Great variety for today don’t you think? I mean read that title again. I’ll wait.
Great huh? The first item Cost Cutters doesn’t refer to haircuts but to having to cut the cost in the medical world around here. Chick goes to (or rather used to go to) two kinds of therapy; speech and occupational. The speech is twice a week and we’ve been going since July. Progress, while slowing is coming along. Hopefully she’ll be really talking by her third birthday in May. The occupational we only started about a month and half ago. The evaluation visit they said they didn’t understand why she was there. She walks just fine and has excellent fine motor skills. But the speech therapist recommended it so I did it. Once a week on Wednesday mornings.
Tuesday at speech (for which we go twice a week for forty minute sessions) she told me I would finally be getting a bill. Yep, it works different here for that too. I haven’t paid a dime to her since we started in July. I have no idea how doctors and such can wait so long to be paid but it wasn’t my idea so they must know what they are doing right? So, I find out how much she charges per hour… 60€ an hour.
Bury me now.
Do you know how fun it was to tell Hubby that? And insurance only covers 80% of that cost. The bill will be about 1100€ total. Oh Joy. We have the fun reimbursement insurance because it’s international so we need to pay first and get our money back later. We’ll manage it but the occupational therapist just called to arrange our next session and I had to tell her we won’t be coming anymore.
We are cash cows to these people with private insurance since Germany has social medicine (is that the correct term??) The government pays for the healthcare (if that’s wrong please correct me but that’s the way I understand it). I can’t imagine that to be honest and I sincerely hope the US never goes and does the same. We get treated very differently (aka a TON better) with private insurance than the people who have government insurance. It’s not fair but that’s how it is.
I can’t wait until we get the bill for the occupational therapy, which is an actual office not like the speech for which we are using a room at the local American Protestant church since the speech therapist doesn’t have an actual office.
I am sure I can teach Chick to stretch for toys and do yoga-esque stuff like the OT was. Really, I have Yoga for Dummies and a mat. How hard can it be?
Anti-Vomit, our second topic today. As I have mentioned one (or several hundred times) we are going on a cruise next month. And I need all your tips and thoughts for preventing motion sickness. (Especially you American in Norway, Miss former cruise worker lady, I know you must know how to prevent it!) I was the kid who went snow skiing every weekend, got to the top of the mountain resort parking lot (after having taken my Dramimine nap) and barfed all over. It never actually stopped me from skiing. We drove up the mountain, I barfed and then we skied. As my sis, she can vouch for me 🙂
Not to mention the Cape May – Lewis Ferry Crossing. Hubby may never let me forget that one. I may not have actually barfed on that trip but I was close. So close, Boo may not realize how lucky he was not to have seen mommy’s lunch that day.
And of course I’ve had a ferry crossing incident just like Crash’s
(minus the IL’s) from Oahu to Molikini (?) or some other tiny island thereabouts when I was 15. Barfed all day. Laid in the back of the rental car while everyone else explored the island because if I sat up, yep, I barfed.
So needless to say, I’m a bit worried about this whole Disney Cruise ship for three nights thing. I can not barf in front of my hero Mickey. I simply can’t do it. I won’t do it. So give me ALL your ideas for Barf prevention, I so need them. (The ironic part of this whole motion sickness thing is I grew up on a boat. On a lake but still a boat and never barfed once.)
And music. I have recently found and fallen in love with Erin McCarley
. Her song is the first on my little iPod thingy on the side. It was a free download from iTunes and then BAM! I fell in love with her other songs and had to buy the entire album. Fantastic. Loving it. Over and Over. You should check it out. Here are a few samples of the words from one of the songs:
You stumble down your yellow brick road
Spinnin your shoes in the air, the air
Then you hold your breath and count to nine
Hopin that soon somebody will find you, find you
Go on Go on Go on
The stars are watching
Just say just say just say
What your feeling
You know You know You know
you gotta take a bow and do it your way
Its time for you to prove within your ruby shoes
You deserve a smile with no regret
Oh look at you kickin up your shoes
Dance for the world to see!
You’ve got the power to believe
So open up and sing
Now go be free and fly away
That’s a bit out of order but from the song Pony (It’s OK).(and I don’t know what is wrong with the font and stuff on some of it. Me, Blogger and font size have never been friends.) Wait until you hear the one about the Blue Suitcase or quickly becoming my favorite – Love, Save the Empty.
That’s all I’ve got for today. Don’t forget tomorrow is What Are You Wearing? over at Tiaras & Tantrums so make sure to play along!