January 30, 2010

Take Your Medicine

Posted in Journal tagged , , , at 9:32 pm by Jenn

Today I was talking to a friend who needed some advice from his friendly neighborhood dietitian.   During this conversation I learned that my friend had been without health insurance for a time and couldn’t afford to buy his cholesterol medication. 

As a healthcare practitioner I know about the programs and ways to obtain meds when patients don’t have health insurance, but the problem is that patients don’t always communicate this to their health care professionals….SO, I wanted to take the time to post this information out there for the world to read….well, my 464 Facebook friends at least.   Really folks, you don’t have to go without your meds, there is ALWAYS a way to get them…..ALWAYS. 

So here are a few things to try to find free or low cost meds:

1.  Walmart – I know a lot of you don’t shop there, don’t admit you shop there or think that they are some cult, putting mom and pop stores out of business.  What ever your reason.  They have meds for $4 for 30 days and $10 for 90 days…..lots and lots of meds.  They will even ship them to your house for free so if you don’t want to be seen in public in Walmart you don’t have to.  Here’s a link to the meds.  And if you really hate Walmart so much that you won’t use them even for their $4 meds.  Go to Target.  They have a $4 program too.  They also used to have a really cool cap system for families with multiple people taking multiple meds….different color caps for every member of the family!

2.  Explain your situation to your doctor.  Ask them to write for generic meds. 

3.  Many pharmaceutical companies offer samples of their meds to doctors offices.  ASK for SAMPLES.  Really people.  Often times the meds sit in the offices and expire because NO ONE ASKS for them. 

4.  Seek assistance from the pharmaceutical company.  Sites like RxAssist, and Needy Meds are great resources.  Use them.  Many companies have assistance programs that are based on income.  MANY of my patients qualify for FREE MEDS through these companies – based on income.  Yes, you have to provide proof of income so be careful.  I only submit to programs that are direct from the manufacturing company.

5.  Churches – if you are a member of a church ask for help.  Many churches offer assistance to their members in their time of need.  All you need to do is ask. 

6.  Quit smoking!  I don’t know the exact price, BUT if you smoke a pack of cigs a day that’s probably around $7.00 a day, or $210 a month.  That’s a lot of $4 prescriptions at Walmart!  Hell you don’t even have to quit, just cut back and you will be able to afford your meds.

So there you have it.  6 ways that you can get your meds.  I’m sure by using one of those methods you’ll be able to get your meds.  Most importantly, talk to your provider people.  We can’t help you if you don’t let us know you need help to begin with.  COMMUNICATION is KEY!


January 28, 2010

The Waiting Game

Posted in Journal tagged , at 10:49 pm by Jenn

I had a nice message from Ruth today on Facebook saying that she was looking forward to my next blog post.  I know that I promised to be more faithful to my blog in the new year and I feel bad that I haven’t been.  I have been holding out for big news, but the big news isn’t coming.  I’m waiting on pins and needles waiting for Scott’s next assignment to be made official.   The news can’t come fast enough for me. 

I’m still living here at my parents, sleeping on the futon.  Yeah, I know I said the first thing I was going to do with my first “full time” paycheck was buy a new bed, but then I started thinking….what if we don’t get stationed here?  How will I get the bed to my new place?  I just couldn’t see spending the money. 

I am still working for DaVita and I’m getting in to the swing of things now that I’ve got “my own” unit.  It’s a big clinic with 135-140 patients.  There is A LOT to do, it’s a challenge day to day and I love it.  I love the job, but I’m having a bit of a hard time getting comfortable with one of my co-workers.  It’s proving more challenging to me then getting to know all those patients.  I definitely don’t like not being comfortable especially in a patient care setting.  I hope it’s just the “new girl jitters”  we’ll see.  There’s a chance I won’t be around too much longer anyway.  I hate playing the waiting game.

In other news, a new semester of school has started and I’m taking a pediatric nutrition course.  I haven’t had any real experience with peds since my internship other than a patient here and there when I worked at New Hanover and had to cover peds on the weekend.  I’m looking forward to the class and hoping that it isn’t too challenging.  I’m also seriously considering taking the certification exam to become a certified Renal Dietitian.  I’ve been wanting specialty certification for a few years and at this point renal seems the logical choice.  If I were in a clinical setting I would totally be going for the nutrition support certification.  I really miss the tube feeding patients and the teaching that was involved with them, but renal nutrition is satisfying as well and I see myself doing this forever.  I’m good at this.

The knitting and spinning are still going full force.  Not a lot in the works right now, but I have a sweater class starting this weekend and a spinning group meeting Friday night.  So as usual, it’s a fiber filled weekend.

So there you have it Ruth, a post…..maybe not all that exciting, but an update.  Sorry you couldn’t be around for the happy hour a few weeks ago, it was BIG FUN!

January 3, 2010

Happy New Year~!

Posted in Journal tagged at 10:14 pm by Jenn

As I’m typing this I’m saying out loud for the first time “two thousand and ten”!  I can’t believe it’s 2010 already.  It seems like yesterday that I was toasting in 2000.

This was low key as far as New Year’s celebrations go.  My friend Michelle and I went to dinner at the local water hole and had pizza and wings for dinner (and I had a couple of Blue Moon’s).  We were back home by 9:00 and in a fierce Wii competition with my 7 year old nephew.  We bowled, Mario Carted and Dream Figure Skated.  At about 11:45 we stopped playing and switched over to Ryan Seacrest and Dick Clark to watch the ball drop.   I think it’s time that America’s Oldest Teenager pass the torch…I’m just saying. 

Friday was a lazy day spent sleeping and watching Season 8 of Friends.  Saturday was my knitting group meeting in Bowie.  I didn’t get a whole lot of knitting done, but I did manage to buy myself 2 knitting magazines both of which contained several patterns that I plan to knit in 2010.  I also found a great baby something for someone special AND a Russian cookbook in the bargain book section at Border’s.  My group time was cut shorter than it normally would have been.  The condition of the restroom was less than desireable.  Let’s just say it was kind of reminded me of a cross between a truckstop and a jiffy john.  There was no way I was even going to attempt to use the bathroom in there and that’s saying a lot after spending two years in Post Soviet Europe.  WTF?

Today I spent the day searching for the perfect yarn for my next sweater.  It’s the cover sweater on the Winter 2010 edition of Verena.  The name – Rapunzel.  LOVE IT.  I can tell that it is going to frustrate the hell out of me to knit this, but I haven’t been inspired to knit anything since finishing the Undulating Waves Scarf

for my mom’s Christmas gift (she cried by the way)(pattern link).  Seeing this sweater on the cover actually made me say “hmm I’d like to knit that”.  So I’m gonna.  I ordered yarn today in a red color very similar to the cover picture.  The colorway is Hollyberry and I’m going to do it in KnitPicks Wool of the Andes.  They have such great colors.  It was hard to choose, but the cover color called out to me so I tried to match it the best I could.  The other sweater in that issue that I really like is called Odette.  I didn’t purchase that yarn yet.  Probably going to wait for a great sale at Cloverhill or Crazy for Ewe for that purchase.

I’m going to be better about blogging in 2010.  I really miss it.  It served a great purpose while I was overseas as far as keeping me in touch with family and friends.  It was also great for introducing me to new friends and now I’m going to think of it as a way of keeping in touch with them and keeping them up to date with what’s going on in my world.  Probably not nearly as entertaining as it was while I was overseas, but I’m going to do my best.

And ladies, don’t forget a new season of the Bachelor starts tomorrow!  Jake is hot hot hot!

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