Things are starting to get easier.
I still find some small tasks daunting, but the thought of them no longer exhausts me/makes me want to cry. And the idea of leaving the house — especially for anything other than an absolutely necessary trip — no longer makes my soul crumple.
So I’d call the Rexulti a success.
The only downside is that I have to get my doctor to send in a preauthorization.
Also, insurance company’s customer service nearly gave me a heart attack. The representative told me that non-generic prescriptions were subject to the $4,200 deductible. I was picturing $400 co-pays each month, which was worrisome enough. Turns out it would’ve been far worse: a one-month supply of Rexulti is $1,038.
I say “would’ve been” because, thankfully, the representative was wrong. I asked her to find out how much the cost would be until my deductible was met, and the pharmacy department confirmed my initial belief that it’d actually be $70 a month. Which at this point seems like quite a deal.
Even so, this episode spurred me on to check on my application to extend my Medicare coverage. While I’d actually pay more under Medicare, there wouldn’t be a deductible, an ER visit wouldn’t be $400 and, of course, Congress isn’t constantly trying to overturn Medicare (yet).
Unfortunately, Medicare informed me that it’s Social Security that reviews the applications, so I’ll need to call them. Which I will absolutely do — another day. Two calls to bureaucratic entities is plenty for one day, even while I’m better medicated.
Another piece of good news: We’re actually socializing.
A few weeks ago I signed us up for some Meetup groups. Most don’t look like they’ll work for us. One group is so big that we’d probably never meet the same people twice. Or the activity is too physical (hiking, three-mile walk, etc.) or just something we’re not interested in.
The biggest disappointment was the board game group. They only want to play each game once. First of all, if I lose I want a second shot. Second, they’re having to teach us each game. One time is not enough to cement the rules in our brains for next meetup.
But one group is working out swimmingly.
We joined a trivia night group. The trivia itself was a lot of fun, but now the group is branching out into other activities like game nights, pub crawls, etc.
We actually went to a game night on Saturday, which was a lot of fun. We even met someone who lives only about a mile from us and has three dogs. We’re hoping to set up some doggy play dates.
My mom is arriving tomorrow morning, which will be lovely.
We can watch some TV shows — since she doesn’t have a TV, I always catch her up on at least one while she’s here — and chat. I’m hoping to hit some thrift stores because, now that I’m feeling better, I’m acutely aware of just how many things I’d like to fix/update in our house.
Since I’m unwilling to pay most furniture’s exhorbitant prices, I’m hoping that we’ll luck onto something amazing in a thrift store. Even if we don’t, the element of the hunt makes it fun to bounce around the various shops.
And of course, Mom cleans while she’s here. A lot. I’ve stopped protesting and leaned into it. This time (at Mom’s insistence) I’m not even cleaning up the bathroom before she gets here.
What’s going on in your lives?