Oh dear. I have been down for the count the past couple of days for sure. Are any of you familiar with the objects pictured above? They are commonly prescribed asthma drugs. The round one on the left is called Advair. There are no generic versions available (there used to be, but the FDA took away their approval). It costs $300 a month. Yes, you read that right. The object on the right is called Proventil (or albuterol). It costs around $100 a month. Most insurance companies will cover the Proventil, which is "an emergency inhaler". Meaning you take it when you are wheezing and can't get a breath. My co-pay is around $40 once I hit my deductible. Which takes a long time to hit.
The Advair is a powdery steroid that keeps the lungs and bronchial tubes dialated so you can breathe. You are supposed to take it twice a day. Without fail. It keeps the tubes open, the air flowing and it helps keep the asthma attacks down to a minimum. Most insurance companies do not cover this drug. If you find one that does, the co-pay is around $100. Better, but whew, still kinda steep.
Do you see where I am going with this?
I have a hard time paying $400 for asthma meds every month. I used to have a great insurance plan that covered everything. No more. I have insurance, of course, but it is a stretch to meet that deductible and pay full price for those meds until I do. I hate spending my limited discretionary funds on medicine.
So, I haven't been taking the $300 Advair. You may recall I chose to buy around $250 worth of happy fabrics this month with my disposable income. Umm hmm. I know.
And I ended up in the hospital emergency room yesterday morning with one of the worst asthma attacks I have ever had. I couldn't breathe, thought I was going to pass out, could not talk, was clutching my chest, wheezing so loud I could be heard three rooms away. Very dramatic. The staff in the ER was quite impressed.
I try to keep things somewhat real here on this blog, and this is obviously bordering on Too Much Information. I am very human and occasionally make errors in judgment. This was one of those errors. Don't lecture me, I get it. I'm an idiot. Don't be like me.
So, I am mending my ways, doing the sensible thing, paying the piper and taking those darn asthma meds as prescribed.