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gangsterkathryn
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   Posted 5/17/2012 4:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey CP Fam,

Finally got through to DCF and they said I was sanctioned... I applied for benefits when we lived with my parents but we pretended as if Chris didn't live there because he was applying for homeless benefits and they sent me forms to fill out to collect child support. I didn't fill them out for obvious reasons and never followed up.
That put me on "sanction" but because I now lived with him, they unsanctioned me and now I have Medicaid! So freaking happy. I am unable to print the card until tomorrow but will be finding a doctor first thing and making an appointment ASAP. I have four patches left so I need to do something right away.

I'm having a bad day, otherwise. I carried the babes a bit too much yesterday and I'm feeling it... I'm also super depressed and lonely. I was happy because Chris said he was staying home today but when he called his friend to tell him, his friend flipped out and Chris decided to go. I'm feeling so alone and crabby, I hate it. I should be happy, tomorrow is the big day but I feel cruddy. It is day three and change tonight so I'm sure that doesn't help. I hope things are better tomorrow because I don't want to be this way tomorrow.

Hope everyone is feeling better than I am! And if you watch "Sprout" with your children, I hope you'll get to see Baby Scott's birthday shout out tomorrow! I hope we get chosen!

Edited: spelling error.
Kathryn - 22 years old.
Mommy to Baby Scott - May 18th, 2011.

Accidents: Jan. and Oct. 2008, Nov. 2009.
Surgeries: Eye - 1995, Lumbar Laminectomy L4-5 - Feb. 2008, Cesarean Section - May 2011 and Gallbladder Removal - June 2011.
Current Medication: Generic Fentanyl 50 mcg/h patch every 72 hours (feels ineffective after 48), Meloxicam 15mg once a day and Generic Tylenol for breakthrough.

Post Edited (gangsterkathryn) : 5/17/2012 3:34:19 PM (GMT-6)


straydog
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   Posted 5/17/2012 4:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Kathryn what a relief for sure. Maybe you can call around today and look for a new primary care dr that will take Medicaid.

If you see a pattern develop with the patches not working much on the pain on day 3 then you need to let the dr know. They can write the script to change the patch every two days instead of 3, a lot of people change their patch every 2 days so this is not unusual for them.

Good luck with the birthday party tomorrow.....Susie
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gangsterkathryn
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   Posted 5/17/2012 6:11 PM (GMT -6)   
The only reason I haven't been doing that is it is $132 for 10 patches, which I don't have. My mom paid it the first time but can't afford to continue...

I am hoping Medicaid will cover them or the higher dose Butrans... I would prefer the Butrans because they don't make me achy when I get up for the morning...

I am so happy about the Medicaid and now that Chris is home, I feel less lonely. We have a ton of cleaning to do as the weather is kind of crappy here and we are supposed to party at the park on Saturday... If the weather doesn't get better, we will have to have it at home. Cleaning is something I am NOT looking forward to, at all!
Kathryn - 22 years old.
Mommy to Baby Scott - May 18th, 2011.

Accidents: Jan. and Oct. 2008, Nov. 2009.
Surgeries: Eye - 1995, Lumbar Laminectomy L4-5 - Feb. 2008, Cesarean Section - May 2011 and Gallbladder Removal - June 2011.
Current Medication: Generic Fentanyl 50 mcg/h patch every 72 hours (feels ineffective after 48), Meloxicam 15mg once a day and Generic Tylenol for breakthrough.

LexiRae
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   Posted 5/17/2012 9:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm doing a happy dance in my chair that you got accepted for Medicaid! It's crazy how much things can change from one day to the next...I've found that out...everything dealing with chronic pain seems to be that way...

I hope you're managing okay before the patch change. I changed my late last night, and yesterday was sooooo not my day as evidenced by my "Bad Day" post.

I think on my next visit with my dr I'll mention that the pain relief from the patches is MUCH less on day three. I hate the ups and downs. The first few days things are manageable especially with the BT meds, but then when I wake up on the morning of day three its as if the pain comes crashing back.

I was really hoping that it would only be like that occasionally, that it was pain spikes and not the ineffectiveness of the med, I was hoping to put off changing anything for a while. But it's probably at least best to mention what's happening and to get her advice.

crossing my fingers for you for tomorrow to be a better and fruitful day; plus hoping you got things cleaned up without hurting yourself too much!

Let us know how it goes please!!

Chartreux
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   Posted 5/17/2012 9:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Glad you got approved...Hope you can get your patches...
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Purgatory
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   Posted 5/18/2012 12:11 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree, after being on the patches for about a month, my oncologist changed them to every 48 hours instead of the normal 72 hours, made a big difference for me. funny thing is, i can buy 15 patches cheaper at the drug store than when I was buying 10, doesn't make sense, but I dont mind.

Good luck

David in SC
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Blessedx8
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   Posted 5/18/2012 1:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Kathryn,

I'm so glad you got your Medicaid.... I know what a huge burden that must take off of your shoulders.

But i'm sorry you are having a bad day :( My back is flaring, too, from lifting the girls. It's tough being a mom and having to continually lift on babies.

Happy Birthday to your little guy!

Anyway, take care of yourself and update us on how you are doing when you can.....

--Tina
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gangsterkathryn
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Date Joined May 2012
Total Posts : 44
   Posted 5/18/2012 5:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone! Don't know how I feel yet today as I just opened my eyes! Haha!

The only thing I got washed last night were bottles... Neither of us were in good shape so we went to bed at 10PM. He was asleep by 11 but it took me a bit longer, until 1130-1145. I woke up with a dry mouth and was up for awhile but would up falling back to sleep... As I am going to try now!
Kathryn - 22 years old.
Mommy to Baby Scott - May 18th, 2011.

Accidents: Jan. and Oct. 2008, Nov. 2009.
Surgeries: Eye - 1995, Lumbar Laminectomy L4-5 - Feb. 2008, Cesarean Section - May 2011 and Gallbladder Removal - June 2011.
Current Medication: Generic Fentanyl 50 mcg/h patch every 72 hours (feels ineffective after 48), Meloxicam 15mg once a day and Generic Tylenol for breakthrough.
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