Saturday, October 11, 2008

a few updates

Well, we have some good news regarding our nursing coverage. They are going to continue our private duty nursing hours until we get a final decision on CAP-C. I don't even know how to begin explaining the CAP-C program to you all, but it is a Medicaid program that we had to apply for. There are 3 or 4 tiers of coverage with a monthly budget with which your supplies and equipment and other services are covered under. It's confusing to say the least. The only good thing I can see about the program is that only Aidan's income (nothing since he's 2) is considered to qualify for the program. All other programs would use mine and Russell's income to base their decisions on.

I know that it is really soon since Bear passed away, but we found a labradoodle for Aidan. Her name is Gracie and she is a year and a half old. She was being given away by a couple who's son and family were moving in and they just didn't have the room or time to give her. We really lucked out. Gracie is the most well behaved dog I have ever been around. We took Aidan to meet her and she didn't bark, she didn't growl, or jump. She came over when I got down on the floor with Aidan, sniffed at him, sat down and licked his face. At that moment, I knew that we had to have this dog. We picked her up this afternoon and I took her to the groomers because I know nothing about long haired dogs or poodle-mix breeds. This is a picture of her after we got home from getting her groomed and trimmed. Everyone who met her at the pet store commented on how well behaved she was. I think she is going to make an awesome therapy dog for Aidan.

We only have a few more weeks until we move into our new apartment. We found some great deals on furniture through craigslist and ebay of all places. Another really great thing that is going on is that some people on Russell's Oklahoma State messageboard who we used to go to tailgates with are arranging a fundraiser for Aidan. I can't even begin to say how thankful I am to everyone who has donated toward Aidan's care and treatments. With the cost of gas and wear and tear on our car taking him to and from hyperbaric treatments, your generosity has been a huge blessing to us. We are saving some for Aidan's future needs as he improves and will hopefully need more mobility items (like a walker, we hope). We are nowhere near that point right now, but we are all hopeful and are praying that Aidan will improve to a point that he will be walking before we know it.

Back to the fundraiser- they are going to be having their usual tailgate party at OSU's homecoming game against Baylor. They are going to auction or raffle off a football autographed by the entire OSU team and we have sent them a bunch of our orange and green bracelets to sell. Maybe they can convince some of the Baylor fans to buy a braclet (we hope). So far, that's all I really know about, but I think they are trying to arrange a few other things. All I can say is that I'm flabbergasted. The amount of support and love that we have recieved from friends and complete strangers most of the time is astounding.

I took a few pictures of Russ and Aidan this evening for them to use for the fundraiser so I thought I'd share them here too... Hope you like them. My little boy has grown so much! I'll post more tomorrow.

Thanks everyone!


Kathy Hooper said...

Doodles are amazing animals and you got super-lucky getting to adopt one that way. They are extremely smart and should make an awesome therapy dog. Also, very little shedding!! Congrats.
I'm a Baylor alum and I'm sure the Baylor fans will buy bracelets if the OSU folks can get their attention. Baylor folks are very generous and kind-hearted.

Shawna said...

Glad to see that even though you've moved you're still dressing that kiddo right! I can't wait to hear him say "Go Pokes!"

The Tuba Geek said...

And what a day to have those pics taken! What a game!

Leslie said...

Oh my goodness, we've been praying for you all in regard to Bear this week, just that the Lord would comfort you all, and I'm praising Him that He brought you a wonderful doggy again! They are amazing dogs, and I'm certain she's a gift from your Heavenly Father, and He has great plans for Gracie & Aidan!

Also, so glad to hear about the fundraiser - we will pray that it pours in blessings.

And we do believe you're going to need money for those walkers sooner than you can imagine, we're praying specifically for every hurt to be healed completely, for Aidan to be running circles around you.

And he looks SOOOO COOL with his Dad in their jerseys! Love it! Little stud!

Maggie said...

You don't know me but I was on Cake Central way back when you originally posted about Aidan's accident. I bookmarked your blog and check it regularly. Please know that many are praying for you and your family and your precious little boy. I haven't ever posted a comment on your blog before, but I just wanted to make sure you know you have friends you don't even know who are loving your sweet little Aidan, and praying for him. I am so sorry you have lost Bear but I hope your new pup is a wonderful companion for your little guy.

Samantha Franklin said...

Erin & Russ & Family ~

So glad to hear things are going well and you get to move soon! Your new dog is beautiful and so happy Aiden has a new dog to love.
We are continuing to pray for you all and for continued miracles and grace every day. For strength and healing.