Hi Erin. Sorry to hear you're in such a predicament right now. I remember with my mother, who was on and off of prednisone for years, that it was awfully hard on her stomach. I don't think she ever graduated to steroid injection, though. I really don't have any advice for you, but I wanted you to know that I can understand what a terrible situation you're in right now. That's a good idea to call your PCP and have him/her problem solve with you. With respect to the car situation, can you take a bus or are you rurally located? Communities normally offer free or low cost rides to the disabled. Not that I'm implying that you're permanently disabled or anything. But even temporarily, one of those services may help you get to and from the doctor's office. A local church in your community may also offer this type of service. You could always inquire.
I hope you feel better.
oooh, you might be on to something there with the Church thang. that is a fantastic idea. i never thought of that!
senior citizens have a little jitney that comes around & picks them up daily to take them to doctor & hospital visits.
i've got mass transit galore here in my city. although it's VERY $$$ 7 dollars for a taxi. so round trip with tip? 20 bucks. my butt went bankrupt a few months ago trying to get to the rheummy 4 miles away! 60 dollars, it's absurd.
safe to say i'm disabled. can't physically get to the bus stop, fecth one, get there & get back home. right now, if i make it to the coner pharmacy wait on line & walk home THAT'S IT.
it's hard to get friends/family/people to help out. family is scarce, so my boyfriend & his sister are really the only ones i have to help me get places.
i'm figuring that perhaps having Crohns (and a major part of the high inflammation area is in my small intestines & stomach) is making the steroid ordeal more difficult. NSAIDs make me bleed so i can only imagine what corticosteroids are doing.
so i'll be pursuing getting 1 more injection tomorrow. i'de like to go away for the week & be halfway decent. my honey's on vacation all week & being as bad as i've been, i haven't seen him for 2 weeks. getting lonely. oy! you're right, problem solving with my PCP is the way to go...he's on my side & does go above and beyond. when he took that oath...HE REALLY MEANT IT!
thanks always "el"
Hey Dave, perhaps I can answer at least part of your question. You have to qualify for medicaid; not everyone does. I think you have to be under a certain income, and you can't have reliable employment with a steady income. My BIL lost his job a couple of years ago, and my sister was able to get medicaid to cover medical expenses for her children for a couple of months. Once my BIL got another job, the medicaid was taken away. It's state supported medical insurance, paid for through taxes. Most of us have to either pay out of pocket (if you're self-employed) or we get insurance through our jobs.
I see a bright & fullfilling future specializing in nurses for you Dave! lol.
I've already did a few years volunteering with Hospice. And you're correct, it's not for every RN. When I was in school I took to the Hospice patients. Easier than others in my class for some reason. I suppose because I can connect better & I know how to meet their needs without them saying too much. Takes a lot of intuition. And being bed ridden at times in my life, in pain, and very sick...I know what it's like to be on that side of the bed. Having spent a lot of times admitted to the hospital, I know it's the last place you want to be. And the sweetest thing is when a patient wants to actually take you back to the nursing home with them. I miss working & the hospital and everything.
Our CoPay is the amount of money we chuck over @ a Dr's appt. When a person has insurance a visit is covered but out of our pocket has to come say $20 dollars. All insurances have different copays. It's confusing! Premiums, deductables, what's covered what's not covered...DENIALS! ugh. And some insurances, oy, give you a real hard time if you have a "pre-existing" condition! For example...I had to see a specialist for Lymes Disease. SHE DIDN'T TAKE ANY INSURANCE beside Oxford I think. So what can ya do? $350 a visit cash!
Medicaid...well, I had to stop working. So that means I was going to be left with A) no income and B) no health insurance. So I called social security & I filled out the paperwork to qualify for Medicaid. Basically...am very ill and very BROKE so fortunately the USA is good in that aspect.
By the way...I guess all MDs are partying. No one is working today @ the doctors office!