Episode 20: The juicy details
I've moved beyond shock, outrage, and disbelief. Now I'm closer to denial and detachment. Or whichever stage includes gathering ammo for hours of daydreamed comeuppance for the Harpy (BM) and the Princess (SD15). Either way, I learned a lot of juicy details that the Harpy didn't disclose previously for whatever reason.
Princess attended the middle school nearest our house. She liked it at first, then abruptly got miserable and asked to switch schools to the one near Harpy's house. She switched, never got much happier, and I didn't think much more about it.
Come to find out, SDnow18 had found SDnow15 posting on eating disorder websites and warned her not to post on those sites. SD15 says this is why she switched schools and has carried a grudge against SD18 for years. Yeah, I don't get it, either, but it explains a lot. Doesn't explain what SD18 was doing on those sites, but Harpy could give two shits about her other two kids right now.
When the Harpy actually went through with checking Princess into a mental health spa 3k miles away, I wondered privately about her financial situation. How could she possibly afford this? She carries the mortgage on the 5 bdrm alone, recently downgraded to a less lucrative job, kicked out her rent-paying boyfriend, and complains bitterly about having to pay child support. Insurance denied her claims, she refuses to tell friends or family, and she can't get a HELOC after all.
Credit cards! The Harpy has been charging it up! And she still owes $15k until Princess can come home AND PROCEED TO THE NEXT STAGE OF TREATMENT WHICH AIN'T GONNA BE FREE. You can't use airline miles to buy Lexipro, can you? No wonder she was so eager to raid SS17's college fund (didn't happen yet, breathe).
Did you guys know that for $10k (ins doesn't cover it, natch) you can have your kid "genetically tested" to see which of the anti-crazy drugs she's predisposed to taking? And then you can have them put her back on Adderall and Lexipro anyway because QUACK! Opening the EOBs has become a lot more fun lately; I've learned so much.
Last week's fairy tale didn't have a happy ending, so here's the feel-good you've been waiting for: DH realizes that he got suckered into the vortex of crazy created by the Harpy and the Princess. He's scheming ways to get out of paying and still get his Princess access to the docs and meds she clearly needs. All is not lost.