My current home doesn't have a verandah but I'd like it to! A long porch surrounding the entire house. With a porch swing, potted blueberry plants, and a long strong dog laying at my feet. The sweet smell of lrosemary and freshly-turned soil wafting across my yard. The chickens clucking contentedly as they scratch for goodies in the fertile dirt. Knowing we have a full root cellar, trees in the orchard about to drop their bounty, and soup made all from hand-picked harvests bubbling in the crockpot. Heaven.

Please move with me over to my current blog, www.rosemary-ridge.blogspot.com ... thank you!

INSURANCE IS A NO-GO

Service dogs cost anywhere from $4,000 to $35,000. I chose a trainer not too far away who can find us a puppy and train it all through the certifications to become an autism-and-epilepsy service dog... for about $5,000 to $7,000. I also found a local foundation that will (hopefully) give us a grant of $2,500 towards that cost. I've sent the application but they haven't told me one way or the other.

I called our health insurance company. Wanted to know if they pay any (or all!!) of a service dog for someone with a medical diagnosis of autism and epilepsy.

No go.

Not even a penny!

So ... it's back to the drawing board. I have a new friend, Nora, helping to locate possible sources of more grants. The foundation that hopefully give us that $2,500 AND the trainer will also help us with the fundraising.

That's not bad.

I'd appreciate anyone's suggestions on how to raise the additional $2,500-$4,000 (also for a bed monitor). ANY suggestions will be appreciated.

Meanwhile, my Kid hasn't had another Tonic-Clonic seizure since May 18, although he's had a few simple-partials. It's been two weeks since his last TC seizure.

He's been on one pill in the evening only. Today he started taking one pill in the morning two. In another 2 weeks, there's another change to the meds. The doc and pharmacist both said he'll probably have "break-through" seizures while the medication is getting into his system. I hope not. It's a terrifying experience, although I'm sure I'll get used to it.

Still have more work to do to his upstairs bedroom. Have the padded headboard to make and curtains to hang.

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