I had a doctors appointment Monday and the doctor recommended that we move the Remicade to every 6 weeks instead of every 8 weeks. Its a hassle because not only do I have to sit there for hours, but its hours away. Plus I fall asleep for about 24 hours after, and am rather out of it in a druggy haze for a couple of days. The worst part is since the premeds knock me out so hard there is no way I can drive myself. So I need to ask someone else to spend an entire day driving me around, and waiting for hours at the local Starbucks.
But if I am going to go through the hassle and side effects of this medication, I certainly want it to work. So I agreed with minimum complaining. I did feel so good after the last Remicade infusion, and the more often I have it, the more likely I am to have days like that.
I have pretty good insurance, but my doctor says the reason I have to drive all the way to Redlands is because no place closer to me will take Regal Health Care. His Corona office IS a cancer center and does chemotherapy off all sorts but Regal doesn’t pay them enough for them to accept it. I guess I am lucky there is someplace I can get the medication, and with a reasonable co-pay. If I had no insurance I can’t imagine the pain I would be in daily.