Again, thank you guys so much for the thoughtful prayers and encouragement from Monday’s post explaining journey with infertility. I love reading all of the comments and emails with similar stories. They give me joy and hope.
It’s funny though… I really didn’t think about everyone that would be reading it. Co-workers, people from my church, old friends, new friends, family members. The outreach of support has been amazing from most. Yeah, some people in my life aren’t 100% behind the IVF due to religious beliefs but I prayed on this for a long time and trust me this decision did not come lightly. I was raised strongly in my Catholic faith by incredible, supportive parents who taught me to Let Go and Let God.
So Tuesday we met with my Reproductive Endocrinologist to discuss our options and the IVF process. The first bit of information that kind of bummed us out is the timeline. Apparently we need to be patient, very patient. From start of your cycle to IVF retrieval is about 2 1/2 months. Basically we won’t be able to retrieve any eggs until the first week of May. Yeah, bummer.
After you’ve been on a roller coaster for this long, you just don’t want to abruptly stop and wait at the top of the hill. But I know my body needs to be prepped and the timing needs to be right for everything. So here we wait.
At least this gives me time to look into some other options and clinics that you guys mentioned to me in Monday’s post. I really do intend to research every single suggestion with an open mind and an open heart. Knowledge is power, right?
So next week I will get some blood tests done and a hysteroscopy, a test to take a peek at my uterus.
After I receive the results I will meet with the IVF center to discuss finances and to finalize my cycle date.
Speaking of finances… we’re hoping and praying that we may have found a glimmer of hope in all of this. We called Ben’s insurance company to double check about switching my provider. As mentioned before I currently have coverage through my work and unfortunately nothing is covered, not even the medications. We knew Ben’s insurance offers $10,000 towards infertility procedures in a lifetime, but it wouldn’t cover IVF in particular. Until now…
Yep, since we last checked in July 2014 their policy has changed. We could now use the $10,000 lifetime benefit towards an IVF. Well… if I’m approved. And if the guy on the phone yesterday from the insurance was really telling us the truth. Fingers crossed.
It will cost us more monthly in premiums, but saving $10,000 would be an absolute blessing and means we would only owe about $5-6K this first (and hopefully only) round. I’m not 100% counting on this yet, but again it’s a glimmer of hope.
I still don’t know much about all of the medications or shots that I’ll be taking. I’m really not looking forward to that part. But as soon as I get an update I’ll share the info with you guys.
Until then, it’s back to DIY around here! I’ll be sharing my master bathroom progress with you guys on Monday, then it’s gonna be prepping for Easter.
Thank you again for everything!
Have a happy weekend.