isn't soooooooooooooooo bad The rest of yesterday and all day today my difficult child has been with me (husband is home today as well ~ took a vacation day). He's not been outside causing mischief, he hasn't been in his room except to sleep and get dressed. He helped make lunch and dinner. He has gotten a bit bored, but I have given him suggestions of things he could do like coloring, word finds, building with- dominoes, read a book. He took a couple short naps (I think ~ because he laid on the couch, covered his whole body with- a blanket for about an hour each). Tonight after dinner, the kids swam for about an hour and then shot some hoops with- husband to help dry off. The gal from the psychiatric's office wasn't in today. The treatment facility lady called me back, took some basic information and briefly talked of what they offer. I did get difficult child's application for disability completed and sent ~ made the call to ss office and have an appointment on Aug 11 to discuss it further. Then our DHS caseworker called to give me some good news (well generally speaking). Seems our Governor decided kids need insurance and continued coverage for a period of time even if parents no longer meet income requirements. She said I could get a job today, call her tomorrow to report it and the kids would be covered until our renewal in May! This has been a huge thing because medicaid is our only source of mental health insurance (BCBS policy doesn't have mental health in any capacity). If we make too much, we (previously) would lose it and I've expressed concern of this to her before. So then I filled her in on our current situation of filing for disability and trying to get facility placement. I could easily find childcare for the easy child's, but childcare for difficult child is near impossible which leads to the other issue of not trusting him in others care. Before this measure by the Gov, I could make about $1,000 a month before we'd lose medicaid, but we still have the issue of childcare. So if I could get respite/childcare in an approved setting, then I could also get out of the house and work. At this point, we would only need about an extra $500 - 750 a month to make it with-o living hand to mouth. We own our home free & clear, we own 4 vehicles free and clear so it's all the other living expenses. God forbid something happen to a vehicle and it needs repaired (like right now my van is with-o air conditioning because the condenser is out but it's not necessity) then it's rob Peter to pay Paul. So that's it for my daily ramblings.