Being willing to share with others the path I am traveling while battling ‘Lenny’ (name I have given my COPD/Asthma) is almost like therapy for me while also giving me the responsibility of taking my battle seriously.
With the help of social media I know I can also reach out to others who are also fighting similar battles and hopefully at time supply a little insight, little knowledge and maybe stir up some questions.
So today I share where I am at and maybe how I may or may not be dealing with it.
Sticker shock is the event in my battle I will discuss, that being the sticker shock of a new drug my doctor has me trying.
The drug is called Xolair and it is a mixture of something which is then given in two separate shots and I am supposed to be doing that routine every two weeks.
So I did go and get the first and then the second shot, but the third round – well let’s say I pulled the plug temporarily.
When my doctor scheduled for me to start this drug I had a discussion with somebody from the company supplying the mix and was given the impression that my outlay of money would not be over $100 – holy cow was that wrong.
The day I went to schedule my third shot I received my insurance statement and discovered that my first round of Xolair was nothing like I was lead to believe when it came to cost.
My physician said the shot would be around $4,000 – wrong it was nearly $5,300 and my cost was going to be nearly $1300!! Once I got myself off the floor I knew that this was not going to happen, even after I met my full deductible (which apparently I had not) the shot was still going to cost me nearly $1,000 a pop.
So since I was due to start on Medicare as of May 1 I called the physician and said no more shot until I find out my cost after going on Medicare.
And this sticker shock is part of where I am at with ‘Lenny’ (my COPD/Asthma) as of today.
Oh and I apologize as I did take a hiatus of 7-10 days from all my writing, just needed a break in there – a topic for another posting.
With most postings this is where I wind it down with a question – so today my question for you would be ‘how did you deal with the sticker shock of some meds which you are taking?’.
NOTE TO REMEMBER: We only give descriptions and highlights of various aspects of having COPD and/or asthma and no way do we ever want our information to be considered medical treatment type of information, always consult your physician for more, clearer and more medical founded information.
As always – if you or anyone you know have any symptoms involving lung and breathing functionality, and they linger over and over while disrupting a lifestyle – then please ask questions and get it checked out.
Remember – a person without breathing is a person without life itself.
I bid to all – smiles, prayers, blessings and steady breathing – Mr. William.
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