I saw my oncologist yesterday for my quarterly followup check-up, and as I expected, it was pretty much:
“Hi, how ya doin’?”
“Any new issues?”
“Okay, great. Come back in six months.”
So I’ve been promoted from quarterly checkups to semiannual checkups. Sounds like progress to me. And best of all, it means I won’t have to try to get back down there in early January, when weather can be real iffy. Not that we’re immune to blizzards in March, but still …
I am switching from letrozole (Femara) back to Aromasin for the hormonal treatment, but that was my idea, not the doctor’s. He says all the aromatase inhibitors work almost exactly alike but he humored me and changed. I read somewhere (see chart) that letrozole is more likely to cause weight gain, and I’ve put on a couple of pounds this year (most likely due to inactivity). So at least mentally, maybe the change will feel like an improvement of some kind.
First, though, I have to succeed in getting the prescription filled. There’s been some snafu somewhere so that when my local pharmacy calls the oncologist’s office for a refill, the refill gets sent to the pharmacy down at the university (an hour from here). I spent all last week trying to track down a refill that I requested on Monday and never got because it got filled at the university pharmacy instead of mine.
So yesterday I talked to both the oncology nurse and the doctor and explained to each of them what had happened and both went to their computers to ensure the correct pharmacy was listed. I double checked when the doctor ordered my Aromasin to see that he sent it to the correct pharmacy.
Today I called the pharmacy just to confirm — and, wouldn’t you know, they did NOT receive a new prescription yesterday. I called the university pharmacy, to see if they’d gotten it by mistake, again. Nope, it wasn’t there either.
So now I’m babysitting the phone, trying to get a return call from the “nurses’ triage” line, to get it straightened out.
Meanwhile, in the last week and a half, I’ve been mostly without the drug I’m supposed to be taking every day. I don’t think it’s a big deal, since I took a 2-week hiatus the last time I switched drugs, but it’s frustrating as hell trying to get this one little bit of bureaucracy straightened out.