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Our Dearest Mousewait Family,
I would like to give you an update on Princess Daisy Rachel Young. First and foremost I sincerely apologize for not giving frequent updates, but this whole situation has been a nonstop rollercoaster of emotions and changes which in turn has made it extremely difficult to live a normal life, let alone report to not only our Mousewait family, but our own family and friends as well and for that I apologize. Most of my time is spent filling out forms, making numerous phone calls, following up on phone calls, waiting for phone calls, banging on doors to get an answer and or a reply and mostly being jerked around as the answers and replies seem to change on a daily or weekly basis. That being said, I would like to share with you what is going on with Rachel.
Those of you who may or may not know about a month ago she was staying at rehabilitation center called Health South here in Albuquerque. She was scheduled to return home (though still very injured) on May 15th as that was when her Medicaid would kick in, however someone dropped the ball over there and when the paper work was finalized, it issued her only “Institutional” Medicaid which means that she is only covered as long as she is in some sort of medical facility, so if she went home she would lose all medical coverage, what we applied for was “Community” Medicaid which means that she would be covered outside of a medical facility. We were told by the Health South case worker that the only way to remedy this would be for her to do a 30 day stint in a skilled nursing facility in which during that time the mistake would be rectified and she could come home on June 16th with full medical coverage as her community Medicaid would kick in.
A week before she was set to be discharged we started to order her equipment she we would need to return home as per instructed by the case worker (wheelchair, toilet bars, shower bars, ramps, meds, ect.). it was at this time that they informed us that we were misinformed by the caseworker at health south and that she yet again dropped the ball and forgot a to implement a very important step in the discharge process. Because of this, the 30 day stint was not to remedy the institutional-community Medicare problem, but in fact only puts her at the top of the WAITING LIST for community Medicaid. So now she has to wait 60-90 more days for her community Medicaid to kick in. At this time she may leave the facility, however she will have no coverage for 60 to 90 days while this process is pending.
As desperately as we want her home, this is simply something we cannot afford to do, as she needs meds and outpatient therapy especially a certain machine that electrically stimulates her nerves to keep her legs from COMPLELETLY atrophying. To add insult to injury, during this 60-90 day process she is NOT allowed to leave the facility (we are fighting this as well as dozens of other things). Everyone there is allowed “day passes” where they are allowed to leave the facility for hours at a time, but because her coverage is pending, Medicaid does not want to allow her to leave as it will compromise or hinder the process. Basically they see it as if she is well enough to leave for a couple of hours then they feel she does not need coverage (but yet she is allowed to go home and wait for the coverage?) This makes no sense.
So this is where we are with that whole process. She is still not home and will not be home till the earliest August 18th to September 18th but at this point who knows because every time we get a date we it changes. I wish they would comprehend the psychological toll this is taking on Rachel getting her hopes up and down and having to be cooped up all day in an environment of ill, and angry elderly people.
As for Rachel, she is making the most of it. Through all this Rachel has maintained a positive and cheerful attitude because that is who she is! Though she is injured herself she is brining what joy she can to the residents there. She plays bingo with them she helps do their nails for them, she plays games with them and just visits with those who are lonely and don’t get many visitors, anything she can do to lighten their lives a little. Everyone there just loves her! (CAN YOU BLAME THEM? DUHH!?). She has become quite close with some of the residents; sadly one of the women there that she became very close with had lung cancer and passed away yesterday while Rachel was holding her hand. Her name was Sherri Jaramillo, and Rachel spent very last moment with her while she was passing. I like to think that Rachel kept her with us longer.
As for Rachel’s progress it is there have been some highs and lows. The great news is that her left leg is getting stronger! Though she is not able to use either, she has made huge leaps forward as she can lift it a little bit and uses it to stand for a moment when she transfers out of her wheelchair!!! The bad news is that the right leg is not making any progress and on top of that it is causing a valve in her hear to slow down and not work properly which is causing erratic blood pressure and could be detrimental, but the doctors think that with exercise and proper diet it will heal (no Tigger tails for a while I guess!).
In closing things are slowing down. It is possible that we may have an answer to the day passes this week as well as her custom wheelchair may arrive and she will be more comfortable and not have to continue to use the bulky 60 pound model she has now. From our family to all of yours thank you for your continuous prayers, thoughts CARDS and GIFTS words cannot express how much it means to us when she receives them!!! You are all so generous and words cannot express how grateful and moved we are by all of you. I want you to know that you all are one of (if not the biggest, after Prayer and our Lord and savior) contributing factor to the mental health and stability of Rachel! You all make her feel extremely loved and cared for and fill her life with so much hope and happiness which in turn, helps her to heal physically! Thank you all, God Bless you all and know how much we love you!!! Please continue to pray that the Medicaid process goes quickly, and that she continues to heal mentally and physically, that her legs work again so she may walk, so she may run, so she can stay all day in the sun, wandering free, just like she used to be, a part of our world, and that this Disney princess may be rescued and live happily ever after!!!! AMEN
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Update for week of Monday, September 15, 2014. Park Hours: Disneyland: 10am-8pm (Monday-Wednesday), 9am-5pm (Thursday*), 9am-12am (Friday and Saturday), 8am-12am (Sunday).
Disney California Adventure: 10am-8pm (Monday-Wednesday), 9am-8pm (Thursday), 9am-10pm (Friday and Saturday), 8am-10pm (Sunday).
*Disneyland Park will close at 5pm on Thursday due to a Cast Member Service event that evening. Also that day, Mickey's Soundsational Parade has been cancelled due to the event.
Fantasmic: 9pm and 10:30pm (Friday-Sunday), Remember Dreams Come True fireworks 9:25pm (Friday-Sunday), World of Color: 8:15pm (Monday-Thursday), 9:45pm (Friday/Sunday), 9pm (Saturday).
Attraction closures: Indiana Jones (9/16-9/19), Mark Twain Riverboat (now through 11/29), Finding Nemo (now through 9/27), Golden Zephyr (9/17-9/19).
Halloween Time has now started at the parks, including with the seasonal attraction overlays such as Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy. Also, make sure to check out the many food and beverage locations that offer special offerings just for the Halloween season.
Reminder that Mickey's Halloween Party starts on Friday, September 26, in which Disneyland Park will close early for the private event.
unForcast Crowd Prediction: With it being very hot at the parks this week and with both parks closing early, expect both parks to be quiet as the resort is in "non-peak" season. As we get into the weekend, the temperature is supposed to go back to normal, which will cause the crowds to increase by Friday and Saturday.
Park Hours: Disneyland: 10am-8pm (Mon-Thurs), 9am-12am (Fri), 9am-11pm (Sat), 8am-12am (Sun). DCA: 10am-8pm (Mon-Thurs), 9am-10pm (Fri), 9am-9pm (Sat), 8am-10pm (Sun). World of Color: 8:15pm (Mon-Thurs), 9:45pm (Fri), 9pm (Sat-Sun).
Halloween Time returns this Friday! Little by little this week, we'll see Disneyland Park transform to the fall season with all of the decor and the return of Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy (both opening on Friday). Also, the Pirates League and the Halloween Carnival both return to Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree, so make sure to check out the villains hang out, the pumpkin art and seasonal food offerings.
If you're a pin trader/collector, Thursday is a big pin release date with several limited edition villain pins being released, a new Haunted Mansion Annual Passholder Exclusive pin, and a new Halloween Time pin for Disney Vacation Club members.
As announced last week, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit will now host meet and greets on Buena Vista Street in DCA, starting on Sunday, September 14.
White Water Snacks in Disney's Grand Californian Hotel and Spa will be closed from September 8 through 20 for a refurbishment.
unForecast Crowd Prediction: Expect both parks to be quiet Monday through Thursday as we are now in the "non-peak" season, with both parks closing at 8pm. But Friday, expect the crowds to pick up in the afternoon/evening when the weekend arrives and Halloween Time has returned, plus it also being Dapper Day on Friday too. As for Saturday and Sunday, expect to be moderately busy because of it being the first weekend of Halloween Time in Disneyland Park.
Park Hours: Labor Day (Monday) DL: 8am-12am, DCA: 8am-10pm; Tuesday-Thursday- Both parks 10am-8pm; Friday-Sunday, DL: 9am-11pm, DCA: 9am-9pm. "Magical" Fireworks will be shown on Monday, Friday through Sunday at 9:25pm, Fantasmic will be shown on Monday, Friday through Sundays at 9pm and 10:30pm and World of Color will be shown daily at 9:45pm (Monday, Friday-Sunday) and 8:15pm (Tuesday-Thursday).
Attraction closures: Haunted Mansion (reopens 9/12), Jungle Cruise (Tuesday-Thursday), Big Thunder Ranch (reopens 9/12), Main Street Photo Supply (reopens 9/24)
FYI: Annual Passholder Event, "Fall Back to Fun", in Disney California Adventure Park on Tuesday night, 8pm-12am. Event is only open to AP Holders celebrating their pass anniversary between October 1 through December 5 and was invitation only. Guests of the registered AP Holders must be registered in advanced online and must have their valid AP the night of the event. Check in will be at Toll Booth 4 starting at 2pm. Registration for the event is no longer available.
Also, "Legends of Frontierland" was extended and will stick around a little longer.
unForecast Crowd Prediction: Expect it to be crowded on Monday as it is Labor Day and all APs are open, but it is also a work/school night, so expect the crowds to decrease by the later afternoon/night. For the rest of the week, expect it to be low to moderate crowds as most schools have started and both parks closing earlier for this short "non-peak" season. Reminder that Halloween Time at the Resort officially starts on Friday, September 12!
Park hours: DL (9am-10pm weekdays, 9am-12am weekends); DCA (9am-9pm weekdays, 9am-10pm weekends). Since the parks are closing earlier during the week, Fantasmic will only be shown Friday-Sunday, World of Color will be shown at 9pm and the "Magical!" fireworks will be shown at 9:25pm daily (weather permitting).
FYI: this is a last full week to participate in "Legends of Frontierland" in Frontierland as it concludes on Monday, September 1st. Also, the Adventure Trading Company's last day in the jungle will be Monday, August 25 and will move onto a new adventure, so make sure to catch them!
unForecast Crowd Prediction: Expect it to be quiet to moderately busy this week as many schools go back this week, but there's also still quite a few people getting their end of summer vacation in at the Resort before school starts after Labor Day for them. But, reminder that this weekend is the Disneyland Half Marathon, so expect crowds to pick up Thursday and/or Friday as runners and their families come in for this weekend's events. And make sure to keep an eye out for any road closures late Saturday night to mid Sunday morning if you are coming to the Resort this coming weekend!
July was arguably one of the slowest months of the year (some say the Sunday on Independence Day Weekend was the slowest day of the year). However, we saw crowd levels rise Sat Aug 2, and they've been steady through today (Aug 5). With the Socal passes coming good Aug 18, we should see good crowds throughout the end of the month. - Admin Aug 5, 2014 2:23PM