So, off to the local pharmacy to pick up my monthly shipping order of 'moving medicine' (better known as MTX, Hydroxy, Arcoxia and Norotryptoline) to be told that I have everything but my epipens of MTX because they had run out.
I need to inject today I explained, sorry don't have any, can't get hold of any, maybe sometime next week they said. After I suggested that perhaps this wasn't good enough, they decided to 'help out' and rang the local Rheumatology dept who also, wait for it, don't have any because there is an 'issue' at the manufacturers (in Scotland) and supplies should be resumed next week!
I was feeling quite stressed - and stress is so one of my triggers ;( but knew that ranting at the pharmacist wasn't going to help so decided to phone Rheumatology myself.
My consultants secretary informed me that 'they are all very busy' and 'there's nothing we can do' and the top piece of advice from a non medical person 'I suggest you take it easy for a few days'.
Stress levels definitely rising by now as you can imagine, phoned my GP who sounds like he gave them an earful, because within minutes I was phoned back offered steroids in tablet form 'to get me through the weekend', an open appointment anytime next week.
So basically a heads up for anyone else - MTX is in short supply until next week and you ,obviously, need to man up and deal with it.