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iheartmysoldier
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   Posted 1/20/2011 12:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Forewarning: This first section will be a rant, and it may contain subject matter not appropriate for small children.

I am 23. I work my ass off. I was working 40 hours a week, 11pm to 7am, at an Adult Family Home. I was seeing patients die left and right. Having Bipolar 2 disorder, I get depressed very easily. I was working hours abnormal to 99% of humanity. When I was awake, everyone was asleep, a VV. So, I quit. I found a different job. MEANWHILE, the state took away my health insurance because I was making too much money, but my job didn't offer health insurance. So, I was attempting to find a way to get my medications (Cymbalta and Seroquel) without insurance.

NOW, I have nothing. I still can't get state aid..and I have no medication. I have had some bad health problems in the past...and now, without my medicine, they are even more vicious then before.

I can't eat without feeling sick.
I am having most classic symptoms of Fibromyalgia.
I have always had these strange acne type things, and now..they are worse, and lingering.
I had shingles at the age of 23.
I tested positive for TB at the age of 23, twice.

SO, after all of this. After 3 stents in the hospital for depression, after rehab, oxford house, etc...I don't get crap.

My depressed, withdrawing brain tells me this...the  people who make these rules don't actually give a crap about what's going on with people.

I have NO options. I can quit my job, and get health insurance...and lose my apartment, not have money for gas, not have money to live...but I'd have medicine. I'd be happy  in my cardboard box.

Post Edited By Moderator (getting by) : 1/20/2011 6:39:18 AM (GMT-7)


Tirzah
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   Posted 1/20/2011 12:47 AM (GMT -6)   
I am happy to help you, but I would kindly ask that you please edit your post to make it appropriate for your younger readers. We have members as young as 13 & posting a "rant" with the title you gave it is really not good for young children to be reading. Simply posting a "Warning" is not enough. You need to tone down the language and remove the reference to suicide.

If you'd like to edit (click on the pencil next to your post) the title & content to instead explain your situation & ask for help locating free or very inexpensive meds for your condition, I'm sure our members would be happy to help. I know of a few resources I'd be happy to give -- but not until the post is edited.

Thanks!
frances

iheartmysoldier
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   Posted 1/20/2011 1:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Really? Am I honestly to be condemned in my assistance because I am frustrated, hurt, depressed etc? Well in that case, no thank you. I don't wish for your help. I don't want your criticism either.
“More and more, it feels like I'm doing a really bad impersonation of myself.” -CP

theHTreturns...
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   Posted 1/20/2011 1:10 AM (GMT -6)   
let us try to help. your frustrated and sad. we are here for you. my heart is breaking. with prayerful and healing compassion, jamie
SCHIZO-AFFECTIVE DISORDER, EMOTIONALLY UNSTABLE PERSONALITY DISORDER, BORDERLINE TYPE -AXIS 2 , BI-POLAR AFFECTIVE DISORDER AXIS 1

REMEMBER TO LOVE YOU. BE YOU AND BE TRUE.

theHTreturns...
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   Posted 1/20/2011 1:17 AM (GMT -6)   
PLS KEEP SAFE, I AM VERY WORRIED. JAMIE
SCHIZO-AFFECTIVE DISORDER, EMOTIONALLY UNSTABLE PERSONALITY DISORDER, BORDERLINE TYPE -AXIS 2 , BI-POLAR AFFECTIVE DISORDER AXIS 1

REMEMBER TO LOVE YOU. BE YOU AND BE TRUE.

getting by
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   Posted 1/20/2011 7:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Check with your doctor's office. There are often programs that will help you that you have to inquire about. They don't tell you, you have to ask. My husband got on a program called tencon though the doctors office because we were lucky enough to hear about it. But they didn't tell us, somebody else did. Check it out. Mental health will often work on a sliding scale and there are drug discount cards or samples that you can get. Don't give up. Keep trying. It will work out but you have to be proactive about this. Bug people...

Hugs, Karen
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fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression,allergies

stkitt
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   Posted 1/20/2011 11:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Here is a great link that may help you re your medications.  Many of our members have used this site and found it to work well.
 
Needy Meds Drug Discount Card - can print right from you computer.  Read the info as some people may not be entitiled to use this card if they are already receiving state or Federal Help.
 

~~Kitt~~
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red lightening
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   Posted 1/20/2011 12:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I too worked in an adult living assistance home and it was the worse, most depressing, least appreciative, horrendous job I have ever had. I quit after 4 months and was severely depressed for 2 months afterward. But had I not gone through that, I may have not appreciated my present job today in which I love.

Still I feel for ya...at least you aren't working there anymore. Is there DBSA in your area? They are advocates for depressed people. They have a website.

I suggest to anyone with mental illness....do Not work in an elderly home...there Is a reason caregiver jobs are so easy to get and they aren't pleasant. Just my experience. I can so relate

Tirzah
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   Posted 1/20/2011 1:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I wasn't condemning you. I wanted to help you, but the way your post was first written, it was going to be taken down because it violated the forum rules. I'm so glad to see you made the changes. :)

Here are a few options to get meds on the cheap:

1) Ask the doctor who saw you at the hospital/rehab house if they have any free samples they can give you. Cymbalta samples are often available at doctor's offices. I'm not sure about Seroquel.

2) Go to /www.pparx.org/ to see what prescription assistance program(s) you might qualify for. I found out I can get my Lyrica for free for up to 12 months since I don't currently have prescription insurance & make below their income threshold.

3) Check out www.easydrugcard.com/. Their savings vary, but they can be substantial. On one medication, I saved $1200 per month by using the Easy Drug Card. They accept it at Walgreen's and a few other locations. It will tell you on the website where you can go. It is totally free to get the card & you can even try to use it if you do have insurance.

4) If you have money, you can apply to your state's high risk insurance pool for medical & prescription benefits. Most states have them. To find out if your state does & how to apply, check out www.naschip.org/states_pools.htm. They are rarely cheap (I looked into it & for me, in my state, it was $400/month) but they do cover pre-existing conditions immediately. Some states have better rates than others.

5) It won't cover anything you've been treated for/diagnosed with in the past 12 months, but at least it could help you get treatment for the possible fibro pain & the skin condition -- you could look into a Short Term Medical Plan. Humana One and UnitedHealth One are the biggest providers. I'd start with them & they can tell you who the mandatory acceptance provider in your state is. With few exceptions (heart disease, cancer, diabetes, primarily), they accept new insureds. Read the policy carefully b/c some of them will cover new conditions right away & others have a 60-90 day waiting period. Short Term Medical Plans exclude pre-existing conditions so they are fairly inexpensive. I pay $130/month for mine, but there are cheaper options depending on your deductible. You can google the companies to find their contact information.

6) You can contact a Catholic-run hospital. Often times they offer Charity Care to patients without insurance. Their charges are based on a sliding scale, ability-to-pay. Since you make a decent living, you would probably pay something, but it should be much less than normal. They can check you out & also help you find ways to get your meds for free or cheap.

7) They don't have as much to offer as in previous years, but the Salvation Army will sometimes help out with purchasing medication. You could look them up in the yellow pages and give them a call. Sometimes local religious organizations are also willing to help individuals out.


I have some more ideas, but probably that's more than enough to start with. I hope that helps. Please continue to post & let us know if you are able to get the help you need or if you need some more ideas.

blessings,
frances
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