July 12th, 2006

Manga-style me

The HPV vaccine could save your life.

A few weeks ago, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices unanimously endorsed the use of the HPV vaccine Gardasil.

It's currently recommended for:
- all girls ages 11 and 12 (although it can be given as early as 9 years).
- all girls/women ages 13-26 who have not had the vaccine.
- women with abnormal pap smears, genital warts, or certain other conditions.

Bottom line: If you're in any of those recommended groups, urge your health care plan to include it in their coverage. Out of pocket, it's currently $125 per dose, three doses total, but the four types of HPV it protects against are often responsible for non-hereditary forms of cervical cancer.

(Read more at healthychildren: "Cervical cancer vaccine follow-up: The good and the good".)
Manga-style me

An update from the OP clinic reminded me again to be thankful for Walgreens.

I am working very hard on reminding myself to breathe in and breathe out.

The financial office at the outpatient clinic called while we were checking the mail. The voice mail informed us that this week's NorthSTAR enrollment problem was caused by a single typo in the documents I had faxed over. I have to go through the entire financial assessment again, which I want to be scheduled because I dislike walk-in hours, especially there since the waiting room has uncomfortable seating and smells like the inside of a bus.

On the bright side, I am now exceptionally glad I made the choice to have my prescription transferred to Walgreens because I would have faced 5+ days off meds if I hadn't done that.

edit 1700: Another round of phone tag later, I just have to get a corrected copy of the typo'd document sent over and go sign a new assessment form because it has to have an updated date for resubmission. Glad it's not as bad as it could be, though it's still 25 minutes' drive each way just to sign a form.