I had a bad visit with the nurse at my PM's office.
I have been seeing this PM since the end of January. I never see the doctor unless I'm having a surgery. I have been going every 4 weeks for refills once I found a good med combo. One of my meds is the Fentanyl patch.
I found out a few months ago that the insurance co is considering some of these as early fills because they go by 30 days and sometimes there are 5 week months. I saw the doctor (actually nurse) on these days: 1/31/08, 2/14/08, 3/13/08, 4/10/08, 5/8/08, 6/5/08, 7/2/08, 7/30/08, 8/28/08, 9/29/08, 10/23/08 & 11/20/08 then today (12/17/08).
I told the nurse on 11/20 about the early fill issue that the pharmacy told me about. She told me that all scripts including Fentanyl can now be held for 21 days. She told me to hold it until 12/6 and then I won't have to come in until early Jan. I did have the script filled on 12/3 because the pharmacy I have to use is far away & I didn't want to have it filled on a weekend in case there was problems. I didn't use the new meds until the old ones were used up.
My daughter won't return to school from the holidays until the 2nd week in Jan. I know from experience I'll have childcare issues if I try to go while she's home from school. I have accidentally forgotten my patch before and I'll know I'll have withdrawal if I wait until she returns to school.
I made an appt. for today and would hold the patch until 1/4. Today the nurse's assistant says she's never heard of being allowed to hold a script for 3 weeks & said they'd call in withdrawal meds for me if needed. She also said that the front desk shouldn't have allowed me to make an appt for today. They are refunding the copay. They won't write a script for me until 1/6 which is 31 days.
I'll definately go thru withdrawal. I don't think I can handle withdrawal. I think I'd prefer not to be around anymore than deal w/that.