That title has more than one meaning now that I think about it. First it means I'm still alive. I survived gallbladder removal surgery, which went well and from which I'm still recovering.
It also means I'm still here following this community and still having a few issues with B12.
I feel as if the latest issue is largely my own fault. September was a crazy month for me. I had surgery at the beginning of the month, spent a week recovering, went back to work for a week, then went on a much-anticipated vacation that involved lots of walking, and came back with a bad cold, which slowed down my recovery a little. So I sort of forgot about needing to make an appointment with my naturopath about ordering more B12. The remaining B12 I had was set to expire at the beginning of October.
Has anyone else noticed that injectable B12 expires and becomes totally useless? I don't understand the chemistry behind how that works, but it really sucks.
So October comes along and I realize I no longer have any useful B12. I hurry up and make an appointment with my naturopath, who now only seems to work two days a week. We talk about me needing more B12 but it was too late in the day for her to contact the compounding pharmacy where it is made, so she assures me she'll call me the next day with info. I didn't hear from her.
I emailed her a few days later and we narrowed down the exact product needed. I have no idea if she's ordered it and no clue when I'll hear back from her. In the meantime my symptoms started coming back; first tinnitus, then lack of concentration, crying jags, irritability, burnt mouth feeling, tiredness, even a numb toe (which is beyond my usual symptoms). Add to that still being nauseated from the surgery and I was a mess.
Out of desperation, I ended up driving up to Canada for a few hours and getting some B12 there. The thing that surprised me was the price. One 10ml vial only cost 5 Canadian dollars. By comparison, when I asked my local pharmacy how much a 10ml vial would cost, I was told it would be $70 (US).
I found the price difference so staggering that I've emailed American Regent to ask them why they are charging 14 times more than their closest competitor. I haven't gotten a response back so far. If I ever get one, I'll update.
It's truly amazing to me that it would end up being cheaper for me to drive 200 miles and cross into another country to get it than it would be for me to buy B12 through a standard prescription in the US.