I haven’t blogged much lately. I’ve been busy going back to work (last week was packed with trainings and prep, and this week, classes began). Even with all the busyness, I’ve been thinking about our donor every day. In a week to ten days, she’ll be checking into the clinic for the egg retrieval. That means she’s currently on a spectrum of medications including injections.
And then, amidst the chaos of today, I checked my phone to find a facebook message from my mom. “Is this the one you take?” she asked before forwarding the news release about a thyroid medication recall.
I skimmed the article. Unfortunately, it was. Of course, my mind went a million places.
Should I call my doctor now and get a prescription for something else? Does my doctor even know about the recall? How complicated is this going to be? Am I going to have another office call?
Shit, I really don’t want to switch meds right now. How long will it take the new one to get build up enough to work? This med took six weeks before I could test. What if there’s a gap in the effectiveness? We’re on a countdown to transfer here . . . I have thyroid blood work at the end of the month. If the numbers aren’t good, they’ll push back our transfer. I can’t afford any gaps in effectiveness.
The article says the manufacturing facility was out of compliance with new rules, and at the last inspection (under old rules) was fine. AND . . . it’s a voluntary recall out of an “abundance of caution” with no adverse effects being reported. So, maybe, it’s no big deal.
BUT . . . what if that doesn’t mean there wasn’t contamination, and there aren’t adverse effects that aren’t readily noticeable . . . like to your uterus . . . the last thing I need is another reason not to get pregnant.
Maybe I should read more about this.
So I found another article with the link to the FDA website with details about the recall, including the DNC and lot numbers effected as well as the medication strengths. It also explained that the first recall notifications went out yesterday to the highest level distributors.
Maybe I should talk to my pharmacist first. But how long is it going to take for our local pharmacy to get notified? They clearly aren’t at the highest level or even the next highest level. How many layers of notification are involved here? But maybe they track the lot numbers on the meds.
In the hopes that my awesome pharmacist (the woman who gave me her personal cell phone number, so I could text her pictures of my meds, so she could pre-order them before my prescription came in) could give me more information, I opted not to call my doctor and instead went to the pharmacy after work.
And my favorite pharmacist was not working.
Instead, the pharmacist who sits behind the computer and doesn’t interact with the public at all was. As I stood in line, I debated leaving and coming back tomorrow.
When I finally got to the front of the line, a tech greeted me. I told her I was there about the recall. She said they hadn’t gotten a notice yet and that typically I should get a letter and the pharmacy should as well, and they would make calls. I asked how long that would take. She didn’t know. I pressed, reminding her that with my fertility work, I couldn’t afford to spend weeks waiting to see if I was effected by the recall. But she couldn’t tell me what she didn’t know.
At the last minute, I asked her to look up my prescription. (I didn’t have the bottle on me.) She looked me up (I love pharmacies where they know you by name).
I’m on 25 mcg.
And just like that, I’m safe. I’m not taking one of the recalled doses.