Gavin’s side effects are getting really bad and it breaks my heart 

I think I need to stop allowing Gavin to come with me to pick up the boys from school. Unfortunately, his bladder issues have gotten to the point where he really can’t ride in a car for more than a couple minutes. 

We’ve been sitting here for 20 minutes and he’s almost had three accidents.… Read More



Update on my new antidepressant medication

Last Thursday, my doctor added Abilify to my current antidepressants, in hopes that it will help with the remaining symptoms.  Of course, insurance wanted a prior authorization and because we’ve all been sick, I hadn’t followed up with it.

I took a walk this afternoon to my neighborhood Walgreens and there still hasn’t been a prior authorization yet. 

The pharmacy swears they’ve faxed my doctor 6 times and received no response.  I called my doctor and they swear they haven’t received anything from the pharmacy.  Clearly there’s a disconnect and frankly, the common denominator is Walgreens. 

I have this issues with almost all our doctors, so it has to be with the pharmacy.  If I hadn’t been overwhelmed by all the stomach flu, I would have followed up the next day but I just didn’t care at that point. 

The doctors office is go into take care of it but I might not hear anything back until next week and that sucks. 

While we are waiting for insurance to approve this, I’ve asked them to check into different approaches..  I’ve been on Paxil for years and it’s caused a lot of weight gain and it’s very difficult to lose.  Rather than be on 3 medications, I asked about maybe 1 new medication that could do a better job than Paxil. 

The doctor isn’t in today so I won’t know anything until tomorrow but I’d love to hear what’s worked and not worked for you, in regards to antidepressants.… Read More



A couple of general medical updates

This is a sorta part two post of updates.  Part one pertained to SSI and this will focus on a couple of medication related things.

Some may already be aware that I started a new medication for anxiety and depression.  I’ve been on Paxil for a few years but needed more help with anxiety. … Read More



I think I’m having side effects to my new antidepressant

I started Wellbutrin a few weeks ago because Paxil just wasn’t enough. 

It’s really difficult for me to decern if it’s actually working or not because that’s sorta subjective and I really can’t gauge it with any accuracy. 

What I do know is that my heart rate has been elevated lately.  I only know this because I track it.  I’ve been working to lower my resting heart rate and so I’m keeping tabs on it. 

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It’s not hugely problematic but my resting heart rate during the day was usually in the 60 – 70 bpm range and since Wellbutrin, it’s sitting around 85 – 100 bpm. 

That makes me uncomfortable.… Read More



VERY FRUSTRATED: Elliott’s and Emmett’s meds still haven’t been called in and now they’re out

I’m really angry at this point because both Elliott’s and Emmett’s doctors office is dropping the ball.

There were issues refilling their meds again and I was assured that it would be taken care on Friday. 

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I wrote about this last week. 

Elliott had an appointment last Monday night.  During the appointment there were changes made to his medication and I was told that the script would be sent in first thing in the morning, because the system was down. 

I didn’t think anything of it and that does make it easier.… Read More



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