Every week, my spouse and I face a mountain-load of paperwork related to managing a special-needs household. Below is a sampling.
Spouse handles medical appointment for one kid.
I schedule extra service hours for this Wednesday.
I take a day off from work.
I attend 3-hour parent training seminar required by Regional Center
I pick up dental referral form for one kid
I email back and forth with Service Provider re; insurance denial for one of kid’s services
Spouse and I participate in a therapy session with kid.
I fix a mistake that I made earlier in one of our service provider’s schedule.
Spouse sends in medical supply order and questions to service provider
Spouse brings kid to hospital for check-up.
I research and complete paperwork for a government program. I hope I get all the necessary forms!
I call Insurance about a denied claim. Hear a message saying they’re too busy and to call back another day. Search for most recent approval paperwork!
Spouse completes paperwork for IHSS.
I discuss upcoming vacation time with a therapist.
I notice a possible error in schedule for next week and note to bring this up with provider.
I print and save copies of lab results for one kid.
Spouse discusses parent training schedule with consultant
I TRY to submit information online for a government program. I get an error message and contact the agency for help. I would have submitted the old-fashioned way but I cannot find a paper application anywhere on their site. During this research, I also notice that there are a few additional supporting documentation on their site that were not required in the online application.
I email important documents to kid’s doctor for his signature.
I email insurance about the denied claim.
I call provider about services that is supposed to start for one of my sons in April.
I email Regional Center about services that is supposed to start for one of my sons in April.
We realize that we have 3 special needs related meetings next week.
Add stuff to the To-Do List:
- Get ready for IEP by reviewing progress reports and decide strategy.
- Get paperwork ready for foundation meeting.
- Set a schedule for weekly parent training for both of us
- Email provider about not being happy with one of the therapists.
- Find out if one of our recent appointments qualify for a claim with AFLAC.
- Note to self: Research if we should continue paying for AFLAC insurance.
- Must follow-up (again) with IHSS
- Must follow up with kid’s doctor about completing form.
Some weeks are definitely more hectic than others. It was a fairly slow week at work so I was able to tackle multiple projects. Many times, I’m just too busy at work to do much else. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for it to take-up 2-3 weeks for me to follow-up.
All of the above must be taken care of while we manage a household with two young kids, freelance career and a full-time job! We could not do this without local family support (thanks Mom!)