So one of my goals in 2015 was to begin to meditate on a daily basis. I need to de-stress a bit and people who meditate swear by it. I’ve been thinking about it for years, but I read on the interwebs that thinking about something is not the same as actually doing it. Problem is…I have no idea how to meditate. I try to calm my mind for 30 seconds and I simply cannot shut my brain off.
So I purchased an app for my phone and it’s definitely helped. It’s not about shutting your brain off but if a thought comes into your mind, simply don’t follow it. Anyway…I’m a complete novice, so if anyone has any tips, I’m all ears.
But today’s post is not about meditation. It’s about medication. And specifically, why CVS will no longer check any of my prescription medications for gluten. As a matter of fact, they completely wiped celiac disease off my records. Seriously.
Have a seat. I’ll tell you the story. I’ll play the role of Peter Falk and you can all be Fred Savage. (Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.)
About two months ago, I was having a medical issue that shall remain anonymous. I saw my doc and she suggested I take what we’ll call Drug X. She gave me a sample and off I went.
Naturally, I had to look up Drug X to see if it was gluten-free because lord knows OUR MEDICATIONS DO NOT HAVE ANY LABELING LAWS (a post for another day). So off to glutenfreedrugs.com I went and crap…it wasn’t listed. Now that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not gluten-free. It’s just not on the list.
I searched and I searched and finally found one legit medical website that said the Drug X is indeed gluten free.
So I began to take Drug X. Was there a slight risk it was not gluten-free? I suppose and I’m not one for risks when it comes to celiac, but I felt it was important enough and if it turns out it was NOT gluten-free, I’d know it within a few days.
Well, a few days went by and no reaction. Not only that, but Drug X was working for me. It was relieving my symptoms. So I finished the sample and then put in a prescription at CVS to fill the next month’s supply.
When I went to pick up the medication, they said they could not give it to me because it was not gluten-free. It turns out the list they go by is glutenfreedrugs.com. That’s the only list they go by. And since it was not on the list, they decided it was not safe for me.
Dude note: Kudos to CVS for the efforts up to this point. Honestly.
Anyway, I said that I found a medical site that said Drug X was gluten-free and also informed them that I’ve been on it for a month with no ill effects, so I’m ok taking it. They marked it in their system that I was taking the medication against their advice and off I went.
A month later, also known as yesterday, I went to the doc after not being able to shake whatever virus has been wrecking havoc on my body and soul the past 10 days. My doc prescribed a cough syrup and an antibiotic.
So off to CVS I went to drop off the prescriptions. When I dropped them off, I reminded them to please check for gluten in these medications. They said no…they will not check.
They said because I took Drug X when they could not confirm it was gluten-free, they will no longer check any of my medications for gluten and they actually wiped celiac off of my charts.
The head pharmacist came over and confirmed. In their minds, I no longer have celiac disease and will not be treated as such.
I was absolutely floored. And a day later, I still am.
Perhaps it’s a legal thing and they are just covering their asses. Perhaps they have a god complex. Perhaps this one pharmacist was just an **hole. Perhaps I’m missing something here. I have no idea but man, what a shitty way to do business.
And by the way, I still picked up the other two meds but looked them up on my phone before actually purchasing them. One was on “the list” but the cough syrup was not. Here we go again. I purchased them both and did more research at home, with the assistance of Mrs. Dude and Cousin Julie. It was indeed on the list…just under a different name.
Anyway…that’s my story. Sure, there were no 6-fingered men or rodents of unusual size, but it’s the best I’ve got.
Now…I welcome you to all find your happy place. Not in the form of meditation. But in the form of Bruce Springsteen. I found this video last night, and if you want to be entertained, if you want to see a live performance for the ages, if you just love rock and roll, please take the next 14 minutes and enjoy. Namaste.