would try to work it out with the doctors office and explained the problem. So I am waiting for a call to be told what medications to take and how to get them. Plus am I staying with a pen system or the old ( better I think ) system of vial and syringe. So the thing I really need to do is get the hip surgery as soon as I can. I am to see a different orthopedic surgeon because the first one I had such a dislike for. My pain care giver says the one is much more suited for me and so I think it will work out. Get that done and it is one less problem and a lot less pain. I won’t need the wheelchair and I won’t need a new scooter.
Speaking of scooters I just found out that it takes a filled out 12 page form that takes about 2 hours to complete. Most doctors offices won’t do it. So I would be out of luck as they say if I needed it anyway. Be well and happy. Hugs