Friday, April 27, 2012
July 12th I have an appointment to see my rheumatologist and I am going to ask him if we can get some baseline x-rays taken this year. My lower back and hips, especially, just gradually keep getting worse and I realized we have no baseline x-rays to compare to should they get totally out of whack, you know?
He may not have suggested it because it wouldn't be covered by Medicare. If that's the case...it's probably too expensive for me. But I do plan to ask him about it this year.
Maybe there's a substitute for Darvocet the pharmaceutical companies have come up with by now that costs ten times as much, too. My rheumatologist told me that is what he's been watching the pharmaceutical companies doing--buying up smaller companies who have had cheaper, older, time-tested drugs and then discontinuing them so they can make a new, way more expensive drug that doesn't work as well as the old one and hasn't had the safety record of years of being on the market. He's been seeing a lot more negative side effects with the newer drugs.
Strange how things work here. Makes you wonder if there's anything that isn't decided by profits first and foremost. The welfare of the people comes second...or tenth...or not at all...until they're taken to court.
Anyways, if they're covered or if I can afford it...x-rays this summer on my aching back and hips. That's what came to mind when I saw "X". ;)
Only Saturday and Monday left! Goodness! April is almost over. Have you learned a little more about me this month? :)
It's a dark, cloudy day in Fargo.
More like a typical spring day.
Have a great weekend!!!
"Thought is the sculptor who can create the person you want to be."
Henry David Thoreau