March 15, 2010

March 15, 2010
Department of Health

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Monday and we are having another beautiful day in south Florida. It is so nice I feel guilty for the horrible weather friends are having to endure in the northeast with downpours, high winds and flooding from the current storm system there.

I had a very early morning today. I had to be up at 6am so I could take care of the dogs before going to a meeting with the local department of health. From reading my blogs, you will remember I recently met with them to get Ryan White help with my HIV medications. Well today, I had to go to get help with my many non-HIV medications. They use a walk-in system so the earlier you get there, the earlier you get seen. So being the anal retentive person I am and having to wait, I ended up being the first person there before they even opened.

The department actually ended up opening fifteen minutes late. Then after getting my number, it was about another fifteen minute wait. They called window 0 and almost skipped me because I could not find where I was suppose to go because nothing is marked as window 0. They have windows 1 - 4 but nothing marked 0. At first, the woman acted like she was going to make me sign in again so you can imagine how I reacted and quickly spouted off if her room (not window) was marked 0, it would not have taken me so long to find it.

Then she tried to tell me they did not help people with private insurance. Ended up having to make her call to the other building and speak to Mrs. Vasquez who I had already met with to get help with my HIV medications. Luckily, common sense and persistence prevailed so she ended up processing my paperwork. I am hoping it is not because I brought up my work in the HIV/AIDS community, POZ magazine and Secretary of Health Liberti. If so, it means others with my situation end up not getting helped.

Then I had to go to Comcare to switch over my pharmaceutical needs from AHF where I was treated rudely. Luckily, the staff at Comcare seem much more polite and helpful plus they deliver which will be a help. I was able to get one of my prescriptions today and they will be delivering the other one tomorrow. There is a difference in this county on what Ryan White will cover from Duval County. So I will have more co-pays out of pocket but hopefully not much.

After Comcare, I headed to the postal office to get two of my Dab the AIDS Bears and pins off to a recent donor named Sarah. So Sarah, you should have your Dab the AIDS Bears in just a few days. Thanks so much for your donation and helping children with HIV and AIDS. It is greatly appreciated.

When I finally got home, I was worn out. After taking the dogs for their walk, it was time for a three hour nap. After getting up, I have spent the rest of the day trying to get caught up on emails and messages. I also had about one hundred pictures sent in by our Ambassadors of Hope to process and put into different slide shows. Thanks so much for the help to our Ambassadors.

Watching a little television tonight and then heading to bed before long. Even though I got a nap today, I am tired so it will not be long before Mr. Sandman is singing my tune.

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope and happiness.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab