Liquid Gold

Son has suffered from allergy induced ear and sinus infections from day one. It's been a point of contention with husband and I. Myself, residing in The Valley of The Dolls, believes son should take a daily Claritin. And husband, who takes one aspirin a year, maintains that son would be fine if I would only let him lick a nearby honeycomb.

Son has also been snorting and snoring at night and so the pediatrician suggested we bring him to see an Ear Nose and Throat Dr. to see if his adenoids were swollen. (We're going next week). She also gave us some samples of Nasonex. And miracle of miracles it actually seems to give son some relief. His allergy shiners even toned down a bit. (Allergy shiners are big, puffy, black under eyes that come from congested sinuses. They look terrible. Like you've been beating your kids with a sock full of nickels.Which is really hard on my mommy rep. Especially since everyone knows you're supposed to use pennies till they're at least 8.)

So today daughter, son and I waited at the Walmart to get his new Nasonex prescription filled. And yes, I was the one ahead of you in line screeching at the poor cashier.

Pharmacist: That will be $94

Me: What! For nose spray?!!

Pharmacist: Yes.

Me: Is it made out of cocaine?

Pharmacist: (Stare)

But I looked down at sons big old black eyes and snotty nose and forked over the cash.

The problem is that he hates the stuff. And immediately after shooshing it up his nostrils he begins to furiously blow them. And because he is a 5 year old boy he's not blowing it into a tissue. He's running wildly around the house farmer blowing snot. This means that in order to shoot this liquid gold up his nose I have to sit on top of him to squirt it. Then I yell "Suck it! Suck it! Suckit Suckit Suckit Suckit!" at him until he snorts it up. And that's not traumatic at all. Nuh uh. Not one bit.


Rima said...

I just got a script for some Na$0nex myself yesterday (I'm hoping it will help what I suspect might be allergy induced vertigo) and almost had a coronary when I went to fill it. Yep, $94 bucks. But I do hear it works wonders. I hope it helps your son

(BTW, I've heard that one squirt per nostril is all you really need, but they tell you in the prescription to use two - more refills for them that way.)

Jennifer said...

OMG, I bet you have a "narc abuser" tag in your file at the pharmacy!

Poor Son. In his defense, Nasonex is weird. It works great but it smells like flowers and it's strong.

Hope he's better soon. I'm more comfortable in the presence of my chemical friends. Honeycomb licking never did a thing for me.

Anonymous said...

Husband uses nasonex....we, at one time, had FABULOUS insurance and only had to pay 10% of the price of name brand medicine. I picked it up and it was $24 (he had another pres. at the time) I said, "HUH?!?!" The pharmasist said, "Yep. Nasonex is $120 and the other is $120. WTF??

stuffed said...

lol I need some of that.

Nicole said...

Oh. My. Word. This? This was HYSTERICAL.

Wendy said...

What happen to all this "Our prescriptions are only $4"? What do you have to go when the moon is full, a rabbit has been scarficed and the planet is in the 7th house?

I use Flonase and it is only $64. Needless to say, I only use it when I need to.

Erin said...

Why I just turned down a $75 1 oz tube of Elidel today that insurance refused. I can't believe how expensive meds are nowadays.

Good luck with the nose spray. My 4 year old uses just saline nose spray every night so he doesn't get nosebleeds. It took him about a week to get used to it.

Suck it Suck it--too funny

Aimee Greeblemonkey said...

Three words: Neilmed Sinus Rinse.

They really really help. Our pedi kisses the ground we walk on because Declan will do them, and Declan will do them because he can breathe after and he thinks it's fun to watch his nose goblins run down the drain.

If you get him to do it, do these before the Nasonex and it will make the Nasonex more effective.

Lotta said...

Rima - One squirt is always best.

Jennifer - Ah hell I've had that tag for years!

Wendy - I know man!

Erin - Suck it is funny.

Aimee - Is that like a neti pot?

laurah said...

I have one son that uses Elidel (can they please put that in a plastic tube instead of those foil like ones that are a pain to get every last bit of cream out) and Nasonex and another just Nasonex. It makes a dent in the wallet. A rather large one.

Aimee Greeblemonkey said...

It's a lot easier, but same principal.

IamSusie said...

My son's Ritalin is $85 but it lasts 6 weeks. We wouldn't dream of skipping it. He also has shiners and sneezes a big glop of goo every morning in the winter. Claritin helps, but I always forget to give it to him.

Oh, The Joys said...

I just wish you were my neighbor.

Muffy Willowbrook said...

Lotta!! Stop! I'm laughing so hard I think I just wet my pants a little!

Lotta said...

It's so interesting to hear all your nose spray stories too. I'm not alone!

Muffy - This is one of the few posts that actually makes ME laugh when I reread it. Mostly because of the suckit suckit.

Random Chick said...

Ahhh, the joys of ear and sinus infections. I know them too well. My 2-year old son gets them every week.

I'm not at the Liquid Gold stage yet. We're still squirting Ocean up his nose and suctioning the snot out. Green, yellow, and brown sometimes. Prettty!!!

Jamie said...

You need one of these for your son!
They work wonders, I promise.
Lot cheaper too!

Michele said...

My kids recently had pink eye (my husband calls it pink gold.) Out come the eye drops. The younger kid hates them. So, he closes his eyes, we put the drops the crease of his eyelids, and then yell at him to BLINK!BLINK!BLINK!BLINK!BLINK!BLINK!
BLINK!BLINK!BLINK!BLINK! While sitting on him. Your post just reminded me of it.