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vicodin_addiction_abuse“Vicodin, I got addicted to that little pill. The reason I don’t talk about it too much in the press is because it isn’t funny, and I love to be funny in interviews. If you joke about that period in your life, it doesn’t seem right.”~ Matthew Perry

This past Monday I was visited by my doctor.

In recent past, I haven’t found it to be a bother. But ever since Norco (Vicodin) was placed higher on the classification scale, ultimately deeming it an addictive substance, things haven’t really been the same between he and I.

It comes from a serious injury that I sustained many years ago from a situation that I was in with a man who was high on drugs and it turned violent. I was left with chronic pain in my back and he went to jail. There’s a blog post here some where that talks briefly about it.

My doctor however has been quite “stubborn” for lack of a better term. I understand completely that he could lose his license if he is audited and they think that he’s pushing Vicodin. But because of this chronic injury, I believe that I have had a legitimate case to use it. I’ve lost the argument so many times with the doctor that I just gave up fighting because apparently playing CYA is more important.

Anyways before I get off track some more, on Monday when he finally arrived at my home, I was particularly not feeling too well and had one hell of a migraine and was suffering the moment he arrived.

The companion nurse could even tell that I was miserable due to the fact that my blood pressure was higher than usual.

I was also sitting there looking at them with my head crooked and turned to the side because it was the most comfortable position to sit in. My intention was to lay down after they left and hoped that I would take a nap and it would dissolve when I woke up.

The very moment that the doctor heard that my blood pressure was unusually high and the fact that I admitted to being in severe pain, he pulled away (for once) from his tablet and stopped typing and clicking and looked at me and said that he was going to prescribe Norco for me for five days.


Are you serious?

Wait, what?!??

Some how that captured his attention.

I thought I was dreaming when I heard him say it. Could it be real? Could he be totally serious?? I looked at him funny and he stared back with a straight face awaiting my decision as to whether or not five days of Norco was something that I wanted.

He asked if I wanted the prescription to be sent to a local pharmacy that would have delivered it directly to me. Probably the next day.

However the shenanigans doesn’t stop there.

During the time that I DID have a 30 day prescription of it, my insurance was switched and then suddenly the pharmacy was not accepting it to take care of the co-pay.

Instead of Norco costing me a few dollars out of pocket, it was well over $60!!

My insurance information at that pharmacy apparently has not changed either. So I said “No, send it to the pharmacy company that you guys use. I am dead broke right now that I cannot afford the co-pay.” And that means that five days of painkillers would be delivered to me in the mail. And I wouldn’t be receiving it right away. I would have to wait for it.

I could just HEAR the doctor sneering about it. Damnit, just do as I ask!! It is not like you’re going to go back to prescribing this stuff to me again. That is obvious.

So he did. And Tuesday I received a call from the company informing me that they received a new prescription for Norco.

But then over the phone I could just sense the confusion they had when they realized that it was only a five day supply. They knew that in my history that I was at one time receiving a 30 day supply. So only receiving a five day prescription was totally mind blowing to them for whatever reason.

Me too!!

I was told that it would be delivered and I should expect it on Friday. And because it is a painkiller that I was going to need to sign for it. Which is not a big deal.

Naturally that migraine did go away. And the medicine is still going to arrive. But it is going to help with all of this serious back pain I am currently dealing with because of the fact that I keep killing wheelchairs and keep having to switch to another temporary one. Even though it was only a year ago when I ordered a brand new one. I’m currently battling for a new one that would be taken care of by Medicare and not getting anywhere with it. But the point being that even though the migraine is gone, this medicine is going to help with all this chronic pain. All of that is for another post.

I just found it wildly interesting that I would go to war with the doctor for many months over painkillers and finally surrender the fight and trying to live with the pain and deal with it in other ways, only to be given five days worth simply because I had a headache that was temporary.

Receiving health care from even this sexy redheaded model probably would be better than what I've had so far.

“Constant attention by a good nurse may be just as important as a major operation by a surgeon.”~ Dag Hammarskjold
Day 2 since I’ve been back home from the hospital. And I would have to admit, the past 48 hours or so have been full of trials.
I was admitted into home health care because of the surgical wound that was left open. A home health care agency was assigned with daily care for the wound.
When I had heard about it, I was just “okay” with it. At least I knew that I was going to be receiving further treatment in order to continue the healing process.
But what would happen yesterday, day 1, would be something that was so awful and so unprofessional, that I decided that I was going to expose it through this blog.
I was told the evening that I left the hospital that someone would be coming from Encompass at 9:00 AM to do the wound care. Well, at 9:10 AM– I received a call from the nurse.
She literally ADMITTED to me that she was not coming by because she overslept!! Yep, she admitted it. NOT very professional. I was re-scheduled for a time somewhere between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM later in the day.
This meant that I had to be up in my wheelchair to let her inside my home and wait for this two hour time span. And right now, the healing has just begun and I am not able to sit for very long in my wheelchair. I waited and waited and waited some more.
I sat upright until I couldn’t any more. Then I received another phone call from the same nurse, telling me that she was going to re-schedule AGAIN.
All in all, I was not seen by this nurse for six hours from the original appointment. I saw her at around 3:00 PM that afternoon, and it took her an hour and 45 minutes to get all of the paper work signed to admit me to their services. It was that long of a time from when she arrived to when she left.
And then today, day 2- I was informed that the nurse would arrive some where between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM. She arrived at 2:50 PM. Again, having to sit in my wheelchair in complete soreness from my surgical wound, and waiting.
Luckily though, I had a social worker go and get my prescriptions filled. The unfortunate part was that I did not receive them until after the nurse was done today.
My social worker heard about the six hour push aside, and she did not think that it was right. She also agreed that this nurse who had admitted to “oversleeping” was not being professional at all. And that if I was to encounter any more issues or problems, to tell her about it and she would fight on my behalf to get things right.
Well today, the social worker and the nurse crossed paths. The social worker giving the nurse a good ole stare down. I didn’t know if there was going to be a “chick fight” on my patio or not. But there wasn’t.
A few minutes later, my primary doctor’s office called, inquiring how Encompass had been let into my home when I was under the care of a different home health agency.
I explained that the previous home health had discharged me a while ago, and the hospital staff set up Encompass to come into my home. Then there were more questions by the doctor’s office. At last, the doctor’s office asked, “Are you satisfied with the care that you are receiving with Encompass?”.
My official answer: “NOT yet!”…
It appears that my doctor knows something about this home health agency and is very weary about them. But I was assured that my doctor would be told that I am not satisfied with Encompass, as of yet.
I know that they are here to help me. But really, this is rubbish. The first day I am re-scheduled twice and made to wait six hours. And then having to wait for hours before they show up again while in pain and trying to get my strength back. ON TOP of the most unusual confession of oversleeping by someone who is supposed to be a professional?
This is very unhealthy. I wonder how they operate? I wonder how they even get any good business done??
But I have a lot of people supportive and they’ve got my back. Ready to complain, bitch, and groan at the superiors if need be. And when my doctor stepped in? Ohhh boy… I think they are going to get it!!
We’ll see how the rest of today goes, and how tomorrow is as well. But so far, NOT so good. At least now I have my medicines. Both antibotics and pain medication. I’m tellin’ ya… that’s some strong stuff!
Let the healing continue!!