Another four months done and gone

I saw my oncologist yesterday for my quarterly followup check-up, and as I expected, it was pretty much:
“Hi, how ya doin’?”
“Just fine.”
“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.



16 thoughts on “Another four months done and gone

    • PiedType Wednesday, August 30, 2017 / 4:18 pm MDT

      My pharmacy does a fabulous job for me but when it comes to dealing with the university, ugh. So many ways for an entity that big to screw up. (Just got a call from somebody down there saying they’d just sent in the script. I made them tell me which pharmacy they sent it to.)

      Love hearing from you. I understand you saw some sunshine today. Wonderful news!

      • philosophermouseofthehedge Wednesday, August 30, 2017 / 6:38 pm MDT

        Patches of sun and got the backyard raked, palm branches tied up and to the street – but so soggy.
        Just canceled my yearly doc appt for next week – it’s just too crazy with conditions right now…and if I could lose a pound or two before going in ….HAHA

        • PiedType Wednesday, August 30, 2017 / 8:44 pm MDT

          I can’t imagine anyone there conducting business as usual for quite a while.

        • philosophermouseofthehedge Thursday, August 31, 2017 / 10:43 am MDT

          odd complications ( like so many major roads still closed) Right now Verizon is trying to figure out by the company office phone is showing my ID when calls are made to clients, customers. engineers…considering I’m not anywhere on that account/or connected any way at all to that business phone…why? Verizon is clueless and sorta just shrugs.
          No one seems curious figuring how things work – or don’t work any more

        • PiedType Thursday, August 31, 2017 / 11:30 am MDT

          I’d be surprised if anything in Houston right now is working as it should. And even on its best days, Verizon is usually clueless.

        • philosophermouseofthehedge Friday, September 01, 2017 / 7:39 am MDT

          What works is the people – despite the disaster, there’s so much good people are discovering in themselves.
          (Verizon, don’t get me started HAHA)

        • PiedType Friday, September 01, 2017 / 10:18 am MDT

          That’s one of the few good things I’ve seen in all this. A vivid reminder that when the chips are really down, people still pitch in and help each other, selflessly and without reservation. I

  1. disperser Wednesday, August 30, 2017 / 4:27 pm MDT

    They have one job! . . . but also, Twitter, Facebook, and probably some game or other.

    • PiedType Wednesday, August 30, 2017 / 8:46 pm MDT

      The problem with a place that big is getting to the right person.

  2. blooper0223 Wednesday, August 30, 2017 / 5:34 pm MDT

    I’m thrilled you’ve graduated to the longer time between appointments, and I share your frustration over the prescription. My mom had the same thing happen to her the other day and ended up having to go back to the pharmacy the next day.
    Occasionally my pharmacy will mess up, but usually gets things right. Luckily for me, I have some doctors who are really on the ball. Yesterday I got a text alert that my Pepcid prescription was ready just after I got home from my endoscopy, so he must have sent it in almost immediately after the procedure. Of course, I didn’t get to pick it up till this afternoon, but that’s not his fault. 😉

    • PiedType Wednesday, August 30, 2017 / 9:10 pm MDT

      I hasten to say none of this is my pharmacy’s fault. They made multiple calls last week trying to track down the prescription. It’s all been due to the crazy bureaucracy down at the university. And I may not get the script tomorrow, either, since a cancer drug may not be something they keep in stock.

      • blooper0223 Wednesday, August 30, 2017 / 10:24 pm MDT

        I know the feeling. My mom has to have her Votrient delivered from the manufacturer because most pharmacies don’t carry it since it’s around $8,000 for a one-month supply. We call the UPS guy her dealer. 😉
        Bureaucracy is the surest way to make sure no one gets what they need.

        • PiedType Wednesday, August 30, 2017 / 11:07 pm MDT

          My pharmacy might have it in stock if I’d been using it recently, but I switched drugs after talking to the doctor, so my guess is they have the one I was trying to refill last week but don’t have the one I’m trying to switch to this week. Could delay things by a couple of days. I just got an email asking me to evaluate my recent visit and I laid into them (politely) about the prescription snafu. There’s no excuse for it. My primary care doc faxes a script to the pharmacy while I’m in her office and it will be available the same day, if not on my way home. I try to make allowances for a sprawling university medical center; they’re like small cities. Still …

  3. LordBeariOfBow Thursday, September 21, 2017 / 5:33 pm MDT

    The problems you’re having with your pharmacy are completely unknown, and almost incomprehensible to me.

    How I’d cope is impossible to tell. I’d probably blow my top,letters to the editor of all major newspapers, and A Current affair scandal mongers on the TV.

    I suppose I’m pretty lucky living in a place where your problems are amillion miles away

    • PiedType Thursday, September 21, 2017 / 7:02 pm MDT

      I’ll have to speak up in defense of my local pharmacy, the one I always use. The problem originated at the university, whose medical campus is like a small city.

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