This week we got word that we’re eligible to apply to the NDIS. This was confirmed by them sending through an Access Request Form to our case worker, otherwise known as an ARF. Just so you know, I like to say this like a seal while clapping my hands at the same time.
DOING THINGS BY ARF
This is good news. Although when I got the form Little Reds date of birth was completely wrong and the ‘Aboriginal descent’ box was ticked. This came directly from the NDIS so I wasn’t filled with confidence. Especially when the receptionist told me how zero f*cks are often given by the NDIS workers and that’s why case workers are now involved, to act as a buffer for us peeps who have enough on our plates.
I still have faith in the system, mainly because I’m usually a glass half full kinda’ gal. Maybe I trust too much in people and processes but it keeps the anxiety at bay somewhat.
ENSURING YOUR HEALTH
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t worried about money next year. The amount we pay on medical stuff would shock you, and that’s as well as our health insurance. Some people have asked me why we don’t just go 100% public system. Well, for those of you that don’t know, I’d describe Australia as a cross between America and the UK when it comes to health care. They have the emergency departments and a public system, health insurance isn’t a must to be seen, however it is encouraged even if they sell it that it’s just for tax purposes. The idea is to lessen the burden on the public system but also for people who have other means of not waiting years for a procedure.
Truthfully, if we had purely stayed with the public system we would not know the extent of Little Reds issues. Yes they’ve been great in terms of physical therapy and her prematurity but they are by far the most stressful part to deal with.
LR’s scoliosis was brushed off and we were told an X-ray wouldn’t even be needed. Her Duane syndrome wouldn’t have been caught and neither would the investigation into an underlying syndrome connecting everything. We pay privately because we are fortunate to be able to go without other things. We juggle, which we need to do anyway because we’re a young family, but at least we have a choice in what we’re managing. However, this is where the NDIS will hopefully relieve some of the financial stress when it comes to the medical expenses.
ALL KINDS OF GROWTH
And with that thoroughly uplifting post for you all, I’m off to propagate some of my succulents for another part of the garden. It’s pretty addictive looking for new ways to save money. Especially when you know exactly why you’re doing it, and still couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity to do so.