Well, I had my endoscopy yesterday, and as many of you had assured me, there were no real problems. I didn't even realize the procedure had been done. I remember seeing the doctor hook up the IV line to the connector (shunt?) in my hand and start the drip. I noticed my vision going a little crazy, and the next thing I knew, I opened my eyes and found myself looking at a different scene (the bed had been moved) and again finding that things seemed to be jumping around in my field of vision. I thought I hadn't gone under yet! I never felt the doctor use the plastic "frame" to keep my mouth open, and I never felt the endoscope go down my throat. Moreover, my throat was no more irritated after the procedure than before. Of course, since I've had a sore throat for more than a year (maybe more than 2 years), that isn't saying much. The doctor said the tissue looked fine, and he didn't take any for biopsy. But he must agree with the GERD diagnosis I got years ago, since he gave me an article on GERD. He said that the Prilosec I take (20 mg 2/day) is the treatment of choice, and that I needed to see an ENT about the sore throat. (That appointment is scheduled for Sept. 22.) However, today I discovered that Kaiser (my HMO) says I have nearly reached the $2000 cap on my Rx coverage--in the four and a half months I've had it! When my husband and I checked further, it turned out they were applying the difference between my $30 copayment and what *they* say is the cost of Prilosec toward the cap. That alone amounted to about $1300! And Prilosec has just gone OTC. We found a pharmacy where we could get 210 capsules for $125. Kaiser wanted to charge us $668 for 200 capsules! And Prilosec isn't the only drug they pulled a fast one on. I also take Flonase, which they recently dropped from their formulary. When I was paying out-of-pocket for it, they charged me around $30 for a 30-day supply, or about $90 for a 3-month supply. Today, the Kaiser pharmacist told us the it would cost us more than $400! To say the least, I'm furious, and I want to fight them. But I'm so tired of fighting. I was so upset about this I've been talking/yelling about it, and that's making my throat hurt worse than ever. I'm also challenging Kaiser (and Medicare) on denying coverage for repairing my scooter (the wheelchair-substitute kind, not the recreational kind). I thought that after 24 months on disability benefits, getting into Kaiser's Medicare + Choice plan would finally give me decent DME and Rx coverage. Hah!!! Sorry for venting, but I'm really seething! --Laura R.M.