Many people have asked how they can donate to Scarlett's care. Today, before we start the Christmas celebrations, we are looking into ways to accept donations for Scarlett's medical costs and whatever else comes up. There are a lot of issues to deal with when looking this, like taxes and write-offs, so we are trying to do some good research before we jump on board. We know we can use Pay Pal, but aren't sure what the ramifications or restrictions of that might be. Hopefully we will have something set up next week.
Yesterday we learned that there was some kind of mistake with Starbucks' insurance for Scarlett. They say she's not covered, even though we filed all the forms on time. They said that she's no longer eligible for enrollment, since the 60 days are up, so we may have to wait for Open Enrollment in August. At least we still have my insurance, though we aren't sure how long we can make it last. I am a teacher. I took the maximum amount of leave for Scarlett's birth to keep my insurance in my district - 12 weeks, which will end on Jan. 31. A large portion of that is unpaid leave, so we were scraping by just so I could still nurse full time and get her past the first 3 months. If Scarlett still needs such detailed care in February, which I can only assume is the case, I can't imagine being at work. The administrators in my district are already working on this for me, and hopefully there will be some kind of solution that affords us benefits even if I can't work. However, no work means no money, and we still have to eat. Starbucks is great for flexibility and free coffee, but doesn't support a family of three with skyrocketing medical expenses.
I wish we didn't have to worry about the money. It was the first thing we thought of after the tumor bomb was dropped. All the social workers we have talked to are also looking to more, and we will have some help with it, but I just hate that I have to waste time thinking about it. We don't want to be a complete drain of our families either, even though we know they would never think of it like that.
Just like everything else, we will just wait to see what happens. We have bigger fish to fry, as they say.
We discovered last night that our cheerleaders on BabyCenter, which I joined the day I found out I was pregnant, have started a ton of prayer chains, links and even a Facebook Page dedicated to Scarlett. Thanks, everyone! It is comforting to know that Scarlett is being thought of all over the world. We always knew she would be famous, just wish it wasn't for this. :-)
Scarlett is dressed for the day. She looks so cute! I will try to get a picture soon, when she is not cranky, but before she spits up on it!