So, I thought I would do the right thing and quit smoking tobacco again. I did it once with the patch and quit for three years before I went back. So, I go to my doc. She writes the scrip. State medical coupons won't pay for it without special authorization. I try to get the special authorization. They tell me to call this quit line, I do, they drive me nuts with questions, and then they tell me they will call me back sometime. I lost my cell phone service for almost two weeks. Got it back on, they haven't called. They sent me a letter. Did it say anything about getting the patch for free? No, it said, "It's really cool that you're quitting smoking. Get some exercise. You can do it! We, and all the cartoons here at CBS are rooting for you!" ---Okay, that's not exactly what it said, but something close enough. Thing is, I'm not planning on quitting cold turkey so help me God. I quit using the patch the last time. I have seen what a nic fit can do to a family, and I'm bipolar for Christ's sake! You realize what kinds of things could happen, right? Ugly. [shivers] So, I get this letter saying that now I'm no longer on state medical, but now since I'm on disability, the Medicare has kicked in and they are now the ones to pay for my stuff. So, I tried the patch scrip with Medicare, no dice. They consider it an OTC med, and won't pay for it because after all I could just pay or that myself, right? XD !!! I'm on DISABILITY you DOPES! In case you haven't talked to the gov't accountants lately, you guys don't pay me enough to rent an apartment if I didn't live in "low income" housing! I literally could pay out every dime and STILL not make the normal rent payment! I would be hundreds of dollars short. And, so you think that something that costs at LEAST $30 a box for just one week's worth of patches is gonna be something I can afford? The patches are supposed to be worn for 10 weeks, so that is a minimum of $300 altogether! If I just keep smoking for the next ten weeks, I will pay around $50 since I roll tobacco myself. It's frustrating. T/y for the ventilation.
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