This morning we took my son to a local hospital's feeding clinic so he could be evaluated concerning his eating issues. We did the same thing for him back in August of 2006, and many of the same doctors and therapists examined him today. Weird, I can't seem to find one LJ entry about this.
We found out why the clinic discontinued its in-patient program, because insurance companies would not cover it.
My son or I could develop a drug addiction and be treated for rehabilitation, but if an eight year old has an eating disorder, it is considered medically unnecessary.
You need me to go on about this?
He was looked at, observed, evaluated - the therapists watched him eat. Then they tried putting some finely crushed graham crackers into his pudding, to give it a little bit of texture. He took one bite and started saying, "Gotta get away."
We have our work cut out for us.
We're going to hear back from them in a couple of weeks with their full evaluation and recommendations. There's probably going to be some occupational feeding therapy involved. If insurance covers it there may be a conflict with his vision therapy in that there's a cap on visits during a year. He's got to start eating. If this is the case the vision therapy will have to be temporarily abandoned.
Hard, crazy choices we have to make in this modern world.