I'd like to say that I've been absent from the blogosphere because I've been so busy starting seeds, watering fruit trees, planting berry bushes and spending time with all the critters. But unfortunately all those things were put on sudden hold for several days.
Over the weekend we ended up taking Rhiannon into the ER for what I suspected was the beginning of pneumonia. Sure enough, it was, and it came on quickly. Saturday morning we had her into the clinic because of a night-time cough; they said she had a mild ear infection, gave us antibiotics and we were sent on our way. During the day Saturday, she progressively got worse and by 5 am Sunday morning we were in the car taking her into the ER because her breathing was so labored.
Everything turned out well as she is currently jumping around the room with her dinosaur toys (yeah, YOU try telling a three-year old that she's supposed to stay "calm and quite" for the next week) and I am finally getting back to as-close-to-normal as possible. That is, until we get the hospital and doctor bills. If I go "missing" again for about a week or so in the near future, you'll know why.
Although I'm not going to go into gory detail about the trials, tribulations and hair-pulling involved while dealing with health insurance companies, I did want to just remind those of you that chose to deal with the insurance devils that it's a good idea to check, double, triple and quadruple check your policies. Make sure that you have all your current information handy and that you truly understand what is covered, as well as your deductible. Although I may be a bit biased against them (after dealing with them during Rhiannon's NICU stay at birth), I swear that they will do anything possible to deceive, smooth-over, cajole or otherwise numb you to certain important details of your policy.
So please, next time you get some free time from the homestead (ha!), take a half hour to dig out your policy and make sure you are comfortable with your coverage, what it is costing, and what it WILL cost you before they start paying out.
I'm done with my rant and motherly-nagging now. But really. Go pull your insurance policy. Or I'm going to come haunt your blog comment form until you do!
Farmish stuff next, I promise!