I have a head ache today. I talked to my pediatrician who also has an autistic son and we chatted about assisted technology and what it would take to get some for my son. Turns out to get it through his independent speech therapist we need DDS (disability) eligibility verification through the state to get a grant to pay for said technology. Well I just got a letter in the mail a few weeks ago that our DDS eligibility had lapsed (it renews every three years, but they didn't give me a head's up beforehand) and I would have to reapply for it. Last time it took four months to get that eligibility and that was before the Affordable Care Act got passed and everything got horribly bogged down. After I get THAT then I have to get the necessary paperwork in place through my pediatrician and our speech therapist to get said device and that could take up to six more months and that is IF we can get approved for said device, which the last time I went through this crap I was trying to get my son an I-PAD. Two years later of getting excuse letters about running out of funds and such I went and used my son's PFD one year to just get him the IPAD. So, basically, I have two choices here. I could go forth with the DDS eligibility and then submit grant paperwork and sit on my hands for who knows HOW long until the grant goes through to get it or I could just take 300.00 out of our tax return this year and put the app on the back up device I ordered from Amazon and just use that as his primary device for communication. The latter is probably what I'm going with, but that also means that 300.00 is now gone from our tax return on top of my husband's tooth bill. Ugh.
Anyway, combine that with occupational therapy issues (scheduling and what not) and my head hurts. The life of a parent is never simple.
This week's menu plan is going to be kind of all over the place as I'm cleaning out my fridge and freezer a bit and trying not to spend much on any satellite items that might need to be picked up at the store.
Menu for Week of 1/4/16
Monday: Chicken nuggets, french fries (found a bag buried in the back of the freezer. Once you dipped them in BBQ sauce you'd never know).Desserts: Jello and whipped topping, leftover birthday cake w/ chocolate frosting (on kid's cake anyway), chocolate pudding.
Tuesday: French Toast, bacon (use old bacon from freezer and stale bread in fridge)
Wednesday: Baked fish, rice (use slightly freezer burned fish in freezer), green beans
Thursday: Baked chicken, buttered pasta, peaches
Saturday: Turkey Alfredo (use turkey pieces from freezer)
Sunday: Meatloaf (use ground pork and turkey in freezer), mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans
To Bake: Chocolate Chip Muffins, bread. Baking day: Tuesday.