I don’t want to turn this into a blog about my health, but here’s the latest.
I’m in New Mexico now and will be for a while as I help Lou build his home. I went to the clinic in Silver City to see what a different medical professional had to say. I gave him the story so far, he did some peeking and poking and agreed with me it was an infection. Not a goiter. Not GERD. He said the amoxicillin I was prescribed before is a rather weak antibiotic, and prescribed ten days of clindamycin (which I should take with yogurt because it sometimes causes diarrhea) and five days of the steroid prednisone.
So now I do that and see what happens.
When I picked up the meds, the clerk had a concerned look on her face. “Do you have coverage for this.”
“No, just Medicare parts A and B.”
She paused, looking at the paperwork stapled to the envelope. “Do you want me to see if there’s a coupon?”
Before I could ask how much it was she went to fiddle with a different computer, and I’m wondering if the clindamycin is one of those outrageously expensive drugs. Did I see something like $575 on the upside down paperwork? Well, the day before was my Social Security payday so I’m “rich” at the moment, and I won’t be burning much gas while I’m at Lou’s place, so I guess I could swing it.
She returned, looking happier, and I asked, “How much?”
“It was $19.00 before, but I got it down to $15.00.”
New Mexico is one of the poorest states, so I guess everyone is cost conscious. Hey, four bucks’ll get me a Lotaburger at Blake’s. Or five yogurts at Walmart to go with the clindamycin.