I ran out of one of my BP prescriptions on Sunday, and since I'm a whole continent away and three hours behind Georgia time, I had no way of getting hold of my nurse practitioner except via fax. (Now, bear in mind, I had called them on Friday, her day off, and asked them to phone in a refill, but they were evidently too busy to do that for me...) So I sent her a fax on Sunday, letting her know the situation and asking her please to call in the refill to a pharmacy here in Seattle. So, I finally hear from her at 3 yesterday afternoon, letting me know that they've called the prescription in...to my home pharmacy. Then, she says, "oh, but you're in Seattle, right? I guess we should call this in to the pharmacy that you sent me in your fax."
Anyway, I go to pick up the prescription (several hours later), requiring me to drive into the busiest area of Seattle to pick it up, just as things are getting their busiest. I park the car, find the pharmacy (I had been in that part of Seattle in September, and knew exactly where it was), and go in to pick up my prescription. I give the woman my name, and she says, "Oh, it'll be a few minutes. They just called it in." Now, I don't know who's telling the truth, my nurse or the lady at the pharmacy, but I sit down and wait the requisite 15 minutes. She calls my name, I go to get my medicine (now needing it rather badly, as my BP has been rising throughout all of this), and she says that the insurance wouldn't cover, since they had just filled a prescription for the same medication at the pharmacy back home. Turns out, this being a generic diuretic, the non-insurance price is only a dollar more. I can live with that, especially since now I have a 60 day supply.
The thing that gets me is that this is the one medication they've tried that actually seems to be doing anything for my blood pressure, and we've been screwing around with this for close to two years. Wouldn't you know that, in Delta's Sky magazine this month, they have an article about controlling blood pressure, and they say that for most people, a cheap diuretic is the most effective (and least expensive) solution? I've only been on this diuretic for a couple of months. This was like a desperation move by my doctor/nurse practitioner, because the other, more expensive medications that I've been taking haven't worked. Wouldn't you think that it would have been the first thing that they tried?
Now, I understand that I haven't done nearly enough to control it myself. I eat too much and don't get enough exercise. I admit that freely. But my point is, I feel like I could have saved a lot of time, money and aggravation if they had thought of this in the first place.
Do you think I should change doctors?
Yesterday wasn't a complete bust. I got a chance to meet some people that I've been working with remotely for almost a year, I enjoyed my return to the classroom tremendously, and being in the shopping district of Seattle gave me an excuse to buy a copy of one of my favorite books of all time, PJ O'Rourke's Parliament Of Whores. It should be required reading for everyone planning to vote in this year's election, and everyone should read it during every election year. Yes, it's that instructive.
Better hop into the shower...they close and lock the parking lot at this place at 8:30.