And when I say 'hooray', I don't mean 'whoopee!' I mean "WOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!'
We found out on Friday that, after literally months and months of struggle and discouragement and researching and nailbiting, we FINALLY got the official approval for Collin's Michelle P waiver. This means that instead of the traditional Medicaid waiver he had been receiving which is more of a medical waiver and only provided us with limited respite support, he now has a waiver designed specifically for individuals with developmental disabilities. So, we will now receive money from Medicaid intended to get Collin the help he needs.
Which means that we will be able to hire someone (or multiple someones) to come into our home and help me with Collin's therapies and care.
Which means that Collin will get even more one-on-one time than he does now.
And that I will be able to cook dinner sometimes and make Collin's numerous phone calls and think critically about therapies and equipment instead of just getting by. I'll be able to do what I do with more efficiency and creativity and energy because I'll actually have two minutes to rub together.
So, that was a pretty good kickoff to our Just Us Weekend. We celebrated with lots of rest, long walks, ice cream cones, and a trip to the art museum.
I think we're going to make it to vacation.