It's been an eventful 4 days around here!
Start with the bad news. My brother Bob is having some...um... family problems, which came to a crucial point on Saturday. I think it's too early for me to elaborate on it in a public forum, as things are still quite tense around here, but it is very much a part of my life, and your kind thoughts for him would be appreciated, as he is going through a rough and emotional time. He's feeling much better tonight after talking with a friend. He's smiling and laughing for the first time since Saturday, which really is a great relief!
That's what my *sigh
On to better news...
Today I took a half day to go to my 20 week ultrasound in Avon. My appointment wasn't until 3, so I had a few hours to run errands. I left work at noon and had lunch, then drove to Cornerstone Autism Center in Greenwood to check it out. There are two new Autism centers opening in Greenwood, which is wonderful, since there are 4 schools on the north side of town, and previously none down here. I emailed both this summer for details, and found that the "other" school (as we'll call it) had free after-school daycare. This seemed a better choice than separate day care, so I began trying to get Hayden into that center.
Indiana is one of only 17 states with a law that mandates for insurance payment of autism services. The loophole many insurance companies have apparently found is that companies based in a different state are exempt to some extent from this mandate. Our insurance, according to the "other center," is one of these companies. "Other center" said they could contact our insurance and figure out what would be paid. Over 2 months' time I continued to call and email, with only 1 lonely email letting me know anything was really going on. At the TACA meeting last week, I asked a parent what the deal was with this center, and got some scary stories for my trouble. I think I mentioned this in my last post. The parent said I'd be better off finding someone to give Hayden services in our home, after school. (I believe her words were, "I wouldn't send my dog to that school, let alone my child.") Yikes. That same week, before the TACA meeting, I finally got an email from someone at the "other center" saying that the insurance might cover the center. I had gotten my hopes up for the one-on-one, all-day therapy, and now I was disappointed.
On my way home from the TACA meeting I was thinking about options, and remembered the Cornerstone Center for Autism. The reason I had originally chosen the "other center" was because of the hours. Cornerstone is 8:30 to 3:30. I work from 8 to 4:30, about 20 minutes' drive from the center. On the way home from the meeting I realized: if I just change his daycare to one in Greenwood with a bus, they can drive him to and from Cornerstone.
So today I went to check it out, and was thoroughly impressed. There are pictures if you friend them on Facebook, or maybe this link will work: http://www.facebook.com/CornerstoneAutismCenter?ref=search&v=wall#!/album.php?aid=23912&id=104929199558004 They just opened in that picture; the rooms were more populated with cool sensory stuff when I saw it today.
I stopped by without an appointment, so that I could see what things were like without anyone "cleaning up." Or as my dad said, "so they couldn't take down all the chains in the basement." *oh, Dad...
I know, I shouldn't get my hopes up, because I still haven't heard back for sure from the insurance. But the center is so awesome! They care about the diet, have a sensory room with trampolines and peanut balls, have a quiet room, Hayden would have his own cubicle to decorate and his own therapist, a bin to keep his food in so we can keep him on the diet... his own individualized plan...the director really knew what he was talking about, seemed to legitimately care about autistic kids (he has a 13 year old autistic boy), and worked for a center on the north side that came highly recommended (but was too far north)...etc. etc. I'm more excited about this than our other news, because I really want to help Hayden, and I think ABA will be soooo wonderful for him. I'm crossing my fingers that this will all work out with insurance!
ok, the other good news (that you probably already know) is that the ultrasound today showed a little girl! I am so smiling and happy inside. I really wanted a girl the first time, I don't even know why, and now with girls being less likely to have autism, I'm almost relieved! I feel like she has an even better chance at being "typical." We saw her little feet in the ultrasound, and she had her toes all spread out. Too cute! She was moving around a lot, and everything measured perfectly. I love my new OB, everything about her is great. I can't wait to meet my new little girl! Halfway there! *sigh