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June 11 2015

17:12

I’m so fucking thrilled Seven Year Old’s school district now has a “No vaccine, no school” policy. Hopefully this means less measles and whooping cough outbreaks around here, thanks to the white, affluent part of the city.

17:07
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Feral Baby lost the head so they’re getting creative. I just hope Chico didn’t eat it.

17:04

Augh, Seven Year Old keeps bringing his affluent white classmate germs into my home. We all got colds now. I HATE having colds or flus or anything because it automatically turns into phlegm hell for me. 

June 10 2015

22:53

A mighty need for prayer

eubalaena:

angrybrownbaby:

Our health insurance only covers 30 sessions of speech therapy a YEAR, which is NOTHING. Seven Year Old’s initial report recommended 2 sessions a week but because of the insurance, we have only been able to do 1 a week. Unfortunately, those 30 are going by fast and I can’t afford to pay out $150 a week per session until the end of the year, so the speech therapist and I are going to put together a proposal to have his sessions covered year round. 

Here’s another problem: the insurance has a “hard cap” meaning that it won’t budge, no matter what. I still am going to try so I asked for the info to fax the proposal to. So I’m going to write a letter (I don’t even know where to start) and the provider will write a letter as well as reports and show his progress (he’s already met two of his goals!!) in hopes they budge. 

So please, send prayers that this will work. He needs his speech therapy and the school therapy just doesn’t cut it. If anyone knows how to write a letter to a health insurance company, please let me know. Thanks.

ugh prayers for sure :( I used to work in insurance but not in the part where we dealt with appeals but from experience I can say the more you flood them with letters/requests, the better - ask his school to write a letter/letters, seven year old’s primary care provider, the speech therapist, I mean you may still be screwed anyway since insurance companies aren’t known for having things like hearts but the more info you can flood them with that shows this is a necessity to their well being and their continued success, the better. especially if you can figure out a way to imply that paying for these sessions now will reduce their costs in the future in terms of other therapies, insurance companies love that shit

Thank you so, so, so much for this. I am getting everyone that works with him to write a letter now. Hopefully they help. I’m sure it’s a snowball’s chance in hell but I just need to try. 

17:40

I gotta remember that I can’t tell Feral Baby our plans until we’re going to do them. I told them I was going to take them to play in the sand in a couple of hours and they keep asking to go now lol.

17:31

A mighty need for prayer

Our health insurance only covers 30 sessions of speech therapy a YEAR, which is NOTHING. Seven Year Old’s initial report recommended 2 sessions a week but because of the insurance, we have only been able to do 1 a week. Unfortunately, those 30 are going by fast and I can’t afford to pay out $150 a week per session until the end of the year, so the speech therapist and I are going to put together a proposal to have his sessions covered year round. 

Here’s another problem: the insurance has a “hard cap” meaning that it won’t budge, no matter what. I still am going to try so I asked for the info to fax the proposal to. So I’m going to write a letter (I don’t even know where to start) and the provider will write a letter as well as reports and show his progress (he’s already met two of his goals!!) in hopes they budge. 

So please, send prayers that this will work. He needs his speech therapy and the school therapy just doesn’t cut it. If anyone knows how to write a letter to a health insurance company, please let me know. Thanks.

16:55

Oh god Feral Baby is playing with Betsy and it’s always so cute! Feral Baby covers her with a blanket and asks “where’s Betsy?” and she lifts her head to take off the blanket.

😭

00:00

I like how it didn’t rain all day so I didn’t pack sweaters for the kids and now I’m waiting for Seven Year Old’s therapy session to end and it’s raining.

*shakes fist at sky*

June 09 2015

22:12

radphlegm and blackraincloud thank you for the compliments on Seven Year Old’s art. I’m so glad you appreciate it ‘cause I’m like super proud mama here!

22:08

strugglingtobeheard every week I check their feet to see how they fit in their shoes lol If I don’t do that, they’re going to be squeezing their feet in their shoes!

As for costs, sometimes I eat beans and rice lol
22:04

I was just complaining a month or so ago about the kids growing out of their shoes and they did it again. My god.

20:15

My skills as a nurse have helped me greatly in parenting although my first line of treatment is something I’ve never done with my former patients. My first line of treatment with the kids is to kiss the boo boo and usually nothing else is needed beyond that.

17:11
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More of Seven Year Old’s art in artists’ styles 

Top left: Winslow Homer 

Top right: Joan Miro 

Bottom: Paul Cezanne


Here’s his Georgia O’Keeffe if you didn’t see it.


radphlegm blackraincloud

16:36

When I worked with college students, one of them had a Persian last name and I got curious and asked if their last name was Persian. They said yes and were surprised I knew and I said I was sent to a school where it was pretty diverse. She asked if I learned any Farsi and I laughed and said that I only know insults and can announce I have big breasts. ‘Cause that’s not already obvious lmao.

16:17

I wish I could teleport to Albuquerque right now for some sopapillas in honey.

04:15

I forgot to mention that for Seven Year Old’s IEP, they’re going to consider mainstreaming his math since he’s so advanced in math. I also gained a victory by fighting for more speech therapy for him since they tried to cut it down. 

Teacher meetings can be so stressful. Thankfully the teacher is super understanding and is willing to email me to keep communication open all the time so I know what’s going on with Seven Year Old in class. He gets to stay with her next year and I’m hoping his next teacher is as awesome. 

03:59

Okay so my order on the gel stuff came in so that I can do my nails and one of the bottles exploded and covered EVERYTHING in gel. Thankfully I got an immediate refund on the broken stuff but now I gotta go to Sally’s in person because I’m not paying shipping for one bottle of gel. Ugh, the whole point was to avoid being in the store in the first place but whatever, I think I have a coupon I can use since I’m now going to start collecting gel polishes.

Then I gotta muster some motivation to do my manicure and pedicure… 

03:49

I realize now after reading that about a year or so ago, I had a burnout. I seriously fell apart and couldn’t adult or take care of myself. The only true function I had was taking care of the kids because somehow, my breakdown somehow spared me enough to still take care of the kids. The kids never missed a meal or a bath and always went to their doctor check ups, school, etc. I may not have showered for three days because I’d forget but I somehow mustered the energy to take care of them. Motherhood is something, I tell you. 

The recovery isn’t as fast as I’d like and it’s because I didn’t even know what was happening aside from me forgetting how to adult aside from parent. I also finally started to realize that I need to work with my disabilities, not against them. I finally truly accept it and want to work with it instead of going against it and burning through whatever energy I had for that day. 

Still, I am doing pretty well. I take my meds, go to therapy, go to my medical appointments, maintain hygiene, and really getting the hang of keeping the house as clean as I’d like. There isn’t shit all over the floor but there’s some decluttering I’d still like to finish off (oh god, it’s been SUCH A SLOW PROCESS). I still feel like the kitchen is my achilles heel because ALL the dishes are always washed and counters wiped and the stove is still white but it never feels clean enough. I have to reorganizes my spices and give away excess glassware because I really have too many -_-

I just gotta start slow. Create a schedule and goals on when I want to get things done. It’s a great summer project to do for myself. I’m going to probably write a weekly list of things to finish and then check them off as I go. I feel like I can recover because damn it, I’m trying, but it’ll take time. I just have to remind myself and not push myself so hard that I ruin whatever progress I’ve made. 

June 08 2015

22:46

I hate cleaning when it’s hot ‘cause then I get all sweaty and I’m sure I smell. Summer heat is here…

19:27

I’ve been pulled around like a rag doll by a cop unprovoked when I was in my 20s. I can’t imagine how scared that poor little girl was with no defenses available to her. I just want to hug her. 

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