Soooo… I had a follow up with my doctor today. Apparently it was to talk about the metformin and to give me the vitamin D. We got there literally 5 minutes before check-in because of the awful traffic and hitting every red light on the way oh and it took us 20minutes just to get to the gas pump at the gas station… After I checked in I went back to the pharmacy to pick up my prescriptions because they would be closing in 45 minutes. I find out that they started charging me for the Gabapentin last time I got them refilled. No one told me and I owed them for the last time I picked up the diabetic testing strips and lancets. So instead of owning them $30 I had to borrow money to pay them the last $10. I know it’s a drop in the bucket compared to what others pay for their prescriptions but it’s gas and bill money for us. When I looked at the tags that they gave me I found that last month my Gabapentin cost $36 for the 100 pills and insurance covered all but $5. This month however? $146 and some change for the exact same prescription and insurance covered $141. I’m a little confused. How in the hell did the cost drastically change? Is there like a nationwide shortage of Gabapentin all of a sudden?
Anyways. They gave me my vitamin D, or Drisdol. I’m to take 1 caplet every Monday and Thursday for 8 weeks. They’re 50,000 iu caplets. Hopefully it works. Last time my vitamin D checked low I was on 70,000 iu every for 3 months and my vitamin D barely went up at all. It took less than 5 minutes to get my prescriptions. So by the time we sat back down it was 4:17pm. My appointment was at 4 0p, check-in was 4:15pm. So Kai and I sit down and wait. We look up at the clock and it’s almost 5pm. The waiting area was completely empty and so was the parking lot when we pulled up. So Kai double-checks with me to make sure my appointment was really at 4 0. Yep it was. So we keep waiting. I eventually got called in shortly after 5 0pm. By this time I’m really annoyed, mostly because my back was already spasming and my legs were shaking all the way up to my hips and my calf muscles were aching and had shooting pains.
So we get in and they ask the usual questions: are you native, do you smoke, are you diabetics, do you drink, do you use recreational drugs, when was the last time you ate, why are you here? The nurse takes my blood pressure, pulse, temperature and bloodsugar. It was 207. I told her I was there I thought to discuss the metformin, but I wasn’t sure. So she leaves and the doctor comes in a few minutes later. I start telling her that the metformin isn’t getting my blood sugar below 200, and that’s with taking double doses, and that also my kidneys have started hurting since I started it. So I stopped it a few days ago. At this point her concern was not the fact that my KIDNEYS WERE HURTING, but that I wasn’t taking the metformin anymore and the metformin couldn’t possibly be causing me kidney pain because it’s not known to do that… WHAT?! Okay, I don’t care if it’s not known to cause kidney damage, my kidneys hurt and it started after I got on the metformin. So instead of her being all “well why don’t you try staying off the metformin for a week or so and see if the kidney pain eases up.” She tells me to start taking it again. Am I going to start taking it again? If my kidney pain doesn’t ease up while being off of it then I’ll start it again. But not until I see whether or not it’s causing the pain. I also told her that my bloodsugar monitor has shown positive for ketones for over half of my tests in the last two weeks. She argued with me about whether or not my bloodsugar monitor could check for ketones.
Then I bring up my heart, again, for the 3rd appointment in a row. Even Kai tells her that I can’t even get up and go to the bathroom part of the time without my heart going nuts. I gave her examples, like when I wiped down the stove, when I went downstairs to the garage to get a towel and back up, and when I made waffles earlier. Then she asks me if I think it’s related to stress… Cause wiping down the stove and getting a towel out of the garage and making waffles is goddamn stressful.
NO I do not think it’s from stress. I swear she asked me the same question last time. At this point I was seriously visualizing me leaping off the table and strangling her to within an inch of her life. But instead I said no, I didn’t think it was stress, it happens more often when I’m doing something physical but also happens when I’m not doing anything at all. Then I tell her that the pain and numbness and pins and needles and all of that crap is getting worse. She at that point asked for like the 7th time if I saw a neurologist at which point I told her I couldn’t afford it. Then she asked if I would be willing to see a heart specialist… to which I said I would love to, but I can’t afford to. So she finally decided it might be a good idea to do an ekg test and take a urine sample and draw some blood to do some tests. What tests? I have no idea, but at least she’s doing something. So the ekg came out normal, and my urine test showed no ketones, but had sugar in it… So I’m fine. She says my heart is fine, but IF it happens again to go to the ER. Okay then… Then she told me yet again that you can only test for ketones in urine. And I said that every page I looked up online said it could be tested in urine and blood. Then she said that me poking my finger wasn’t enough blood to be tested for ketones. Then she said that besides ketones were unusual in people with type 2 diabetes. And I said I know and started to tell her when it was possible to have it in people with type 2 diabetes AND SHE SAYS “it only really happens when someone has an illness”. I seriously thought Kai was going to fall off his chair. Instead it gave her a goofy look and pointed both of his hands at me. My only thought at that point was “why in the hell do you think I’m seeing you?”. *sigh*
So Kai brought up several issues with pain and sensations and it just seem to go in one ear and out the other. She finally albeit reluctantly gave me an Rx for 28 Vicodin. But I had to take a urine analysis to make sure I wasn’t abusing drugs. And I have to see her in 4 weeks again for I don’t even know what. I just feel like she doesn’t believe me. She treats me like I’m a crazy hypochondriac and I’m beyond frustrated. It gives me no hope for seeing another doctor there. She’s not putting two and two together at all. My bloodsugar was normal before the Gabapentin, I go on it and my bloodsugar is magically staying above 200, she doubles the dose and now it’s staying between 250 and as high as 488 so far. I’m having no kidney trouble, she starts me on metformin and my kidneys magically start to hurt. Ugh.
Oh look I’m really annoyed and stressed and frustrated AND MY HEART ISN’T FREAKING OUT. However it did start going crazy when I got up to go help Fumiko go potty. I think I probably forgot some stuff, but I’m not sure. Overall the extra cost of the medications caught me off-guard, but it wasn’t a huge ordeal, visit with the doctor was really disappointing and stressful. I hope that the doctor I see on the 29th will listen to me and actually work with me.