2011 was our year of appointments. The twins came home in August of 2010, and by the time we set up early intervention services, it was already September. We had a lot of appointments from Sept.-Dec. of 2010, but this year, we've had a full 12 months of intensive therapy in addition to our regular check-ups. You may be surprised by some of our numbers. I know that several of the calculations surprised me.
Number of therapy, doctor, and specialist appts. - 232!
Amount we spent in co-pays in 2010 - $16,000
Amount we spent in co-pays in 2011- $10,535.22
(better but still a lot!)
Amount insurance has paid out on our kids - $15,776
(much better than the 1.5 million they did last year)
Number of therapist, doctors, and specialists we've seen - 15
(pediatrician, surgeon, anesthesiologist, ENT, GI, pulmonologist, cardiologist, opthamologist, MDCP coordinator, PT, OT, ST, developmental specialist, ECI OT, dietician)
Number of these therapists, doctors, and specialists we no longer have to see in 2012 - 7
Number of surgeries - only 1
Major milestones met - 3 each and counting
(EATING!, walking, and talking- still in the works)
Pounds Camdyn gained over the entire year- only 5 (Camdyn doesn't even weigh what Cade did last year at this time yet!)
Pounds Cade gained (over the entire year)- only 4
Camdyn's current weight - 18.5 pounds
Cade's current weight - 23 pounds
Number of words for Camdyn - around 20
(We're working hard on this one.)
Number of words for Cade - around 40 and growing daily
Number of smiles, giggles, hugs, and answered prayers - countless!
When I hear someone say babies are expensive with the cost of diapers and formulas, I laugh to myself. Babies aren't so expensive; micro-preemie twins are though. With the $26,000 we have spent since they were born, it's like putting a child through college - only we didn't have 18 years to save for it. As much as I dislike that our schedule revolves around going to appointments, I am so thankful that we are able to get them the therapy they need. I'm even more thankful for all the progress they have made since last year. I know we are extremely blessed; I never forget it.
I have set some goals for Camdyn and Cade for 2012. Please join us in praying about the following goals:
- to gain a much larger vocabulary
- to learn more signs to help them communicate without getting frustrated
- to gain weight
- for Camdyn to get on the growth chart
- to stay well
Thank you all for the continued prayers. It means a lot to us that so many of you follow our story and pray for us often. Best wishes to all of you in 2012!