So we just got back from the doctor's office. As predicted, Claire didn't cough once. I tried, but I couldn't get a video of her coughing before we left. The kids were super good. Claire didn't cry once. MG played with the germ toys and let me talk to the doctor. I even remembered to Purell their hands twice, so hopefully we won't get any creepin' crud from all the germy toys.
He thinks it's reflux, which she also had and took medicine for when she was 6 weeks old, and gave us a prescription for liquid Pepcid (I think... see below) that is not covered by insurance and is going to be $60. There's no generic alternative, either. Here's hoping it doesn't work, because giving her a $60 prescription every night until she outgrows this is going to get spendy.
I'd do it, of course. And I'd be thankful that we could afford it. But I reserve the right to hope that something cheaper works, instead. She'd totally chew up a Tums and think it was candy. Not sure why I can't do that. Hmmmm...
I said, "I think," because our pharmacy didn't have any, so they're calling around to the other pharmacies in town to see if anyone has it, and they're going to call me if/when they find some. It could've been Mylanta or some other form of antacid.
Phone rings, time passes.
Oh hey - they just called, it is Pepcid and no one in town has it. Lovely. Called the doc back to see if there's an alternative, preferably something that's 1) available and 2) covered by my insurance. It's five minutes until 5 pm. I'm not going to bet the farm that I'll hear from them tonight. Anyone know what the pediatric dose is for Tums? She weighs about 25 pounds.
Someone explain to me why we spend $14,000 a year on health insurance, plus co-pays, that doesn't cover anything! We spend more on health insurance than we spend on our mortgage, insurance, and property taxes combined. We spend more on health insurance than we spend on both of our cars, including insurance.
Oh, but national health insurance is a horrible idea.
I'll keep you posted, but the good news is that it doesn't seem to be anything scary like asthma.