Apr. 21st, 2016

eliste: (freedom)
Energy: moderate
Stress: super duper low
Cravings: water
Sleep: fell asleep ~2 am / woke @7, slept fitfully until 9  / ~6 hours asleep
Mood: relaxed
 
Meds & Supplements: 
 
Armour (thyroid med)
  • 15 mg: ~9:00 am
Ciprodex (ear drops)
  • 3 drops @ 9 am
  • 3 drops @ 5 pm
  • 3 drops @ 10 pm
Notes:
  • Feel not-anxious for the first time in...? Was it all the supplements???
  • Energy not super, but feels ok without anxiety sapping it
  • Ear much better. No pressure, slightly muffled. Still random flashes of pain.
  • No IBS to speak of.
  • Achilles tendon acted up this morning
  • Three meals today!
eliste: (old ways)
I had a follow-up appointment today to check on my ear. It is doing well, the integrative medicine doctor and I are both pleased.

Diagnosis:

Ear
  • Outer ear infection doing very well.
Mitochondrial Function
Talked a bit more about this.
  • Quite convinced some sort of toxin is at the root of my troubles.
  • Mentioned that my body is taking protein and turning it into sugar, since that's the only thing it "knows" how to do right now
  • Getting it into a ketosis state with just diet alone would be nearly impossible
  • Excited for me to get started with the tests to start treating things
  • Mentioned that mitochondrial dysfunction is especially bad when hormones are out of balance
IBS
Talked a bit more about this
  • Fairly sure the IBS is also related to a toxin problem which resolving will also solve IBS
Treatments:
  • EnteraGam
    • I mentioned the expense--he and his staff are willing to work what angles they can to help make it more affordable. He was very surprised at the price I was quoted by my insurance.
    • Reassured me that this drug is an intermediate solution while we work on the real problem, and does not see me taking it for even a year.
  • Ciprodex
    • Keep taking until ear pain and "muffled" feeling is resolved.
    • Wants me to use it in both ears, since it's done a good job of clearing up the wax in my infected ear.
      • Since it's so expensive and my left ear isn't "sick" I think I'll only use it once a day in my good ear.
    • If ear worsens, see and ENT.
Suggestions:

Doctor:
  • Use Debrox (after infection has cleared up) as often as once a week to clear wax since mine is apparently "very wet." Irrigate well after use.
  • After Debrox use, use OTC Swim Ear to make sure all the Debrox is really out.
  • Try to make sure to drink 4 16 oz glasses of (clean) water to help body fight infection.
Nurse:
  • Once ear pain is resolved, pinch nose shut and try to exhale to relieve muffled feeling.
  • Look for online coupons or payment plans online for Ciprodex.
  • If can't find anything, before refill e-mail to ask doctor if alternative medication would be acceptable.
  • Also call local pharmacies and ask for their no-insurance prices on drugs. They might be cheaper than through insurance.
Today's Costs:
 
15-minute doctor visit: $90
Amazon order:
  • Swim-Ear (3 pack): $14.98
  • Ear Protectors: $4.50
  • NuMedica Micellized Vitamin D3 1200 IU drops: $27.50
  • Amazon coupon: -$5.00

TOTAL OUT OF POCKET EXPENSES ADDED TO DEDUCTIBLE SO FAR: $341.10
TOTAL NON-INSURED EXPENSES SO FAR: $672.35

To-do list

Apr. 21st, 2016 06:36 pm
eliste: (rushing waters)
 Things I need to make happen:
  • Call EnteraGam to ask about their coupon program: 1-844-368-3721
  • Call CPL to ask about blood test prices: (512) 339-1275
  • Make an appointment for early next week with PCP doctor.
DONE!

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