I have pernicious anemia. I’ve had it since 1980 and I have to have B-12 shots every month. The first of every month I’d head for the doctor’s office, get my shot and go back to work.
Pernicious anemia is an autoimmune disorder in which parietal cells of the stomach responsible for secreting intrinsic factor are destroyed. Intrinsic factor is crucial for the normal absorption of B-12, so a lack of intrinsic factor causes a vitamin B-12 deficiency. Vitamin B-12 has a key role in the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system, and for the formation of blood.
Simply – my stomach does not produce the intrinsic factor so my body cannot absorb B-12 from food or vitamins taken orally.
When we decided to full time, I was in a panic about how I was going to get these stupid shots taken care of. (Remember, B-12 is necessary for the brain and nervous system and I need all the help I can get in those areas.) Lori, our nurse in Billings, MT, told me I could give them to myself and tried to teach me how to do it. That was a total disaster.
My wonderful husband stepped up to the plate and said he would give me my shots. So Lori worked with him and for the last three years he’s done a great job and will continue to give me these shots for many years to come.
Now why did this subject come up today? Because I had to get my B-12 serum refilled today. I still have a bunch of needles because they give you a year’s supply of them but only three months worth of the serum. We got it filled at WalMart. And the cost of this prescription made me decide to make this post.
When the nurse was giving me the shot they were $35 every month. Thank goodness my health insurance covered the entire cost. My prescription today cost me 84 cents. That’s for three months worth. The 12 needles cost from $1.39 to $1.89. So around $6 a year keeps me healthy. One of the best deals I’ve ever run across.
Oh – and for those of you have read that B-12 shots can help you lose weight, not true. They do give you more energy. If I miss a month I really notice how tired I feel. But weight loss? Take a look at me. Not happening.