Thursday, September 8, 2011

What? Good news from an insurance company?

Dear E,
I have seriously spent hours on the phone this week, trying to get my Lovenox prescription approved and filled. I've talked to multiple people at multiple pharmacies, multiple people at my OB's office, and multiple people at my insurance company, trying to convince them all that I do not want to give myself daily injections in the stomach for fun, that this medication is, in fact, "medically necessary." I will spare you the whole drawn-out story, because I'm pretty sure reading it will only make you want to gouge your own eyes out, but let me tell you, it was a mess! The whole process for getting things "pre-approved" is in serious need of some streamlining, if you ask me.

Anyway, I have been incredibly stressed out all week because I need to start these shots, and until they were "pre-approved" by my insurance company, I couldn't get them. My insurance likes to try to deny covering anything, so I was also really afraid that my co-pay was going to be ridiculously high. Well, I am relieved to report that in the end I only have to pay $15/month out of pocket! This is a miracle, seriously. In my mind, I was already thinking of things I could sell to pay for these shots (without coverage they are like over $1,500 a month!) I never thought I'd say this, but YAY for my insurance company!

Here they are, the drugs I've been so desperate to get my hands on:


I am both nervous and strangely excited to give myself my first injection tonight. I'll let you know how it goes!

One more thing. I can't believe how pregnant I look today! I had to do a double-take the first time I saw my side-view in the mirror in the bathroom at work. Then I went back to office, grabbed my phone, and took a picture to show you what I mean:


I guess it's time to stop wearing the form-fitting clothes! I haven't told many people at work about you yet, but I hope people are starting to assume I'm pregnant...otherwise they must think I really need to cut down on the beers, ha.

I am 11 weeks tomorrow, and have felt slightly better the last two days or so. I should be thanking my lucky stars, but of course it just has me scared out of my mind. Can someone please assure me it's normal  to be starting to feel less sick at 11 weeks??

Okay, time for a nap. Love you sweet babe!

Love,
Mom

19 comments:

Tiffany said...

I never had morning sickness, but I had HORRIBLE headaches with Ellie during the first trimester. I went to a neurologist because I was getting desperate. He assured me that as soon as the hormones started to shift going into the second trimester, I would feel better. And I swear, I woke up one day, and they were gone! Like someone flipped a switch. Look at it this way, by the sickness going away, it probably means your hormones are changing- which they should at this point in the pregnancy. So that means your body is doing what it should! Easier to say than believe though right?
Good luck with the shots!

Natasha said...

You look very cute! Glad you were able to get the Lovenox thing worked out- $15 a month is so much better than $1500! Good luck with that first shot today!

AnotherDreamer said...

I get generic Lovenox, and my co-pay is still $150 a month! So I think your co-pay is AWESOME lol. But the frustration you went through is so not cool! Glad they approved you :)

Jessica said...

MANY people have morning sickness go away as they near the second trimester so I think it's very normal! But I totally understand LOL I worry any time I don;t feel like crap when I am pregnant ;) LOVE your cute pregnant belly! <3

April said...

I was not on the lucky side. I started feeling sick at 9 weeks and finally started feeling better last week, 14 weeks. My co-pay is $5 or $10, I can't remember! Good luck, you will bruise, but it is not so bad after a few weeks of doing it daily!

chancingthedance said...

This is awesome news! Insurance companies are so infuriating. Glad yours finally got it together! I have been lucky enough to not have much morning sickness in either of my pregnancies, but my understanding is that right around the end of the first trimester your placenta really takes over and that makes you feel a lot better. So yes, I am pretty sure it is normal as normal can be.

Mary said...

I'm relieved they were able to cover your shots!! That would have been such a big expense having to pay out of pocket! I don't know what I'd do if I had to pay that kind of money monthly!! I'm hoping it goes well tonight with your first one...hopefully painless...I'm terrified of shots I couldn't do it myself! I'd probably ask hubby to do it for me while I looked away!! You're looking so cute!!

MamaE said...

Ha! Didn't I just post this in your comments the other day? I hated being sick, but then I actually started to worry more when I started to feel better. I knew it would happen to you. The sickness became... sort of a progress report for me. "Everything must be ok because I'm still sick." Then I got better, but it was still too early to feel baby move so I had nothing to make me worry less! Just wait until you feel baby move and then you'll have days with hardly any movement and you will drive yourself nuts about that too! All of this is totally normal. I have been through it! Yes, totally normal to get less sick at this point. Just be prepared for the movement thing... I would seriously poke at and jiggle my belly to try to make baby move on the slower days. My poor kids! Hang in there!

Caroline said...

Such a cute belly. So glad things got worked out. Also wishing you lots of good luck with the shots.
I only had morning sickness with my rainbow & after 12 wks I was fine but only if I tried to eat Sausage I was sick :(
Take care

Harlowe said...

I've started feeling much less nausea and I'll be 12 weeks on Monday. It made me nervous as well, but I've still got plenty of other sypmtoms that I'm sure all is fine. I'm quite a bit bigger than you in general but if I didn't have my pouch from my first baby I know I'd be popped already. I was really surprised with this pregnancy because I took forever to show with the first one and at my first appointment I was measuring three times as big as I should have been. The lovanox injections aren't horrible, but it's not like a barrel of monkeys, either. I had to have them after my c-section because I developed deep vein thrombosis and the nurse was accusing me of going home and then just not taking the shots. Some people. So glad your insurance is covering it. We have to pay an arm and a leg for insurance, but if they have to pay, God forbid.

Tiffany said...

look at that bump! adorable!

Nika M. said...

I'm glad to hear things worked out with your insurance company. It's a shame dealing with them is so complicated.

Still praying for you and the little one.

Mary said...

You look great Kristin! And I'm glad to hear you've been approved by the insurance company. Great news!!!!

Valerie said...

You're totally normal!!!! You look really great Kristin. I am so excited for you.

Amber said...

Glad to hear your news. My Lovonox was $100 a month co-pay. Here's a tip with the shots. I didn't learn this until about half way through and I wish someone would have said this up front. Make sure you take the needle straight in and straight out, and then don't use an alcohol wipe after, because that makes it sting like crazy. The bruises can be bad at first, but I found that as my stomach got bigger, I actually bruised less. I will keep you in my prayers!

Jillian said...

Before my son died, we had to give him Lovenox injections for his blood clots/MTHFR. It was SUCH a nightmare every 2 weeks to get the refills. Hopefully you don't have the same issues we had. Maybe it's different for a baby vs an adult.

Congratulations & you look great!!!!

Suzy said...

Its absolutely normal for morning sickness to taper off around 11-12 weeks :)

I completely understand the craziness that comes along with pregnancy after loss. I am on my 2nd baby after the stillbirth of my son and having a healthy baby has done nothing to ease my anxiety!

Wishing you some peaceful moments in the months ahead xxx

Crystal said...

I feel you on the insurance and streamlining! When we were trying to get pregnant with our first child, it took months to get my Lupron injections approved. Those suckers were $500 a shot. Thank goodness for insurance!

I never had morning sickness with my first son. I had horrible morning sickness with my second son, who we lost at 16 weeks. I had it up until I delivered him.

amy said...

Congratulations Kristin! I was with you on the August 2010 board and now am with you again on the March 2012 board on Baby Center! I am 14 weeks and have no feelings of sickness at all now, if that makes you feel any better! Amy

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