The Waiting Game


Right now, a favorite song of mine is ‘Anticipation‘, by Carly Simon.

One definition of anticipation includes phrases like: being enthusiastic, emotion involving pleasure or excitement.

George Eman Vaillant considered anticipation as one of “the mature ways of dealing with real stress… You reduce the stress of some difficult challenge by anticipating what it will be like and preparing for how you are going to deal with it”.

A significant stressor in my life currently is a denial of my asthma medication, Xolair. I receive it subcutaneously every 15 days. The hold-up? I’m sure it is the cost. Xolair costs between $15,000 – $30,000 annually without insurance. Ouch! I have already had two mild attacks, and know that I have weeks before I can receive the medicine ~ if it is approved. Despite that, I have hope. I anticipate its approval and being able to return to some activities I am temporarily putting aside. For now, I am enjoying the Olympics. . . and praying my lungs remain strong.

“We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.”

 ― C.S. Lewis



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8 thoughts on “The Waiting Game

  1. The Orchestra Director's Wife August 2, 2012 at 12:34 pm Reply

    My Mom had emphysema. I know how scary lung issues can be. I pray that you can get your medication soon.


    • Overwhelmed By Joy August 2, 2012 at 2:05 pm Reply

      I hope your mom is doing okay. What a difficult disease to live with. I was delighted to receive a phone call today ~ it was finally approved! I will have some time before the medication is shipped and can get in for an appointment, but it is a definite answer to prayer!


      • The Orchestra Director's Wife August 2, 2012 at 7:21 pm

        Unfortunately, my Mom passed away. Yes, it was very difficult.

        That’s very good news about your medication. I’m so happy to hear it! I pray the time will pass quickly and that you make it through easily until then.


  2. Overwhelmed By Joy August 3, 2012 at 9:49 pm Reply

    I am so sorry to hear about your mom. I cannot imagine the difficulties she ~ and you ~ experienced.


  3. Chrystal September 11, 2012 at 6:12 pm Reply

    That’s a great quote from C.S. Lewis…so true! I’ll have to steal it for my blog. 🙂 By the way, I have mild asthma but can’t imagine how it feels to have a full-blown, scary attack. Hope you are doing well.


    • Overwhelmed By Joy September 11, 2012 at 8:20 pm Reply

      Generally the Xolair is a life-saver. Very sadly, two sizable homes just down the street caught on fire today and burned to the ground. I was exposed to the smoke for an extended time that has triggered an attack, but that is an unusual situation. I am much more concerned with their well-being, and should be back on my feet in no time! 🙂


      • Chrystal September 12, 2012 at 8:05 am



      • Overwhelmed By Joy September 12, 2012 at 11:53 am

        I know. It has been a pretty upsetting last day to see the damage. They are still putting out embers, and you can smell it for a mile. Very sad.


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