Monday, June 14, 2010

Wanted: A Little Cooperation

My favorite garden a time when I planted impatiens in the ground

Some random thoughts for today...

I made an attempt to change my blog format from a 2-column to a 3-column layout. As you can see, that didn't work out too well. I actually edited the HTML code (which, for me, is pretty impressive), but I just could not figure out how to move the header photo along with all of the Blogger gadgets to the new 3-column set-up. They just would not cooperate. That's the kind of a day I've had, so why not. Back to the 3-column format for Blogger drawing board for me!

I stayed home from church yesterday. Actually, I slept in. Oh, don't get too excited now. Honestly, getting up and going to church on Sunday is such a vital part of my week that it's very hard not to go. And I missed being there terribly. But I've been coughing my head off since Thursday night and I just couldn't torture everyone around me (or embarrass my family). The Friday before Memorial Day I found myself at the doctor's office because of this cough. I was prescribed a Z-pack and felt much better within 24 hours. That antibiotic lasted 10 days and on day 11, the cough was back with a vengeance. So, on Friday, I called the doctor's office and told them what was going on. The doctor phoned in another antibiotic which Mr. Wonderful was kind enough to pick-up for me on his way home later in the day. Well, imagine our surprise when we found out the prescription was $193. We should have gone with our gut on this one and said, "No thanks, we'll need something a little more economical." But, no. I didn't want to upset the apple cart, so to speak. We went ahead and had it filled since there must be some really good reason why it was prescribed. Did I mention I have an acute sensitivity to medicine? Yep. It's not a fun thing. You know how you'll get a printed page or two listing side effects and minor side effects and this doesn't ever happen to anyone, but we'll mention it anyway, side effects? Well, I'm the girl that gets all of the side effects. I'm thankful that I hardly ever have to take anything. So guess what? I had a reaction. Heart palpitations that lasted for several hours and, to top it off, I actually felt worse. And my cough wasn't even the slightest bit better. Not after 3 days worth of pills and heart palpitations. So I called the doctor's office first thing this morning. I was told the doctor would be notified and something else would be called in. In the meantime, I called the pharmacy to inquire about the $193 prescription and was told very kindly, "I feel for ya, but we can't refund any of your money for the prescription. It's against the law. Just throw them away. That's what we would do." Nice, huh? I called the doctor's office again and asked them to let the doctor know that I just couldn't afford another expensive prescription and to please try and choose one that had few side effects and was a little more reasonable. So guess what happened? I had grocery shopping to do and stopped by the pharmacy as soon as we arrived at the store. They hadn't even received the new prescription...six hours later. They recommended I stop back after I finished shopping. I returned to find there was still no prescription. I once again called the doctor's office only to find they were closed for the day. And it was only 4 o'clock. So I find myself still coughing my head off and grossing out my daughter.

Do you know it's been raining here for almost 100 years and the humidity has been around 90% and the temperature has been about 85? Is it any wonder I have such a terrible upper respiratory infection? As of this afternoon, my right ear is now filled with fluid and I have that lovely plugged-up-ear feeling. I think it's time to pack my bags and head west to the desert. Upon my arrival, it'll probably start raining for the first time in 500 years.

Here's to hoping tomorrow will be a little more cooperative,

P.S. Come on. You do feel just a little bit sorry for me, don't you?


  1. AnonymousJune 15, 2010

    We have a beautiful condo in sunny, dry Las Vegas, Nevada available for immediate occupancy. ;)

    Feel better soon, dear Sister-in-love!

  2. AnonymousJune 15, 2010

    This makes me sad for you :( I sure hope your Doctor shows up at work this morning and can help you feel better. Sometimes having to deal with a Doctor and his staff is enough to make you sicker. Here's hoping that TODAY finds you feeling all better and NOT CAUGHING your head off. Love-ya--el bel

  3. AnonymousJune 15, 2010

    I feel for ya! Also, I would seriously consider the condo in Nevada :)

    Your grossed out daughter,

  4. Pooor baby :( I'll have some chicken soup for you later, and some home made bread (using molasses instead of honey, yum). It will help you feel better. Love you!!! I'll call later when I know I can come.

  5. Oh dear. :( I do feel for you! :( :( I'll be praying you feel better soon!! <3

  6. Hey, I am glad Chris found you up and about a wee bit. Hope the combination of soup and meds does the trick :D

  7. You all have been so caring and kind! Thank you so very much. I feel so loved. I picked up the new antibiotic this afternoon and hope to feel much better tomorrow.

    Teri, it takes a lot to keep this girl down! We loved our little visit with Chris and, as you already know, dinner was absolutely fabulous.

    Amanda, thank you for the lovely card today. It brought a smile to my face.

    Sister-in-love, as you can see, my Rachel is ready to move! Kisses till tomorrow.

    Auntie Elle, I love you. Your hugs were needed much today.

    Yours Truly...truly thankful!