Monday, January 5, 2009

Brace Yourselves...It's another post about "The Brace".

If I didn't like the idea of the brace months ago, you better believe that after dealing with this for so long and continuing to deal with it--I still don't like the idea of it!

This brace will be the end of me...

I know, I know--once we have it,everything will be good! It's the getting it part that is driving me batty!

You see, my state apparently is dysfunctional (Blago anyone?!). Our PT was telling me that the Illinois State programs are notoriously S-L-O-W when it comes to certain things. Lucky (note the sarcasm) for us, one of those things is braces and orthodics. So, like I mentioned in my previous post we will be waiting for 3-4 months from NOW, if we go through the state. Well, we can't do that. We can not sit and wait for something, knowing that time will pass and we will have done nothing to correct the issues Leah is having. Since our insurance won't cover any of it--we've decided to foot the bill. Oh yeah, remember how I said it was going to be around $350--yeah, double that--that's what we will be paying. Happy freaking New Year!

Turns out that when the PT who does the casting gave me the price, she failed to discuss with me what Leah would need on her right foot. So, on top of a rather large brace on her left (effected) leg, she needs a smaller yet, still up to the ankle, brace on her right leg. :( I prepared for months for the left brace, I was finally ready--let's do it--and now I have to think about another brace. I thought we would just be able to get away with an insert--but nope, she is overcompensating too much and turning in her right foot. That's our story. I've made our PT promise me that the next brace Leah needs that we will start the state process well in advance.

Ugh. The Brace.

10 comments:

kara said...

I'm so sorry you are going through this, I wish it could be easy for you, but it really will be worth it in the end, I promise. I know it sucks to have to foot the bill, but like you said next time you can start the process far in advance. I think you will see great results with the braces. And don't fret about having two braces, it will be fine. Maybe next time she will only need an insert. Keep us posted, and stay positive!

Popcorn House said...

I am sorry you are going through this. That is a lot of money for you guys to have to pay. I wish it didn't work like that! I know it is very common for hemi kids to need two braces because like you said they over compensate for the affected leg. Don't worry soon enough you will have the braces and hopefully they work wonderfully for you guys. Keep us posted. How long till you get them now?

Amanda said...

Thanks guys. It's overly frustrating, but that's life sometimes!

Suzanne- After we purchase the braces we will get it in 2-3 weeks.

Barbara said...

I'm sympathetic, too. But not surprised.

Compare the cost of braces for her feet to braces for her teeth.

Kiera Beth said...

I am so sorry to hear about all of the frustration. I am surprised to hear that your insurance will not cover it.

You have to be so frustrated right now. I wish that there was something that we could do to help.

I believe you have mentioned it before, but I did not see it, what is the insurance reason for turning down the brace?

Amanda said...

Kiera--They will cover 80% once we meet the deductible. We didn't meet the deductible last year, so I'm not sure we will meet it this year either.

Erin said...

Ugh I am sorry. It is so annoying how slow are state really can be in things like this. We ordered theratogs with our PT in September. EI ordered October 8th and now it is January 8th and guess what we still don't have the theratogs and know idea when we WILL get them. At least insurance will pay for part of it right? How quickly will you get them?

sarah said...

Ugh, it would've been nice of them to tell you about BOTH braces at the same time! Geez. Can you get them both at the same time? Or do you have to wait and order this new one separately?

Well, it's a huge PIA now, but at least you're doing it all now when she's young. Can you imagine going through all of this AND dealing with a crabby teenager or something?! Yikes.

Amanda said...

Erin--I'm so over the Illinois system...it's really messed up!! Oh and no, insurance covers nothing.

Sarah--We can get them both at the same time, either way--if we pay out of pocket or not.

Ellen said...

Oh, I am sorry. Someday, you will look back on this and think... ARGH!!!! But you and Leah will be long past it, and she will be walking fine. :)