This process of getting into The Facility has been amazingly consuming. It sucks up lots and lots of time, lots of energy and lots of time from various members of Team Heidi. I think we will all be glad when the process is done.
Yesterday, I spent half the afternoon juggling emails with the admissions coordinator, phone calls with the intake gal and also with my insurance case manager. Oh…plus emails to my nutritionist as the facility needs medical documentation of my need for a gluten free diet. Remember earlier this week, I made a list of loose ends to work on? I have not had time to do any of it. Seriously, every spare moment has been focused on getting my ducks in a row to get to the facility.
So…Here’s where it stands right now:
- I still need the nutritionist to fax over her last note for GF documentation. She says she will do it first thing Monday morning.
- I listed both dh and I as guarantors for the facility. I had my financial phone call yesterday and Monday they will call dh and apprise him as to the finances.
- The medical team at The Facility had not finished reviewing my medical paperwork by end of day Friday. Hopefully, that will be completed on Monday.
- The admission coordinator is working to get my visit pre-authorized so there are no surprises when I get there.
- My case manager is working to get my visit pre-authorized so there are no surprises when I get there.
- I don’t have an admission date yet, but once the medical review is done, I should get a date (this is probably going to happen on Monday)
The preauthorization of insurance is really important. Just because the facility accepted me at a residential level doesn’t necessarily mean my insurance will concur with the level of care needed…They likely will, but there is no guarantee. I need to know ahead of time because no coverage will mean no residential treatment for me. Residential treatment is…you might want to sit down for this….$2600 per day. Yup….Crazy expensive. So, there’s no way we could pay for it out of pocket…our pockets simply aren’t that deep!
I found out the daily cost during my financial phone call. She wanted to know if my insurance ran out, would it be feasible to continue any treatment paying out of pocket? Then she dropped the daily rate. Ummmm….no…that is not at all feasible. As a matter of fact, dh and I have already discussed a contingency plan for what to do if insurance cuts me off with minimal notice (which can happen). It involves a hotel and/or a train. Either way, it will be cheaper than $2600!!!
Yesterday, I ran an errand to get a few things I will need to take with me. I am planning on packing simply and light. I did have one splurge (one item that I don’t need for the trip, but really want to have to make myself more comfortable when I am there). I loved the fleece I made the little dog’s coats out of. I really, really wanted to get some to put on top of my bed as a bed spread to be cheerful and remind me of home. I gambled that JoAnn’s would still have some fleece left. I was not disappointed.
Now…I just have to say that the color is not quite right in this picture. For some reason, I can’t get a photo that accurately represents the color. It is much more of what I would call a Hawaiian blue, more cheerful. But at least you can get an idea.
I am going to cut off the selvages and ends with my pinking shears and that will be the extent of my edging for it. Quick and easy!
I have started making a pile of things I am taking. The process has started.
So, dh is taking all of this really well. He is doing whatever he can to support me. Yesterday, he told his boss and professor (he is taking an art history class this semester) that he has an upcoming trip and why. They were both very understanding about it.
Ds appears to have adjusted already…He is a pretty resilient sort of critter. Hmmm….wonder where he gets that from! 🙂
My friends have been super supportive for which I am appreciative. A is actually coming over this afternoon to see me before I go. L has gone off to another country for a class, but had been very supportive right up until she left…I am sure she is still being supportive…Just not in an IM kind of way.
SS…she has been awesome a well. She has a lot on her hands at the moment. I actually have been worried about her. Poor little Miss Blossom contracted a nasty upper respiratory virus that tends to prey on preemie babies. They have been at the hospital all week. Blossom got sicker and had to go into the pediatric ICU a couple of days ago. But…she has started to perk up and appears to be (slowly) on the mend. And yet, even with all that going one, we have been in frequent communication via IM.
The AT and my PNP have been kindly fielding my bouts of panic. I have been needing more “after hours” support over the past week and they have both been more than willing to give it to me. I worry that I am asking too much time from them…Hopefully, pretty soon I will be gone and not bugging them anymore. Do you think they will miss me when I am gone?