30 Days of Outfits Challenge: Day 15

In Outfits on November 17, 2010 by Naoko Takano

Viscose turtleneck: Forever 21.  Crocheted chain necklace: handmade by me.  Rope belt: Gap.  Skirt made from 3 men’s shirts: handmade by me.  Reversible Black Tights: Hue.  Colin Stuart Devon Convertible Boots (in Cordovan): Victoria’s Secret.

Day 15 in my 30 Days of Outfits Challenge: November 15.  Now past the two-week mark!

Today was not the best of days.  Lil Tot’s fever went up to 105.2 and I took him to the doctor.

She suspected it was stemming from his sinus infection that he had even before we left for Paris in mid- October, and despite a 2-week course of antibiotics it had either gotten worse or he had come down with something else on top of it.

So she prescribed a new, extremely strong antibiotic that costs $147 a bottle (WITH insurance – or, rather, with our crappy insurance that is a short-term policy and the only insurance that will cover children now thanks to all Oregon insurance carriers refusing to insure children under the age of 19 until January 1, 2011 – which is a lovely loophole all companies enacted beginning September 1 so they can get out of complying with Obama’s health insurance reform bill).  Um, sorry.  Slightly ticked off at insurance companies right now.

Yes, $147 a bottle.  (It’s $218 without insurance, so I guess it’s good we have something, even if it only covers the generic prescription at 67%.  WTH???)

And this medication is so strong, Lil Tot spent the rest of the day in the bathroom experiencing its…um…side effects. But at least the fever responded and headed down to 102.1 degrees.

105.2 was a little scary.

By evening he was a bit better and even ate some dinner.  Thank goodness for small favors!

I love Arielle de Pinto‘s crocheted chain necklaces, so I attempted to make one too.  I can’t crochet very well, but I liked the jumbly look I ended up with.

The skirt I made from 3 men’s button-down shirts.  I used the instructions in the Japanese book Kakkoii Couture Remake, which were awfully vague and mistaken in some places.  I managed to figure it out and cobbled this together.  It can be worn hanging down as a maxi-skirt or in a bubble-shape by buttoning the buttons up to the placket.  Or as a dress.  Or as a top.  I’ll be sharing my revised how-to with all of you soon!

Ugh, I can’t wait for this week to be over.  Hopefully my poor baby will be on the mend soon.  (And go figure, he got sick after his birthday party last year as well – from the neighbor’s child who brought H1N1 to the party!!)


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6 Responses to “30 Days of Outfits Challenge: Day 15”

  1. Hope your son gets better soon. I'm shocked at how much medicine costs!
    Lovely skirt btw

  2. Boo to the health insurance 😦 the only good thing about the NHS in the UK is the free medicine for babies, definitely helps when you are worrying about your little one x

    On a brighter note – love the skirt and necklace – great work! xx

  3. Oh no hon 😦 Hope your baby is better now
    …cost of medicine is horrendous. Our national health insurance blanket is great and we're very lucky in Australia, to have this but still… medication is expensive.

    I am so certain that diseases and sicknesses are 'introduced' for this very reason.

    But enough of that. You are a genius. That skirt is awesome!

  4. Ugh, I hear you on insurance companies at the moment! We have shite insurance at my job (I'm on my husband's now, thank God) and I'm the one who has to set it up. Keeping everything the same, the cost of our employee's health insurance rose 30% from last year!!!! You know they're just trying to make their money while they still can.

  5. Aww, so sorry about your son. 105 is scary. I can handle the 102's, but when it starts moving past there I get nervous. Praying he recovers soon. The bright side is you had the $147, as much as it sucks. Glad it's working.

    Outfit is adorable, btw. I love those boots, too. Very cute.

  6. Sorry to hear your little guy is under the weather and hope he gets better soon. That high of a temperature is scary.

    If you find you have been prescribed an expensive medication, don't be afraid to call your doctor's office to explain you have crappy insurance and find out if they have any samples they can give you to supplement the cost, or prescribe an alternate medication.

    A co-worker's sister used to work at a doctors office and advised pharmaceutical salespeople give out samples to physicians to encourage them to use their product prescribe their product and although it sticks in their mind and they do, they forget about the samples they have been given and if no one ever asks for them, they end up being pitched after the expiration date.

    As I have had crappy insurance also, I have since called the Dr's office and explained my situation (crappy or no insurance)and sometimes have been given an alternate medication (that was much cheaper – one that was one of the $4 ones at Walmart)and twice where the Dr. felt that the latest and greatest would be the best, have been given samples for the entire treatment. The worst that could happen is that they don't have samples or they can't prescribe an alternate medication.

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