Weight Loss

Big Pharma VS Mom and Pop Shop

I’ve never given much thought to my pharmacy choice before a year ago. I would just go if my insurance covered for me to go. Whatever place I landed at. I didn’t even call my insurance I would just find out when I went to fill my scripts. Usually I was covered and went on with my life. Until I landed in Kyle Tx.

I started to have my scripts filled wrong at one of the big box pharmacy stores. I mentioned this to my doctor and she confirmed that many of her patients where having the same issue. She then suggested that I check out a new local pharmacy that had recently opened. I said, “Sure!” It was small. It wasn’t fancy. There was no drive thru. I was bummed about the drive thru. But, this place did offer FREE HOME DELIVERY! So, I figured if I was feeling sick or just down right too busy to stop by that this would work. I am so glad I gave this place a chance. First of all the Pharmacist won my trust right away when he noticed that In my script history I had been taking a medication that combined two meds into one pill. Then he noticed that later I went from that to taking both medications separate, due to insurance not covering the 2 for 1 version. BUT, he noticed the doctor had only sent the script for the one half and not the other. He then educated me on why the two needed to work together to protect my kidneys. He also offered to call the doctor for me and get it figured out. I couldn’t believe he cared enough to notice and make the call.

This would not be the only time this would happen. He took note of everything I was taking. He would ask how I was doing when I would come to pick up my scripts. He would research the most affordable ways to get me the medications I needed. HE would find coupons online for me, so I could get the best prices. He also found a cheaper meter and test strips for me. Over all he saved me HUNDREDS of dollars per month over the span of 6 months or so. He also kept me healthy! I didn’t realize until meeting him, that I was missing an ESSENTIAL member of my medical team. A set of eyes that where knowledgeable about my medications, why I was taking them and how I had reacted to some in the past. He was layer of protection, I never realized I needed. He genuinely cared. He did his job with excellence. He wasn’t just in it for the money. He was saving his patients lives and their finances. Really, this guys exists! His name is Sri Vatti you can meet him yourself at Kyle Care Pharmacy in Kyle Tx.

Why am I sharing all this information? Because over the years I have noticed that many people have NO CLUE about prescription prices and that there are options that should be considered when looking for a pharmacy!

Obviously I had no idea about CHOOSING a pharmacist. But, I had some knowledge on medication prices. I use to work in a doctors office as a medical office assistant. Not the funnest job for me, but I learned a lot while there. One of the things I learned is, if you where a patient that had to pay “out of pocket” (which means, you have to pay the full price or the higher Co-pay until you reach a deductible; the amount the insurance requires you pay before they will fully cover) you where directed (by this doctors office) to places like Sam’s or Costco because you could get your name brand scripts at lower rates than the local pharmacy shops. I thought this only applied to name brand scripts. Not so! You can often ask for off brand scripts. The doctors will prescribe you the name brand because that is what they are sold AND because they are often given FREE trial sizes to share with patients, it is what they know works. But, there are often off brands, several off brands of the same thing some times, that could be prescribed that would be fully covered by your insurance OR you could have a lower co-pay OR you could get it cheaper paying cash! Some things are way cheaper if you just pay out of pocket (Cash or credit) rather than running through insurance. The problem that you might run into, is that your doctor may not readily know the names and doses of those off brand scripts. Which means, you will have to do some research. They may also not know or have the coupons for the name brand scripts. Again, leaving you to figure this out. Not that the doctors are bad or not willing to do the work, they are just too busy to have all the tools on hand. They just don’t have the time to keep up with that. But, you know who does know all the latest info and how to get the best deals? The Pharmacist!

For example I used a test meter that was name brand. The meter was free (from my doctors office) the test strips and lancets (the needles required to draw blood) where not free to refill. My insurance charged me a $60 cop-pay for the strips and a $60 co-pay for the lancets! Thats a total cost of $120 twice a month for me! Now, the amazing pharmacist noticed that some times I was not picking up my refills for these. He asked, why? I honestly answered, because I didn’t have the money.

He then found that GE (as in the washing machine/fridge/dishwasher company) also made Diabetic meters with their own line of test strips and lancets. The GE meter would not be covered by my insurance, but it would only cost me a one time fee of $20 to buy it. The test strips would come in a pack of 100 (over a months supply) for $11 and the lancets would be around $10 a refill! Thats a grand total of $41 initial switch cost and a monthly $21 refill cost. Thats a savings of $1,188 over the course of a year IF I personally don’t meet my deductible. I usually meet my deductible, because I see a few specialist for my diabetes and such. But, what if I had a high deductible and didn’t have as many doctors appointments? I would be spending a ton of money! Imagine if you have type 1 diabetes. How much do you think that person spends over the course of their life in test supplies alone?! This could be a finical game changer!

And that is just the savings for a GLUCOS METER!

You have options for SO many other things. Many companies give FREE coupons, regardless of your income, that will allow you to fill NAME brand prescriptions for MUCH less than your co-pays! Another example: I am currently on a medication that does NOT have an off brand equivalent. It was going to be $80 a refill through my insurance. My currently pharmacist, looked up a coupon and signed me up for one year (I can re apply after a year) of $10 refills. That means, every time I fill this medication, I do not run it through my insurance; instead they run it through this “Coupon” card and I pay only $10 per refill!

Again, its not based on my income. All I have to commit to, is answering a 5 minute phone call every 3 months to follow up with the company to make sure I am not having any side effects. I am not the ginny pig. This medication has already been tested, approved and safely used in the US. They just want to make sure I am getting the right results and feeling good. Not too bad!

I could give several examples JUST from my personal life, but something tells me there are dozens of stories like mine. Please, if you have information that could save peoples finical state in the medical realm. Please share! You can add in the comments below or you can email me @ mailthelandofus@gmail.com

Oh, and if you visit that little Kyle shop. Please tell Sri (He also likes to be called Sam) I said hi.

 

Blessings Friends!

 

-enid

 

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Family Life · Weight Loss

Texas Is Home

I have lived as a Texan for Seven Months as of today! That seems so crazy. I still feel like such a newbie. I still get lost almost every time I go into Austin. I still find myself asking “WHY?!” when I run into traffic (you can laugh….Im ok with it.) I still have this conflict of wanting to eat fried chicken or tacos again—tacos wins. I must say, that I am finally learning some back roads. I am finding some of my drives comforting. Like, they’re home. The sun sets make my eyes tear up again because “Thats what the sunset looks like where I live” and I get this sense of pride for the land God has given to me. I have made some new friends that challenge me, inspire me and love me. I am slowly being made new and I am starting to like it.

Another new….

Today was my fitness test day. Which means, I compare my measurements from today with those of day 1 in September of 2016. I compare how many sprawls (the devils idea, I am sure), wall squats, superwoman’s, and about 6 other torturous things I can do today,  with what I could do when I first started. I was mostly pleased! You wanna know what I got? TEN PERCENT body fat GONE since September of 2016! Six months of my butt getting handed to me over and over! You want to know where most of that fat melted from? My boobs.

Let that sink in a little…..

Yup, you read that correctly. I said BOOBS! Just kidding though…kind of. I did loose a lot of my boobs guys.

Mourn with me a little….😢

But, I also lost good amounts all around. Cool right?! I can always add more boobs! I can’t add health to my life. For that, I am thankful. Im not saying I’m going to get boobs you guys! I’m just saying its a possibility.

Every New Year I hear people saying “New Year, New Me!” I never really felt like I got a “New me.” This year, however, I do feel new. I am a new person. I am a Texan, I am healthier, I am living life like I have never lived before. I am taking steps of faith, real faith and trusting God with the outcome. He has never left me hopeless or wanting. I am going to share some new pictures with you. The numbers are in! Time for a new “Photo Shoot.” Same swimsuit as before, same place as before, still not model material but totally me. The new me. Stay tuned for the big reveal!

Be brave friends and enjoy this glimpse into our new Tribe!

 

-Enid Jones

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Weight Loss

Progress

Ok, it’s about to get real up here people! I went back and forth with posting this. It’s really personal and I am putting myself out there! If there is a chance that someone will feel inspired and motivated, then I decided it’s worth it.

Weight loss has been a struggle my whole life. Since I was old enough to understand english and what doctors where saying, I have been told that I am over weight. I grew up hating my body. I tried to lose weight all through my Jr. High and High School years. I was athletic, but I was never “Skinny” or as “Beautiful” as my peers. I would go days without eating (I know its sad!) and then when I would eat, I would only allow myself a single pop and a single snack size bag of chips! Crazy, I know! But, I just didn’t know any better.

Then in my adult life, I decided I was going to try and lose the weight again. But, I was going to be “Healthy” about it. Again, I had no idea and I was not diabetic yet. Looking back the only healthy thing I did was buy actual butter and go for a long walk every now and then. Ridiculous!

Then I got married and pregnant. This is where Diabetes made its debut into my life. About 5 months into my pregnancy, I found out I was diabetic. I was shocked but not totally surprised. I had heard, on and off my whole life that if I didn’t “Take care of myself” that this would happen eventually. Now it was here. I tried to manage it but it was easier said than done. Long story short, I had a healthy baby boy 2 weeks early, then got pregnant again 4 months later. Diabetes was there to congratulate me and I gained a ton of weight! After my daughter was born I battled post postpartum depression. It took me months and in some ways years, to gather myself together again. I did it! But only with the help of doctors, family and friends.

After all that mess, I finally decided I needed to accept my body and myself. I needed to learn to LOVE myself just as I was. I was loved after all. I had a good life. So, I started that journey. I came to a point where I felt “content” with my body. Except on Black Friday, when I would meet my nemesis, the Kohl’s store mirrors! Ha!

If I was really honest with myself, which I wasn’t, I would have seen, that I was just brushing my deep seeded issue under the rug. I needed to lose the weight, but in the most loving way. I needed to do it BECAUSE I loved me. I needed to do it because I LOVED my family and wanted to live as long as possible, as far as I could control. I came to THAT point recently. I decided I was going to take the plunge and invest in my health. For me, for the love of me, for the love of my family. For the Glory of God, I wanted to get in the BEST shape I have ever been in MY WHOLE LIFE!

So, here I am. Four months in, two fitness challenges under my belt. I am stronger than ever. I am slowly making progress. How much weight have I lost? Well, not much according the scale. But, if you want to touch my thigh as I just casually stand, you will quickly realize, I could send you to the ground in one swift kick! Like a ninja donkey! Ka-pow!

Below, I have added a few pictures of me after my first 6 week challenge, back in November of 2016. It’s not the prettiest. I certainly don’t expect to be contacted by any major beauty magazines. But, it’s me. It’s my body. It’s my temple. It’s where my babies where formed. It’s what has carried my soul through this life! So, I do love it. I do feel good in my skin, for once!

Does any of this hit home with you? Do you feel like you’ve been on a weight-loss journey that has been full of ups and downs….more downs? I would love to hear your stories below! Let’s help cheer each other on to victories!

Love, Peace and Victories!

-Enid

 

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Uncategorized · Weight Loss

In The Beginning

Ok, it’s about to get real up here people! I went back and forth with posting this. It’s really personal and I am putting myself out there! If there is a chance that someone will feel inspired and motivated, then I decided it’s worth it.

Weight loss has been a struggle my whole life. Since I was old enough to understand english and what doctors where saying, I have been told that I am over weight. I grew up hating my body. I tried to lose weight all through my Jr. High and High School years. I was athletic, but I was never “Skinny” or as “Beautiful” as my peers. I would go days without eating (I know its sad!) and then when I would eat, I would only allow myself a single pop and a single snack size bag of chips! Crazy, I know! But, I just didn’t know any better.

Then in my adult life, I decided I was going to try and lose the weight again. But, I was going to be “Healthy” about it. Again, I had no idea and I was not diabetic yet. Looking back the only healthy thing I did was buy actual butter and go for a long walk every now and then. Ridiculous!

Then I got married and pregnant. This is where Diabetes made its debut into my life. About 5 months into my pregnancy, I found out I was diabetic. I was shocked but not totally surprised. I had heard, on and off my whole life that if I didn’t “Take care of myself” that this would happen eventually. Now it was here. I tried to manage it but it was easier said than done. Long story short, I had a healthy baby boy 2 weeks early, then got pregnant again 4 months later. Diabetes was there to congratulate me and I gained a ton of weight! After my daughter was born I battled post postpartum depression. It took me months and in some ways years, to gather myself together again. I did it! But only with the help of doctors, family and friends.

After all that mess, I finally decided I needed to accept my body and myself. I needed to learn to LOVE myself just as I was. I was loved after all. I had a good life. So, I started that journey. I came to a point where I felt “content” with my body. Except on Black Friday, when I would meet my nemesis, the Kohl’s store mirrors! Ha!

If I was really honest with myself, which I wasn’t, I would have seen, that I was just brushing my deep seeded issue under the rug. I needed to lose the weight, but in the most loving way. I needed to do it BECAUSE I loved me. I needed to do it because I LOVED my family and wanted to live as long as possible, as far as I could control. I came to THAT point recently. I decided I was going to take the plunge and invest in my health. For me, for the love of me, for the love of my family. For the Glory of God, I wanted to get in the BEST shape I have ever been in MY WHOLE LIFE!

So, here I am. Four months in, two fitness challenges under my belt. I am stronger than ever. I am slowly making progress. How much weight have I lost? Well, not much according the scale. But, if you want to touch my thigh as I just casually stand, you will quickly realize, I could send you to the ground in one swift kick! Like a ninja donkey! Ka-pow!

Below, I have added a few pictures of me after my first 6 week challenge, back in November of 2016. It’s not the prettiest. I certainly don’t expect to be contacted by any major beauty magazines. But, it’s me. It’s my body. It’s my temple. It’s where my babies where formed. It’s what has carried my soul through this life! So, I do love it. I do feel good in my skin, for once!

Does any of this hit home with you? Do you feel like you’ve been on a weight-loss journey that has been full of ups and downs….more downs? I would love to hear your stories below! Let’s help cheer each other on to victories!

Love, Peace and Victories!

-Enid

 

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