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Thor's Day 
14th-Jan-2010 07:27 am
Happy birthday to michele_blue!

Ooof. So. My primary care doctor, for the last several months, as been renewing my Lunesta one month at a time, not for the usual six months. I don't know why, because I've had so many other things going on that dealing with that wasn't a high priority. And I've been dealing with it a lot this week, so I didn't notice how low we were.

And so I did not have a pill for last night. Despite the fact that we called it in on Sunday, and CVS had ample time to contact the doctor, and the doctor had ample time to renew the scrip, someone dropped the ball somewhere. Should I have been calling them daily to see if the scrip was in? Probably, given past experience. Is that my responsibility? No.

So we called the doctor on call, who was an utter bitch and spent the whole call interrupting me to chastise me like I'm an idiot child and refusing to let me explain the situation. We finally got her to call in a scrip for one pill, because otherwise I'd be utterly nonfunctional today and tomorrow, and I get to call my doctor today to go "WTF."

And I get to call the GI doc's office again. What a treat.

Disaster Relief
* help_haiti
* Free Wyrding Studios shiny for $25+ donation

Link Soup
* You can get Wacky Packs for your walls now!
* Comic-book missed connections.
* The 3six5 is live. A year in the life of everybody. Mine's coming up March 17th.
* Locals - coupon for Zing! Pizza. They do gluten-free. So you can take me there. Just sayin'.

Daily Science
Dave Ng has just formally announced the Phylomon Project. Here's the hook: a paper published in 2000 determined that an 8 year old could identify and characterize 120 different Pokemon characters, but when it comes to animals in their own backyard, kids have no clue...
The Phylomon Project is inviting the graphic design, gamer, and science education communities on board, first to create a series of playing cards that depict real animals, second, to design compelling games to use them, and third, to try them out with kids.

It's Bring Your asim to Work Day! Well, not actually bringing him into the office. But into town, yes, and he'll explore while I fight crime, and then we shall have lunch. Tonight we shall hopefully see s00j, omnisti, and stealthcello!
14th-Jan-2010 12:55 pm (UTC)
doctors suck. I had them do that with my Albuterol once. Since then, I always give a refill a week's notice, and call every day. It's a pain in the ass, but having learned the hard way...
The killer is, it's not usually the doctors themselves, but the nurses and office staff who loose things and/or are trying to work beyond their capacity. I've had this conversation with my own PCP, and for all she would like to provide better service, there isn't money or space to hire more people. I don't mean to make excuses for your problem, just present another view.
14th-Jan-2010 01:28 pm (UTC)
I got such a kick out of that 2000 paper when I read it.

Hoping you have the strength to deal with your doctors without going totally bitchcakes. Not that the situation doesn't warrant bitchcakes, but it makes it harder to be taken seriously.
14th-Jan-2010 03:34 pm (UTC)
if the doc you get your main meds from is connected to a facility that has their own pharmacy (e.g., Harvard Vanguard) i highly recommend using the in-house one rather than random drugstores because there's many a slip betwixt the doc and the CVS...
14th-Jan-2010 04:27 pm (UTC)
Your other fulltime job: Making sure your med refills happen.

It is such a weird world.
14th-Jan-2010 07:31 pm (UTC)
Meds: I just went through a similar situation with my Lexapro and WalMart just prior to leaving for MA. What a pain in the ass. I'm not supposed to miss any doses, so I called it in advance. Of course, the pharmacy red-flagged it as not being able to get refills and needing authorization each month from my doctor, since it is a Tier 3 antidepressant, despite the fact that the scrip had been written for a three-month supply. I understood that there is a risk of suicide associated with bipolar meds, but I've been on this for long enough that my doctor had okayed this. Yet someone in the pharmacy rejected it and canceled the scrip in the computer system since I had requested the refill one day earlier than I needed it. *head-desk* When we finally got this straightened out, I was approved for one refill before I need to see the doc again for a new scrip.

Zing!Pizza sounds awesome. I'd love to check it out the next time we are in the area.
14th-Jan-2010 08:38 pm (UTC)
If your GI doctor blows you off one more time, I'd suggest dropping the words "malpractice" and "lawyer" and see if that changes their response.
16th-Jan-2010 06:41 pm (UTC)
I wrote a chapbook full of poems for my sweetheart, but I gave it to her before Valentine's day so I could sell copies to raise money for the Haiti appeal. If you're listing writers-trying-to-help-Haiti things, you could maybe list that?
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