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post #41 of 402
Asianyoushi: I think you had said before that you were on Medicaid. Does your state have a transportation program? Here we can either get 41 cents/mile reimbursed for Medicaid appointments or we can call a number to have someone match us up with a volunteer driver who will bring us and they get reimbursed the 41 cents/mile. They also reimburse tolls and parking when necessary. That really helped us out for all our trips to Boston for prenatal appointments and Connor's surgery. Maybe Medicaid can hook you up with a ride? But if not then definately get to the ER if you think anything is wrong with your babe.
post #42 of 402
Thread Starter 
ahhhhhh.......

the mamas are here

a little teary eyed

jaime.....there is a 'fluffy' mamas thread in TTC (i think thats where it is)...maybe there is some good info/advice there. wish i could help.......i'm a whoopser. my cousin had a tough time with conceiving both of her pregnancies because of her weight, but she has two girls and had beautiful natural deliveries with both of them. it can definitely be done. i was their doula for dd2....amazing.

and earthy...great advice....we have that here in maine, too.

asianyoushi....any update? you okay?

i NEED to finish this book tonight....so i'm off. but i'll say good morning before class.
post #43 of 402
no updates yet- my sis couldnt watch the kids or take me. so i am gonna call my doc in the morning and ask what he wants me to do... i know he has the capabilities to send me another clinic- closer to my home(referal only) cuz he did that with my pregnancy with alex...
post #44 of 402
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Originally Posted by EarthyMamaofDaisy View Post
Asianyoushi: I think you had said before that you were on Medicaid. Does your state have a transportation program? Here we can either get 41 cents/mile reimbursed for Medicaid appointments or we can call a number to have someone match us up with a volunteer driver who will bring us and they get reimbursed the 41 cents/mile. They also reimburse tolls and parking when necessary. That really helped us out for all our trips to Boston for prenatal appointments and Connor's surgery. Maybe Medicaid can hook you up with a ride? But if not then definately get to the ER if you think anything is wrong with your babe.
i will call my states medicaid/dhs office and see if they do that.
post #45 of 402
I haven't posted on here in awhile because life has been a little crazy for me lately. I get home from work and I'm just exhausted.

My DH has interviewed for a job with Drexel University to be a Buildings manager. It looks like he'll get it and with it comes free tuition. I am trying to convince him to go back and get a PhD in something that will actually bring a decent income

I am still working for organic store, and did not get the supervisor position. But they like me and want me to attempt the interview again, so I guess that is something.

Nature: Congrats on your new little boy. I've been meaning to PM you to see how things are

Belleweather: So your dh has decided to go to PA school for sure? I'm so happy to hear that.

To all the mommies with sick children, know that I'm wishing all of them get better soon///
post #46 of 402
Aura - Have you ruled out worms for dd? I am so sorry. I can't believe she has lost 11 pounds. Poor girl...

Hi Jaime!!!!! Nice to see you again after what feels like forever.

And hi sonrisaa!!!!!!!

Hugs to all mamas!!!
post #47 of 402
asianyoushi, I totally forgot about that program but RI does too. earthymama is so smart! We get bus passes sent our way if we have trouble getting to appts. Everytime I speak to a nurse in the medicaid program they ask if I have trouble getting to my doctor appts or getting the kids to theirs(not that any of us go) and I always say no but I KNOW that they offre you bus passes for free to get to your appts.
post #48 of 402
Maybe tomorrow when I have recovered a few brain cells I might respond to everyone but for now

Nature, I've updated you on the other board. extra for you.

back to bed! but hooray that my computer appears to be fixed again!
post #49 of 402
Thread Starter 
good morning mamas

its so good to be right here right now.

its supposed to be 40* today....and not windy. i am okay with that.

belleweather....you are in my thoughts this morning.

i was able to power read the frickin novel that i should have read so long ago for an essay test this morning: i really need to get my reading glasses (already ordered)....my arms are only just so long

the drains in my apartment are all clogged so i get to take a shower knee deep in icky water. i need to call my land lady. i have plunged ALL of them for days, and tried lye twice. they need a plumber

and, i am going to go buy the boots after class. its $10, and they will make me happy. i have a bit of a shoe fetish

i'll see you all in a few hours

wish me luck on my test....with the book being so fresh in my mind i should do okay
post #50 of 402
ediesmom ~ Good luck on your test and happy shoe-shopping!

sonrissa ~ !! I didn't see you come back.
post #51 of 402
i am gonna cry. my doctor doesnt do ob care anymore.......... i dont know what i am gonna do now... i DO NOT TRUST any other doctor at the clinic with my life. or my kids lives. argh guess i need to find a new doctor asap.

i called my insurance company and they cant even give me one place that they will pay for that is accepting new patients in my area

my regular doctor called me back( i called first thing this morning trying to schedule an appointment and get advise on the cramps i have been having) and told me that there is a new doctor in the clinic that "everyone" likes....

i called a local clinic that i had been to a few times( was referred there last pregnancy cuz they thought i was high risk) and got put on hold and then hang up on..3x. i am really started to get aggravated and annoyed. i was really hoping to at least a get an u/s done this week .. i guess i could just go to the hospital and get one done...(wonder if i am gonna need to be referred in order to get that... this pregnancy seriously doesn't feel like a blessing right now.... hope that changes soon
post #52 of 402
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i am gonna cry. my doctor doesnt do ob care anymore.......... i dont know what i am gonna do now... i DO NOT TRUST any other doctor at the clinic with my life. or my kids lives. argh guess i need to find a new doctor asap.

i called my insurance company and they cant even give me one place that they will pay for that is accepting new patients in my area

my regular doctor called me back( i called first thing this morning trying to schedule an appointment and get advise on the cramps i have been having) and told me that there is a new doctor in the clinic that "everyone" likes....

i called a local clinic that i had been to a few times( was referred there last pregnancy cuz they thought i was high risk) and got put on hold and then hang up on..3x. i am really started to get aggravated and annoyed. i was really hoping to at least a get an u/s done this week .. i guess i could just go to the hospital and get one done...(wonder if i am gonna need to be referred in order to get that... this pregnancy seriously doesn't feel like a blessing right now.... hope that changes soon



Have you thought about U/C?
post #53 of 402
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Originally Posted by Aura_Kitten View Post


Have you thought about U/C?
uc??????
post #54 of 402
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Originally Posted by asianyoushi View Post
uc??????
Unassisted Childbirth (aka Freebirth) ~~ http://www.mothering.com/discussions...play.php?f=306

http://www.unassistedchildbirth.com/



Womyn don't need a doctor to tell us we can birth our babes hun.
post #55 of 402
Can I join back in too?

Quick re-intro: I'm Holly. Married 10 yrs to DH. DH works PT as a Technical Manager supporting us. He also works on campus as a Research Assistant & is starting work on his MS in the fall. We have 2 DDs -- 3 1/2 yrs & 13 mo. I work 12 hrs a month @ WIC as a BF Peer Counselor. I'm also studying at home for my Medical Transcription license through Career Step (this is going VERY slowly....).

We live pretty frugal & are blessed with very generous families & the ability to live on my family's land. We have a bit of credit card debt though & almost $70K in student loans. That & savings are our major hurdles right now. We're doing OK on the day to day bills & staying caught up on stuff. It's so darn hard to get ahead though! The plan is to have my MT work help with that stuff, and provide some breathing room for DH while he's getting his MS.


Jamie -- Have you looked into Glucophage/Metformin? I have pretty severe PCOS & we ttc 5 years for DD1 before figuring out I didn't need fertility meds. Just needed to be on 1500mg of the glucophage for an extended period of time to regulate my cycles. Fixing the insulin resistance over a long period of time let my body heal. I lost 45 lbs without changing anything & started cycling after about 6 months. I had shorter & shorter cycles until finally I had one that was the correct length & I got pregnant! Anyway, **hugs** infertility is SOOO hard.


Gratefuls:

~ We're all feeling good at the moment.
~ HEAP!
~ My paycheck came from WIC so we have gas money until DH gets paid Fri, and my new month of WIC checks starts tomorrow.
~ tax returns -- we managed to get caught up & even paid off 1 card.
~ full cupboards
post #56 of 402
Thread Starter 
welcome back janerose!

asianyoushi.........it will be okay, just try a new doc, if it doesn't work, try another one. i know what its like to feel attached to a doc.....but i have found new ones when ive needed to......or you could definitely do the up/uc

shay, how are you today? hope you were able to nurture yourself and remember beautiful things about your wonderful mother. if you believe....i believe she is thinking of you today, too. (((hugs)))

belle(((hugs, too))) it must feel wonderful to be home with your family after your first day back at work.

my test was fine....and i went back to mardens and tried the boots on again. i didn't buy them.....i have more than a dozen pair of black boots....(and thats just the black boots...)

off to pick edie up from her afterschool theatre program.........:
post #57 of 402
finding a doctor is a challenge. i dont want to give birth at home or unassisted or with out meds... im a wimp and need my epidural! i get to tell hubby the wonderful news as soon as he wakes up. still havent been able to reach an alive person at the clinic hopefully i can soon so i know what an u/s is gonna run me...
post #58 of 402
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Belleweather: So your dh has decided to go to PA school for sure? I'm so happy to hear that.
He's going to try... he's actually followed through on researching schools, registering and studying for the GRE and looking for a pt job or volunteer opportunity for patient contact hours, which is a TON of follow-through. He starts back to finish his pre-reqs in the summer, and will take the last ones in the fall and then apply to start the following May. We'll see how he does, but I'm very hopeful!

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belleweather....you are in my thoughts this morning.
Thanks. It was super tough. I cried when I left, I cried at lunch when DS called to talk to me. I cried when DH sent me smiley baby photos and I cried when I got home and snuggled my little guy. I'm crying now. This is just so hard. On the other hand, when I was actually *working* it wasn't too bad -- the big project I'm babysitting was ignored over my break so there's a ton to do that is right up my alley. So that kept me occupied.

Unfortunately, despite my fancy new pump and pumping 4x during the day, I only got 6 ounces of milk today. Rhysie took two 4 oz bottles, so this is NOT good. I ordered some domiperidone, but I have no idea what is going on with that... and I need it ASAP.

Okay. Trying to focus on the positive!

We got through maternity leave and are not broke or overdrawn! Tax Return should arrive in our bank account by Monday if not before, and I redid our state return and upped our refund a bit. Also, work has given me a (teeny) budget to decorate my office! It's about enough for two posters and a very small potted plant, but it's something and I'm excited about it.
post #59 of 402
Thread Starter 
((belleweather)) full boobie vibes to you! it WILL work out! sorry it was so hard.....i have to chuckle...the dom stuff i had never heard of, and the first time i saw it you mentioned the price.....now in my head its dom perignon ...at least its THAT expensive!

and shay, if you check in......hope you are okay. missing mom is the worst.

off to bed, i start physical therapy tomorrow for my shoulder. i am so scared of MORE pain.....
post #60 of 402
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Originally Posted by Belleweather View Post
Thanks. It was super tough. I cried when I left, I cried at lunch when DS called to talk to me. I cried when DH sent me smiley baby photos and I cried when I got home and snuggled my little guy. I'm crying now. This is just so hard. On the other hand, when I was actually *working* it wasn't too bad -- the big project I'm babysitting was ignored over my break so there's a ton to do that is right up my alley. So that kept me occupied.

Unfortunately, despite my fancy new pump and pumping 4x during the day, I only got 6 ounces of milk today. Rhysie took two 4 oz bottles, so this is NOT good. I ordered some domiperidone, but I have no idea what is going on with that... and I need it ASAP.
Is there any reason you can't take Regalan? I know it's not as "ideal" as domperidone, but you're care provider or the babes ped can prescribe it for you.

Drink LOTS of water.

Do something enjoyable while you're pumping. Read a good book. Eat something you really enjoy. Look at pictures of your little guy. Have something special of his that you keep with you that you can look at. Call & talk to your family. Whatever. Just so long as it's relaxing & something you really like.

Don't forget to cycle the speed on your pump. You should be doing roughly 2 min fast, 8 slow, 2 fast, 8 slow to mimic babes natural pattern. If you notice your child has a different pattern to their sucking do that instead. Anything to help trick your body into thinking it's the baby!

Instead of making up 2 4 oz bottles, make up 4 2 oz bottles. It's VERY easy to inadvertently overfeed a baby using a bottle. Both my girls were supplemented with formula starting around 3 weeks because of supply issues so I know this for a fact! For a baby that young they will often drink 2 ounces or more even if they're not that hungry. Everytime they swallow they also suck. It's a reflex. It can take them 2 oz just to figure out how to stop getting another mouth full! By giving 2 oz, burping, taking a break he'll get a better idea of how hungry your LO *really* is. Obviously, if he's still hungry you give him another couple ounce, then repeat.

If you do need to use formula check out the page of Dr Sears about bottlefeeding: http://www.askdrsears.com/html/0/T000100.asp

Good luck!
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