Adoption = Brain Scan, No Cats: Part Two

Tomorrow morning we head to the neurologist.

We’re asking for an MRI, which is what the pediatrician originally ordered, but insurance required a CT scan first.

Sure, let’s give the kid more radiation than she needs.

CT scan, check. All parts of her brain exist. So glad we cleared that up.

Then insurance wanted a second opinion before approving, so we’re off to see the wizard.

We’ve seen this neurologist before, two years ago. At the time, our girl was underweight and they didn’t want to sedate her for an MRI, so they just ordered speech and occupational therapy to address obvious deficiencies.

After a year and a half of OT and two of speech, her emotional and social intelligence are still far behind her brother, who’s two years younger. Obviously, past trauma comes into play, but we want to make sure nothing’s been overlooked. We don’t want to find out, ten years from now, that there were a bunch of missed connections or parts of her brain not working right, and we didn’t catch it. Hoping the MRI will give us some insight.

And hoping that insurance will let us get it done, already.


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Posted on March 3, 2015, in Parent. Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. Wow, Casey! Praying that there is joy in the journey. Keep us updated. Sending love over the internet.

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  2. Thanks so much, all! I appreciate the thoughts and prayers.

    Happily, the neurologist is on the same brainwave-length (ha, made that up) as we are, so she did blood-work today (needle with no tears=fast food for lunch; bad habit, I know, but we rarely do fast food, so my girl was thrilled) and she ordered an EEG, an MRI and neuro-psych evaluation. Hopefully they’ll get us scheduled quickly. Neuro-psych wasn’t available until May, yikes.

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  3. Prayers sent your way!! Hoping for clear answers and Yes, it is frustrating being dictated to by a insurance company what is best for your daughter! Wise parents tho for putting up with the hassle to make sure your not missing anything!

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  4. Best wishes and all my prayers.

    Don’t you love how someone who graduated from night school at a community college in West Virginia with an accounting degree knows more about what your daughter needs than a neurologist who spent half their life studying the human brain. Insurance companies are the best.

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    • Seriously. And the neurologist told me today that the insurance we have is the worst for saying “no.” Lucky for my kid, I was born to advocate. If they decline, I’ll find a way to change their under-educated minds.


  5. whisper2scream

    The absolute best of luck to you all.

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  6. I keep my fingers crossed!

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  7. Dottie Geigley

    My prayers are with you and I wish you the very best!

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