(An apology in advance to my male readers)
I had a super frustrating encounter at the pharmacy this week. When I kicked up my heels after leaving my old job and decided that I was going to leave the office world behind me, I also decided that I’m just not the kind of girl that can go sans health insurance. I’m of the sincere belief that Murphy’s Law is just waiting in the wings to play Russian roulette with my life, and I knew as soon as my insurance lapsed I would most likely break a bone or need a kidney…so I pay out of pocket for health coverage. This may not be the choice many would make, but peace-of-mind is important to me.
When I was looking at plans one of the main deciders for me was whether or not the plan covered my name brand birth control.
I have been on oral contraception for years, regardless of the state of my romantic life. I use it to regulate my cycle which at times can get a bit wonky. Having said that, I am SUPER reactive to hormonal drugs: Some make me crazy; I mean crying for no reason in the middle of the street crazy. Some make my boobs ginormous in an ‘Oww, this really hurts’ kind of way. Some make be bleed uncontrollably for months at a time. Needless to say, when I found a pill that didn’t make me nuts, Dolly Parton, or anemic I was psyched. That pill has in the last year been released from its exclusivity patent and allowed to be generic-acized. I have friends who have taken the generic and promptly changed pills because they hated it so much. I know the active ingredients are the same technically, but I’m still skeptical.
I don’t mind using generics with just about any other form of medicine, but when it comes to hormones, I really think people should be allowed to use whatever medication works in their system.
Unfortunately, in the months since I chose my insurance plan they have revamped their coverage policy, and will no longer cover my pill. I ended up paying $95 out of pocket to get my medication. Considering I pay hundreds of dollars each month for my insurance, and the only regular use it gets is this monthly pharmaceutical visit, it seems seriously unfair.
I asked if the pharmacy would give me the generic. I know from past experience that this is a judgment call that pharmacists are allowed to make, but they told me that I would have to get a new prescription. I think that’s about the time I said, “It would be less frustrating to just have a baby!”
Ugh. Now I have an appointment with my doctor next week to discuss other methods of birth control. This may of course mean things are going to get all sorts of whacktastic up in here.
Admittedly, this blog entry has nothing to do with food, but it does have a lot to do with healthy living. I really believe that people deserve more of a say about their own health. You only get one shot at the body you have, shouldn’t you be allowed to do what’s best for it?
Didn’t happen. I started working in the morning and didn’t really get to eating until after noon.
Salad with lettuce, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, gorgonzola, pear, dried cranberries, walnuts
Lite Cheddar cheese and a plum
Exercise: Back and shoulders, strength training