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post #161 of 1547
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Originally Posted by Iris' Mom View Post
This may be totally not kosher, but I'm going to say it anyway. Just say you haven't seen a dr. since you were 10 and you don't remember who it was. They're not going to search, and what's the relevance? I'd do it just because I'm lazy, because I'm totally indiscrete about my personal info.
I was thinking the same thing. Even if they went looking for the medical records they care not entitled to the records.
post #162 of 1547

F&F: December Lower Income and/or Struggling Mama's Support Thread

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Originally Posted by momondaedge
Question: Does anyone know of any other online places besides EBay that have reasonable deals on childrens clothes?
I found some place!!! Kizoodle.com So I was just one diaperswappers and found this place where you can swap clothing. How it works is you have to list two items to start. You list them as say 2 credits for a shirt and 1 credit to ship it. You look at the credits as one dollar$. But you never have to pay with cash. You just list your two items and then somebody 'buys' them and then you ship them and you get the credits they paid you with and then you can 'buy' something from somebody else. You get 5 credits to start up with!! I just signed up and it looks great! I am going to get somethings listed now!

Just thought you guys might like to know about this! I know I have a bunch of clothing of dd I could get rid of to get her new sizes!

Let me know what you think!

www.kizoodle.com
post #163 of 1547
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Originally Posted by Iris' Mom View Post
If you can dig it out without to much effort that would be nice. He might even know another attorney out here. I'm really curious what this co. is up to, if someone can make a living specializing in cases against them. On the other hand, I suppose insurance companies get sued all the time.

I will make some phone calls on Monday to see if anyone remembers the guy I am thinking of. I know he practices in Seattle. Lot of help I am there is only what 5,000 attorneys in Seattle.

I am sure you researched this. I know in 1998 UNUM was sued for deny claims for people with mental illness. Okay I am done thinking outloud. Anyway I will do some digging around and let you know what I found.

Oh have you read what the class action suit against UNUM that was filed in 2007 is about?
post #164 of 1547
Hey guys, I was web surfing (ok, ok, I was window shopping and looking for freebies...) and I stumbled upon this list of links; link list. I am not sure if anyone can use any of the info there, but I thought I would offer it just in case. I know there are so many programs out there that people are not aware of (or not aware that they may qualify). HTH someone.
post #165 of 1547
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Originally Posted by Nature View Post
Judgment from other people really sucks. That is all.
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post #166 of 1547
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Originally Posted by mum4boys View Post
Oh have you read what the class action suit against UNUM that was filed in 2007 is about?
No, I didn't hear about it. Off to do some research. I actually didn't look into anything about Unum. My state has a pretty active anti-discrimination unit, so I just looked there and found a case right on point. I have a little legwork to do!
post #167 of 1547
So we bought a can of dog food and are giving him water. Unfortunately there are no local clinics open today that could scan him. And tomorrow I have to work, so we're going to call the clinic again when they're open and see if they can track him by the rabies tag #. We drove around the area and didn't see anyone looking for a lost animal and no signs up. I really hope we find his home. We don't have good luck with dogs. He seems really great and very obviously is a family dog. He just wants to curl up with us. But we're not in the position to keep a dog. I posted on freecycle for some dog food, and also to get the word out that we found a dog. I also posted on petfinder.com that we found a dog. We're going to require that the person be able to verify the color or the collar and either the name of the vet clinic where the rabies shot was given or the rabies shot ID#. I think that's the safest way to ensure that he goes to his real family.

So I was actually considering going to a food bank. We're so overdrawn it's not even funny. So I looked up food banks and the closest I found was Colorado Springs. From where we live that's a 45 minute drive. Not worth it ~sighs~ I admit I haven't checked church food banks or anything like that. But that's the closest Second Harvest one.
post #168 of 1547
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Originally Posted by Thystle View Post
I lived in the Bay Area for 4 years. It has one of the highest costs of living in the US. Unless you have a place to move to already it is VERY hard to find a place. My husband had to live at a motel and us 1300 miles away until he found an apartment for us all. And if you have bad credit or pets you can be @#$% out of luck.

On the other hand there is a ton of stuff and the BART rocks. I have several friends in school out there.


But if you have nowhere to stay you will be in big trouble.
Yeah..... I found a place but on further consideration it seems a little skeevy...
and my boyfriend and closest friends live down there, and they all offered to help me find a place and roomates and etc but ~ I can't imagine living with a group of other college students, with my kids... because to be honest it's hard enough just trying to get my own hw done around my little ones. I wouldn't want to impose on other people. : My kids are extremely loud and hyperactive most of the time, and tend to drive childless folks crazy very, very fast.
post #169 of 1547
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Originally Posted by Thystle View Post
Ok a few tips...



Those who use disposable diapers. Sam's Club and Costco (Sam's is cheaper) has cases of diapers for a MUCH bigger discount than the grocery store!

Example today at Sam's:

170 Huggies, size 4, $34.99
147 "house brand" , size 4, $26.88

Also go online and sign up for coupons.


**Some churches also have a free diaper program.**



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December is the month for charity! Xmas toys, dental, food, coats, etc... December is where everyone does their "one good dead". Ask at WIC, social services, public schools, churches, etc...

For dental call everyone in the phone book and ask.
If you have a "Comfort Dental" in your area call and ask if they participate in the once a year at xmas free dental day. Here you may wait 3-5 hours in line... but it's free dental.

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Sam' Club and Walmart have a $4.00 prescription program with a ton of prescriptions on it.

Also you can call the manufacturer of your med and ask if they have a program for those who can't afford the med. Most will need a note from your doctor.

Also try these free med places:

http://www.rxassist.org/

http://www.needymeds.com/

https://www.pparx.org/Intro.php

Pysch meds: http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?sec...ontentID=19169


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The biggest one is CALL CALL CALL!!!!

Don't let pride or depression/apathy stop you. I know it is soooo freaking hard when you have been beaten down... but giving up won't get you help either!!!!


Call everywhere you ever called before too... you never know when someone new might answer the phone!!!!!


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This is fantastic advice.
Yes, yes yes always keep calling, keep looking around, and never take "no" for an answer... don't let pride or frustration get in the way, just keep truckin' and you'll find a way.

Thystle thank you for continuing to be such an inspiration and source of hope for all of us.
post #170 of 1547
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Originally Posted by Iris' Mom View Post
No, I didn't hear about it. Off to do some research. I actually didn't look into anything about Unum. My state has a pretty active anti-discrimination unit, so I just looked there and found a case right on point. I have a little legwork to do!

I hope this helps you.
post #171 of 1547
You have to be a member of Sam's though, don't you?
post #172 of 1547
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I can't believe that your Medicaid department doesn't cover IUDs. That sucks! I know that some planned parenthood state orginizations will do them on a sliding fee scale, and that Iowa is actually offering them free of charge if you schedule the appointment in December and have it inserted before the end of February. We're close enough to the Iowa border and are having enough problems with Medicaid that I'm seriously thinking of taking them up on it.
Oh hell no. I'm very picky about who goes in there and there are only 2 doctors I would trust to insert an IUD. Medicaid only covers the Mirena IUD which is stupid because I tried that and it made me really sick, then it expelled. Localized hormones my ass

If you're comfortable with going to Iowa and having a random doctor insert your IUD, go for it! You can't beat free if you're ok with the conditions.
post #173 of 1547
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Originally Posted by mrskennedy View Post
You have to be a member of Sam's though, don't you?


Yes, unless you know someone who has a card (like a friend or family).

You could "on the sly" split a membership with a friend. $25 instead of $50 that way.

Also you can get a day pass and pay an extra 10% for just that day.


Or ask for a membership for the holidays if anyone can get it for you.
post #174 of 1547
WARNING: I'm trying this multi-quote thing so please be patient LOL


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Originally Posted by Crunchy Doula View Post
I am not sure if you have any that are near you, but here in Colorado, there are twin groups and they have sales, like garage sales, twice a year. I was able to get dd's winter wardrobe there this year for cheap! I know they all do them at different times of year, but maybe they have one by chance near you soon. Other then that I don't know what else. s I hope she is able to find one soon!
I LOVE LOVE LOVE doing yard/tag/garage sales and have found some GREAT things in the past! But the area I live in now does not really have the kind of items I (or my family or friends) need so that's been a bust. (We bought in a "retirement" community so children's items are REALLY limited).

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Originally Posted by sandygirl View Post
That would have been me - here's my question:
Thanks for reminding me and you have a PM incoming

[QUOTE=Thystle;9893450]

MomOnDaEdge... you can lurk all you want. {{{{{{hugs}}}}}} If you get to 50 posts you can log onto the Trading Post here with is like ebay. QUOTE]

Thank you again for the kind welcome and the info!

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Originally Posted by Crunchy Doula View Post
I found some place!!! Kizoodle.com So I was just one diaperswappers and found this place where you can swap clothing. How it works is you have to list two items to start. You list them as say 2 credits for a shirt and 1 credit to ship it. You look at the credits as one dollar$. But you never have to pay with cash. You just list your two items and then somebody 'buys' them and then you ship them and you get the credits they paid you with and then you can 'buy' something from somebody else. You get 5 credits to start up with!! I just signed up and it looks great! I am going to get somethings listed now!

Just thought you guys might like to know about this! I know I have a bunch of clothing of dd I could get rid of to get her new sizes!

Let me know what you think!

www.kizoodle.com
Thank you! I saw a post about it the other day but missed the ref. codes before they were edited. I signed up and it looks like a GREAT site! Now I just need to find the charger for my camera so I can post pic's to swap things.

Have a great night and week all! I'm off to prepare for work tomorrow and try to get DS13 (today) motivated to get his things ready as well. My thing to work on: organization!

DJ
post #175 of 1547
Thanks for the Kizoodle site... that looks awesome! I can't wait to start swapping.
post #176 of 1547
Sorry OT... But I really need some help here. I've been having major trouble sleeping for a long time--I'm talking years here!--and I won't use alapathic stuff. Have any of you successfully used melatonin or another supplement or remedy to get on a regular sleep schedule? I'm tired of getting up at noon or later and going to bed between 2 and 4:00 AM b/c that's when I finally CAN sleep! : It's interfering with my life, relationships, and everything else.
Thanks for your thoughts and help mamas!
post #177 of 1547
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Originally Posted by mrskennedy View Post
Sorry OT... But I really need some help here. I've been having major trouble sleeping for a long time--I'm talking years here!--and I won't use alapathic stuff. Have any of you successfully used melatonin or another supplement or remedy to get on a regular sleep schedule? I'm tired of getting up at noon or later and going to bed between 2 and 4:00 AM b/c that's when I finally CAN sleep! : It's interfering with my life, relationships, and everything else.
Thanks for your thoughts and help mamas!
I'm sorry, I don't have any experience with this, but I hope that you find something that works and you are able to sleep soon!!
post #178 of 1547
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Originally Posted by mrskennedy View Post
Sorry OT... But I really need some help here. I've been having major trouble sleeping for a long time--I'm talking years here!--and I won't use alapathic stuff. Have any of you successfully used melatonin or another supplement or remedy to get on a regular sleep schedule? I'm tired of getting up at noon or later and going to bed between 2 and 4:00 AM b/c that's when I finally CAN sleep! : It's interfering with my life, relationships, and everything else.
Thanks for your thoughts and help mamas!
I've seen a fair number of threads on this, which I haven't read closely but from what I've heard, (1) it works, but (2) it's effectiveness diminishes over time.
post #179 of 1547
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Originally Posted by mrskennedy View Post
Sorry OT... But I really need some help here. I've been having major trouble sleeping for a long time--I'm talking years here!--and I won't use alapathic stuff. Have any of you successfully used melatonin or another supplement or remedy to get on a regular sleep schedule? I'm tired of getting up at noon or later and going to bed between 2 and 4:00 AM b/c that's when I finally CAN sleep! : It's interfering with my life, relationships, and everything else.
Thanks for your thoughts and help mamas!

Well Melatonin did not work at all with my son.
Have you tried to adjust your sleep schedule? If you are going to bed at 4 am then for one week go to bed at 3:45 for a week then the next week 3:30 and so on.
post #180 of 1547
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Originally Posted by Iris' Mom View Post
I've seen a fair number of threads on this, which I haven't read closely but from what I've heard, (1) it works, but (2) it's effectiveness diminishes over time.


This was my experience. Ended up at an insanely high amount of melatonin for my dd before I said enough is enough and stopped it. It was like her body got used to it too quickly.
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