January 26th, 2014

Michael links lip

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I get a fair amount of migraines. They range from a few hours of pain to several days sometimes. I can get anywhere from 1-2 a month to one a week, depending on factors such as my stress level and amount of sleep. Unfortunately, most of the available migraine meds interact with other drugs I'm taking. Plus, unlike most people, I don't get a warning before a migraine occurs. This is important because most migraine meds need to be taken before the onset of the headache in order for them to work.

My old primary care doctor put me on Vicodin for the migraines, which is the one thing that actually seems to work that I can take. Now, when I moved for school and went to the school clinic for refills, they wanted me to see a neurologist every year and get a note saying that the Vicodin was the right thing. Which was fine. So I did that, and the neurologist agreed that it was the right choice for me given all the factors. So that was fine.

But I now have a primary care doctor rather than just going to the school clinic for everything. And she is pretty med shy. I understand her caution. I know the risks of pain killers. But the thing is, she agrees with me that none of the other meds are going to work for me. And yet she really doesn't want to prescribe the Vicodin. I went to her for refills last week, and she was only willing to give me five pills and won't refill for another three months. That's not going to last long if I get one of the several day migraines, and it certainly won't last three months. It isn't even like I take it for every migraine. I only take it for the ones that are bad enough that I can't function. If I can get by with Ibuprofen and caffein, I do.

Maybe this isn't bad service. Maybe I should just deal with the pain. I don't know. I get that pain killers are a risk. But its the one thing that works. And I'm not sure what I'm supposed to do when I run out. If I go to the school clinic for refills, I look like I'm drug seeking and it might raise questions with the insurance.

The booze wasn't part of the contract!

A friend who doesn't have LJ but gave me permission to post this hired JAR Home Renovations - Noel Jarina (Toronto, ON Canada)- to renovate her upstairs kitchen, bedrooms and later basement. They did an amazing job on making the house look phenomenal however Noel helped himself (& his partners) to my friend's alcohol. After telling my friend to go ahead & put her stuff back in the new cabinets (and she did) they began helping themselves during the day (while my friend was downstairs). She didn't notice until she went to go have a rum & coke three weeks later and discovered that almost the entire bottle of Bacardi's had been drunk along with a bottle of Lamb's White Rum, a bottle of Smirnoff Vodka 21, a bottle of Smirnoff Vanilla, a bottle of Smirnoff Raspberry, a bottle of Smirnoff Cranberry, a bottle of Frangelico, a bottle of Tequila Gold, a bottle of Tequila White and another bottle of Vodka of some Russian brand. Most of these bottles hadn't been opened and were from 750mL to 1.4L.

My friend put a mattress in front of the cabinets (after the kitchen was finished) until she got a chance to go get boxes to put them away properly. Of course the mattress didn't deter them & bottles continued to be drunk until they were moved. Actions like these make my friend feel the reason he put off repairing the basement ceiling (that he ripped up to access for the kitchen electrical wiring) & why he misheard "yes, l want the island this year"as "I want it next year" was so that he could have longer access to the "open bar."

Thankfully, my friend was able to deduct the 10 bottles (~$270) from the remaining amount. First, he tried to deny it but when my friend said well ten bottles WERE consumed he said well I didn't drink the vodka! (because that matters how?) My friend sent him packing & will get someone else to finish the basement but wanted to pass along the word to avoid this person when looking for a contractor in the GTA & if you do hide your booze!