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Tuesday, November 01, 2005

I Think I'm Going to be Sick!

So, yesterday was Halloween and we consumed outrageous amounts of chocolate. That alone is enough to make your tummy a little upset. Yesterday I also had to take Limelettes #1 and #2 to the doctor. I already knew the diagnosis for each Limelette. Number 1 has has asthma, we needed some drugs. Number 2 had an ear infection, we needed an antibiotic. For the priviledge of spending 3 minutes having a trained professional tell me what I already know and scribble onto an official piece of paper the names of the drugs needed I got to pay $70. I knew that would be the case. I carried my two little prescriptions off to the pharmacy to get filled. the Limelettes and I are allergic to penicillin so that eliminates a whole class of cheap drugs for us. I knew I'd be spending about $50-$90 for the antibiotics. I have asthma and get inhalers so I thought I had a sense of what that would cost too, $20-$30. Here is where you insert mocking laughter. When the lady at the pharmacy rang me up and said the antibiotic was $83 and the inhaler was $112, the room began to spin and I wondered how much I might be charged for the ambulance crew to come scrape me off the floor and shock my heart back into rhythm. $195 for TWO prescriptions!!! Now mind you, I am glad there are drugs to make my kids healthy. I am thankful I have access to such drugs. I will do what I must to make my kids healthy. But I am sorry, this blows my mind! I really cannot believe that it cost anywhere near that amount of money to produce these two drugs and deliver them to me. With the amount of money I just spent on drugs there are a hell of a lot of other things I could have done.

What to do with $195
1. For $2 more I purchased a brand new 4 meg digital camera and dock last week.
2. Buy over a week's worth of groceries for my kids.
3. Buy 8 pairs of jeans for Limelette #2 who is going through a growth spurt and just outgrew every pair of pants I bought at the beginning of the school year. Or 4 pair of jeans and 3 pair of shoes or 4-6 get the picture.
4. Pay for a week of youth camp for either Limelette next summer.
5. Buy FOUR tanks of gas to fill the 'Mom Taxi.' Now think about that one in light of recent increases!
6. Buy a new carpet for Limelette #2's bedroom.
7. Pay for either one month's heating or electricity and have enough left over to go out to dinner.
8. Take both Limelettes, their brother, father, and me and a friend for each to the movies AND get snacks out the ears.
9. Pay to have the septic tank sucked out.
10. Pay for over 100 school lunches. Ok, I dunno if this is a good thing or a bad thing, but it is an alternative.

Ok so there ya have it, 10 alternatives off the top of my head before 7:00 am ( I am not a morning person at all, so this is a serious accomplishment). It is not a funny list, so I apologize to all who were looking for a giggle. But this does make me insane! Keep going if you want the funny list.

1. Pay Sven down at the spa for 2 glorious hours of full body massage.
2. Buy 33 packs of the peanut butter and chocolate covered pretzels I love so much.
3. Hire someone to feed me said pretzels.
4. Go to "The Spa at Hershey" and get a chocolate bath.
5. Hire someone to drive me to that spa.
6. Buy a stack of books to read and a rack to prop them up out of the chocolate bath.
7. Hire someone to read me the books while I luxuriate in the chocolate bath.
8. Buy MYSELF some new clothes.
9. Buy some REALLY good wine or champagne to sip will I luxuriate in the chocolate bath.
10. Buy an iPod to enjoy while I luxuriate in the chocolate bath.


  • ZOINKS! That sure IS a bunch of dead presidents to shell out! The whole drug industry is robbing us I tells ya!

    By Blogger bsoholic, at 9:00 AM  

  • Oh that is just sick! My albuterol costs $10. That is the full price. My insurance has a $250. a year prescription deductible, so I get to pay the full price for all my meds til I get to that amount. $10!!! Woman, let's go beat up that pharmacist! I'll bring the baseball bat!

    You deserve a Hersheys spa visit for having to endure that sort of torture!

    By Blogger barefoot_mistress, at 10:23 AM  

  • OMG!!
    That really is insane.

    By Blogger Ariella, at 11:01 AM  

  • God Bless Albuterol

    and how far away is Canada Lime?

    By Blogger The Village Idiot, at 11:38 AM  

  • well the albuterol we already had..that runs about $25 a pop, this asthma med was a steroid help PREVENT attacks. i had no friggin idea advair cost that much, next time i will ask for the cheap steriod inhaler i use.

    canada is a good 8 hour drive, idiot.

    By Blogger lime, at 11:55 AM  

  • I am so thankful for insurance because my son has to have Adderall XR prescription filled once a month and if I were paying full price for it I would pay $133 a bottle . I only have to pay , thank god, $5 co-pay. I didn't mention that my son also sees an ADHD specialist once a month and the insurance pays that too . Even if I didn't have insurance I would pay for it without complaint because his specialist is wonderful with him . :)

    By Blogger Breazy, at 11:56 AM  

  • Good grief!!! Do you ever wonder how much money the drug companies actually spend on making those dang pills? The markup has got to be obnoxious.

    We need to do something about the costs of our medical care and medical insurance. There are lots of people, people of all ages who do not get the medicine or the medical care they need because of the cost.

    By Anonymous Colleen, at 11:57 AM  

  • breazy, gees, that is just obscene. glad yiouhave a good plan that makes it affordable for you though.

    colleen, i agree whole heartedly!

    By Blogger lime, at 12:43 PM  

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