Jan 07, 2004 - 10:50 pm
I just turned off the tv news in disgust. Every network was yammering about about Michael Jackson's latest brush with the law. Why are they slavering over another celebrity in handcuffs when the real crime is all the milions of people out there lacking adequate insurance. They are forced to fight a cynical industry bent on profits profits profits and more profits. Did I mention they are in it for the money? And don't get me started on the drug companies who spend more money on advertising than R&D. I used the remote when yet another ad for Prilosec appeared. Although it might help the indigestion one gets from being exposed to this craven corporate mindset.
I have recently finished a regime of Oxiplatin with Leucovoran and oral Xeloda. Fotunately the anticipated nausea never came because the treatment cost almost $900.00 (that's $30.00 per pill) and Blue Cross refused to pay. I could have fought them but it was not necessary.
I do have pretty good ins and reading about the struggles that some members of this group have getting coverage makes me feel lucky. If you can call having cancer lucky. Also I live just minutes away from Duke University Hospital and their Comprehensive Cancer Centre. They really kick butt over there. In fact my latest scans/labs were clear and they are easing up on the tests. That means instead of every three months I gargle with redicat every four months.
Me: So can I start the five year countdown?
I feel like Yossarian in Catch 22. They keep upping the number of missions he must fly before completing his tour of duty.