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This is not a stock picture, these are Lauren's pills she needs to take for the rest of her life to keep her new organs working properly.
All these pills are just a little under a months supply, Lauren was taking before she received her new kidney and heart transplant. We were told to discard all medication we had at home, not to mix with all her new medication from the new transplants. So much money down the drain. The cost of medication for a organ transplant recipient is mind boggling. Yesterday Lauren needed to refill all her scripts, when she was on the phone with the pharmacist Lauren's first comment was "This is going to take awhile to go over all the medication". After Lauren gave her information and he pulled up her name the pharmacist said " Oh boy, let me grab a chair for this".
Each and every time she needs to refill they need to go over all the meds. The transplant team in Boston are always making new adjustments to her meds being the milligrams she needs to take.
At this time Lauren takes close to 30 pills a day. As time goes on, she may be able to get rid of some , but not many. This is a life style.
Lauren's body will never accept the new organ's, that is the reason for all the rejection medications. The new organs will always be foreign to her body.
When you newly transplanted, keeping track of all the medication is a full time job. Ordering refills, placing them in your pill cases so you have a days supply ready at all times, and most important always remembering to take a 2 day supply when ever you go out. Reason for a 2 day supply is, you cannot miss a dose. You can spill them by accident, or you can get stuck somewhere. You can never take a chance. They are your life support.
Insurance does help, depending on what type of coverage you have. They are not all the same. I would like to thank everyone who has helped with all the different functions that has been done for Lauren. It will help Lauren with all her medical cost, past and future.
Thank you for all your support and love
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