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So I just need to share this.

I'm sick. I've got something called idiopathic intracranial hypertension. This causes chronic daily headaches (not joking about this; I've had a headache since 5 Feb 2011... that's 879 days of the same fucking headache) and horrific migraine attacks that can mimic strokes. I've also got several mental health conditions that require constant monitoring by medical professionals and medication. 

Y'know what I take every day?


There's seven prescription medications in those 24 pills. That's not counting the four vitamins I'm out of (two pills each), my birth control pill, my allergy pills that I really only need in the spring and fall (two), or the antibiotic I'm currently taking twice a day for Lyme disease.

If you're adding all this up, that's 37 pills (and I'm not counting over the counter painkillers, the Vicodin I take for my broken ankle, or the three migraine abortive pills I've got, y'know, just in case).

And I house these pills in two of these containers:


(with a television remote for handy size control; there's also another, smaller, cuter pill container for my midday pills that I unfortunately left on the bathroom counter)

If I didn't have insurance (which I may end up losing, but that's another story), my eight prescriptions would cost me $2,701.94 every month.

(one of those pills alone is $1,183.99 for a thirty day supply)

With insurance? $172.00

(Thank you, Obama, for the free birth control; you save me $27)

The worst part? I need these pills to function. These medicines keep all my problems to a minimal level. I physically need these to be able to get out of bed and work and cook and type and read. 

I'm so ridiculously fortunate that my little retail job offers near-full-time workers pretty decent health care coverage. If I didn't have insurance, I'd be dead right now. 

I really don't know what the point of this post is. And I know we have huuuuuuuuge problems to fix as a country (like working to get trans people, specifically trans women of color, proper and nondiscriminatory medical care, housing, and jobs), but this is why everyone needs some sort of health coverage, especially if those people work in sectors that don't normally provide insurance (like retail and food service; a dear friend of mine is a store manager at a McDonald's, and his epilepsy is mostly untreated because he can't afford the doctor or medicines).

So yeah.


If anyone's curious, this is my super adorable midday pill case that I'm supposed to always carry with me but I accidentally left on the bathroom sink this morning oops


It doubles as a compact mirror =)

on 2013-07-04 03:54 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
When people complain about Obamacare, I know it's because they've never had to go without health insurance when they've had a medical condition or been denied insurance because of a pre-existing condition. If the people complaining ever had to go without, they'd surely be more compassionate.

on 2013-07-04 05:01 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
I'm absolutely convinced of that. I went without insurance when COBRA became way too expensive ($540 a month) for almost six months, and it was a really, really bad six months. I think that's one of the huge reasons I'm so head hurty and depressed and suicidal now; I was off my meds for so long that I have to relearn how to function with them.

If Obamacare wasn't enacted, I'm positive that I wouldn't have insurance, because of my preexisting conditions. So thank you, Obama, from the bottom of my heart.

on 2013-07-04 04:31 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
I feel you! I need my antidepressents to stay alive but the patient assistance program stopped allowing me to have free meds after a year, so I had to switch to a generic brand that isn't really the same, as it's mostly for social anxiety disorder and not depression. And I still have to come up with $4 each month. Which doesn't sound like much but it is when your entire income is what change you find in the parking lot and parents who yell about how much money it costs to keep you alive.
The people complaining about Obamacare are money grubbing morons who own news outlets. It's not going to affect small businesses like the giant corporations claim, and the corporations always have the easy out of reducing the number of full time workers, which they've already done like bastards.
I'll quite ranting now.

on 2013-07-04 05:10 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
Fortunately (or, rather, unfortunately), my parents help pay for my medicines, which just perpetuates my guild.

And fuck anyone who says $4 isn't much. It's a helluvalot when you have to precisely micromanage where your money goes; a friend of mine was wondering why I was freaking out that I ended up putting $10.16 worth of gas in my car, when all I wanted was $10 (plus, I'm really weird about having as exact totals as I can come out; I have to round up in that situation, and ended up putting $11 in). But I really didn't have the extra dollar. I still don't.

My dad was actually complaining about Obamacare for a while, until I no longer qualified to be on his insurance. I tried to get extensions and allowances, but they kept denying me because of my preexisting conditions. He started seeing it very differently then.


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