Monday, May 12, 2008

Another Way to Help Two Special Boys.....

Michelle at In The Life Of A Child, is doing a benefit for Rhett and Parker going through the month of May. All you have to do is go to this site, and donate a minimum of 5.00. For every 5.00 you donate you will be entered into a drawing for some amazing prints that Michelle has done. At the end of May all of the money raised will be split between our family and Parker's Family to ease the strain of medical bills.

While you are at her site you can also get the code for this button to add to your sidebar......

Imagine Benefit


Also, don't forget to visit Jessica and Joey for their fundraiser for these two amazing boys too. Jessica is donating 50% of her online book sales from her Usborne Book Store from now until June 10th.

Have I ever mentioned how blessed we are to have such wonderful friends?

Rhett has been doing rather well the last few days. It seems like he is finally getting back on his feet after almost 2 months of recovery and complications from his airway surgery, and his bought with RSV. We have stopped his breathing treatments finally, and he is not gooping snot every time I turn around.

We are on a new insurance through the state for the next two months, and although I am very thankful to have it, there is alot of stuff that I am realizing that this new insurance doesn't cover when it comes to Rhett's care. Not to mention that we just received a bill from when Rhett was BORN that we had no idea we had. It hasn't gone to a collection agency...(imagine that, the kid is 2 1/2, and this is the first we see of it.) Because apparently the hospital has been fighting with the insurance that we used to have to get them to cover some of it. Are you ready for this? It was EIGHT THOUSAND DOLLARS.

I called today to ask what in the H-E-Double Hockey Sticks was going on, and they told me there was no way our old insurance was going to cover it, then asked me how much of it I could pay....today. Seriously??? Apparently they think that we can pull eight thousand dollars out of thin air. Wouldn't it be great if we all could do that?

The ever so nice lady then tells me that it will go to collections. Duh. Our credit can't get much worse at this point, go ahead, send it to collections.

I have just decided that I don't care anymore. I am going to quit stressing about the medical bills, and tell all of the collection agencies to shove it. This eight thousand dollars is in addition to the fifteen thousand that we already owe from his birth and NICU stay.

What do they want me to do, offer him back and say they can have him as collateral until we can pay them? Uh, No Way. I am way to attached to this kid.

It's a good thing I can laugh about all of this, otherwise I may just end up in the funny house.

We have alot going on in the next few months. Rhett has some really rough surgeries ahead of him. My heart breaks when I look at him sitting there so innocently not knowing of the rough road that lies ahead. I can't help myself but to go scoop him up, give him some loves, and whisper how much I love him. He giggles back at me and honks my nose, and for a little while all of my worries go away.


19 comments:

Dave and Annamarie Nielson said...

Hi I am Annamarie,
You left a message on my blog. Your son is absolutely adorable. I found myself smiling at every picture you had of him. What a sweet heart. There is just a place in my heart our special little ones! All your kids are Beautiful.

Niksmom said...

Keep going back for those nose-honks often! I find it's one of the ways I can weather the storms, too!

I know I've said it before---have you investigated your state's legal aid program. Sure seems to me that there must be some legal recourse available to protect you. Especially since they've been going around with the old insurance for two-plus years. They can't simply present you with someone else's (in this case the old insur. co.) past due bill and then tell you it's delinquent. They need to work *with* you on this and you need an advocate in your corner.

Good luck!

~Melissa~ said...

I'm glad to hear that Rhett is doing better. Poor guy. You just keep giving him lots of hugs.

And that's just ridiculous about the hospital bill from birth. Ugh!!

Anonymous said...

Love your blog.

I know how you feel about the insurance. We got a bill the other day, from 5 years ago, for my grandfather who passed away 2 years ago. Good luck getting that bill from him!

Marla said...

I am so glad Rhett is on the up and up! Hang in there with the insurance stuff. I get so frustrated with all that stuff. Actually, I can't cope with it anymore and make Joe do it. I go into a panic attack whenever I just have to think about it. Hugs.

Carla said...

I had to say I laughed out loud with you on this post! I am part of the MWP website, incase my name is not popping out in yor memory...I counted our medical bills out of curiosity about a month or so ago. Just for 2007, we owe a little over 25,000 dollars! I came to the same conclusion you did, and I have to say it was the best decision I ever made. I let it go and ignore their calls...it may not be the "right" thing to do, but seriously, what is "right" about what they are doing?! It isnt like we asked for our children to have these illnesses, and we certainly pay enough with insurance as it is.

Anyway, I hope Rhett stays healthy for his upcoming fundo. My daughter had two of them, so email me if you have any questions! (Or hunt me down on MWP : ) ).

You and your simply adorable son is in my prayers!

Carla from MWP

little.birdy said...

Rhett seems to show a remarkable ability to bounce back. I think it is a good omen for his upcoming surgeries.
As for the lady that asked you how much of an $8000 surprise bill you could pay that day...I am at a loss for words that are not petty and vindictive and would not help the situation at all. Why are hospital billing systems and insurance companies so inefficient? It makes me so mad I can't see straight. ><

The Wiley Family said...

It's amazing how a 2yr old can make things all better! I'm glad he is doing well. I hope you don't have any more surprise visits before his next scheduled one. You guys are in my prayers.
Love,
Ashley

Sustenance Scout said...

Pam, you continue to amaze me! Hugs to you and Rhett; hang in there. And thanks so much for your kind words about my book. You made my day, K.

Sustenance Scout said...

Michelle did a great job with her donations set-up. Her artwork is stunning! K.

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Sis Sarah said...

anonymous: are you permitted to leave rude comments over the internet. Get a life.

Pam said...

Tee Hee Hee.....Sis Sarah, you crack me up!! :)

Childlife said...

So glad to hear Rhett is feeling better, Pam! Jacqui has been really worried about him and asks to pray for him often. Hang in there and know that your whole family is heavy on our hearts.

Much Love,

Michelle @ In The Life Of A Child

Michelle said...

Rhett continues to be in our prayers. The next few months may be tough but you will get through it, you are a strong woman and great mom. There are many people praying for you.

hugs

Brynn said...

We are still checking up on you guys and hope things are going well....I hope all this new stuff works itself out in the wash... Wouldn't that be nice...

Brynn said...

Oh Crap, I forgot to tell you that I think Rhett's haircut is soooooooo cute!!! Great job!!!

sweetyetsassysarah said...

Hi! I'm not sure what state you live in but in Illinois we have something called DSCC (Dept of Specialized Care for Children). It is designed to cover the 20% of insurance that parents are usually responsible for. I was told about them shortly after I had my daughter and although they can be a pain in the rear they can really help out as well. Your Rhett is just gorgeous! Blessings to you all!