Yesterday afternoon I was writing up a humorous blog post about our sleep study adventures. It was filled with funny antidotes about our trip, including: yet more bathroom breaks with Apollo, him yelling that he had to go poop and “my butt crack hurts” <—– not language I approve of, by the way. Stories about how I was going to avoid he mistakes Chuck made at Apollo’s last sleep study (he fell asleep in the van on the way there, so wasn’t tired at bedtime and Chuck forgot the melatonin and a movie for him to watch) and made my own mistakes instead (forgot an extension, so I had no way to tube feed Apollo) and driving off without my coffee from our Starbucks stop at 6:30 yesterday morning.
While I was writing that post, I got a call from the school to pick up Mordecai because he “twisted his ankle”. In reality, he broke his fifth metatarsal. I managed to get him an appointment at our doctors office (instead of rushing to the ER). And that was my mistake. Despite have a broken foot that need a boot-type cast and crutches, we didn’t get pre-authorization, so I was sent home to wait until the insurance company authorizes it. Sent home for the weekend, I might add, because it will take a few days and they may need to wait until Monday start the process. Now, keep in mind, if I would have taken him to the ER (and been using the resources designed for real emergencies AND costing the insurance company much more money) they would have taken care of it then and there.
Because I know someone will ask, Mordecai has insurance through his Adoption Support. He’s had this insurance literally since he was born. It is supposed to cover all medical care and mental health services. Which is does, in theory, but I have been working since September to get him into to see a psychiatrist for some very serious issues we’ve been dealing with and FINALLY have an appointment for June 19. Nine months is a really long time when you’re dealing with mental health issues. He was all set to be evaluated at Seattle Children’s Hospital, but that was cancelled when Children’s lost many of their contracts with insurance companies after the recent changes to Obamacare (Affordable Care Act).
Add to this the fact that on the way to Apollo’s sleep study I fielded two calls from Children’s saying that insurance company (different from Mordecai’s) wouldn’t approve the sleep study, but to bring him in anyway, since he needs it done.
Needless to say, I was mentally and physically drained last night. I had to cancel a photo shoot I had scheduled, while I dealt with doctors, pharmacies and picked up pain meds for Mordecai. My sense of humor has been completely zapped as I fight to get proper medical care for my children. So instead, I leave you with this video Apollo and I made of his sleep study. Enjoy!