Last week I was so far down and so close to the black hole. I kept calling the office and talked to them about
needing to see the doc sooner than Nov. 4. Well, I got hold of a compassionate nurse there who got me a 15 minute "emergency" appt with the pdoc Monday right before my counselor appt. I knew this would turn out one way or the other. Either I would hit the bottom of the hole over the weekend and be in the hospital come Monday, or I would start to cycle and be high as a kite by then. Sometime late Friday the switch flipped and I started going up. It was OK because I could handle the up as long as it didn't go too high. By the time I got there Monday, I was right on the edge of full blown mania. I got my Abilify!!
I was still having some trouble concentrating yesterday, but now I feel a whole lot better. I even managed to accomplish some constructive things today! WOOHOO!
There was one problem though. The Abilify needed a prior authorization from my insurance company. I know how slowly that clinic moves so I paid for it myself and then have been dealing with the insurance company to get it paid for. That stuff is expensive as all get out! $541.99 for 30 of them.
But I didn't have any choice. This is my last hope for a mood stabilizer. I am either allergic to or have terrible side effects from all the rest of them. And I definately needed it right away. I'm just so happy that I had the means to pay for it. Once I get the PA, I can send the paperwork into the insurance company and they will reimburse me all but the $45.00 copay. The insurance company said they would back date the approval so I could be eligible for that rate this month. Then I don't have to worry about
it until next year.
Thank you all so much for your support and for giving me hope when I didn't see any. You all are a terrific bunch of people and I hope your situations turn out as well for you as thay seem to be for me.
Major depression; Bipolar Disorder; Fibromyalgia; Spinal Stenosis; right arm and leg nerve compression; cataracts; glaucoma; IBS; RLS; hypothyroidism; B12 deficiency ... that's enough or I'll get more depressed.