Answered prayer!

Good news!  We got TEFRA for Emma.  I received her new medicaid number in the mail yesterday as well as a phone call from DHS.  For those of you who didn’t hear what TEFRA is, it is a program to get medicaid to disabled children whose parents wouldn’t otherwise qualify.  It goes back to mid-August and through her death, so it will cover pretty much everything.  There may be a few odds and ends in there that won’t be covered as I have found medicaid to be a little picky on having specialists come in and give their opinions, which Emma had a lot of.  But it should definitely get the overwhelmingly large bills down into something definitely manageable.  Thank you so much for praying for this, especially those of you who must have been praying that it would come through miraculously fast, as this is actually much sooner than they originally told us to expect it.  I am busy this morning calling all the many clinics and hospitals that Emma visited and giving them the new number.

Yesterday went well, despite the fact that it marked a month from the passing of Emma.  Thank you to those who remembered the significance of the day.  I didn’t think about it too much, but last night and this morning I did spend some time reliving that Wednesday night and morning.  I woke up at 5:30 this morning and just couldn’t understand why I hadn’t done that February 22 instead, as it may have saved Emma’s life.  I know that God is in control, but it doesn’t stop me from going through all the different scenarios.  Anyway, thank you for your continued prayers.  John and I are doing well, but I would be lying if I said it was not affecting us.  We are both stressed and there is a lot of tension in much of what we do.  Pray that we will always draw together and to the Lord for strength and never apart.

5 thoughts on “Answered prayer!

  1. Dear Miriam,

    We pray for you and John each time we meet for our pastoral prayer meeting (Me, Pastor Pat, and Patti). Thank you for being so transparent. We will certainly pray for your marriage and the stresses you are experiencing. It helps us to know.

    This is not a recommendation, but is it possible that counseling with an LPC would help? I’m thinking that person could unpack all the things, all the dynamics you both are going through. You and John have had enormous stress and John, on top of it all, has started a new job. Although the job is eustress it’s still stress. Plus a good counselor could suggest ways of dealing with all the issues. I think it would be possible to line up a counselor with little or no expense to the John Leins.

    Just a thought. We love you and our hearts ache for you both.

    Pastor Dave.


  2. Dear John, Miriam and Elise,

    We want you to now that we rejoice with you in the answer to prayer! Iam so proud of how you are processing your pain and loss. It’s so healthy, although so painful. We pray for you all and think of you often. Please let Elise know I miss playing with her as you taught Jessica. She is such a sweet, smart and fun little girl. If we can do anything for you we are here.
    Love ,
    Todd, Rebecca and Jessica Williams


  3. Miriam,

    I am so relieved to know that your financial burdens and the stress of insurance concerns are taken care of through TEFRA! I can only imagine how difficult it must be to have to think of insurance and go through the hassle of it all, while grieving at the same time. I have been praying for you; I am joyous to know that you are confident of His presence with you. I will be specifically praying for your marriage, as you feel the burden of the stress you both are under. I know that the Lord doesn’t give us more than we can bear, so I will hope in His promises for you! Miriam, you are a dear sister in Christ to me; and I think of you often. Love, Janelle


  4. John & Miriam,
    That’s wonderful news!
    After TEFRA pays its portion, do you know how much will you still have to pay?


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