I had a visit with the doc today, I was happy when I walked in and saw a piggy bank for a diabetes fundraiser at the front desk. Though it wasn’t much, I emptied my wallet into that piggy. I probably looked like I had robbed a Super Mario Brother because coins were rolling over the counter into the receptionist’s lap. I refused to stop until I had shoved every last one into that pig. They thanked me, I thanked them, and they waved me in without charging a Co-Pay…NICE! I am sure I’ll see a bill for that shortly, but nevertheless, I was in a good mood just knowing people care about curing D.
They took my blood pressure and it showed on the high side. I get nervous at the doc, “white coat syndrome” and all and so I wondered if it was because of that. After the doc checked me out, he had the nurse take it again. It showed higher. Then she tried another blood pressure cuff which showed way lower (over 20 points!). Um, if I’m at the mercy of these devices, shouldn’t they be accurate??? Nurse shrugged her shoulders. Doc contemplates putting me on a new med. Another prescription? Not happy at all.
I had a talk with the doc because, even with insurance, the prescription costs are getting out of hand. In addition to diabetes supplies, I’m also on a couple of non diabetes meds. Prescriptions are expensive. Insulin doesn’t grow on trees, and there is no generic form of insulin. Doc was a sweetheart and brought me two free vials of insulin, a very kind gesture for which I am grateful.
I have to wonder though, back when I was eighteen and newly diagnosed, I was dropped from my parents insurance. I used to have to pay for insulin (and strips, syringes, etc) at retail prices on my security guard salary. I was not in nearly as tight control as I am now, and I’m pretty sure I barely ever ate. If I remember correctly, it was about $20 a bottle when I was eighteen – now a bottle can go for well over a hundred dollars without insurance. Do they harvest it from Unicorns now? Just how the heck did it get so expensive?