Monday, July 30, 2012

American Health System

I can only imagine who will find this post after I put that title!

The American Health System gets knocked quite a bit and President Obama's efforts to make changes and both applauded and scorned. (I am keeping my opinion about those changes to myself.)

One thing that is noticeably different between the NHS and the US system is the speed at which you get seen by a Dr. When I had my mole removed a while back, the time between me seeing my Dr and the mole being removed was about 4 or 5 weeks. When I took the kids to their new Dr here in South Carolina, I said they both needed to be referred to an ophthalmologist and K needed to see a nephrologist. I had letters with appointments scheduled within 4 days. I recently went back to the pediatricians office to arrange for Z to be assessed for A.D.D and I was offered an appointment the following day.

We have tried positive reinforcement for Z with regards to his attention and concentration issues in school for a while now and stickers only get you so far. He was assessed in Indiana and his Dr there said that he did have A.D.D but as we moved to South Carolina very soon after that, we did not go any further with the assessment.

I took Z to the Dr and we spoke with them about how he gets on in school, what we have done etc. They had his papers that were sent down from Indiana so they had that to go on too. We left with a prescription to try to see if that helps him. We got a 30 day supply and have to go back the day before school starts to review it and change the dose if needed. I checked online with our medical insurance to see how much the cost would be for the prescription and the brand name would be about $75 for the month supply and the generic would be about $20. In the end I chose the generic option and was charged $10 for it. The Dr's office visit was $85 as we had already had the 'well child' visit and the assessment is usually done then. (I forgot to mention it then as I was more focused on making sure they got their eyes and kidney issues referred to specialists.)

We seem to be doing OK so far and there are no obvious side effects. I hope this helps him concentrate in school as it is in 3rd Grade that they start the PASS testing.

Summer Break Continues

We are almost at the end of the summer break for the kids. They go back to school in 3 weeks. I have a little while left to keep them entertained and doing a bit of schoolwork every day to make sure they are prepared for being back in class.

We have gone on excursions in the surrounding area and enjoyed a 3 week stay-cation with Ben' parents who came over to visit.

Z and K have developed quite deep tans as they have mainly been running around on the beach. I'm not sure how well they will adjust to having to get up at 6am every day to make sure they are ready for the school bus at 7am and starting class at 7.40am! I think I will be the one who suffers the most though! I am really not looking forward to having to get up and make lunches etc at stupid o'clock in the morning!

Both Z & K have also learned to ride their bikes without training wheels this summer and that is a major accomplishment!

14 year olds & Green Cards

Did you know that you need to get a new green card when you turn 14? Do you know the reason why? No really, I'd like to know why. ...