Tuesday, May 31, 2011
The emotion in this series, being based around a "stupid" person, is extremely sincere and sweet. It's blinding in it's simplicity. Sometimes it hurts the heart to look at.
I really recommend it. It is uplifting and endearing, and I am in love.
Join me. This shines.
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Here's something that will boggle your mind--even though your doctor wrote you prescription for the newest, latest drug (which there are great reasons to do) your condition is by no means the first of its kind. Millions of peopel have (usually) had this condition or disease before. You must ask yourself, what did they do before this expensive drug was around?
A good example is Lexapro, whose generic name will be escitalopram. It's the new form of Celexa, generic name Citalopram.
One my father is on, and one I'm on. We basically find the results to be the same, and the only difference is that his drug comes in a usual dose of 20-40 milligrams, and lexapro is most commonly prescribed in 10-20 milligram doses.
If my copay were really terrible, all I would need to do is call my doctor on the phone and say, "I can't afford this medicine, can I be prescribed a theraputic equivalent that has a generic?" Because I work in a pharmacy, I would have several suggestions already in mind. And that's only one option. An option other than changing the drug is that the doctor could offer me samples, or even a coupon card.
The new fashion, so to speak, in medicine is coupon cards. As seen in the above picture, they bear the name of your drug (usually) and some pertinent information not unlike the information you can find on your prescription insurance card. We can do what is called a "coordination of benefits" with your refular insurance and this card to give you a much lower copay. And if it's at issue at the time, your deductible will still be paid towards (which wouldn't happen if you used a different drug plan like the WCARD, or Walgreens Prescription Savings Club).
Which brings me to my fourth and final solution. For some people, this is the best solution actually, and can treat them better than their real insurance. But to some, it's better to pay their deductible down.
The WCard is $20 a year for a single person, or $35 for unlimited family members. You cannot use the card if you're being assisted by Medicaid or things like that. But I know in my parents' cases the WCard does better by them than their own insurance, which is School Board insurance. So do keep that in mind. It won't be great if all you can have is name brands, but then again name brands will be troublesome. It's their way ;) And it DOES help on a lot of name brands, just not as much as regular insurance usually does.
Please keep these things in mind. We really do like saving people money.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Friday, May 20, 2011
The Death Sleep, unlike comas, leaves you completely passed out as soon as your head hits a pillow. Prior to meeting up with any pillows, you'll find yourself becoming increasingly upset--displayed by tears and possibly more tears.
Once the pillow has made contact with head, the sleeper often finds himself locked into the supine position for much longer than was originally intended.
Upon waking, the sleeper generally feels weak and listless and vaguely worried that they may have just taken a tour of Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory (via the scenic routes) because of the otherwise-unaccountable exhaustion in the arms and legs.
Upon waking, please eat, and return to your pillow for a healthier, regular night's sleep.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Available from Staedtler and Amazon and Office Depot...from nearly everywhere.... Introducing the most delightful fine liners on the market right now! I bring a different color to work every day, and the scanners turn bright pink to a straight black (in case auditors later check our computer's copies). I cannot count the number of envious faces and comments I have received in the last week. If I could buy one for each friend and acquaintence, the temptation would be overwhelming. As it is, the two friends who did receive sets are completely enraptured.
As a letter writer, I was of course shamelessly angling for a return letter, but the pens themselves are a joy without the return. A fine glide and just enough pigment release, the lines aren't thick and they do not bleed through paper. I certainly recommend it to anyone for any use. But especially to brighten up a black-and-white world like mine, where things must only ever be well done for the sake of the patient's health, and a little shot of colour is just what we need in a world of grim, jaw-clenching seriousness.
In the hopes that your world gains more color every day; cheers.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Allergies: In the pharmacy, I SUPER SUPER SUPER need to know if you're allergic to any medications. Please, if you're going to bounce from pharmacy to pharmacy, please retain a list of your allergies and health conditions in your wallet that you can hand to the tech when you register up.
Insurance: Did you change insurances? Did you lose your last card? Is your insurance the type that changes your member number when you get a new card?
Health Conditions: Do you have diabetes, high blood pressure, are you pregnant? If you go to a doctor who is unaware of your allergy or health condition, and he writes a script that may complicate your condition, our computers CAN catch this. That's a reason to only go to one doctor or one pharmacy--don't mix it up with both. Please let at least your pharmacy know about this. Your new cardiologist might not be aware that the medicine she's writing may interact with something you take from your general practicioner. Someone needs to know it all, so they can catch possible dangerous interactions. Ideally, your doctors are aware of what each of them is prescribing you and what sort of conditions you're dealing with (even if it's not in their area of specialty).
The truth is, when you're really sick, you may not take the time to write it all down. And unless you're willing to tote all your recent bottles around with you, it can be hard to remember what all you're putting in your body. Even vitamins can interfere with other medications. Please stick with the same pharmacy. We'll keep track with you.
The answer is no. This is an extremely common prescription for Wellbutrin, in fact, I rarely get scripts of any other kind for Wellbutrin, which is useful for a royal gamut of conditions from depression to impulse-control like smoking cessation.
To those who do not receive many maintenence medicines and may be new to prescriptions, take this into account: one adult dose of Allegra (now an Over the Counter medication as of March) is 180 milligrams of fexofenadine. That's just allergy medicine.
I encourage any readers with this question to continue their research of the drug with medical journals and the advice of doctors and pharmacists, and to rest assured--you're normal, the prescription is normal, and it will probably really help you.
That's it for today's Bringing Work Home, where I answer questions I received more than once at work which aren't a terrible idea for me to try to answer. ^_^
I've never been a fan of this, simply because my own goober/b.s. meter is so very sensitive. Also, I have read A LOT of books. I've seen nearly every type of average intro... in... existence.
Let's start with the basic problem with the whole intro blog idea: if I lied to you, you'd never ever ever ever EVER know. Did you read that properly? Never! So let's just say: I have a degree in something useful, and I've traveled all over the world, and prefer reading non-fiction.
See? I might as well have said: How about let's skip that!
I'm a simple creature anyway, a total late bloomer. I'm writing this in the hopes that SOMEONE knows less than me. That, or they just haven't run into the practical teachings I've acquired in 28 years and 23 different jobs.
Did you know that, aside from your Aunt Irma (more on her later), no one writes letters? Really, I wish more people wrote with pen and ink instead of a keyboard. I adore letter writing--where have all the pen pals of the world gone? How is it that no one returns letters these days?
So here, have some coffee. It's got cream and sugar--if you don't take it that way, act polite and try not to gag.
Welcome. Let's gossip.
So! Got any new clothes lately? I have three words for you: Gilligan and O'Malley. Been to Target lately? There are some lovely clothes available! Clothing so soft and light-weight that it is a pure pleasure just to touch them in passing. Don't even ask what it feels like to wear them--there just aren't words. ~_^
I don't want to overstate this....but they have super powers. I wanted to get in shape for my wedding, but I kept procrastinating and could never get around to it. Within two days of buying these wonderful clothes, I had a very inexpensive but wonderful gym membership which I've already been to several times. Why? Why now, you say? Because the clothes are so comfortable, even working out seems comfy!!
Welcome to my blog, Simpleton Tips, the tips for utter simpletons. Join me for another update...sometime soon.