Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Monday, December 9, 2013
The next day, I called out on work, saw my orthopedist. Ended up with a DX of badly sprained ankle (xrays taken), given a brace to wear, advised to take 600mg Advil twice daily. Shoulder looked at, Xrays taken. Told to give it 2 weeks, if still problematic, call orthopedist, we'll get a MRI.
-ankle is much better, still tender however
-shoulder is bothering me, clicking/grinding, feels weaker, just not "normal" (same symptoms as the shoulder I had rotator cuff surgery on this past Summer), can't sleep on it at all. Note, I have a high pain tolerance.
I was literally right next door today, so I stopped into his office. Spoke with a receptionist, he's at a different satelite office just up the road (their main office is undergoing renovations). Fine, I would be driving right by anyway. Stopped in at office # 2, explained what I was told to do, receptionist walked me back to my orthopedist's secretary. I even ended up talking to my MD, asked him about my ankle, he said he'd check it when I returned with the MRI results. Got my RX for the MRI, drove it just down the road to the imaging center, made an appointment for this Thursday afternoon. Perfect. Bad storm brewing for tomorrow, so I'll planning on working around that snow. Once back in the car, I phoned my orthopedist's secretary, and made a follow up appointment for the following Monday. I'll be in their office anyway for a follow up with the hip orthopedist, she told me to just check in with her also when I get there, they'll work it out. Nice. Since I'm a frequent flyer . . .
Included in my visit was a fully body exam for any possible issues with moles, as I noted several newbies this past year. Luckily, as I suspected, there are no issues, just some normal moles, some signs of sun damage from my youth (not that I was ever a sun worshiper!). Nothing of concern. I also addressed some chronic issues, and got refill RX's to mail in to our new, mail order company-again at no cost to me. I'll order now, in Dec, again in June, each time getting a 3 month supply. Half a year's worth of meds for free. Awesome.
While I view a dermatological appointment as a consult with a medical specialist for a health issue, I've noted that this practice has become more and more like this:
Welcome to Fairfield county, sigh. . .while I do care about how I look, how I feel about my appearance, I am at the Dermatologist for MEDICAL needs primarily, not Botox, fillers, "MD prescribed" OTC beauty regimens etc. I've learned to ask the right questions:
MD: "You have several options: you can use our product line glycolic acid cleansers or a cleanser with scrubbing beads in it, lasers are also good at treating this . . also a moisture barrier lotion for your hands for during the day, after hand washing for instance We offer one in our Doctor's product line."
Me: "Can I find a glycolic acid OTC at a local store such as Walmart or CVS? Are there any brands that you would recommend over others?"
MD: "There are several brands out there on the market, any will do the trick."
Me (thinking to self: -Ok, we'll not doing lasers, and a trip to the beauty product aisle at the discount grocer (thinking Xpect Discounts would be a great place to start), then trying WM before heading to CVS.) Ok, I'll try the OTC products and if I'm not happy with the results, I'll return in 3 months."
MD: "Sounds like a plan."
So bottom line, today's MEDICAL consult was a freebie.
- I will receive free RX's through the mail.
-I will continue using my discount drug store products whenever possible. I will check to see if my HSA will cover this cost. If not, it'll be relatively minor. For instance, I use Dove soap, bought on sale, often with coupons. I use Oil of Olay complete with SPF 15 daily-on sale with coupon. Witch hazel is my astringent when needed in warm weather. So, I'll be adding some sort of exfoliant to the mix. Fine. In addition to my RX creams/ointments for ezcyma, I'll have OTC lotions, as I already do. I find there is a product in the Suave line that works well for me.
- I have a very minor issue that will need removal (benign cyst on my scalp that just appeared. I've had them before, runs in my family. I choose to get them removed before they become painful. They are always sent out for analysis, just in case, but we (MD and I) both feel that this is again a benign, fatty cyst). I'll schedule that for Feb or April break. A quick, in office procedure. Done. Will be covered in full.
I am choosing to also address some cosmetic issues. MD willingly offered a cost per visit for these treatments, estimating how many I'd need. I know that this is considered totally cosmetic in nature, and will budget accordingly. These treatment procedures are things I've done before, my last visit for these same complaints was in 2005. I've got this, I know what to expect.
So, I'll call tomorrow, and set up my cyst removal appointment and then what I'm calling cosmetic appointment. Just getting these things done.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
I also went to Dollar tree next door: 2 3 ct packs of Kleenex pocket pack tissues, 1 3 ct pkg night light bulbs. I spent $3.19 there.
$45.84 remains for groceries until the end of the month. I will need milk, 1/2 and 1/2, bread flour, OJ (after using up bottled grapefruit and pineapple juices), ground pork for meat pies. Really making an effort NOT to overspend.