Post Edited (Pamela Neckpain) : 10/20/2008 9:07:05 PM (GMT-6)
Boy, it sounds like you and I could compare stories :) My blood pressure went up just reading your post. I was just noticing that one of my pain med bottle's says "double-counted" next to the Quantity: 180. My husband made them count the meds again for the exact reason you wrote of...
A few months back, I got my breakthrough med (Dilaudid at the time); there was supposed to be 120 in the bottle; I remember looking at it and thinking "wow, that doesn't look like that many"...but, after 5 years, I've never had a pharmacy "short" me (I've had just about every issue known to man, besides that, though...). So, I didn't give it another thought...until about a week later, I went to get a pill and I was like "something is wrong; there isn't enough meds in this bottle"...I counted them out - and, sure enough, I had 30 less pills than I should have had! Knowing I didn't take them, and that my meds are locked up - I knew that it HAD to be from the pharmacy. But, I told my husband - how can we prove it?? With all the judgements out there, I automatically thought we would be accused of "lying".
My husband (thank goodness for him!) talked me into letting him talk to the pharmacist about it. Long story short, she said this happens from time to time (people will say they are shorted) and they have a way of doing an internal audit of the meds (like if their count matches how many pills should be on the shelves, etc). Anyway, they ended up saying they couldn't find the "discrepency" (of course); so - I just let my doc know what happened. Fortunately, after all this time - I have a PM doc that trusts me (has no reason not to, though - I feel like we should ALL be trusted unless we've done something that caused concern).
Soooooo - we count my pills now AT the pharmacy. My meds are in such quanities (180, 210, etc) that I just wouldn't notice a 30 or 40 pill shortage - until it was at the end of my prescription.... Sheeesh, managing my health care has really become a full-time job. Just wanted you to know that I can relate (sadly enough....).
BTW - how's your husband?? --Tina
ELderLy, I'm glad you get your meds in 2 days :) Welcome to the board. I'm fairly new, too; the people here are very nice...it's so good to "talk" with people that understand.
Pamela - I just now noticed that you live in CA; I'm here in the SF Bay Area. What part are you in?
Pamela and PAlady -- yes, SF is definitely a unique place And it is very beautiful...
BUT we just spent two years in Colorado - and I left my heart there The weather was sooo much better for me (I have severe temperature regulation issues, so I'm always overheated); we had a great church; we had such a bigger house for so much less than here. And, that's one of the biggest things - it is just toooo expensive here. It is no matter what - but add in my disabilities, plus lots of kiddos, and even w/ my husband making what I consider a decent living - it's CRAZY. Too much money to live here, seriously.
We are stuck for now, though. My help (with the kids) is here, which was the reason we moved back. So, it's just a quiet prayer that I have to return to CO. We'll see....
Diagnosed with POTS/dysautonomia; Fibromyalgia; Severe Hypertension; Hypothyroidism; Adrenal Gland Disorder; Chronic Pain - severe carpal tunnel syndrome, migraines, severe back problems, widespread muscle/joint pain...
Current Meds: MS Contin, MSIR, Soma and MANY other meds (heart, thyroid, etc)
Past Meds: EVERYTHING. Fentanyl patches, Actiq (which caused $$$ in dental work), Fentora, Oxycontin, Oxycodone, Kadian, Avinza, Dilaudid and on the list goes.
Waiting On: Intrathecal Drug Pump Implantation (Dilaudid/Baclofen combo)
Post Edited (Momto6boys) : 10/24/2008 6:45:01 PM (GMT-6)