Wednesday, January 23, 2008

nothing new

So I don't really have anything new to write about today...but I guess I will update (FINALLY) on the status of the insurance company debacle that's been going on for over a week now! I called the insurance company today and spoke with a very nice man, who seemed to be much more knowledgeable than the last person I spoke with. After re-explaining my situation to him & verifying that my birth control pills were NOT used for contracep.tion, but rather as part of a treatment, he put me on hold while he talked to pharmacy services. After just a minute or two, he nicely told me that they could retro-date my authorization 30 days prior to the authorization that I had already secured, which would take me back to November 17th; which means that I will at least get reimbursed for ONE of the times that I had the prescription filled. I didn't truly expect to be reimbursed for the ones that I got back in July, but of course it was worth trying and now I am just so happy to have it all straightened out. Now I know for future reference when I need bcp that I have to get them approved in advance...how in the heck would I know that anyway?

Otherwise, today was a pretty booooring day. I had work and the kids are good, but they are starting to drive me crazy...spring is in the air a bit early, apparently. I think that I have just been so patient all year, reminding myself that they are only 4, but now, my patience is running thin. I feel like they should be better at following directions or doing things that we have been doing ALL YEAR now. In hindsight, I think I'm a much better kindergarten teacher than a preschool teacher...maybe my expectations are just too high...or maybe I need to find a preschool that is more academically focused and less "cutesy, play-date" focused. I am a teacher, after all; not a ring-leader or a babysitter, which, at times, is what I think some of the parents would rather have. They are very into the social aspects of preschool, and are very concerned about doing programs, pageants and social get-togethers which, to me, don't seem to have much educational value...especially when you consider that all of these kids already know each other, and have play-dates with each other every other day.

But then I remind the parents (and myself) that I do know what is expected of these kids in kindergarten, since I've been there. I don't want them to get to kindergarten and have the teacher say, "Who in the heck was this kid's preschool teacher and why didn't she teach him anything?" I don't think it helps that this is a very "young" class and half of the kids won't be going to kindergarten next year anyway, but rather repeating a year of 4-yr-old preschool, or doing a 5-yr-old preschool program at another church/facility. That said, yes, maybe my expectations ARE too high...but I thought that same thing when I was teaching kindergarten, too, and look what happened at the end of the year...I had almost all of the kids reading and writing and TOTALLY prepared for 1st grade...and only one of the parents hated me at the end of the year. 1/43 isn't a bad statistic in my book.

Which brings me to another rant about not doing IVF this month...I was really hoping that this would be "it" for us & we'd be on board for an October baby which would mean that I would not be returning to work in the fall...now, while that still could happen, I'm not holding my breath on it. Do I look for a new (higher paying) job? Do I contently stay where I am even though the pay is rather insulting to me? In all honesty, I don't really want to go back to teaching in a public school district right now. The in-flexibility of it all just wouldn't work out with going to appointments, etc, and who knows how much longer I will need to be going to the doctor anyway. The stress of public schools is just too much on me. I guess I have a lot to pray about...

4 comments:

mego said...

Have you ever thought about private tutoring? I definitely know there are people looking for it and willing to pay $$. I have a friend who taught 1st and 2nd grade before she had a baby and now is doing alot of tutoring. You can set your own price and schedule. But maybe that's something you would do in addition to what you do now. Or just later on...but it seems like a good option to have.

Teri said...

Thanks for the suggestion, Megan! I have often thought about doing that, but I have yet to find out what an acceptable rate is around here. It would be nice to tutor out of my home even, for maybe K-5 yr olds or something.

Hafsa said...

I was browsing blogs and yours caught my attention for the simple reason that it sounds a lot like my dilemma as a preschool teacher. I have eventually found one that I love, but it took awhile (3 jobs later). I hope you don't mind me commenting, your blogs hel me realize that I am not the only one battling the (at times) poor treatment of the preschool teachers.

On My Mind said...

Just thought I'd pop by and say Hi... We, too, had infertility issues (unexplained) for several years and after just one IUI we decided not to go any further with treatments. Later, God opened the door for adoption and we walked right through! We now have a beautiful 3.5 year old son (adopted from birth) who lights up our life... Who knew that this was God's plan for us? It will be exciting to see what His plan is for you, too... :) He always works everything out better than we can ever imagine.
~Jaime