But I’m still on the course of meds for ear infection, which I do/did definitively have—took three trips to the doc before somebody actually looked at the problem and said, yep, that’s an ear infection. But, oh, well.

On the other front, I take thyroid meds for a nicely manageable condition so long as the meds are right. And around Christmas the drugstore asked me to sub a generic. It was a generic I’ve taken before, during a time when the industry was having a problem with one company, the main one—so, okay, save a hundred dollars out of pocket, yep, I’d do that. The insurance wouldn’t pay for it because they want to go generic on that one.
Well, a slight ear problem dates from that substitution, and went serious in March. Since then I’ve blamed everything but space aliens until I thought to check the med side effects.
So I went back to the endocrinologist to ask him to undo the change, and Walgreens, bless em, having innocently gotten me into this mess, took up the cause and got a doctor’s statement that I had to get OFF the generic immediately, and onto the brand name he wanted. So, upshot of the deal, NOW that I have it on my record that that is the case, the insurance will pay a portion of the new bottle (deducting the pills already taken) and fully pay for subsequent prescriptions. Plus the druggist added a Generics Contraindicated to my permanent account. This is a good thing. I was on Zoloft before we realized it was thyroid, and this is supposed to make you happy-happy and not depressed. They handed me a generic of that once, and in 24 hours it sent me suicidal ideations. Fortunately an education is a life-saving device: I could say to myself, self, it’s the chemistry. Tough it out. Stop the med and call the doc. WHich was of course exactly what you should do.

So generics and I are not good friends. And hopefully since I’m only halfway through the med for infection, I’ll ultimately beat the dizziness.