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April 5th, 2018 at 04:56 pm

I saw the new neurologist today and liked him well enough. I asked him how many other MS patients he has, and he said 40 or 50, so I guess he's got the experience I wanted to see. He's a solo practice...so rare these days. Not sure I'm definitely switching to generic Copaxone. He said generics are NOT identical and sometimes can be as much as 20% different ingredients.

Sure enough, I went home and found this:
http://fortune.com/2013/01/10/are-generics-really-the-same-as-branded-drugs/

However, my new insurer requires use of generics, if they're available, and I told him that. He said he'd talk to the Copaxone rep who happened to be stopping in later today to see if anything can be done. He said he's seen some patients switch to a generic and then went on to have troubling side effects. Not good.

We also agreed I'll have an MRI since it's been 13 years since my last one. It should only cost me a $75 co-payment, which to me is pretty cheap.

While in the doctor's waiting room, I couldn't help but notice how stark the walls were; no art anywhere. I got the office email from the front desk and may propose they consider purchasing some of my mother's art; I have jpgs I can send. You never know.

I hit Aldi's for their $1.19 cantaloupe (they were so sweet last week) and their .49 mangoes, among other things. Bought a birthday card for my dad next door and filled up the gas tank before dropping off some book donations at the library. Vacuumed the house. I found a FLEA on Luther. Gave him Advantage Plus yesterday.

I had another assigned survey from my local bank so went to use their teller and then filled out the survey online when I got home. Each time I do this sort of thing it's an easy $10.

Also went to the hardware store to replace 2 faucet washers as both my kitchen faucet and the downstairs bath faucet have had slow drips for ages. My local hardware store didn't have the right size so now I have to go to a plumbing supply place. My chores never seem to end. Sigh. But it's a cheap fix (.49 each) and could save on my water bill. It just was never really on my radar til now.

I went to a lot of trouble to cover up as many daffodils in my front yard as possible becus it got down into the 20s last night and many are ready to bloom. I used plastic sheets, a tarp and lots of large flower pots turned upside down.

Then this morning I had to pull all of them off and then put them all back on tonight because it will be another cold one. I'm not sure it's needed because the ones I couldn't cover look fine, but freezing weather is freezing weather, right? I have several hundred daffodils I've planted over the years and they are a cheery sight I'd rather not lose this year.

Plumber coming tomorrow bright and early, 8 am.

5 Responses to “Thursday things”

  1. Amber Says:

    I'm glad you found a doctor you like and hopefully you can get some samples of the meds.
    Are you still having the flea issue?

  2. LuckyRobin Says:

    I've had daffodils bloom in the snow. They are pretty hardy. But better safe than sorry, right? I hope you can get the medicine you need. I don't think insurance companies should be allowed to dictate medication choices. That should be up to the doctor.

  3. PatientSaver Says:

    Amber, yes, apparently so. After believing I had fully eradicated them, I noticed Luther scratching furiously and often, starting a week or so ago. I just couldn't believe it (or didn't want to believe it), and at first I didn't really focus in on it; there is always so much going on here.

    But then yesterday he was sitting on my lap and I randomly ran the flea comb over him and was shocked to find a small back thing caught in the tines of the comb. I pulled it out and dropped it in the toilet, then watched to see if the thing moved. It did. I flushed. Then Luther got some meds and I vacuumed the house.

    He's not a big fan of combing, but when the fleas got real bad last time he allowed me to do it more. So I will start combing more again to "monitor" the situation.

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    have the same issue with Synthroid. Anytime I get a new dosage level or switch pharmacies, I most likely will have to return the meds they give me - because they'll replace it with the generic. And the generic is NOT stable.

  5. rob62521 Says:

    Your new doctor sounds like a champ. Hope he can help you and that he can find a way for your to get your medicine and not have to resort to a generic.

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