My Life in a Nut Shell

3 surgeries for Endometriosis, countless medications, and lots of difficult years trying to conceive. We put the medical stuff on hold and decided to work on being parents instead. In July of 2000 we were blessed beyond all measure with a phone call announcing the birth of our daughter, Megan. Megan's birth mother had given birth the day before and was leaving the hospital. We had no warning that Megan was coming. At 4:29 in the afternoon we were a couple, at 4:30 we were parents. Deciding that we wanted a sibling for Megan, we looked into all our options. This time insurance covered IVF. One round and we were blessed with triplets, Abigail, Brigid, and Caroline. Did you know that there is a 70% chance of divorce in families of Higher Order Multiples? Almost two years after the triplets were born my ex-husband and I separated and eventually divorced. During that time both my Mother and Father passed away from cancer. In February of 2007 my sister came to live with us to help out. In December of 2008 she had to leave so now it is me on my own with the girls. In February 2010, Lisa passed away and finally found her own Peace.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

It SUX not having health insurance

Yep.  I work for a small business where they absolutely cannot afford to offer us health insurance.  I know they would if they could.  I choose to work here because it's a great place to work and they absolutely do not bat an eye when I need off for anything going on with my kids.  There aren't many places willing to be that flexible with me.  So the trade off is I don't have health insurance.  The girls are covered through their Dad and state health insurance.  I broke my ankle.  Now I'm in a scramble to find a specialist willing to work with me.  The closest I have found is someone who wants $120 up front for me to be seen.  After that I apply for financial aid through Jewish Hospital.  Sounds great right?  Only I don't have $120.  I don't have $20.  So tomorrow I will begin the process of finding someone else who will see me. 

Since I've always been so honest with you guys I'll offer up the newest fact I found out today.  My food stamps were cut by over $100 a month.  I get to feed my family on $338 a month.  No that's not a typo.  I worked a ton of extra hours over the summer, hours I will not be able to work during the school year.  So not only will I not be making as much money but  the food stamps were cut.  So now my family will starve for only have a month.  It's going to be a Ramen soup kind of eating from now on.  Looks like the second job hunt will begin in earnest.  Well not until this damn ankle heals.  Shit.

That's the end of meals like this.
I'm trying really hard to find my gratitude here.  This makes it difficult.  I suppose the fact that I will now become really creative in what I serve my kids is a positive.  I won't be able to buy any junk food so my waistline will be happy.  I'll be dropping lots of weight because I will be STARVING.  I will become really good at using coupons.  That's a positive.  There's some gratitude in that. 

The ankle gratitude?  Not so much.  Anyone want to throw out some ideas?  

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