Tuesday, March 29

The Medication Shortage and Another Prior Authorization

We had a little bit of an issue with my husband's medication the other day.

He ran out of his 30-day supply on the 21st day.

I'm not sure how we've been letting things slide for so long - I guess we've just been busy with day-to-day life. Okay, okay, I've been letting things slide for too long. I know good and well that my hubby isn't likely to be able to keep close tabs on his meds. 

When we attempted to get his new prescription filled, our insurance company demanded a prior authorization. Upon followup, we were told that the insurance company wouldn't pay for a new 30-day supply yet. The most leeway they offered would be a week (one week earlier than the 30-day time limit), so my husband had to go for a couple of days without.

Now what happened to the missing week's supply, you ask? Yeah, so did we. My husband insisted that he had not been taking extra pills, he didn't recall dropping, spilling, or losing any, and yet there he was, a week's supply short. 

First of all, I believed him. Originally his doctor had him taking more every day, but not liking the way he felt, my husband asked his doctor to step down his dosage. So if he wanted to take more, he could just ask his doctor to adjust that.

Anyway, I realized... I need to keep better track of my husband's medicine. Again. There's a lot that goes into helping someone with their chronic illness, and while I'm handling some other areas pretty well, I let the whole medication thing slip. Now that we know it's an issue, though, we've already made changes. 

We dole out just enough of his medicine for him to take with him during the day, leaving the rest of his medicine safely at home. We also use a chart now to keep track of when he's taken his medication.

Understandably, my husband was ready and willing to try new solutions to keep better track of his meds. The two days he had to go without his medicine were not good - for him or me.

So we're hoping our new methods will make things better - for both of us.

Thursday, March 10

Why I Want My Husband to Quit His Job

So my husband has been suspended from work.

Even though in my gut I could feel that it was coming, I was still unpleasantly surprised when he told me.

It wasn't a complete surprise, thankfully. See, my husband has a major issue with getting to work on time. In fact, he's been warned several times that his chronic tardiness is an issue. Although I don't believe that my husband's boss has been at all empathetic toward his illness, I do think that the patience exhibited toward him always being late has been relatively fair.

I'm really disappointed.

I did my part, I think. I try to always make sure he has clean clothes, a packed lunch bag, and whatever other little things that are necessary to get ready and out the door to start your work day. After his 8th or 9th tardy, I also bought him a new watch with a timer, stopwatch, and several alarm options. The truth is, none of that really mattered.

See, my husband's biggest problem isn't preparation. It's the suddenness, the unexpected, the Sleep Attack. Most of his lateness can be blamed on the times that he got to work half an hour early, but fell asleep in the parking lot. By the time he picks up his head from the steering wheel or someone taps on his window - he's late. Other times he felt so tired he'd take a break - falling asleep in the bathroom stall or with his head down on the table in the break room... it doesn't matter if he's on the premises. If he isn't clocked in, he's late.

Things were different when he had a salaried position with another company. But he gave that up a few years ago to move to the state we're currently living in - to be closer to our families at the birth of our child.

As a work-from-home mom who really loves working from home, I've been suggesting that my husband try my arrangement. Work from home, set your own hours, nap when you need to nap... but it didn't appeal to him in the least. I understood. Frankly, working from home isn't for everyone, but I was making any suggestion that seemed feasible for a person who could fall asleep at any given moment.

I'm not really sure what to do now. If he's late twice more - he's a goner - at work, anyway. He's been at his current job for almost 4 years, and really enjoys the work. He stays busy, is relatively well-paid, the benefits are just great for us, and it's a good company to work for.

Unless you're a narcoleptic.

So I'm now helping my husband job hunt - just in case. This isn't to say that losing his job is inevitable, but it's definitely possible. The good news is that in April - just a little over a month from now - his tardies will be wiped from his slate and he can start over. So if we can make it a month without him being late, he'll be okay.

For now, I'm going to keep doing what I can to help him get to work on time, and I've decided to increase my work hours, but I wish that he could just quit. I wish that he could live on disability or that I could support our family on my own. Of course, more than anything, I wish that he didn't have narcolepsy.

At least someday, he won't.