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ProfessorTomoe

Changing Medications (Level of Trust Required)

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3 hours ago, The Old Hack said:

Okay, this was kinda creepy.

Today I realised that I was running out of every single medication I am taking practically all at the same time.

I *try* to arrange for that to happen, so we only need to make one trip to the pharmacy.

Meanwhile, my mate likes to only get one refill at a time, so it doesn't seem like we're spending so much money... even when the pharmacy is an hour away (which currently works out to costing about $20 per trip in gasoline - another reason to get as much done in one trip as we can manage).

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1 minute ago, Don Edwards said:

I *try* to arrange for that to happen, so we only need to make one trip to the pharmacy.

Meanwhile, my mate likes to only get one refill at a time, so it doesn't seem like we're spending so much money... even when the pharmacy is an hour away (which currently works out to costing about $20 per trip in gasoline - another reason to get as much done in one trip as we can manage).

Thank you for putting things in perspective for me. I need to undertake the mind-bogglingly harsh journey of a ten minute easy stroll down to my local pharmacy where I usually only have to wait at most five minutes to get my prescription filled. I have very little to worry about, it seems.

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Prof, you have my heartfelt sympathies.  One of the manifestations of my sister's lupus was a vasculitis that caused the tip of her little toe to turn black and fall off.  She said if you're going to lose a body part, a toe is probably the one she'd choose, but it's still pretty scary.  Just know that it doesn't automatically mean you're going to get disassembled bit by bit -- I know that thought will have gone through your head, that this is just the start, but it is not a slippery slope you're sliding down.  It's just a toe.

These days, she jokes about, "This little piggy got beheaded...."  :-)

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1 hour ago, CritterKeeper said:

Prof, you have my heartfelt sympathies.

Much obliged. It's been a rough couple of months, which explains my absence.

1 hour ago, CritterKeeper said:

These days, she jokes about, "This little piggy got beheaded...."  :-)

My mother used to threaten to amputate my toenails at the neckline.

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Update: I have an appointment scheduled with an infectious disease specialist on Wednesday, July 18th at 9:30 a.m. CDT. The damned referral secretary first tried to hook me up with a wound care specialist, which would have done no farking good. How is that supposed to help a case of osteomyelitis? I got her straight on the subject and she fixed things, finally getting me set with the right doctor.

I hope.

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I've just returned from the infectious disease specialist. Here's the deal: I'm going to have to go into the hospital on Friday to have a PICC line inserted. Immediately after that, I go back to the infectious disease specialist's office and pick up a week's worth of supplies. I will then have to infuse myself daily with two antibiotics through the PICC line. I'm not sure if each drug will take 30 minutes or if both drugs together will take 30 minutes, but in either case it's something I'm going to have to do for the next six weeks.

I don't know how I'll do it, but it's got to be done. Man, they are taking my toe extremely seriously!

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1 hour ago, ProfessorTomoe said:

Man, they are taking my toe extremely seriously!

In my experience, this is better than them ignoring the problem.

I have less good news. That medication I spoke of earlier? Well, apparently my doctor is off on vacation. Their telephone answering machine suggests I call one of her colleagues who takes up the slack of her absence but that did me little good as this was not mentioned on the homepage I ordered my refills on. I have medication till Sunday and then I run out of two kinds of important medication. After a few more days, I run out of a third. I am not best pleased. Whether I can convince a strange doctor to write prescriptions for me in my own doctor's absence I'll find out tomorrow, I guess.

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