Urinary Tract Infections Part II
September 14, 2009 7 Comments
So remember last week I told you about the glory of how bad it hurt for me to pee and the steps that I took to try to AVOID paying a $40 co-pay?
Well, I followed the doctor’s orders and took my medication just like he told me to. And a week later I found that I had one pill left in my 7 day antibiotic treatment and still had burning pain when I peed. =(
So I headed back over to the doctor yesterday, forked out ANOTHER $40 copay, found out that I STILL had a Urinary Tract infection, and got a prescription for ANOTHER antibiotic. This one stronger than the previous. Actually, this one I’m familiar with because it was one that my brother was on when he was in the hospital (he passed away of Ewing’s Sarcoma 5 years ago).
Another $8 prescription and I’m out ANOTHER $48 because of this damn urinary tract infection – or a total of $119 this month just on my health – which of course is not a planned expense in the least.
I’m just not sure how to handle this money – My budget isn’t flexible this month to handle $119 of personal health expenses – but I’m not sure if this counts as an “emergency” – but the money needs to come from SOMEWHERE. I’m not sure if it should come from the “extra” money that I got from teaching or from my emergency fund, but one of them is going to have to absorb this cost because I certainly can’t without taking the money from one of these two funds. =\
Any suggestions dear blogger friends? Would you consider unexpected copays “emergencies”? Do you budget for these things every month? How do you handle unexpected expenses that HAVE to be paid?