So I just got some really amazing awesome wonderful news. My mom texted me last night and asked me to call her after work about an insurance thing, so I did, and she told me she was enrolling in her employer's insurance program, and they will cover your kids under their family plan until they are 26, even if they're married. Our work doesn't provide insurance, which I think is just dumb because seriously, it's a healthcare company and they should know better. And I've been trying to get that health insurance marketplace to work for weeks now and it's broken and stupid and frustrating. So anyways, I gave my mom my information and everything and she called them this morning and got it all set up, and asked if they would cover my pregnancy since it's a pre-existing condition or whatever. And guess what? They will!!! You have no idea what a huge relief that is. They won't cover my daughter or my husband at all, but he can't get insurance anyways because of his immigration status (or lack thereof) and I'm going to see if I can just get my daughter on the CHIP program here, which is only for kids and based on income. So this is awesome. With Piper we ended up paying like $5000 out of pocket, even after financial aid from the hospital and everything, and now we make more money so they wouldn't help us out as much and it would end up being a lot more, probably. Yes, we would have been able to pay it eventually, but it would have been kind of a strain on our finances and would have taken a couple years to pay off completely. So this is going to be a huge blessing for us. It's my little Christmas miracle and I am super happy about it.
The only thing is that I may have to switch doctors. Which isn't entirely ideal considering I've only got like 8 weeks to go and this is the same doctor who delivered Piper and I really like him. Plus he knows all the issues I had delivering Piper (she had some breathing issues due to placental deterioration that I really want to avoid this time around) and we've talked about what the plan is if I go past my due date and so on. I looked up the insurance providers on the website and it looks like my doctor isn't on there, but the partner he works with in the same building is, so now I'm a little confused. Worst case scenario, I'll just go with the guy he works with and hope all my information and medical history gets passed on and everything will go well. At least it will be paid for.
I'm also super excited because one of my best friends from California texted me a few days ago and asked if I was by chance going to Utah to see my family for Christmas or anything. I told her about my little brothers wedding and that we'd be down in Salt Lake for a few days for that. Apparently she is going to Salt Lake also for a friend's wedding that same day--another one of my old friends from CA, actually, but I was never very good about keeping in touch with him. So we are going to meet up and have lunch. It will be so fun to see her again! It's been like 6 years since I saw her but she's one of those awesome friends where you just kind of pick up where you left off and there's none of that awkwardness or unfamiliarity from not seeing each other in so long.
I also got my secret Santa assignments earlier this month. I've already got one of them like 75% done, which is good, because the other one is going to require me to pull out my dusty old animal-drawing experience and that's going to be a challenge. Fun, but a challenge. Is it just me or is this month flying by really fast? It's already the 9th and I can't believe it. Maybe it's just because I've got so much going on this month. I haven't even started Christmas shopping yet, but tomorrow is payday so then I can work on that. And go grocery shopping because our cupboards are looking a little bare, and I wanted to get some stuff to make some Christmas goodies with my daughter, like fudge and cookies and maybe caramels if I'm feeling really ambitious.
I guess the only thing I really have to complain about right now is work. They're being really stupid lately. They meaning management. We've had like 5 fractures and a bunch of falls this past year, so now the state is coming to inspect us and everything and management has been on a rampage, writing people up for the most ridiculous things. It annoys me because at least 3 of those fractures happened as a result of them not listening to us when we told them these residents were self-transferring and falling frequently and needed one-on-one CNAs 24/7. You can only fall so many times before you break a bone, and it wasn't until that happened that they decided to give them one-on-ones. But yet, it's our fault that they fell and so they're going to write everyone up for it? We had one resident break an arm recently and they couldn't figure out exactly when or what happened, so they just wrote up everyone who worked with him at all within like a 4 day period or something. That was like, 50+ employees that got written up, and I'm really lucky I'm pregnant right now and don't work the floor very often or that probably would have been me, too. Our nursing director had this big pow wow with us as we were clocking in the other day, all pissed off at us and chewing us out about the falls and stuff and how we need to take more pride in our work, etc. I had a really hard time keeping my mouth shut because I know for a fact that most of us who work there do a damn good job and do our very best to give the residents the best care possible. Sure, we all make mistakes every once in a while. No one is perfect. But at the end of the day I can come home with my head held high knowing I did my job with integrity and to the very best of my abilities. It sucks too because I'm due for my yearly evaluation and a raise, and I filled out all the paperwork for it and my boss has it, but I'm terrified to even go talk to her until things calm down because I feel like they're just going to come up with any excuse to write people up and not give me my raise. It's just stupid. They're short-staffed right now too, but no one will come in to cover shifts because they're being such jerks about everything. Seriously, who wants to come into work when you've got management out there just looking for an excuse to get you in trouble? I was thinking of picking up an extra shift on Christmas just for the holiday pay, but you know what? Screw it.
Ok, that's the end of my rant. Aside from work though it's actually been a good December so far. We even got snow already. The roads are all icy and it's been below zero every night for the last few days and I hate it, but it looks like Christmas so I guess that's kind of nice. Hope everyone else is doing well and having fun this holiday season. Adios!