So, to keep track I thought I'll make a weekly summit of what's going on and what we will be doing regarding the move to Okinawa in February. I thought of making a list for the Friday's, but I think as when we get down to it, most work or decisions will be made over the weekends when my husband have off (every other weekend that is) and therefore I decided to make a Monday list regarding the preparations. So here we go:
- Medical Records. This has taken/is taking some time..The last weeks, I've been preparing and been gathering information, calling around for updated printed records from all Doctor's Offices that we have been seeing since we moved to Yuma. NORMALLY, all family members of a military family have a Medical File, which stays with your Primary Care Manager and where ALL information about your health, your visits and treatments are put in with the updated copy at the top. It's normally a thick- a very thick- file. Well, as we don't live on base, and I hardly have been to my Primary Care Manager, I have no updated file for myself or for the kids. All my appointments with different doctors, Spine Institute, Screenings and Physical Therapy, was just regarding my back issues last year. I need papers from all of them, copies, x-rays, reports, and when I have gotten them, they all need to be sorted and put into my file. This week I'm getting more medical history printed out from other offices, and hopefully by the end of the week, I will have my file somewhat updated and complete.
- Then, I haven't been on top of this at all since we moved to Yuma. When we lived in KS, me and the kids never went to the Dr. on base, as there was no base close, and all our appointments were from non military facilities. When we left KS, I had all Medical history for me, which was A LOT, remember I was pregnant with twins, hundreds of appointments and tests, and then all the paperwork from the hospital, and then everything from the Pediatrician and the hospital when the twins were born. I got all the medical history for all three kids and myself in big envelopes from the three years we lived in KS, and then never sorted them out to create a Medical Record. So it's hours of sorting papers...
- Now, the kids need their files complete too. So it's records from Pediatricians, Dermatologist, Allergy testings and and and... it's a lot. BUT, most offices are very helpful and print them out for me, I just have to put it all together and divide the paperwork right for the kids and then hopefully I have it all prepared and ready for when we are called to come for the Medical appointment in the screening process.
- Screening process. There is a lot of paperwork to fill out and get ready and prepare for, before one get called to go to the screening. This I haven't completed, as I was missing dates and documents from all kind of appointments that I have to back up information with. These I hopefully will get this week.
- Then when we have everything complete, we can go to the Medical appointments, and hopefully we will all get the "OK stamp". It sounds like a lot, and it is. If you have always lived on base and never gone to any other doctor than on base, you are so ahead of the game and they already have everything, now everything has to be updated, proven, documented...The Medical appointment can only be done later, as there is a time limit on how far ahead you can get the papers signed off. Meanwhile, my job is to make sure that there are no issues and that we have everything complete to make it a smooth process when we do get the appointment. With the holidays coming up, we don't want any delays of any kind.
- Another thing on our minds right now is what to do with our cars?!? We can't take them with us, so the options that we have is to sell them, or store them. None of the options are ideal, and we are not sure what to do right now. To store them here in this hot climate, is really not good, and we might have an option on taking them to San Diego and store them in a much better climate, where it's not so hot and dusty. Luckily, THIS part is one that I really have to say would be my husband's responsibility. I have no idea about cars, and he has bought both cars and done a great job in researching before buying them, so this one I think will be up to him. Either way, I'll miss my car so much!!
There are many other things going on, but these are the immidiate things right now. A lot more will happen next month, when we are officially "90 days out", as the military so nicely put it. Then, we will be able to get started with the movers, get the medical screenings taken care of, which is a big part. Then we also hopefully will get more details about where my husband will be stationed. There are several bases on Okinawa, and we don't yet know on which one my husband will work, and therefore where we most likely will be put in housing. When I know that, then we can notify schools etc that we are coming and start getting more information about the area where we will live.
Then, we also have to start taking care of a lot of things here at home, a lot of planning is already taking place in my mind and on my lists, on what to bring, what to sell, what to put in storage for three years. Not easy, but more about that another time!
When it feels a little bit overwhelming, as it does from time to time, I try to take a deep breath and remind myself that in less than four months,