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I’ve always considered myself one who doesn’t go to the doctor very much. I used to always treat things as naturally as I could, avoiding meds when at all possible. My body usually reacts pretty strongly to medicines, so I just prefer not to take it when possible.
Well, my friends, things seem to have changed. Not because I have wanted it to, but out of necessity, for my kids’ sake. When it comes to talking about medical things, I have a handful of them to talk about. We’ve had several medical diagnoses in our family through the years.
My 19-year-old daughter, when she was 13, had half of her face go paralyzed. Everyone thought it was Bells Palsy, but it wasn’t. She had a cyst growing in her mastoid (behind her ear drum) and onto a nerve in her face, paralyzing it. She had to have it surgically removed. Not once, but 5 times we had that same surgery because it kept growing back. You can read part of that story here. It was miserable and scary and of course it came with prescriptions to deal with the pain after surgery and ear drops to keep her ears doing the right thing from now on.
My 13-year-old daughter Savannah has asthma. That doesn’t sound like a big deal as it is controlled with inhalers and medications in most people, but it sure seemed like a big deal when she was life flighted to a larger children’s hospital when she was 7, then when she was 9, taken by ambulance for a one week stay in intensive care, and another 2 days in a regular room. Asthma was a huge problem in our lives! Thankfully, we now have a great plan for her and no longer have life or death stories to tell about her, but if it were not for the medications we were prescribed, she would not even be alive! You can read more of that story here. We’ve since learned that food sensitivities were causing a lot of her asthma symptoms and have done a lot of allergy treatments to get them all under control. She’s still on a daily inhaler and allergy med, but otherwise doing great!
My 17-year-old daughter, Reagan, when she was 5 was diagnosed with epilepsy. Her seizure disorder is a challenging one. The doctors have prescribed so many different medications for her to try. Thankfully, her seizures are now mostly under control, but she is on 7 different medications to keep them under control. Every time we try to wean her off of one of them, she starts having seizures again. It’s frustrating, but we have recently had success with a new medication that seems to be helping more than any others we’ve tried. To read more about her story that I shared years ago, click here.
Of course, our family definitely isn’t the norm. We all don’t have these huge medical things going on, but we all do still need to rely on prescription meds one time or another during our lives. Yes, some of us more often than others.
One of the things that I hate about using prescription drugs are just how high some of the prices can be. Like one of our seizure meds that we were prescribed would have cost us over $5000 per month if we didn’t have insurance to cover most of it.
We recently learned of a tool called RxSaver by RetailMeNot that lets you compare prices on prescriptions between pharmacies. I love that the name of the website that has this incredible savings program is RetailMeNot, as I’ve been using RetailMeNot for years already. Any time I’m looking for an online shopping coupon, I always check RetailMeNot’s database of coupons. I had no idea that they also have a prescription comparison app and website! Now, I can also compare prices of prescriptions to find out the cheapest place to fill it, comparing all nearby pharmacies.
I ran a quick test of one of the more expensive medications that my daughter has tried. This is an expensive drug and thankfully she’s not on it anymore. Here, you can see the difference in pricing based on that search. I used to always think that one pharmacy was cheaper than another, but when running another search on another medication, the cheapest was at a different pharmacy.
Thankfully for us, our health insurance covers a lot of my kids’ chronic medication needs, but sometimes we have an expensive med come up that isn’t covered and now I know the best way to make sure that we’re getting it for the cheapest price. It shows you if there are coupons for that medication out there and you can search the tool whether you have insurance or not.