We Can Do Better

The past 24 hours have been a saga.

After leaving three voicemails at my neurologist’s office since Friday, I got a call back yesterday afternoon and told them my headache was still raging and I was at a loss about what to do. The ARNP decided it was time to pull out the big guns: Thorazine x 3 nights AND Toradol/ D.H.E. injections + Phenergan x 3 days. Holy Moses.

The only trouble was that my clinic and the pharmacy apparently were not speaking the same language. So rather than calmly pick up my prescriptions last night and bringing them in today for education about how to give myself IM injections (Survey says…that freaking hurts!), I have spent countless hours on hold, ensuring that both parties have followed through on their end. I have waited in the pharmacy drive-thru for a full hour, been back and forth between the clinic and Walgreen’s more times than I care to count and still as of right now, I have to go back tomorrow.

As I threw myself a pity party this afternoon, it occurred to me that I wanted to blog about this experience, but not (only) because I was feeling sorry for myself. The past three weeks have shown me just how easy it is to fall through the cracks in our godforsaken health care system. And that pisses me off.

I am a well-educated, well-informed health care provider, for crying out loud. I had the ability and the knowledge to sit on the phone and harangue people (with a smile of course 😉 ), to make sure that I received the care that I needed. I have decent health insurance, a health care savings account, and a regular paycheck…for now. I’m still over two weeks in to some of the worst pain I have ever experienced in my life. I can’t function, I can’t think, I am not myself in the slightest. I’m in danger of potentially losing my job. How did it get to this point?

And if someone like me is suffering so horribly, how much more so are people who don’t have the access, the finances, the language skills, or the understanding to get what they need?

It makes me want to kick these bastard headaches not just for myself.

We can do better, folks. We’ve got to.

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