Thursday, April 14, 2011

Famous Epileptics

A friend shared with me an interesting slideshow of famous epileptics featured on the LIFE website.
Take a look!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Family Fun Part 3

Day 3 To Do List:

- Geocaching...of course.
- Visit Prehistoric Creatures...who doesn't in their time off?
- Soak up some overdue sun...this one is permanently on the list.
- Wrap up our mini holiday...sad but true.

Took a brief break from our traveling to pick up a cache.

He had to a photo taken next to the first dinosaur he saw!

Yes! Real Dinosaurs!!

Always a nice performance for the camera.

Cute Baby is definitely more excited about his walking than being surrounded by dinosaurs.

A much deserved rest before heading home.

Close to Home Fun Part 2

Everyone in our family feels more alive in the outdoors, especially in the mountains.  So, naturally, we headed to the mountains on our 2nd day of family time.  We hiked, found geocaches, and had a little picnic where the boys were eager to help out with a camp fire. The day was just full of smiles.

Another Geocache!! 

Cute Baby learns early what to do with rocks when near a body of water.
He feels like his older brothers now!
Our happy hiker.
Geocache #2 for the day.
Happy Hiker turned Pirate.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Geocaching Fun

As mentioned in the last post, our fun plans changed from travelling to the U.S., to having fun close to home.  One of our favourite family activities is geocaching.  The kids love using the GPS to do a little treasure hunting.  And yes we live in Canada, so there is still snow everywhere but that doesn't stop us.  It felt so nice to get outdoors, get fresh air, and forget about the "other" trip.  ;)

On our path trying to find a cache.
Yeah, he likes snow a little too much.
Cute baby wanted to get out of the baby carrier and crawl in the snow like everyone else.

Me loving some snow time with cute baby.

We found it!! The cache was full of playing cards, like pokemon or bakugan, to trade.

Searching for the perfect trade.

Pre-Existing Condition Lesson Learned

The last week of March we had big plans to visit with family and friends in the U.S.  We notified everyone we wanted to be sure to husband's parents, some siblings, dear friends we haven't seen in years, cousins, and most importantly our Japanese daughter, an international student who lived with us for 3 years, who was leaving the country that week.

The boys were thrilled to see Grandma, Grandpa and their cousins, who we really only see maybe 1 or 2 times a year.  We had our bags packed, movies, music, and activities picked out for our long drive down.  We were set to go!

Three hours before departure we received some discouraging news.  My husband's travel insurance, which we previously checked to make sure we had coverage, notified us that they would NOT cover any costs relating to our son's "pre-existing" epilepsy if he had any changes to his drugs in the last 3 weeks.

We had just lowered one of his meds that week!!!!!! In fact, there's almost constant changes to his med schedule!!

Desperately we called several different travel insurance companies, looking for someone who might give us pre-existing condition insurance.  We had NO LUCK!!

The best we could find was a company willing to give us the insurance we were looking for, BUT he could not have had any drug changes in the last 7 days.  Again, we didn't qualify.  :(

The insurance agent also stated another condition that would limit our coverage, "if he has had any symptoms in the last 7 days from his undiagnosed condition".  Well, we know he has Refractory Epilepsy but is undiagnosed as to the cause.  I'm sure that little loophole may prevent us from travelling out of country for quite some time.

I feel a little naive about the whole situation.  I guess we've found our insurance extremely dependable at home, and didn't really ask enough questions for travelling across the border.  I shouldn't have been surprised, but it was still disappointing to call our loved ones and cancel our plans.

What did we do instead???
We did not want to make the scenario any more depressing, so we had some family fun close to home!!  Geocaching, hiking, waterfalls, fire pit picnic, dinosaurs here we come!