Tuesday, October 13, 2009
I'm a blogger!
Well, it's been a crazy few weeks. We've had some pretty low lows and some pretty high highs too. I should probably add that none of this was drug induced.
We found out two weeks ago that my darling X-Man's feet have relapsed and that he needs surgery on both feet. After tons of research (we're talking up til 3 am every morning), joining groups for other parents with children who have clubfoot, tons of correspondence with doctors, and of course, nightly meetings with God, we found out that we may be able to avoid this surgery.
I've been in contact with Dr. Morcuende in Iowa City, Iowa. He worked with Dr. Ponseti (who is a god in the clubfoot world) for the past 15+ years, so he knows his stuff. After sending some photos of X-Man's feet, Dr. M said that he is pretty confident that his feet can be corrected by applying 5-7 casts. Unfortunately, there are no doctors that use the Ponseti method (on relapsed feet) in all of Ohio. So we will be traveling to Iowa every week through the middle of December.
Now comes the politics of all this... We have amazing health insurance; X-Man has had castings, surgeries, and braces, and we've only had to spend maybe $300 out-of-pocket. I've had two babies and haven't had to pay a dime for either birth (AMAZING). Granted, we pay a ton for insurance, but it's totally worth it. Unfortunately, we just found out that we have no out-of-state benefits. There are no doctors in Ohio that do this treatment, and because of that, we may end up paying out-of-pocket - how insane is that?! Luckily, Dr. M's office called and said that if our insurance gives us trouble, they will give us a deeply-discounted rate and give us a payment-plan.
At any rate, we've been updating family and friends about treatment and my BFF (yea, I said BFF) Jaimie suggested that I start a blog to update family and friends. So that's what I did.