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More TriCare woes

I went to drill today. Before leaving the house, a coughing jag produced--I kid you not--

Actually, better snip for the grotesquerie:

I coughed up a blob of glop yellow in colour and so thick as to be a free-standing pile in the bathroom sink about an inch tall.

We weren't doing much for PT and I really truly felt like running, so I ran half a mile before my lungs gave out. This was noticed.

I kept coughing. At lunch I had another coughing jag that left me unable to draw breath for several minutes. I was told to GO TO THE DOCTOR, NOW!

Although Balboa Naval would supposedly be free, I also figured on a five-hour wait. Plus, I got this from Steve, remember, and he's still sick. So I suggested we go to an Urgent Care and we settled on UCSD Hospital.

We were in and out in two hours. We both had chest x-rays and got the same diagnosis and the same prescription for azithromycin.

Azithromycin is new, so it's $40.00 per pack. We found out at CVS that TriCare has STILL not added us back into the system. Well, what could we do? We paid the money and went home furious. But at least we're getting treatment.

I was told I could stay home tomorrow, but I wouldn't be paid. Well, I definitely need that money now.

Come April 2011, I am SO DONE with the Army. I will reconsider this stance for $15,000 and student loan repayment, but that's it.


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Jan. 11th, 2009 04:09 am (UTC)
That's the one.
Jan. 11th, 2009 04:25 am (UTC)
*nods* I got a script for that back in the fall when I had my own respiratory crapola. It's pretty potent shit, yo. I myself can only take antibiotics in the "mycin" family due to allergies to penicillin + family, and went through an epic battle with my own insurance due to their initially not covering it cuz yup, it's new and expensive (they reimbursed us, but we had to pay out-of-pocket at the pharmacy, which made for a cranky other half for a bit tharr).

I'm sorry you're going through this shit. I don't blame you for wanting out of there. I hope things start looking up for you and Steve soon.
Jan. 11th, 2009 04:38 am (UTC)
I take "mycin" antibiotics for the same reason.
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Jan. 11th, 2009 04:39 am (UTC)
Yeah, when Steve and I started getting sick I thought the same thing, that it sounds like what you have.

Jan. 11th, 2009 04:42 am (UTC)
I had a z-pack when I had walking pneumonia, and it made me feel instantly better the next day. As in, I didn't feel like I was breathing through watery ground glass.
Jan. 11th, 2009 05:03 am (UTC)
*huuuugs* Thank you for the status update; Ro was talking to Steve when he got the call to come get you, so we were getting worried.

At least you got the good shit re: antibiotics!
Jan. 11th, 2009 05:56 am (UTC)
I'm glad you got the antibiotics! Hope tomorrow is an better day for you and for Steve, and I definitely get the being done with the Army.
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Jan. 11th, 2009 02:17 pm (UTC)
I forgot to put it in! Bronchitis.
Jan. 11th, 2009 07:03 am (UTC)
Yeah, the Emergency Room at Balboa Naval told me that the night I was there was just as busy as any other night. So, five hours, is spot-on.
Jan. 11th, 2009 04:13 pm (UTC)
ugh, about Tridontcare, but at least you've got the drugs now, so hopefully you'll be feeling better very soon.
Jan. 12th, 2009 02:45 am (UTC)
Reenlist for the Guard. At least you aren't treated like absolute cattle there.

Our sick call people get paid even if they get sent home.
Jan. 12th, 2009 04:45 am (UTC)
I think it's commander's discretion rather than Guard vs Reserves policy. Plus the RRC we're attached to now is flat broke and probably would object to paying someone who didn't go to work.

Unless the Army meets my very high price, I don't plan on re-enlisting. Full stop. This has been yet another failed experiment on my part and the price I've paid has been far, far too high.

Unrelated, no, I did not take the Vicodin.

Edited at 2009-01-12 04:53 am (UTC)
Jan. 12th, 2009 08:34 pm (UTC)
You = wuss on the Vicodin. It's good stuff. ^_-

You may have a point about the budget being the main concern. Still makes it shitty that they're risking the well-being of their soldiers over money. So much for feeling part of the Team.

I wouldn't blame you for getting out, not after all this shit. No entity with such callous disregard for the needs of their personnel deserves any loyalty. Still, I don't think this has been a TOTAL waste of your time, and you're way tougher now than when you first went in. If anything, the experiment has proven that you possess the will and measure to face extraordinary odds and come out standing.
Jan. 12th, 2009 08:39 pm (UTC)
I've heard Vicodin is good stuff. That's one of the reasons I refused it. The other reason is that I'm sure that if I did take it, yesterday would have turned out to be urinalysis day.

I do agree about the proof of will and strength. While I still think the price has been too high, I can't doubt that it's shown me what I'm made of.
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