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I am trying to recoup after a very hectic day. Today I was up at 6 am off to get a fasting blood work from the lab by 7am then to Occupational Therapy, Speech and Physical Therapy then an hour long talk with the Psychiatrist (at the Autistic Clinic - not meridian!). Joshua and I have had a very busy week ...

Right now He has a Cardiologist appointment on Monday - and the Psychiatrist will not put him on any more ADHD medications until they find out why he had those heart pains that made the Dr. at Meridian change his meds. I am still waiting to get into the Neurologist. I will keep you posted ...

Had a meeting with the head of Meridian and CSU. I was told it was in regards to the fiasco that was Joshua's stay at the CSU. I told them how I had resolved the issues - Medicaid had pre-approved Joshua to go to an Autistic clinic that is normally not covered by Medicaid and I had applied for a supplement for the Medicaid so it would cover things that Medicaid would not. I had requested Joshua get a referral to be checked out by a neurologist. These were the things I had done to make improvements in Joshua's care. Mr. Pittman however ... was not so forthcoming. He said that what SHOULD have happened was that Joshua should have been seen at the outpatient clinic that day..... My mind was thinking - I thought Baker act meant inpatient - not outpatient. I struggled to grasp what he was saying when he said that legalistically Joshua shouldn't have stayed at the CSU ... because of his diagnosis. I asked "Are you saying Legally Joshua can't go to the CSU?" Well, he explained - it all came back to billing because they could only bill for "certain diagnosis" ...Damn it if it didn't come all back to the money!!! Apparently an Autistic diagnosis couldn't be billed for there at the CSU it had to be a behavioral diagnosis. I told the man - he is on BEHAVIORAL medications. I said Sir - My son was out of control, he was violent and running away like he was trying to escape his own skin! I could not control him and neither could a special ed school full of people TRAINED to handle children like Joshua. He was not safe! These were BEHAVIORAL issues. I do not see how CSU attended to any of the safety factors related to my son! I called a pharmacist and that Strattera would be in his system for at least 2-3 days and in that week-end when he was home he tried to run away at least 8 times. He was worse with that in his system than if he was on no medications at all. Well Mr. Pitman didn't even bat an eye and said, we are trying to keep him out of the inpatient setting and keep him in an outpatient setting (Was he threatening to institutionalize my son?) In the 6 years since I have raised my son as a single mother - I NEVER spent one day away from him ... like I WANTED to put my son in that place?? He said that he noticed that I had also brought in the other various agencies ... I said yes sir, I wanted to make sure something was done to fix the problems with the facility. I asked him if he could give me some resolutions to my issues at CSU in writing and he told me that he couldn't. He gave me his card and said, if they ever give you unsatisfactory service again - please call my cell phone number. I thanked him ... but inside I was seething ... Special treatment to shut me up?? I could see his major focus ... money and keep things hush hush ....OOOOoooo that man has not satisfied me not one bit. Monday I plan to contact all those people and let them know my displeasure. He stood by the psychiatrist that released my son without any care about his safety. It may have been a career decision.  I am not going to let this rest - People will be told about his piss poor attitude and how he deals with the issues at Meridian ... That's all I have to say about that ... for now ... I will keep ya'll posted.

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    •  forgot to mention a few things ... (5+ / 0-)

      * got a package in the mail tonight of Chicken soup and ravioli ... thanks so much will make this week-end much easier on me

      * Plan on getting a deep chest freezer this weekend and still hunting a good find on furniture

      •  do you have craig's list in your area? if you do, (4+ / 0-)
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        CJB, 4Freedom, Vetwife, CuriousBoston

        search "IKEA" - they have great, sturdy furniture that is easy to put together and is really neat. when people move, they sell theirs on craigs list and buy more when they land in the new place.

        if you HAVE an IKEA near you, there is an "as is" room on the checkout floor that has display merchandise at 50% off.

        the furniture is sturdy, inexpensive and really nice!

        good luck fighting for joshua - you have all of us with you in spirit!

        EdriesShop coupon code for february is FEBRUARYBLOWOUT. More to come in the next few days! - Is GlowNZ back yet?

        by edrie on Fri Feb 24, 2012 at 10:21:08 PM PST

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        •  don't forget craigslist 'for sale / free stuff' (5+ / 0-)
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          especially since you have a station wagon.  There may not be anything worth the trip but it's certainly worth keeping an eye on.  Florida's broken out into a couple of dozen city regions, check the ones close to you.

          •  and, don't forget goodwill and salvation army! (3+ / 0-)
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            i am a veteran shopper and find wonderful things there at great prices!  i picked up a wonderful six dresser white wicker piece for $40 - it is 2 across and 3 down and is perfect for what i need and beautiful as well.

            ikea and goodwill and sally's boutique (salvation army) are my favorite places to "shop" - even when just looking!

            EdriesShop coupon code for february is FEBRUARYBLOWOUT. More to come in the next few days! - Is GlowNZ back yet?

            by edrie on Fri Feb 24, 2012 at 11:35:06 PM PST

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          •  Freecycle is also a good resource (5+ / 0-)

            if you have a group in your area -- a few years ago I was clearing out some stuff, including a rotisserie cooker (the "set it and forget it" one) that I got as a gift but never used. When I went on Freecycle, there was a listing for someone who was looking for a rotisserie cooker, so we hooked up; turned out that she and her husband were moving into a small cottage while their house was undergoing major renovations, and the cottage didn't have an oven so she was going to use the rotisserie a lot for her cooking. Felt good to know that what I considered to be clutter would be able to help someone in need.

            Found this list of groups in the Florida region if it helps:


            Now to try to end the wars we ask our gay and straight soldiers to fight. -- Chris Hayes (modified)

            by Cali Scribe on Fri Feb 24, 2012 at 11:39:53 PM PST

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  •  for an online source (4+ / 0-)

    there is which at times has stuff available your local store may not have, particularly if you are in the boonies.
    Good luck with your battle with bureaucracy.  Years ago we lost home health because we did not meet criteria for the Dx the docs used.  Problem is the docs did not and still do not know the real Dx though they had to hang some tag onto it to get paid by MCR.  The Dx is still wrong but they manage to CYA by claiming it is an atypical presentation of the Dx though the MRI and PET scans say differently

    •  ya'll do not forget to check out the bloopers (0+ / 0-)

      They are hilarious where he little one breaks out in song.
      So funny.....
      I hope this gets eyes for all those who need to know how good the donation was used and it just gives a person a warm and fuzzy feeling.  Everytime I help with a donation whether it is Sara's or the fuel for the NAtive Americans or veterans or whatever, I feel bettr about humanity.  This is the only place I know I can feel that way with all the greed in the world.

      We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

      by Vetwife on Sat Feb 25, 2012 at 06:34:11 AM PST

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  •  I told you they were an amazing community (1+ / 0-)
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    but not just for their generosity which you already know but their deep abiding compassion for all human beings.
    They are the best of what America represents.  No talk...they walk the walk from everything to abused children, special needs, election reform, up to the minute coverage on the latest news and prison reform to activsim with a huge A.   You used to wonder why I spent so much time here making notes and blogging and gathering info and then presenting so much information to the veterans organziation, or the informative information on DADT, the Gay and Lesbian community with all of the info on the latest Aids projects.  They are engulfed on the latest activism for the poor and the downtrodden and Occupy movements and the great divide of the class warfare.

    Now for the breakdown of the donations which are tax deductible folks if you did not know.  58-2516283.  Thanks for making Michelle's life a little easier.
    I was on my way to the Non Va facility when I sent her the first check and we were hunting for a vehicle.  We were both running in different directions on mental health and physical well being for our families while we were both battling on two fronts the SYSTEM.  I called her and told her I was sending her the monies as soon as I got my husband settled in bed.  My two daughters and me went and withdrew your donated monies and
    sent it promptly to her.  
    She was able for the first time in months and months and month able to sit down with her family and have a meal at Godfather's Pizza as Family time.  (Respite to her),
    She had so many doctor appointments and she found a  99 Ford Taurus Station Wagon.  She bought from a small dealership who just happened to be a 30 percent disabled veteran and he needs some of the vet help on getting a claim submitted and increased.

    She was able to get to the grocery store to sustain her till the 1st and the foodstamps that seem to run out too quickly .

    She was able to scope out some furniture that is in the process and also get a deep freezer to make a way for freesing foods for the entire month. ( You didn't just give a fish but a fishing pole)

    She was able to fill the car with gas and keep gas in the vehicle to make sure she kept all of the doctor appointments without the stress of looking for a ride or flagging down a bus.

    She was much less stressed and focused to take care of the needs of her family and put back some monies for not only some major necessities but to save a little for clothes for the kids and help if need be to help her organize and maintain her home on a one time deal.
    I suggested she get a housecleaner to help her with the laundry and floor cleaning.

    Me?  She told me to please take gas money to compensate for all the running between hospitals and banks that I was doing.   I hesitated but she  asked me how much money  I had spent the last two weeks .  She knew I was not able to get some of this done without some gas montey myself..not at the end of the month.  For that , Michelle I thank you.  She also wanted Jack to
    have a meal with his family after being treated so badly at the VA and she allowed my family to have the pleasure of a Chinese buffet for thirty dollars which unstressed me some.  I have basically been trying to focus on my family and her's .  

    I think she spent the money very smart and very wisely.
    She took that final figure of 2749 and stretched it to the max.  Joshua got his Thomas Train and we are both stocking up on stamps because we have a lot of letter writing to continue to do.  

    She got a box of non persihables and is totally focused on what is best for the medical mismanagement of her son's healthcare and still focused on the bad treatment of veterans.  She also has started a new meal planning of fresh fruits with vegetables in the diet to  continue her healthy lifestyle she has been awarded from you guys  that we do not even notice how much we are being stressed from just processed foods and eating poorly.. ( thus explaining the deep freezer).

    That is my report and Swampy and Aji and llbear and all of us are feeling much better knowing this is one Kossack who was the receipent of good things other than operation hilarity.  She will continue to pay forward and from me ..I thnak you for standing by her as it was standing by me.  I was maxed in all directions.  When you rescued Michelle, you also rescued me from dealing with too much worry.  God Bless !

    We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

    by Vetwife on Sat Feb 25, 2012 at 06:03:21 AM PST

  •  I also want to thank Dr.Bloodaxe for the (1+ / 0-)
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    orginal diary that went up to help her and all of the people who saw a need one dollar at a time to larger amounts that made this happen.  Swampy for staying on the phone with me all night reading her the amts as they came in and trying to cheer her up as that child was in a facility NOT receiving.  It took my mind off my husband who was also in a facility NOT receiving care,
    llbear, you have been amazing stayin in constant contact with me and so has Richard Cranium and Anglejean who was working on all the fronts of this medical debacle.  The kind words were ever so appreciated and there are two women stronger today for your coming to the rescue of encouragement and total support in all areas,

    We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

    by Vetwife on Sat Feb 25, 2012 at 06:11:02 AM PST

  •  the numbers crunched is larger (0+ / 0-)

    because I was just counting the ppal that I was responsible for delegating to her.  I think with all that was western unioned and all it came to approximately 3000.  That was very good in small donations and a few sizeable ones and a lot of encouragement. She got it all and has just about all she need in material

    We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

    by Vetwife on Sat Feb 25, 2012 at 03:50:37 PM PST

  •  I haven't forgotten you! (0+ / 0-)

    Hello Michelle, Vetwife and all!

    I don't spend as much time at DKos as I used to as I am more and more focussed on French political forums with the upcoming French presidential elections (1st round in April, 2nd round in May 2012).

    However, I came back to DKos especially to see if there was any update from WhatGodmade, and this is how I found this diary. Sorry for the late comment, but I still think about you.

    Thank you so very much for the update and for the video with the whole family. That is very touching! :) Thanks also to Vetwife for the updates, for supporting Michelle and everything. I'm glad she got some gas money back. Best of luck to you and your husband.

    I am so very happy that our small gifts could make a genuine difference in a family's life.

    I won't be at DKos very regularly, but I'll keep in touch now and then.

    Blessings to all!

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