The Poop List is a place to write down any item that has been on the "to-do" list too long. Mine currently has a variety, everything from "seal kitchen counters," to "make adoption announcements for Mei Mei," to "fix Paul's screen" (which needs fixed because a couple years ago Paul and his friend had this great idea of trying to shoot a bird out the window--with an airsoft gun--and the screen was in the way so they decided to just CUT A HOLE!!! What a great idea? Yes? Please tell me that not all twelve year old boys have brains that think this way! And please tell me they really were trying to shoot a bird, which would be bad enough, and not a brother!).
I've also listed "catch up blog posts," so this week I plan on adding quite a few.
You like this anti-procrastination idea. Yes?
Every Saturday I have to choose at least one item to work on for at least one hour.
It's amazing what can be completed in one hour.
One item I have crossed off my list is
(I just love how I can even cross it off on my blog!)
Adding two kids while simultaneously switching to high deductible insurance resulted in a pile of medical paperwork that was threatening to give me a stroke! Seriously! It was one of my biggest stressors! And having 40,000 kids resulted in a bit more memory capacity than I had! I couldn't remember who needed what appointments--when!
Note: If you are a naturally organized human being, read no further. You will laugh that it has taken me this long to create a basic medical organizational system. If you are not naturally organized, let me tell you that having a system is like a HUGE breath of albuterol!
I created a 3-ring binder for medical/dental/ortho/speech. It holds a section for each child where I can list the date they had an appt, the provider, medication/instructions given, follow-up needed. I keep a 3-hole punch to add lab results, immunization records, etc.
In the front I have a section for bills pending and bills paid, plus a tab for authorizations. I keep a special section for insurance/billing issues that require
I keep the binder right in my hall closet, so when the mail comes in I can immediately stuff anything medical into the "to file" pocket.
The only thing that is lacking is a prescription to take before diving into the bill paying.
It's probably no surprise that medical/dental is one of our biggest expenses. Sigh. And we are blessed to have very good insurance.
Whose idea was it to have all these kids again???
But oh, how I love them! They are worth every penny and all the paperwork nightmares! Enjoying ice cream last weekend after a final summer trip to the cabin. Yum!