Seattle Children’s Hospital Bills Go Bye-Bye!

Tonight I’m baking cookies for people who ordered them previously  but wanted them closer to Christmas.

Then I’m retired!  

Thanks  to cookie sales, cookie  SALES and “cookie sales” we’ve totally and completely paid off all our Seattle Children’s Hospital bills!!

*cookie sales are when I sold cookies for the stated  price

*cookie SALES  are when people purposely overpaid for cookies

*and “cookie sales” are when people didn’t even pretend to want cookies and instead said something like, “Here’s $20, now go make two dozen cookies and then feed them to your skinny husband.”

Oh also I got $$ from an anonymous person inside a Christmas card with no return address. If I ever find out who that was I’ll come out of retirement just  to make  some thank you cookies. :)

Seattle Children’s Hospital was where Laelia and I attended an arthrogryposis clinic back on April 1st, nine months ago. We went to see the world-famous geneticist, Dr. Judith  Hall, who confirmed our diagnosis of amyoplasia,  which is a  type of arthrogryposis. She  pointed out very helpful facts about  amyoplasia including the fact that  the Mama doesn’t cause it, and it won’t happen in  future children. (Whew and whew.)   We also saw a PT who gave us the idea of using a wedge to train Laelia to sit up (which worked) and who encouraged us to do water therapy. We also saw an orthopedic doctor who was totally discouraging, but directly  led to us finding a better one in Philadelphia. I’m so thankful for this trip that our friend Kiersten (Laelia calls her  “Gigi”)  convinced us to do.  Plus it was so much fun seeing Kiersten and little Ryan and keeping them up all night. ;)  

The only minor issue was that there  is  no  statute of limitations on receiving hospital bills. And our insurance didn’t  consider an arthrogryposis  clinic  reasonable for a child with arthrogryposis.  So  nine months later we were still seeing a random $60, $85 or $250 bill in the mail from  doctors or therapists or x-rays  we don’t remember. (The joke is, “Oh yeah *that* doctor.  Isn’t he the one that held the elevator door for us? Totally worth $85!)

Now it’s over. I get so stressed out over debt so I’m glad this is taken care of. Thanks so much everyone! Merry Christmas! I reward you all with a cute video.

It’s a world of laughter, a world of tears. It’s a world of hopes and a world of fears. There’s so much that we share that it’s time we’re aware.  It’s a small world after all! It’s a small world after all. It’s a small world after all. It’s a small world after all. It’s a small, small world! There is just one moon and one golden sun. And a smile means friendship to everyone. Though the mountains are high and the oceans are wide. It’s a small world after all!

3 Responses to “Seattle Children’s Hospital Bills Go Bye-Bye!”

  1. Anonymous says:

    wow, that was amazing! I can hardly remember two lines of a song. Great job Laelia! You are a blessing and joy to us and soooo many people. May God bless you and your family abundantly more than we can ask or imagine.


  2. Tammy says:

    she is so doggone cute!!!! Laelia that is my FAVORITE SONG! thank you so much for singing it for me! I always loved that song! you are one smart little girl! tell your mom I cant wait to see you guys again in Philadelphia!

  3. Nicole says:

    Yay for you, Laelia! I am so excited for you- standing so tall and pretty! This makes me not dread Katie’s surgery this spring/summer. Merry Christmas to your family! And Alexis, who did you contact again at frontier?

    God Bless you and your family!

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