Thursday, October 29, 2009

6 hours...

That's what's standing between the babies qualifying and not qualifying for the synagis shot. I am not very happy at this moment.

I asked about it at their 4 month appointment and at that time their pedi. checked and said both babies qualified and a nurse would call to set up their schedule in October. The nurse finally called today to tell me that according to the new guidelines they no longer qualify. She was going to leave it at that, but I continued to ask questions about what exactly disqualified them. Which she hesitantly started to do (it was kind of amusing that she was trying really hard not to engage me any further about this, she just kept saying "Your boys don't need it" the boys comment is another issue with Emerson's name everyone thinks she's a boy).

Turns out that because the babies were born at 32 weeks exactly and not 31w6d they no longer qualify, and since they were born at 6:00am on the morning of 32 weeks they missed the deadline by 6 hours.

Well that's just not good enough for me so I asked the nurse if I could appeal that decision and she has now flagged something for our Pedi. to take care of. Hopefully it works out. I really, really want them to have the shots and I'm annoyed that we were told one thing last month only to be told so late in the game that they no longer qualify. Had I know earlier I could have started the whole appeals thing much sooner. I'm not letting 6 hours stand between the babies getting the shot (I hope).

3 comments:

~Jess said...

I don't see any reason why they shouldn't still qualify: Hopefully fighting them will get you somewhere. How ridiculous!

Christi said...

You need to fight this!! My son was born at 33 weeks and he is getting them...without even fighting for it.

Do you have any "risk factors" with their GA and 1 factor they would qualify...

I know you and Marcus switch on who takes them when, but if they have any outside care (I think as much as 4 hours and it doesn't have to be daycare, but I wouldn't specify) they should qualify. I would make sure they know that.

Not encouraging dishonesty, but if you have to have them go to Grama's or something like that, it counts.

Somewhat Ordinary said...

That is interesting because I have 2 different neighbors that had babies born 6 and 4 weeks early and both of them had the synagis shots last year. I would get a second opinion.