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Marilee J. Layman

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07:17 pm: Sleeping Around The Clock
I managed to stay awake yesterday until my usual 1:30am when I start reading in bed, but I nodded off a couple times before 1:45am and I shut the light off and went to sleep. I woke up when Shiva came, but went back to sleep and woke up again at 1:54pm. I thought I'd set the alarm for 11am and looked at it to see if I'd gone deaf, but it turned out that I had set it when I slept yesterday afternoon for 8pm and just reset it last night for 11pm. Mmmhmm. I probably needed the sleep.

I stopped at the clusterbox on the way out because I was in bed yesterday before the mail came and my check was there. I deposited it, then went to get labs at Kaiser. I stood at the counter for 10 minutes and then had to sit in a chair across the way for another 10 minutes while the line behind "me" got longer and longer. Eventually the software spit out all the little stickers and I got stuck. They really need better software for people like me -- lots of labs from lots of doctors.

I headed off for the Giant because Peapod doesn't carry the eye drops the opthalmologist had me using before the Restasis (which is $200/month and I can't afford). There wasn't any in the aisle and the pharmacy stocker found that it was back-ordered. I'm going to run out of these drops on Thursday, but when I did stop using the Restasis, I kept one box (15 days) and I'll just use those and keep trying to find the other drops. I don't know when Restasis gets a generic, but I'm sure I'm not the only person not using it because of cost.

My intention, before the stroke, was to use the Restasis only in the winter when my eyes are the dryest and that would give me about $800 toward my Medicare Plan D, and would be fine because all but one other of my meds are generic. But the stroke and the meds that doctors I didn't know ordered pushed me into Plan D this month, so I probably can't afford the Restasis in November & December.

Although, theoretically, my mortgage refinancing comes through soon. The broker called last week and extended the lock (4.546%) for another month. He said they'd extend it a month at a time until it was done and they just have too many and it's taking a long time. That will give me $200 more a month and I'd be happy to use it in November & December so my eyes won't hurt so much and will see better.

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From:kaffyr
Date:July 29th, 2009 04:04 am (UTC)
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I'm sorry you're having to deal with the Medicare D juggling act; here's hoping the mortgage refinancing gets done extremely soon. (What does "soon" mean, according to the broker?)
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From:mjlayman
Date:July 29th, 2009 05:48 pm (UTC)
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He told me when we first went through it that although the normal lock is two months, they would almost certainly have to add another month, which is what he just did, and maybe more. So I knew this was probably coming, but I don't know how many more.
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From:kaffyr
Date:July 29th, 2009 08:30 pm (UTC)
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I hope it's not too many more. Good luck.
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From:mjlayman
Date:July 30th, 2009 04:54 pm (UTC)
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The WashPost had an article on this yesterday -- on how long it's taking the banks to make the refinances and what the banks would like the government to do to help make them faster.
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From:susandennis
Date:July 29th, 2009 05:15 am (UTC)
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I'm interested in your eye drops. What are the over the counter ones you can't find? And, I gather, that Restasis does work? I've never even been tempted because of the cost but my eyes are getting dryer and dryer and I'm afraid I'm going to wake up one morning and not be able to get the lids open!
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From:mjlayman
Date:July 29th, 2009 05:51 pm (UTC)
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The OTC are Refresh Celluvisc (I'm sure they're somewhere, I just usually get them at the grocery store). They're the thickest eye drops on the market, as of last fall when the doctor first said to use them. Restasis works really well on me, but I've heard it doesn't work on everybody. And part of the problem is that you have to take them two to three weeks before they start working because they're changing how your eyes work, not just lolling around in the eye.
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From:susandennis
Date:July 29th, 2009 05:53 pm (UTC)
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Oh Thank you!! I did not know that about Restasis and it's very excellent info. I had also never heard of Refresh Celluvisc - will find and try. Thank you!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:July 29th, 2009 04:52 pm (UTC)
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You obviously needed the sleep and I'm glad you got to sleep as much as you did.
I hope the mortgage works out - and soon - and that the problem with the eyedrops resolves itself, too. One way or another.
Take good care,
Doris
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From:mjlayman
Date:July 29th, 2009 05:51 pm (UTC)
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Yes, getting that extra money from the mortgage will be a big help!
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