The Cost of Medicine in America

First I am only relating what is/has happened to me.

I have high cholesterol.  I have tried diet to control it, but really didn’t put a lot of effort into it.  I exercise but knee problems prevent me from becoming the world’s next champion body builder, LOL!

Anyway, my doc has had me on several Statins to control my cholesterol and I relied heavily on them.  It required very little effort on my part, other than to swallow a pill.

But each time I am on a Statin, I end up with severe muscle pain.  So this recent visit resulted in a discussion about which would be better for me.  He decided to use Livalo, not as potent as the others, but far less side effects.

So I get to the pharmacy to pick up my meds.  First , they tell me they don’t carry it, but they  do check its cost for me.

$210.00 every friggin’ month as my co-pay!!!!!!!!

That is totally ABSURD!

Of course, I tell the pharmacist I cannot afford that…who can?.  Then I call my doc’s office and tell them the same thing.  I don’t know what he will order, but I know one thing……I’m sure going to change my ways….I plan to put forth more effort into losing weight and eating right.

I just might get lucky and not have to be on a Statin to lower my cholesterol.  I sure hope so.

Livalo

Politics….Heaven Help Us!

I am not going to say who I am voting for.  I’m not even going to say who I think should be the next president or why or whatever other reason there may be.

I am going to say that I am so tired of all the BS that BOTH candidates are spewing out of their mouths.  It would serve them right if they BOTH LOST the election and some unknown became our next President.

Let’s face it, Lies are Lies.  And no matter how many times it is repeated, it will never be the truth.

Maybe we should all be praying hard for this country to survive this mess….doesn’t matter what religion you are or even if you have no religion, just think positive thoughts.  We need all the help we can get.

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Walking Thru The Pain

About 9 months ago, I had a fall while I was out walking.  I managed to screw up the tendons and ligaments in both knees.  For several months I could barely get around.  I had to use a brace for awhile on my left knee for any extended walking/standing that I had to do.

I also had exercises I had to do to maintain some mobility in both knees.

Walking was painful, standing was painful.  But I kept at it.  I persevered.  I ploughed thru all the pain.  Applied hot and cold compresses as necessary.

I would love to say that everything is back to the way it was, but that is not the case.  Yes, I can walk for longer periods of time and for longer distances.  But the pain is still there ….at least in one knee and sometimes in both.  It is not as severe.  I have found the more I walk, the less  pain I have  during the day.

Cold affects the knee joints.  Sometimes you will see me in sweatpants in the middle of the summer.  They provide warmth to my knees while the AC is cooling the house.

Rain affects the knee joints.  Both knees tend to ache continuously while there is rain in our area.

Sitting for too long at a time causes the knee joints to get stiff and requires stretching  before getting up.

I have found that I can’t totally straighten my left knee or bend it completely causing me to walk with a slight limp.

But don’t feel sorry for me.  I am 65 years old and I am NOT in a wheel chair.  I am moving under my own steam, albeit, slowly.  It takes me longer to walk around the block, but I make it all the way around the block.  It takes me longer to do more now than it used to, but I still get it done.  I find I have to rest sometimes in between, but that’s ok.

If I move too slowly for you, then go around.  I promise I won’t be offended.  I may envy your mobility and your youth, your speed and your endurance.

So if you see me out walking, as you zip past me, give me a thumbs up.  Make an old lady feel good about her efforts to keep moving regardless of the pain.

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Momma Kitty Died Today

Let me tell you a little bit about Momma Kitty.   Nineteen years ago, I was in the market for a kitten.  I wanted a shelter or pound kitty, not any specific breed or color.

On one of my frequent trips to the pound, I met a man going in as I was going out.  I asked him what he had there.  He told me he had a kitten.  It was part of a feral litter that lived in the woods behind his house.  She was the runt, which probably saved her life.  You see, the mother and other kittens were killed by another animal.  She alone survived.  Of course, I took her home with me.

My then teenage sons fell in love with her.  She was a feisty little thing, quick and energetic.  She loved attention and was vocal in her opinions on everything else.

Before she was a year old, she got pregnant.  She had 5 kittens, one was stillborn.  Needless to say she was spayed after her pregnancy. Of those 4 we found homes for 2 and ended up keeping 2.

She was the smallest of all the cats we had, but she was the toughest.  She took no silliness from the other cats and they gave her a wide berth.

Time went by.  As karma would have it, she outlived her two sons.  She was arthritic and had cataracts.  She couldn’t see well enough to get to a litter box, so we provided “puppy” pads for her.  She sort of hobbled when she walked, but it didn’t slow her down much.

She loved being outside in the sun.  I think the heat felt good on her old, arthritic joints.

I noticed a few days ago a strange balance problem and a behavior indicative of confusion.  These episodes lasted less than a minute.  Intuitively I knew the end was near.  We made her last days as comfortable as possible. When the end was near, we made sure we were close and talked soothingly to her.  Death is a trip we all make alone, but it needn’t be without love and support.

Momma Kitty you will be missed.

mkb

Oldest Son’s Vacation

My oldest son just got back from a trip to Alaska and to Nevada.  He went to visit a friend who lives in Anchorage.

While he was there, they went camping for a few days.  Needless to say, he fell in love with Alaska.  He even submitted his resume for a job in his field.  But at this time there are no openings.

Later, he and his friend flew to Las Vegas, Nevada and enjoyed a few days seeing the sights and hitting a few casinos.

He flew back home on Friday and we picked him up at the airport.

He had to go back to work Saturday night.  Between Friday and Saturday, he got sick. So his work place would not let him stay.  They sent him to Urgent Care.  He was diagnosed with bronchitis, sinus and ear infections.   At least he will be off a few days, giving the antibiotics time to kick in.

Got a New iPhone

Something to be excited about, right?  Well, not if you weren’t planning on doing that right away.

I’ve had an iPhone 4s for a couple of years.  Yes, I wanted to upgrade. But decided I would wait until next year to do so.

Well this past week, I had no choice.  My 4s started behaving strangely.  I could touch an app and the app would either not load or load temporarily, then go back to the main page.  That was aggravating to say the least. So I tried downloading an update that supposedly addressed that problem…..I tried that a minimum of 5 times without success.

I contacted both of my kids via FB and told them that I would not be able to call them or accept calls until I got a new phone.  Also told them, if necessary to call their dad and relay any messages via him.

Friday morning we were waiting outside the Verizon store for them to open.  I had already checked on line for any deals I might qualify for and the SE was the deal of choice.

When we went inside the store, I explained to one of their associates the problem I was having and told him what I had found on line.  He checked in their store room for the SE.  Unfortunately they were all out of the SE’s.

He checked my account usage and offered several alternatives and a cheaper monthly rate.  I ended up with an iPhone 6 and a Hum (in car handsfree phone device).

I am happy with the iPhone 6. It has a larger screen which is great for old eyes.  It also has additional features and larger storage than my previous phone.

I think I’ll keep it….at least until it starts misbehaving.

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WOW! What A Delicious Cake!!

I found this cake recipe on Facebook and tried it yesterday.  It is almost completely gone.  My family loved it.  In fact, my oldest son’s boss requested one for their shift at work.

I don’t mind making it, but oldest will have to get the ingredients.  It is very “rich” .  You’ll see that when you get the recipe.

Here is a pic of my cake:

apple pecan cake caramel topping

Apple Pecan Cake with Caramel Glaze