September 9th, 2011

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migraine suck

I have had enough medically related bad_service I could destroy your friend pages, but here's what happened most recently...

I get severe migraines, about three to four times a week. I take Imitrex, which works wonderfully and is my only source of relief. Unfortunately I only get nine a month through my insurance but I deal.

I had about 8 fills on it, so I had been filling it monthly with no problem. I was only a little curious why the neurologist didn't request to see me, but figured she would after I ran out.

When I was out of fills and had one pill left, I called Drs office because I hadn't seen her since about April, and assumed she would fill it and then have me come in for a short appt. Like I always did.

I call calmly, state my name, request the refill and ask if Dr ____ wanted to see me before filling it. Then came the punch in the face.

The receptionist told me, quite bluntly, that I had been discharged in May. I was no longer a patient for missing too many appointments, and that they would no longer refill my prescriptions. Talk to your general practitioner -- have a nice day, bye!

I would have appreciated it if -- over the course of two years seeing her -- they mentioned I was missing too many, or some warning beforehand that if I missed another appt I'd be discharged. In fact they never said anything when I did miss them, as I called hours prior that I couldn't come in because of how awful my migraine was.

Now, not notifying me before hand is one thing. But they never even notified me that I had been discharged! I had just been filling my prescription monthly with no idea that I had not been a patient in 5 months! No warning, nothing. And no refill.

Also, for whatever reason, I had only received 6 that month instead of 9, (I believe the script was written for x amount of doses, not fills) so I took them thinking I had 9 -- I would have made them last if I had realized this sooner, or knew that I wouldn't get a fill until I found a dr willing to give me one.

I also see a pain specialist who was more than willing to fill it, but only after an appt with him, and he couldn't fit me in for another week. (Suck, but not his fault) So I suffered for about 9 days, debating the ER but had not had much success there in the past. I finally got the script after dealing with almost a constant migraine the whole time. I went to the pharmacy with my script and the THANK GOD RELIEF feeling.

My heart sank and tears welled up in my eyes when the pharmacist said the insurance wouldn't fill it for four more days. Why couldn't I get the extra three I didn't get that month? The pharmacist didn't know, agreed it was bullshit but couldn't do anything about it, another suck, but not his fault. It was just the insurance company being obnoxious as usual. So I suffered some more.

But tomorrow is the day I will get my refill. I'm trying not to get my hopes up just in case, but if I don't get it I will raise hell.

Hot chocolate =/= cafe latte

On any other day, this probably wouldn't have bothered me so much. But I had been running just a little late to work, then my train got in ten minutes late and I missed my bus, I had a client waiting at work when I got in who needed to be out by a certain time and I hadn't had breakfast. You know, just one of those days.

So when I went on lunch I decided to treat myself to macca's coz I was feeling crap. This particular MacDonald's is usually pretty busy but very quick at getting orders out so it's usually a very quick trip.

I ordered my meal but asked for a soy hot chocolate instead of soft drink(it was cold and raining). The first time the guy repeated it back correctly, but when confirming the whole order spoke very quickly and muttered something sounding like 'latte' at the end. I confirmed 'hot chocolate' he said yes, I paid. Got my reciept, looked at it, 'cafe latte'. Drat. I turned to go back to the guy but my order number was called so I told the girl that he had gotten my drink wrong and I wanted a hot chocolate. She said no problem, I'll let the cafe know. I wait for my drink and the cafe guy calls out soy cafe latte, I ask if it was a hot chocolate, he gave me a confused look and I explained what had happened when I received my reciept and food. He apologized and made me a new drink. While making it, there was a flurry of fast conversation between him, the girl who gave me my meal and the cashier which I could make out maybe a word in ten but knew it was about me because 'soy', 'latte' and 'chocolate' were some of the words I could understand. The girl I told about the mistake seemed to be saying 'I told you to change it!'. I got my drink(finally!) and left.
Everyone who served me was of probable Indian descent and their accents probably had much to do with the confusion on my part. I was perfectly polite to all of them, coz I know what it's like to be rushed and harried, that's how I started my day.

When I got back to work I was all kinds of sad faces coz my chips that had been straight of the fryer were now lukewarm at best.

It has crashed even lower.

Okay, let's try this again, sorry for those that read this and were confused... computer crashed and messed up the entry!

But yet another update from my student teaching saga:

Well I received an email tonight. My advisor wants me to retake classes. That I have passed already. She said she met with some other people in the department and they think I should retake classes to be ready for student teaching.


At this point I start crying. Literally crying. I have passed these classes, I have the GPA, WHY do I need to retake the classes? They aren't paying for these classes... so why do I need to retake these classes, and pay for them... for them? For what? So they want me to meet with them and talk with them. So I am meeting with them and my parents and hopefully getting this figured out. I am so upset right now I don't even know what to do.

I have passed the classes... every other advisor has signed my sheets... why hasn't she? I'm seriously stressed over this and I just don't know what to do right now. I am waiting for her email back to see when she can meet with me on her time, and go meet at her convenience and get this done. Hopefully, we can get this figured out. As soon as she sets up a time, I am calling the dean of the school and requesting he be there as well. This is NOT okay. I am bringing any and ALL paperwork possible to back me up.

I don't know what the issue is. It's always been an issue with this professor and it seems like it's now a personal vendetta and I'm somehow paying for something she has against me... am I nutty for thinking this??? I mean, she has back talked me for my Bells Palsy and not feeling up to par. When she asked me how I felt. Ugh. Im just so GRRRR over it right now.

I don't WANT to think she would do something like not sign my sheets, but why on Earth would you not sign off on papers when EVERY DAMN CLASS IS PASSED and every other advisor says everything is okay.... ugh I just hope she's overruled. I hope she doesn't sway others decisions.

The only reason I am not about to lose it is the fact I am taking my daughter out to a football game in the morning, that is about the only damn good thing I have to look forward to right now :(