Thursday, January 12, 2006

"You're broken when your heart's not open ..."

Just spent a very frustrating morning looking at health insurance options for Emilie. (She was dropped from our group plan on January 1st because she's 23.) From everything I've been reading, it looks like the chances of her being approved are slim to none, based on her medical history ... and even if she IS approved, she'll have a $5000 deductible, and a monthly premium equal to 2 car payments.

I should really get past all the speculation by actually talking to an agent. I filled out one of those online forms on Tuesday, and have been flooded with e-mails and phone calls since then. Maybe today I'll pick one out of the crowd and talk to them.

I did read today that Starbucks offers nice benefits to all of their employees who work over 20 hours a week. Something to keep in mind as a last resort, maybe.

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Speaking of jobs ... hope your 1st day at work went well, Em! I can't wait to hear the details. xo

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Heyyyy Brandy! I'd be more likely to fall for that comment you made on the last entry if I had never seen your reaction to Baby Evan's unbearable cuteness. :-) I know I'll have to wait, but I'm fairly certain I'll have a Grandbaby one day!

Also, I don't know if that last entry seemed as if I was complaining about being a Mom ... but if it did, I messed up getting my point across. Because even though life really never got around to being "normal" again after the kids were born, I would never wish to go back and change anything about my "career choice". My children made me who I am. They formed my heart. And I can't imagine my world without them in it.

So just to clarify ... I ain't complainin'!

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I didn't write yesterday because there is absolutely NOTHING going on around here. And my brain is on Winter Break ... it happens every year about this time. I can't come up with an interesting topic of conversation to save my life.

I did drive Jimmy to the airport at an ungodly hour yesterday (and will stay up late tonight to go and get him from the same place). That was about it for excitement.

I visited with Grandma F, and we read a letter from her friend back home. The wound nurse came in while I was there, and re-stressed the importance of staying off her back when she's in bed. It makes me wonder though ... what happens when the skin on her hip bones starts to break down? She is really just skin and bones now, and I'm sure all the 'side-laying' will begin to have an effect.

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I have typed and deleted so many sentences in this space over the course of the last 15 minutes ... I give up. I tried to tell you about the 3-part PBS documentary I watched this week. I wanted to tell you about the good book I'm reading. I even backspaced over a sentence describing Maggie's latest silliness.

It all seemed too boring for human consumption. Ahh ... now there's a good phrase to describe me and my life this January!

3 comments:

The Hotness said...

Sounds like the better option would be for her to go work somewhere with benefits. I know Ruby Tuesdays offers insurance to employees who work over 30 hours a week. Otherwise you'll be paying more in premiums than she actually makes, which makes absolutely no sense. Or she could do like I did in grad school and hope and pray that nothing happened (Me => stupid). It sucks that she would have to change jobs all for insurance, but thats the breaks when you are trying to be independent.

Dawn said...

I didn't know that about Ruby Tuesday. I'll have to pass that along to her. She's started yesterday at TD's, while still looking and keeping her eyes open for anything else.
I know there are lots of people who live every day like you did as you went through grad school. It's just so scary, and I know I'll end up with an ulcer if she has to do that.
Health insurance in the US needs a complete overhaul. :-(

The Hotness said...

I'm not suggesting that she takes that route at all. I was stupid, but had not other choice. She has probably more choice and flexibility than I did at the time, at least until she starts grad school. I don't know what she would do after that. It is difficult to work more than 20 hours a week when you are in grad schoool. I think though that Redfern at Clemson has information for health insurance for students in grad school that is probably cheaper than what you are looking in to now. I hope you guys find something for her though.