Thursday afternoon around lunch time, my throat suddenly started to hurt. It was instant. As in, one minute I was fine, the next minute, my throat was killing me.
I called the doctor's office and they were triple booked. They gave me an appointment for Friday at 10 a.m. They didn't have to tell me I had an infection, I already knew. I hadn't had it in years, but, having had it before, I knew the symptoms.
Diagnosis was the easy part. Prescribing was easy too. The doctor sent it right over to the pharmacy electronically. Sounds good so far, right.
|Pretty much what I feel like.|
I didn't eat before the appointment. I forced myself to drink my formula. (See OMG, My Nutrition!!!!)
When I got home, I was starving, tired, cranky and my throat was on fire, or so it felt. Eating was painful, but I forced down some of my soup.
I wanted to rest, but rest was not what I was going to be able to do.
The CALL..... (eerie music plays in the background in my mind as I see the caller ID.) Every muscle tenses, every nerve is on edge already and I didn't even say hello.
I have allergies, severe allergies and asthma and a host of other ailments, lymphedema, Hashimotos, an undiagnosed stomach issue and an undiagnosed illness I refer to as IT. (See But It's JUST... - Part 1 of Series)
I have issues with gluten, nuts, eggs, soy and corn.
Back to the call.
The girl who works at the pharmacy said that they have the antibiotic known as Zpak, however, the two manufacturers of the medication they have on the shelf may have ingredients in them that I'm allergic to.
The time is 11:30 a.m. Keep that in mind.
The clerk gives me the name and phone number of the manufacturers and the NDC number (National Drug Code) of the medication.
- I call the first manufacturer. I get through quickly, amazingly enough. The CSR informs me that the product contains soy. No good.
- I call the second manufacturer. I wait a bit on hold. Their CSR tells me that their product contains corn. No good.
- I call another pharmacy I use and they tell me they have two different manufacturers of the medication in stock, different from the first pharmacy.
- I call the third manufacturer. I wait on hold about 5 minutes. The CSR puts me back on hold another 15 minutes. When they come back, their product has corn and soy. We are getting worse, not better.
- I decided to call the Allergist/Immunologist. I told her the problem. She suggested I ask the pharmacy if they have a liquid and ask about those ingredients.
- She tells me she will prescribe it for me, if they have one I can take.
- I call back the second pharmacy. They have a liquid in stock. I take down the manufacturer, their phone number and the NDC number.
- I call that manufacturer. Again no good.
- I call back the pharmacy. They give me the name of yet another manufacturer and tell me they have those pills on hand too, they didn't realize earlier.
- Of course, this is the pharmacy that's far away, but, that's par for the course. I only use the second pharmacy when I must.
- Even the first pharmacy I tried is a bit of a distance. I pass about ten pharmacies on my way to them, but they are my best chance as they are privately owned and can order from different manufacturers if need be.
- I call yet another manufacturer. Finally, they read through my list, check it all out and come back and tell me that there are none of the ingredients I'm allergic to in their product.
- I call back the second pharmacy with this information. They ask for the number of the first pharmacy. They will call them and have the prescription transferred to them.
- I call back the Allergist/Immunologist office and advise them I found a pill and won't be needing a new prescription and ask them to thank the doctor for calling me immediately.
- I have been advised by the doctors and the pharmacist to take Benadryl prior to taking the medication, just in case. I've already taken my anxiety medication and it scares me to mix them. They both cause drowsiness.
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