Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Posted by Lisa at 5:46 PM
Monday, November 29, 2010
That means Elijah was out of therapy for a total of three weeks due to our insurance snafu (we started up again last week with three half days).
I have to say, I'm pretty proud of Andy. He was the one who made all the right phone calls and talked to the right people. Without him, who knows how long we would've been out of therapy. It turns out our insurance does indeed cover ABA therapy after all.
And get this: Andy actually got a phone message from someone at our insurance company with a apology and an admittance that our case had been mishandled. How often do you think that happens? It pays to be persistent, I'd say.
I'm sure some of you have been wondering and praying for us and for that we are so grateful.
So, there you have it - we're up and running again. Yet another thing for which we are definitely thankful.
Oh, and the pictures? They're snowmen made by Andy and me. My mom asked in a comment if Andy finished the snowman he was making in the Snow Day 2010 post. Yes, he did. And I made one too. I'll let you decide which snowman was made by Andy and which one was made by me. ;)
|I love this picture of my favorite man :)|
Posted by Lisa at 8:25 PM
Thursday, November 25, 2010
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Thursday, November 18, 2010
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Wednesday, November 17, 2010
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Saturday, November 13, 2010
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Thursday, November 11, 2010
The little dude was sitting in the cart when I showed him what I was buying him - some animal cookies.
When I put it in the cart basket behind him, he freaked out. He wanted some of those animal cookies and he wanted them NOW. We walked to the next aisle and I showed him the coconut milk I was buying him. Anything I picked up, he wanted. Mac n' "chreese" - he wanted it. Cereal - he wanted it. Coconut yogurt - he wanted it. These were things I was already buying him - the point is that he saw that I was holding food and he wanted to eat it. Why, oh why, was I showing him things and then not feeding them to him?
He started screaming and crying and biting himself. The biting himself part isn't so great, but the part about being upset that I wouldn't give those things to him? AWESOME.
I know this is a common occurrence for most parents - the whole tug of war in stores over what's going to be purchased and kids having temper tantrums over the things on the shelves. It's probably very annoying (and legitimately so). But, for us, this whole acting up over something Elijah sees is pretty amazing.
You have to understand that for the past three years Elijah hasn't always shown awareness of his surroundings. The reason for this is multifaceted, of course. Recently, however, I feel like he is taking in more of his surroundings. He's noticing things he never noticed before. Being able to recognize and see familiar packaging in a store is a pretty amazing feat for a little guy who just so happens to have Cortical Visual Impairment. For a kid with CVI, it's hard to filter out all of the clutter. It's not that he can't see, it's that sometimes seeing is just so overwhelming.
He's also noticing what we're eating or drinking and is no longer content with what's on his plate. He has the whole, "I'll have what she's having" mentality. He's noticing the world around him more.
So when my kid has a temper tantrum over a snack in my hand in the store, I get kind of excited. He doesn't know it, of course. I try to get him to calm down, but inside I'm glowing. So if you see a crazy lady at the store smirking while her kid his trying to bang his head on the cart while biting his hand, it just might be me. Hi!
Next up, I hoping for a temper tantrum over something that he notices on the shelf instead of in my hand. Yep, I hoping for more temper tantrums (preferably the-non-hand-biting kind, please), because behind all of the screaming is a pretty amazing accomplishment.
Posted by Lisa at 9:44 PM
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
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Tuesday, November 9, 2010
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Monday, November 8, 2010
I do not like it here or there, I do not like it anywhere.
|I'm awake, really!|
Are you with me moms? Dads? Anyone? How do you feel about DST? Please tell me someone is as loopy as me this morning (I mean, I am posting sleepy pictures of myself on the internet, if thats not loopy I don't know what is.)
Posted by Lisa at 8:27 AM
Friday, November 5, 2010
A lot has been going on in our household and I want to fill you all in, but for now just this short update...
Insurance is a pain in the bum.
Yep, I think that pretty much sums things up.
After (about) three months of ABA therapy, we got a call this past Sunday night and were told that our insurance has started to deny claims and that our service was being suspended until we can get it all figured out. We've had no ABA services this week. None.
Our new normal of constant therapy, the normal I felt like I was finally getting accustomed to, is gone. Elijah is bored, honestly.
|Corn or insurance, Andy is an excellent maze navigator|
The most frustrating thing is that our little boy is the one caught in the middle. He's the one whose life gets turned upside down as a result. And that, folks, just isn't right.
We'll figure it out.
Posted by Lisa at 5:39 PM