A funny thing happened on the way to…buy some packing tape the other day.
I had my precautionary follow-up appointment with a breast surgeon on Tuesday. My internist suggested I go after my last mammogram in December. You can read about that here.
When I arrived at the doctor’s office it was minus six degrees Fahrenheit. The exam room had a large window and was a few degrees warmer than the inside of my car. She could have done the exam out there – laid a seat back – no difference.
The doctor came in and asked me a few questions, including what medications I take. Now that I’m taking a medication on a regular basis, I say it kind of proud-like. I was medication-free for so long and now it feels good in a stupid kind of way to be able to say something. I told her Dulera, the new prescription I got for my recent re-diagnosis of asthma. She’d never heard of it. I hoped that was because it was a new drug and not because she was dumb.
She gave me a gown and told me I could put my coat on over it.
My thoughts: Why do I need a gown? Aren’t the mammogram pictures enough? Does she really need to cop another feel? I hope her hands are warm. I’m glad I decided to shower this morning. I wish I brought my coffee in here. I hope Steve made those waffles for the kids and didn’t just feed them cereal.
After I changed into the waist-length gown and put my sweatshirt over it, a woman came in with a space heater. Thank you.
The doctor came back in. She had me lie down on the exam table, as my leg knocked off at least six icicles as I climbed up. While starting the exam she told how she had run her hands under warm water before coming in to warm them up.
My thoughts: Liar! You put your hands in the freezer! I bet you rubbed them all over that window, making designs in the frost like Autumn does on the car window!
I gritted my teeth as she finished prodding “my friends” with her snowy ice hooks. She had me sit up and told me she didn’t see or feel anything unusual and after looking at the mammogram everything looked okay.
She explained that what they’re trying to do is take a three-dimensional object (“my friend”) and smash it (Mmm…) to take a two-dimensional photo. So often, things are hard to see. Ninety-nine percent of the time, there is nothing to see. Long story short, I go back in five months for a follow-up mammogram and if that’s good then I’m good until the next routine mammogram. I left the office happy.
Since Steve was watching the kids, I figured I’d take advantage of my time out and party it up, so I went to Walgreens. I needed to get my packing tape and to pick up my Dulera re-fill for my asthma.
I picked out my packing tape (it took me 10 minutes) and then went to the pharmacy.
Me: Hi, I need to pick up my prescription.
Pharmacist: What’s your last name?
Ph: (digs through letter H and pulls out my prescription) You’re aware of the price on this prescription, right?
Ph: Okay, I just like to make sure when it’s this high.
Me: It is pretty expensive. I don’t know why it’s so freaking expensive. $75, right?
Ph: No. $250.
Me: $250!?! Why was it only $75 last time?
Ph: That was last year. You had met your deductible.
Me: Crap. I can’t get that…can I still get my packing tape?
So, I guess I’ll be going back to my doctor to discuss my asthma prescription. Not only is it too expensive and has possible yeast infection of the mouth as a side effect, but my nose has been running like Forrest Gump since I started using it. I mean, I can breathe, so there’s an upside, but seriously, $250?
Overall, it was a good day for me. Aside from the doctor’s frigid fingers and the overpriced asthma prescription, I can breathe, don’t have breast cancer, and I got my packing tape. Life is good.
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