Medicare Advantage Plan Thru AARP – Testosterone Treatments

 

Hi there friends, I know strange subject for me to blog about, but I want to share some experiences with people that may benefit from it.

Some Background:

As some of you know, my husband and I are both disabled, and finances are always tight here with our health care and our being on Social Security Disability.

Testosterone:

As a result of my husband’s bladder cancer, and the hospital he had the tumor removed at leaving in the radioactive liquid in my husband’s bladder too long and my husband’s massive treatments years ago for Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma with all the radiation there too (or at least this is what doctors suspect as the culprit) my husband stopped producing Testosterone.

Shot, needle and bottle picture

Creme Versus Injections:

The good news is that low or no testosterone problems are perfectly treatable and there are choices out there for men with this problem. There is a cream out there that helps a lot, however it costs so much money that between that and my husband’s other medications we couldn’t afford to keep up the cream as my husband hit that notorious doughnut hole early last year. After talking to the Pharmacist and doing much research into his plan through AARP we realized we could afford a treatment, injections. Injections that he can’t give himself… YIKES!

Note: for those on a plan like my husband’s plan, check into getting the larger bottle of Testosterone for the injections ordered by your doctor, the small ones cost the same as the larger ones on our plan. So we asked the doctor to order a larger bottle for us.

Sexy NurseMariah’s Plays Nurse (maybe I need a sexy nurse costume?)

Yup, I had to have the nurse, at the Urologists office, tutor me in how to give an injection in my husband’s rear. It was explained to me where the placement of the Sciatic Nerve is located, how to find the correct placement, dividing the butt cheek, visually into quarters and how to ready the needle and get it into the skin.

picture showing where injections in the butt go.

For a tattooed guy like my husband you may not believe this, but he hates shots (tattoos are quite different from getting a shot, really it is) but every two weeks I must inject him with this drug. I was so very scared to do to give him a shot that we put it off… welp, last week I finally did it. I cleaned the area with a cotton ball soaked in Rubbing Alcohol and readied him for the injection, warning him as I recalled “don’t push…quick motion…” and I did it. After I finished injecting him, I realized I had been holding my breath all along, and as my husband announced “I’ve had worse” I broke down and cried.

I still shake when I think about it, but for this minor inconvenience the lack of paying a premium for the cream, worrying about coming into contact with not only the cream but the bottle it came in or the area that he applied it, it’s worth the savings to go with the injections. And I am proud that I could actually do it, I fear so much hurting anyone that I didn’t think I could give him the shot, but I know how important it is to his feeling of well being as it helps greatly with mood, energy, heart health, weight control and our time together in the bedroom. We are aware of the risks of treating my husband with Testosterone but thanks to our wonderful Doctors, they are monitoring his Prostate with blood work on a regular basis.

Just thought I would share this, hoping that it may help others out in a financial situation like ours, we have to seriously budget everything and many times do without things to take care of our health, just this one change in the type of Testosterone is going to help us out a lot financially. And hey, I actually did it… this is my proverbial self pat on my back here. lol

Here is wishing you all, Happiness and Good Health!

((((hugs)))

Mariah

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4 Responses to Medicare Advantage Plan Thru AARP – Testosterone Treatments

  1. Chris says:

    You are one brave cookie for having to give your hubby shots OMG! Hopefully it works the way it should for you all!

    hugs!

    • Mariah says:

      Hi Chris, so good to see you! :) It won’t work the same as the cream did, as with a shot it will peek and then go down from there… not as steady as the creams but we won’t be in the doughnut hole in 3 months for my husband’s Medicare. I am still surprised that I finally did it, amazing how I waited until after it was done to let the tears flow and take a breath of air, I imagined shaking and blubbering all the while giving him the injection. lol

      How are you BTW?

  2. Mariah says:

    testing under another email (not my admin email) to see if the comments work for non registered users now.

  3. Mariah says:

    Still making changes to comments to get them to work right and working on spam prevention… so this is another test. :)

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