After my strep throat this weekend, the urgent care clinic prescribed Tussionex for the cough. That was the most troublesome symptom I had, as it was keeping me awake. Well, I took some, then I took a second dose and…accidentally spilled the rest. It was really runny for some reason. All the Tussionex I’d ever had before had been thicker, syrupy, but this was like water.
No problem, I thought, and called Dr. Easley’s office and explained the situation and asked him to phone in a script for me. He did so and I sent Mom to the pharmacy to pick it up. She came home empty-handed. The stupid insurance company was refusing to pay for a second bottle so soon and neither she nor I had $80 to buy it out of pocket. So for the next two days I was in much misery. I could barely sleep at all and I was coughing horribly and straining the muscles in my abdomen. It got to the point where, every time I coughed, it felt like I was being punched in my lower left side just above my hip.
I took aspirin and even applied Icy Hot to that region, without much result. My mom found some old cough syrup from a long time ago, but it expired in like 2004 and it didn’t seem to do me any good. Oh, and did I mention that my throat was so messed up I could barely talk at all. It hurt and it was hard to make myself understood to others. I think the actual strep throat is well on the mend, it’s just the after-affects I’m dealing with now. One time after a bout with strep throat several years ago, it took me six weeks and a course of steroids to finally stop coughing.
Well, the stupid waiting period or whatever finally passed and Mom was able to get the Tussionex for me this morning. Now I feel much improved. Not coughing so much, and my voice is somewhat better.
What is it with insurance companies and waiting periods? If it’s a valid script and covered under the plan, they ought to pay for it. If they have questions as to whether or not it’s valid, they can find out the truth easily enough by calling Dr. Easley’s office. Why make me wait for two days when I was in such discomfort?