Monday, August 11, 2008

Hello Again!

Hey everybody!

So the last time I posted, WAAAAY back in February, I said I was going to try to renew the blog. Ha...instead everybody got colds, one at a time, and we were a mess for about 3 weeks. After that, time just kept slipping away and I never got around to posting, though I still visit the blogs of my closest blog friends. I haven't forgotten the people who were with me during my darkest times!!!


So, an update is in order. Well, insurance never reversed its decision about my surgery, and to top it off my insurance changed to a new company last month that won't cover any plastic srugery under any circumstances, medically necessary or not, so I'm left footing the bill. I finally gave in and scheduled the full abdominoplasty for late September, and I am absoultely dreading it. Not only am I out of a considerable chunck of change, I just can't bear the thought of going back to the hospital and having such a major surgery. I dread the long recovery and not being able to pick up my boys or rough house with them. I feel like I finally have a life again, but that I'll have to put it on hold once again. Still, every time I look at my stomach and see or feel my intestines move just beneath the surface, I know that my abdominal wall must be repaired, whether insurance thinks so or not. So, let's just hope this procedure is a lot less complicated that my delivery of the boys...

And on to the boys, the best part of my life...
They are awesome. So worth everything we went through to have them. I am so happy to have survived to be able to raise them. They started walking on their 14 month birthday, and now they are practically running at 15 months. I call--Come to Mommy--and they run over, tackling me with hugs and kisses. It is just awesome. They give these huge open-mouthed kisses that crack me up. When they come toddling towards me and actually do things to make me laugh, I can't get over how lucky I am.

I feel insanely busy every day and I lead a way over-scheduled life, with every hour planned, but my playtime with the boys is true bliss. The schedule and routine is essential to our sanity though, so I'll live with the fact that every moment of my day is accounted for right now.

Our first year with our au pair already concluded, and we now have a new au pair who is equally great with the boys. It's hard getting someone new acclimated to our home, our family, and the culture while sharing our focus with the boys and full time jobs, but H and I are managing. Some days I'm so stressed I think I'm just going to keel over, but other days I feel very competent and in control. I probably need to give up some of my control issues. :)

I hope you all are well and I'll try to update a little more frequently.

9 comments:

Hopeful Mother said...

Emmie, so great to hear from you! I was just thinking about you the other day and wondering how things were going.

I hope your surgery goes off without a hitch, but it is so not cool that you have to pay for the entire thing out of pocket. I hate insurance companies.

Somewhat Ordinary said...

Glad to hear from you! I can't believe the boys are 15 months already...time flies! You'll have to post a picture.

Meg said...

Emmie, great to hear from you. Can't beleive how time has passed - mine is nearly 18 months old. It's crazy.

hope548 said...

I hadn't checked your blog in quite a while and decided to look you up today. You sound like you are doing fantastic and I am so glad. I hope your surgery and recovery go well in September.

Take care!

Jaimie said...

That is really crappy of your insurance! You have a serious problem. I'm sure if you came in with incarcerated bowel they would say it was a "due to a pre-excisting condition." It sucks you have to pay for that because you shouldn't! Our insurance company decided to up all our copays and the deductibles mid way through the year and they only gave us a weeks notice! They know you can't live with out them

Linlee said...

I'm glad your back. It's hard to keep blogging with so much going on.

Anonymous said...

Hi Emmie - Glad you're back. I've checked your blog often and thought of you the same. Sorry to hear about the insurance situation. Am happy though to hear all is well with the boys. Dylan turned one on July 4th. Goodness where does the time go. The past 6-7 months were a bit tough on my end. I fell pregnant twice, only to miscarry both times; the first early on: the second at 13 weeks after hemorrhaging and requiring a emergency D&C. I've healed lots though and we've been focusing on the good we have, namely our son!

Take care and warm wishes,
Lisa

dr. whoo? said...

I'm a long time lurker, but was so glad to hear from you. It sucks that insurance doesn't cover the abdominoplasty, but as far as things go, the repair will be worth the money that you have to pay. Best of luck!

Meg said...

Hi Emmie - just checking in to see how you're doing xx