Or it seems like that should be my profession …. at least this last week.
So I think we are settling down with the boy child’s needs – we have him enrolled in a MediCal managed health care plan and it should fall into place tomorrow. We will call so he can choose a primary care physician. We also finally found a source for an interim script for his meds till he receives a referral to a psychiatrist for medication management for his bi-polar disorder. He got one of his meds yesterday and the other one today. We are hopeful that he has fond employment, albeit part time. At least he will have some income to take care of his life and car insurance and his cell phone and a little left for spending money.
We moved forward this week with applying for SSI disability and engaged a friend’s son who is an attorney specializing in SSDI. He’s giving us guidance at this point pro-bono, and if we get an initial denial he will step in and file an appeal for us. If we don’t get a denial, he is kind enough to just help us through the process and review forms for completeness. Soon now hopefully we can get him in a program for his dual-diagnosis. One day at a time. His mood seems to have stabilized a little and he is laughing a little more and showing affection. Baby steps.
Take A Number ….
Last Friday my daughter was laid off her job of two and a half years due to the company she was employed by (and adored her job) experiencing financial difficulties. She is also diagnosed with bipolar disorder, as well as being epileptic, OCD, ADD/ADHD, has fibromyalgia, and suffers migraines on a regular basis (especially during summer).
So my overlapping project has been helping HER apply for MediCal for her and my grandson, who has developmental disabilities and behavioral issues from oxygen deprivation at birth. Their monthly medication bill is over $3000 a month without insurance, so it is critical that they get assistance while she is filing for unemployment and seeking employment (which she started doing the afternoon she was laid off)i
She is also filing for food stamps on a temporary basis. Yes, we are helping her – subsidizing her rent while she forges forward.
Sheesh! I’m exhausted! But I know my kiddos will be ok … we have always hung together and supported each other in times of need – now is no different. And the old saying that when you think your life is crap, just look around. that is so true this week.
And on top of it all …
Two weeks ago a close friend of hubby learned that his 24 year old son had been murdered in South Carolina – shot in the back of the head and left in an abandoned trailer. The memorial service is this Saturday evening. Love to you, Drew – and may your afterlife be free of the pain of substance abuse. And much healing love to your parents.
Then a few days ago, a dear friend of mine lost his darling husband to cancer. They were together almost 15 years, and married in 2008. They were wonderful together – Rick and Shawn – one of the sweetest couples I know. Shawn’s memorial is in three weeks. I know you are soaring pain free with the Angels, Shawn – God speed. And dear Ricky …. my heart is always with you.
Yet in spite of it all …
We have reconnected with some old friends, found laughter and joy, and continue forward with open hearts. We will continue to encourage my son on a path of healthy and engaged living. My daughter will survive her employment setback. We will love and embrace our friends who are grieving ….
We will continue on this life, well ….. lived.
Namaste – I honor you – and me …. live well …