(Click back in time to How to Oil Paint in 7 Steps.)
Today, Gary paid me a compliment on my current oil paintings and I immediately went out and bought some professional equipment. I am happy that expensive brushes do not lose their bristles as fast as cheap, but given that they were ten times the price I expect perfection. I also splurged on Grumbacher white paint, after reading an alarming article on how yellow your white paint will turn in five years.
Just imagine if I were a knitter and Gary complimented me. I would be buying my own sheep and a loom at this moment.
(Click back in time to The High Price of Drugs.)
I've refilled my expensive MS prescription twice so far this year, and I keep waiting for the big hit to my health savings account. I didn't realize it, but the the co-pay assistance company was cheerfully paying for it each time. After the last time, they called me and we worked out a plan that will suit all parties (the insurance will be satisfied that I paid the deductible, not someone else) and I won't be out any money except the shipping costs.
It's a scary plan, in that I 1) ignore that I have a Health Savings Account and 2) put my share of the drug cost on my credit card (more airline miles for me). Surprisingly, my share is only a thousand dollars a month, and it's a testament to our screwed-up healthcare that I just typed that "only" with all sincerity.
Then, a few weeks after I pay, the co-pay company reimburses me. Since, technically, I paid for it, the first three months takes care of my deductible, and the insurance company is content that I've weighed the benefit of the drug against the cost to me.
I am absolutely the most fortunate of MS sufferers, seriously. A stay for another year!