Christmas was definitely different thisyear. Different is okay. We missed having Natalie & family here. Christmas Day there was much: food, pj’s, napping, eating, opening gifts, laughing, watching movies, snuggling, admiring each other gifts…..
Family Tradition: Making Mammo’s famous sugar cookies!
Not much to report. Talked to the financial rep for the hospital yesterday. The hospital does have a contract with Medicaid of Montana, but there are still other details that need to be worked out. The surgeon group does not accept Medicaid. Still working on that part. I was told that the process can be long. Which could cause lots of anxiety – if I let it. I’ve probably already said this, but my surgeon said that I need this surgery within three months. Really trusting God with all I’ve got. The timeline thing is a bit stressful. Trusting that God’s timing is perfect.
Woke up yesterday morning to my phone ringing. The caller id said, “Dr Shumway.” I knew something was up. Initially, I thought ANOTHER date change. I tried to sound awake. I’m sure I failed. Dr Shumway called to tell me [regrettably] that neither the hospital nor the surgeon’s group accepts (or has a contract with) Medicaid of Montana. Then she rattled off two locations closer to us with surgeons that might be capable. A colleague and a former classmate from St. Jude’s. She told me how she really wanted to do my surgery and she felt bad, but didn’t want us to go in the poorhouse over this surgery. I asked her what my timeframe was to get this surgery done: at the most – three months. Nothing like a deadline.
Yesterday started off with a thoughtful text message from my friend Sarah that said “thinking of you.” This morning when I woke up I looked at that text again and WOW – it couldn’t have come on a better day than yesterday.
On Monday night, ten ladies from our small group put together a sweet dinner for my mom and I – a sweet time of prayer, encouragement and fellowship. The ladies made one of my favorite meals: fetticini alfredo. We ate dinner, visited, had a sweet devotional on Isaiah 9:6, opened gifts and then they prayed for my mom and I.
January 4th. Checking into the hospital at 1pm on the 3rd. Travel plans are coming together.