A Few Updates

 Posted by at 12:28 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 012019

Yesterday was another busy day for us. We started out by taking Beverly to a couple of doctors’ appointments. Then we stopped at a nursery to look at citrus trees because Terry wants to plant a lemon and a lime tree in our yard. This was pretty much a fact-finding mission, just to get an idea of what the trees cost, the best time of year to plant them, and how to take care of them.

From there we went to Stavros Pizza for an early dinner, and after that we drove down Flagler Street in New Smyrna Beach and parked at the municipal parking lot at the beach entrance ramp that gave us a great view of the water. There’s something about being around the ocean that calms our souls. When we decided it was time to give up the fulltime RV lifestyle and started looking for a house to purchase, one of our top priorities was that it be no more than 15 minutes or so from the beach. Much further than that and more often than not, people will not get around to going nearly as frequently as they thought they would.

That’s about all I have new to report, so I thought I’d give you a couple of updates on things I discussed in previous blog posts.

Several readers have been asking me how we feel about our switch from Verizon to Consumer Cellular. So far, we are very pleased with it. As I said before, here at the house we seem to be in a dead spot for Verizon, with frequently missed or dropped calls. When we switched to Consumer Cellular we kept the same phones, but they took out the Verizon cards and replaced them with AT&T cards. So far we have been very pleased. The bill for unlimited talk and text on our three phones, along with 20 GB of shared data, is about $100 a month as opposed to over $260 per month with Verizon. And the signal is much stronger. We have not lost a call at home or anywhere in town since we made the switch.

That’s the good news. The bad news is that the hospital was not able to get Medicare approval for Terry’s hyperbaric oxygen therapy to help heal damage done by radiation during her cancer treatment 18 years ago. At the initial consultation they said she would need about 40 treatments, each of them costing somewhere around $1900. That’s a whole lot of money, and I would figure out some way to come up with it, but even the doctor at the hospital who runs the program said there are no guarantees of success with her particular radiation damage. So that’s on hold, at least for now

In the meantime, her Viberzi prescription seems to be helping her quite a bit. That’s also an expensive medication, at over $1400 per month. With various discount programs we were able to get it down to $667 a month, which is still a chunk of change. The nurse practitioner at her gastroenterologist suggested we look into a Canadian pharmacy, and Terry has been doing some research on that. The problem is that there are a bunch of them online and it’s hard to know which of these outfits is legit and which isn’t. Anytime you’re dealing with a company on the Internet, you always have to be wary of getting burned. Have any of you had success with a Canadian pharmacy? If so, I would appreciate any feedback you might be willing to share.

In writing news, now that we’ve got most of Beverly’s initial doctor appointments out of the way, I hope to be able to squeeze in some more time at the keyboard. I did manage to get in a little over 8,000 words this week on my new John Lee Quarrels book. But I’ve got a long way to go so I need to chain myself to the desk and get some work done.

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Nick Russell

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  9 Responses to “A Few Updates”

  1. Nick, MANY years ago, (15 or more, before “Part D”), I happily purchased Prevacid from a Canadian pharmacy and was able to save LOT of money. At that time there was no generic for Prevacid, and it was something like $7-10 a pill. I was very pleased with the Canadian quality. The problem is, I don’t remember for certain which pharmacy. I BELIEVE it was “Canada Pharmacy” but I’m not sure. I stopped buying it from Canada when the USA government (in its infinite wisdom, NOT!) began catching packages in the mail and sending them back! Not sure how long that lasted, but about that time the generic form became available, so I no longer needed the Canadian version. One caveat: the Canadian meds were often times made in countries in Africa, or other places that I didn’t really trust. I had no problem with the meds, they seemed to work as well and I had no side effects. But it was a worry.

    I asked my doctor whether he thought meds from Canada were safe, and he said he thought they were fine. He did advise not to buy them from Mexico or “out islands” (whatever that is).

    Bottom line, I’d give it a try, if it was me. My meds now are not that expensive, so I don’t bother with Canadian pharmacies. Hope this is some help.


  2. We used Big Mountain Drugs in British Columbia for our Canadian pharmacy for my husband’s Spiriva (inhaler for COPD.) Was 1/3 the cost of purchasing it out of pocket at any local US pharmacy when insurance would not cover a name-brand and there was no generic available.

  3. In about 2008 I used a Canadian firm (unfortunately do not remember the name). Doctor gave me the script and the name. My post cancer drug was costing about $1500 for 90 days. From Canada it was about $225.00. Drug came in a postal envelope which had another postal envelope from India. (Prescription drugs sold in the U.S. are manufactured in facilities located all over the world. Many medications you rely on are made in Australia, Canada, China, India, France, Germany, Japan, Malta, Singapore, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States.Oct 16, 2017). The drug was packaged and the pills were identical to what I had been getting from the local pharmacy. I had no trouble with the drug. Governor DeSantis has people working on bringing drug costs down. Hopefully he will be able to do something with Canadian companies for Floridians.

  4. I have purchased from this pharmacy … https://www.northwestpharmacy.com/

    If you know of anyone going to Mexico who can inquire for you, there may be a way you can get what you need there. We get Diclofenac gel(Voltaren) in Mexico, antibiotics, etc.

  5. I use CanadaMedStop.com for one of my meds ($107 for 36 pills vs. over $500 for the same thing from Express Scripts). It is made by the same manufacturer as in the U.S., but comes out of Turkey with the insert in British English instead of American. If you give them my name and mention the promo BFF50, they will give you a discount ($50, I believe, but could be misremembering it as I wrote down the promo code, but not the amount) on your first order. The doctor who originally prescribed that med for me several years ago told me to get it from that particular company and I have had no problems whatsoever with using them..

  6. I’m surprise you don’t look into Mexico you’ve got enough friends living in Yuma
    And Arizona i’m sure they can check the price of her prescription
    The only thing if it is a drug narcotic drug you need a physical prescription but they’ll tell you how much it is anyways.
    sometimes a price difference alone could make up for a yearly trip
    When I used to run to San Diego a lot I use to pick up my blood pressure medication 15 bucks for a whole year compared to the US at 10 bucks a month..
    but due to changes I get the same thing for free now

  7. I believe the changes everyone’s referring to is Medi-Care.
    Being from Canada we’ve never had an issue with our medication. If you did order it from Canada you also save on the Exchange Rate.
    Ed mentioned getting your meds from Mexico. We follow many Canadian RV Bloggers who also get their meds there saying that they are a fraction of the cost from Canada. Might be worth looking into or making that yearly trip down.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It’s about time.

  8. As someone that used to work in medical billing (although, i didn’t do medicare billing) I would strongly urge that you appeal the insurance denial. I’ve seen many cases that were initially denied the first time but then were approved on appeal.

  9. After a surgery at USC hospital in California, my doctor suggested getting my prescriptions from Canada at much lower prices then the US. My wife and I have been using Canadian Pharmacy King (877 745-9217) for over 4 years now and they have been very good to deal with…

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