When we started this whole fundraising thing on January 15th, 2009, we were in it for the long haul. We knew we had a lot of money to raise to give Seth his shot at hearing, and even if we had the money to cover our costs, we were told Seth couldn't be implanted until he was a year old.
We didn't want to take no for an answer. We compromised at 10 months, even though I was reading stories of babies getting implanted even earlier and doing amazingly well. Very few insurance companies approve surgery before a year. It didn't really matter anyway, as there was no way we would have the money to get his surgery done before ten (or twelve) months.
The last month has been a whirlwind of mostly unrelated events.
First, John's employer up and changed insurance plans on us. We had to relearn a whole new plan. The upside? They cover two ears! The downside? The deductible is ginormous, and they do not cover Speech or Physical therapy. At all.
Then, we changed horses midstream in that we changed from a surgeon we loved to another surgeon we thought could do an amazing job with Seth, and who was entertaining the notion of implanting both of Seth's ears at once. This had become an important factor to us, as Seth has a very interesting reaction to anesthesia. .
One day soon after that, the lovely Courtney from Rhyan's Hope called me. The same family that donated money for our friend Jillian's 2nd implant was interested in helping us, too.
The next day, I checked Seth's implant fund...just by selling bracelets, our Prize Package (minus our contributions to Rhyan's Hope and Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep), had exceeded our initial surgery goal.
So the money was there. But what about the insurance? We couldn't do a $200,000.00 (both ears) surgery without insurance approval. We submitted for insurance, and were told to expect a denial, then a lengthy appeal process.
The denial was turned over in TWENTY FOUR hours! I received my denial and my approval letter in the mail on the same day!
Now, read over the above list one more time and you tell me that God is not between every single line punctuation mark, and character. He has streamlined this entire process, giving us what we never thought we could ahieve. In just over two months of fundraising, when he is just 8 months old, on Thursday, April 9, 2009, Seth will be receiving simultaneous bilateral cochlear implants.
Every second of the last 8 months, God as been leading me. To never take no for an answer, to look for a window when a door shuts. To have every scrap of paperwork, ever necessary test ready for Seth even though he wasn't supposed to be having surgery for months. God made a change in insurance possible. He led every one of you to donate your money, your prayers, your time. He led a family to Seth through Rhyan's Hope. He made a months long insurance headache go away in twenty four hours. He led us to a surgeon who has done more than 800 CI surgeries. He has blessed us with all of you, the ones who have helped to make this happen.
He is good. All the Time.
Seth will be on his way to hearing, one week from today.
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