To the Doc's yesterday afternoon for my yearly Medicare Wellness Check.
New government guidelines---if you have EVER smoked in your life, Medicare now requires you to take a breathing test. Even though I had one three weeks ago at the pulmonologist's, I had to do another one--passed.
IF you are on any kind of opioid pain med OR anxiety med--I take Ativan--occasionally--you have to have a urinalysis. To make sure you are taking it, but not taking too much. To make sure you are taking it and not selling it!!!
I wonder how much I could sell it for? My script reads, "take 3 daily", I only take 1. Think of the $$$ I could make!!
Oh yes, and by the way--I asked the doctor if it was all right, when my shoulder hurts so much I can't sleep, if I could take half a Percocet at bedtime?
"Where did you get Percocet?"
"You gave me a prescription two years ago when I was still having pain from my hip surgery. I have 10 left."
"No--it won't hurt you, but I won't give you anymore."
"Okay. I don't want anymore. I have 10 left...at one-half every three to six months, I should be okay. I just wondered...because I am on a blood thinner, if it would hurt me."
"Percocet is addictive. If I wrote prescriptions for it, the government could put me out of business."
"Why the heck would it matter if an old person became addicted to a pain med...if it eased their pain?"
I'm thinking about Pearl who is addicted to Tramadol, that this same doc gives her, but at least she finds some relief.
"The government would only see how many prescriptions I write for it and that could cause ME a problem."
"Okay. So, if in the future, I need an opioid pain med, I'd have to go to a pain specialist?"
"Yep. That is their speciality. I'm just a primary care doctor....anything out of the ordinary, and I am required to refer you to a specialist."
Two pages of questions to answer--in the last 4 weeks, have you fallen? Do you eat a good diet? On and on.
My heart is good, nice and steady. Lungs are good, nice and clear..no wheezes or rales. Carotid arteries are good. Blood work--fantastic. Gained 2# since last year, but height is the same: 5'9 3/4".
There is one test that Medicare should include--a memory loss/retention test, as...................
I requested a prescription refill on a med....
That prescription was filled and picked-up by me on March 2nd! I have no memory of that!
See--good blood work means nothing to the way a person is aging.