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Check Out My Book, Becoming a Medical Mom!

Check Out My Book, Becoming a Medical Mom!

Did you know I wrote a book? It’s a comprehensive guide to coordinating and managing your child’s medical care.

It received a 4 out of 4 rating from OnlineBookClub.org’s Official Review. Here are two highlights from the review:

“Ashley gives the good and bad of most situations in dealing with the basic parts of having a child with medical issues. She is not partial on subjects and doesn’t glorify doctors or disdain them. She tells what you will expect, terms and titles you should understand, and the basics of traversing the initial medical protocol.”

“I think this book is a great read for anyone that is or will be a parent, because everyone, and not just definitive situations with medical issues, should know what all goes into being a parent with a medical situation and what to expect.”

According to customer testimonials…

“I’ve been living the Medical Mom life for nearly 12 years. This book is VERY well written and covers what I wish someone had told me all those years ago…”

“It’s written in a way that moms can understand and clearly explains medical jargon that medical moms might come across.”

You can see the full reviews on the book’s Amazon.com page.

You can preview the book for free on Amazon.com as well. If you’re still on the fence here is the book’s description. Feel free to ask any questions you have in the comments and I’ll respond within 24 hours!

Becoming a Medical Mom

A “Medical Mom” is a mother of a child with medical difficulties. Typically these mothers have been through one or more hospital admissions. Their child may or may not have a diagnosis. At first, they’re frazzled and unsure but, over time, they become staunch advocators for their children and their medical needs. My goal is to reach the frazzled and unsure beginners and expedite their development into the advocates their children need them to be. Everyone has to start somewhere. The journey to becoming a fully-fledged medical mama is no exception. Whether you have some medical knowledge already, or don’t have a clue what any of the words the doctor is using mean, you’re in the right place. I’m going to make sure you know the basics. By the time you’re through, you’ll know how to survive admission, whether it’s a day or a month.

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5 Tips for Transitioning Insurance Companies

This is never fun for anyone but it can be especially difficult for medically complex children. Instead of a doctor’s office or two, there’s a medical supply company, the pediatrician, and all of their specialists. Prior authorizations have to be submitted to the correct insurance, so you may need to update insurance information with doctors you haven’t even seen yet!

Tip #1 – Call the new insurance company. They won’t be able to tell you much until the insurance activates, however, you can request a case manager be assigned before the transition. This gives you an advocate on the inside that already knows your situation before the paperwork starts flowing.

Tip #2 – Call and update insurance info with all of the doctors who write a perscription for your child. That way if there are any issues at the pharmacy which require additional paperwork from the doctor’s office the responses get sent to the correct location.

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That Moment When You Hit Your Max Out of Pocket for the Year

That Moment When You Hit Your Max Out of Pocket for the Year

Every year since my son was born we’ve struggled with medical bills. We’re blessed to have insurance that covers a vast majority of the cost, but even then we’ve hit our max out of pocket about six months in. It’s a huge relief when it comes, but the struggle to get there is very real. Putting out thousands of dollars over your normal bills is stressful, even in the best of circumstances. When you have a child with medical needs that’s keeping one of the parents from working full time, it’s so much harder.

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