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I'm switching depo!

But not for another 12 weeks.

I finally got my gynocologist to let me self inject depot by switching to Depo Sub-Q.

I've been on Depo Prevera for over 15 years. I went on it before I went into teaching. I've never had any complications except for the lack of period and PMS (and I don't see that as an adverse side effect).

Both the doctor and I are concerned about bleeding and he wants me to let him know if that is an issue.

Since it is non-formulary and there is a generic version (but intra-muscular), it is actually going to be cheaper to get it at the retail pharmacy than it will from mail-order, we think -- we being from my looking at the Medco site and my talking to a customer service representative.

So I have a script and it's on my list of things to do in 4 weeks.

Embroyonic Stem Cells

The Diabetes OC is astir right now over the current Congressional votes on embryonic stem cell research.

I'm personally against the federal government supporting embryonic stem cell research.

I believe that other stem cell research shows much more promise and needs to be researched long before we go so far as embryonic stem cell research.

Already, embryonic stem cell research has crossed ethical boundaries -- results have been falsied, etc. and I think its just something to completely stay away from until all other research has been exhausted.

I also don't think you are going to get very far with transplants, or other replacements of the pancreas until you find out why the body is destroying beta cells in the first place.

When is enough, enough?

I've been watching every episode of Miracle Workers since it started on ABC and I was actually happy to see one of their procedures fail.

So far, it has just been TOO positive, without getting into the true ordeals the patients have had to go through to get their miracle. I will say, that everyone so far, has eventually turned out in a better shape than they started with, including the poor woman who died after the show was filmed tonight.

I was especially interested because they were putting an articial heart in her. I'll be honest -- and my mom and I was just talking about this -- I figure I'll be suffering from cardio vascular complications at some point in the future, since I have heart problem history on both sides of my family. In fact, I've been seeing a cardiologist every year for the last 3 years, and was seeing one every 5 years before that.

Back to the show. Poor woman had gone through breast cancer and then was diagnosed with heart failure. They put a Jarvik pump in her, and after 3, yes, 3 open heart surgeries she was doing better. They sent her home and she finally died of a massive infection.

I personally think they went too far with the second surgery, though I do think she was aware enough to participate in decisions.

I just know I don't want to go that far.

Where I've been....

Mostly I've been going through physical therapy.  I have been getting home from school around 5:00 pm on Monday and Friday, eating, and then going to physical therapy and then getting back home between 7:30 - 8:00.  On Wednesday's I tutor, eat and go to physical therapy
and get home between 8:00 and 8:30.  On Thursday's I train dogs all evening.  Also, every other weekend has been a major agility trial.

Plus I'm now responsible for planning 6 preps and teaching 5 of them. 

There hasn't been ANY free time, especially for writing.

Life has just been very difficult.

The knee was better until Friday.  I don't know if it was the physical therapy session, the lack of anti-inflammatory, or the horrible cold front, but I've been aching since Friday evening.  A few times to the point I didn't want to walk at all.  In fact, it's throbbing now. 

I need some insurance help...

My insurance plan uses Medco (which I've blogged about in the past), to manage our prescriptions and their costs.  I've also blogged some about my problems with gastric reflux disease.

Basically, my gastric reflux is out of control, and the only medication that comes close to solving the problem is Protonix.  In December, I got a letter telling me that Protonix was no longer in our formulary.  Well, Friday I got a letter telling me that they would no longer cover Protonix AT all, and that they would only covered omeprazole or Nexxium. 

How do I go about fighting this?  Right now, I'm double dosing on Protonix and last night I was up with GERD.  I've tried double dosing Nexxium and it almost but not quite does the job.

I know I need to control my food better in the evenings, but it is flat out difficult between the diabetes and the stress I keep going though.

I'm hoping someone reading this can give some help.

Second Best Commercial ....

My aboslute favorite commercial of all time is the Joe Green Pepsi commercial. It's great because you remember the product.

Well, I just saw a remake of the commercial, with some important changes. It's a young football player who gets to meet Bettis (sp), another football player who has asthma. It's for GSK Asthma Control program. The cool part is how it ends, the young player tosses HIS jersey to the pro.

I like the focus -- living with asthma and being successful. I get SO tired of the "looking for the cure diabetes" commercial, probably mostly because I don't think it's happening soon. I personally focus on getting through the day with the tools I have.

If you want to see the ad, it's on the Asthma Control Test website.