February 09, 2015

VIT Report: Building Up Again

Finally! After being held at half-maintenance since November of 2013, the allergist has agreed to start building again. They will slowly increase my injections from 0.5 to 1 full cc. I get to pick how fast… how fast do I want to spend $100: twenty bucks twice a week for 2 1/2 weeks, or twenty bucks once a week for 5 weeks? They just re-ordered antigens for me, and that's about $800 out-of-pocket, so I'm inclined to take to the slow route.

I'm also still trying to figure out where the money is going to come from to cover the $385* $430 cost of epinephrine autoinjectors, and that's the generic version. Despite the look I got for carrying around expired Epi-pens, I'm just going to have to keep walking around with expired Epi-pens. Maybe I'll have it figured it out by the time beekeeping season really gets going.

*The allergist gave me a 'scrip for Auvi-Q, an alternative to Epi-pen, but after I called all the pharmacies in the area I found out that brand is the most expensive, close to $550 (today is 3/5). Adrenaclick is the least expensive but I thought I'd shop around and see if there was any way to not pay even that much. It's great at the end of a year (the shelf-life of epinephrine) if you haven't used your pens, but it's hard to literally throw away hundreds of dollars. If I had known the price of epinephrine was going to jump $45 in 3 weeks, I would've gotten the Adrenaclick then. Maybe. At this rate, it'll be least expensive to just go to the ER.


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