I don’t like to wax politically on my blog. To me there is enough of that going around that one more opinion really isn’t going to matter. That changed today when I took my wife to the dentist. See, she is covered by an employer plan at the school where she teaches. One that she pays a portion of. This year, we decided to add myself as well as the kids to the plan. We qualify for Medicaid, but that has a “Recipient Liability” of 2500 a month. “Recipient Liability” is another name for deductible. We pay the first 2500 dollars of our medical expenses out of pocket each month when we are on Medicaid for each member of the family except David. Now, in the event of a hospitalization, this would be a savior for us. (For info about why David is exempt see the end of the post.)
Today, we had a staffing for David. These occur monthly. Participants include social workers, therapists, and parents. By all accounts, he is doing well. For the most part he is stable. Residence staff reported that since the seizure on Friday, David has been rather subdued. He seems to be nervous or upset about what happened. He doesn’t spend a lot of time talking about it. Medical reported that David’s seizure wasn’t caused directly by the Wellbutrin. Wellbutrin simply lowered his threshold so that an underlying condition is more prominent. That said, David will be scheduled for testing to see what level of seizures he has been having. In hindsight, he has exhibited some aspects of seizures. There are times in the past where teachers have noticed that David has “vacated” or gotten a look in his eye. Could this have been an ongoing sign of seizure activity? We don’t know.
In our house, we have children with special needs. How do you talk to them about the unknown? Mom is looking at the possibility of getting a different job. If that happens, she would be living in a different city four days a week. Through the school year. This would be a huge adjustment for our family. We talked with most of the kids about the possibility today, and while they didn’t welcome the news, the did express dissatisfaction with the idea. There are hugs benefits to a change. Medical benefits for one. I am on disability, and not earning a lot. So it is mostly her income that keeps us afloat. Medical bills, Medicare doesn’t cover everything. With the boys, being in a larger city, as opposed to our small town would be of benefit to our boys. More opportunities for learning, more opportunities for community based supports. What