How hard is it to renew a prescription?

I’ve been taking Mirapex for restless leg syndrome for 16 years. I take it 2 hours before bedtime and my legs don’t thrash around, letting me get to sleep.

My prescription was down to one week’s worth of pills when I called in a refill to the pharmacy. Apparently I was out and they offered to contact the doctor for me. Sure, why not? Easy peasy.

When I got the text telling me my prescription was ready for pick up, I expected to actually pick it up. (I know, radical, right?) Instead, they told me that my sleep doctor had denied the refill, saying I need to have an appointment with him before he would renew it. Grrrrrr.

I actually have an appointment on the book with him for July 29th. Up until this year, I’ve had my once-a-year visit in May to confirm that I’m actually using my CPAP machine (yes, every night). I did that last year. But when I went on Medicare in July, they required me to go back and do the same thing again on their dime. So my annual appointment moved from May to July.

But the doctor won’t give me meds until I see him. And I can’t do that for six weeks. So I contacted my primary care doctor through the patient portal, explained what happened, and asked if she could call in a 45 day supply with no refills to tide me over until I can see the sleep doctor. Sure.

Except when I went to pick up the meds, they gave me 3 months’ worth of something else that I also take but didn’t actually need. No idea why I got something I didn’t ask for. So I went back to the portal and asked AGAIN for the right thing and the name of the pharmacy.

The response was that they would call in Flonase – which is the wrong med that I already got. No no no, I need Pramipexole (generic). The text yesterday telling me that my RX was ready brought another wrinkle: the prescription was called in to another branch of the pharmacy 10 miles away, not the one I asked for. And they were already closed for the day.

Today I went to the other town to pick up the med, which was the right thing, but only got 30 days worth and not the 45 days I requested. So I will still end up with 10-12 days without any medication at all for the first time in 16 years.

I am not a happy camper. I’m not angry, but I’m not happy. Mostly I’m tired. I’m really tired because severe back pain is making it hard to sleep anyway. I have 30 days to figure out what to do. Margaritas might do the trick.

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