Thursday, December 29, 2016

Apple peeler, wheelchair, meatballs.


This apple peeler was the big hit of the Christmas haul.  Jeremy's even using it even though when he first saw it, he said - you guys can use that crazy contraption, I still have my knife.

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Edda's "free" wheelchair came today.  Every year, we enter a lottery for $2000 of funding from the state of MD.  It used to be that you'd have to stand in a certain line at 6 am on a particular summer Wed. so you'd be one of the first couple hundred people to get the $, but they changed it to a mail in lottery.  We get the money about 2/3 of the time?  It's not such bad odds, but every year we win it, the paperwork gets harder and harder to fill out.  It used to be just submitting receipts, but this year, they wanted tax forms from the companies that we'd order from, or if it was summer camp, it had to be a certain time not overlapping the school provided summer camp.  If you wanted to use it for therapy, you had to get letters from doctors and therapists and the American Medical Association that it wasn't some whack therapy.  If you wanted to use it for childcare, your childcare provider had to be some sort of approved person.  It's a mess.

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Honestly, the easiest thing to get was a back up wheelchair because the brakes of the old one breaks all the time, but I had to jump through some hoops that showed that our insurance wouldn't cover it.  Our insurance does cover wheelchairs, but only once every 5 years and I think we are somehow in the middle of the cycle.  Blah.  So boring.  It was $2200, so we had to pay $200 for our free wheelchair.  We got orange!  No one else is going to have an orange wheelchair.

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Edda is clearly thrilled.

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Vince made spaghetti and meatballs tonight for dinner.  He's having fun this week.  Lots friends, hosting lots of sleepovers.

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