My daughter came in last Saturday for one of her short visits. Larry and I always look forward to seeing her. We decided to go to one of the new outlet malls in our area. Big mistake! Since it was the holiday weekend, thousands of people were there plus it was so hot. I may take Larry back as it would be a good place to wheel him around when it gets cooler. The rest of the weekend we did laid back things like cooking out, walking or just sitting out. We celebrated my son's birthday with a cookout.
Yesterday I went to get Larry's prescription for his medicine renewed. He takes 6 of these pills 3 X a day. They would not give the prescription with the same rate as before, and said I would have to pay $85 to get it filled. If I wanted to get it for the discount price, I had to have his urologist call an 800 number. This was a big surprise. The reason was they have a limit now on the pills Larry takes per day or whatever. (Express Scripts has taken over from Medco which is our Part D plan we pay premiums on every month). Do you know how hard it is to get a doctor to call in an authorization? His nurse called me back today saying she would try to get it in tomorrow or day after as she was covering for another Dr., had to get in at 7 a.m., etc. and it is hard to get through the 800 line! I said "this just happened, plus we are out as of today, plus I had a speech therapy for Larry today, plus I had skin cancer surgery!!" She said she would try, and if she gets through,it will be another 24 hrs to get it. In the meantime, I asked Walmart to give us a 3 day supply which is $8. I normally pay about $12 for 180 pills.
The second headache was today at the speech therapy evaluation. It was scheduled for 11:00. I was hopeful, as we went back to our old facility and the therapist had a connection with the previous one that left. We waited for 15 min. and then another therapist came out. They were trying to find Kathy as we had the appointment with her. I told the other therapist Larry's history and then Kathy finally showed up. I had to retell her as she kept asking me questions and writing notes down. Couldn't she look at the computer for his history?? Another student was there in training. She probably thought "what am I getting into"? Kathy then did some testing on Larry and gave him some more swallowing exercises. A page of 7 swallowing ones to do, 10 reps each 2 X a day. One includes singing the Do Re Me.... She tested him on that. Funny, first she asked if he could sing a song. You should have seen his face. lol I then suggested the Do, Re, Me thing. She pushed off seeing him for 2 weeks and asked him to promise to do the exercises. He said "yes" like a good little boy waiting to get out of there.
In the meantime, I am getting notices from Medicare saying they denied several of the Experia E-Stim therapies from the other facility. I will have to fight that too I guess. The therapist assured me we were covered there.
The good news is the weather has been great the last few days except we are bone dry. Hopefully, it will rain soon!