I noticed a discolored place on my toenail a few weeks ago.Â I figured I must have bruised it somehow.Â However, rather than getting better, the discoloration grew.Â I kept it covered with nail polish for awhile – out of sight and out of mind.Â
This morning I noticed that even nail polish could no longer hide it.Â This was no bruise, and I knew of only one alternative.Â The idea of fungus growing under my toenail sent shivers of disgust through me.Â How gross!
So I called the doctor this afternoon on my way to a meeting.Â She could fit me in if I droveÂ there immediately. Â I weighed my options:Â attend a textbook adoption meeting or take care of my toe before it fell off.Â I went to the doctor.Â My principal will understand – I hope.
The doctor confirmed my diagnosis.Â Yep, it was some kind of fungal infection – likely caused by getting pedicures, she said.Â Â I love getting pedicures and having pretty toes.Â So, yes, it figures it would be bad for me.Â The placeÂ where I get my pedicuresÂ seems very careful to me – keeping everything sterilized and clean.Â But what do I know?
The doctorÂ prescribed Lamisil which I must take daily for three months.Â She warned me that it was expensive, though, and that many insurance companies required that a culture be done to verify the need for it.Â Their office couldn’t do the culture – I would have to go to a foot specialist if necessary.
I took the prescription and headed to the pharmacy to see if my insurance covered it.Â Â I truly did not expect it to be covered.Â Â I figured I’d have to make an appointment with a foot specialist, get a culture done (which sounds painful!) and then go through more red tape before finally getting the prescription.Â By then my toenail would be much worse – it would probably spread to other toes – my whole foot would fall off.Â
Amazingly enough,Â my insurance covered itÂ – although my part was still over $60.Â I asked the pharmacist how much the medicine would be if I didn’t have insurance, and I learned that 30 little Lamisil pills areÂ OVER FOUR HUNDRED DOLLARS!Â Yes, you read that correctly.Â
By the time I finish three months of this, I will have paid over $180, and that’s not counting what the doctor’s visit will cost.Â Maybe I’ll do my own pedicures from now on.
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