Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Phone Consult with Dr. W

Well, today I had my phone consult with Dr. W and it went pretty well. He was very apologetic about the study closing earlier than he expected and said that when they found out, he immediately thought of us. It doesn't make it any less disappointing but it is nice to know he cares.

He said that we may qualify for a grant that the clinic offers, which reduces the cost of cycling by 25%. It's not a ton of money but it's better than nothing. Of course, that does nothing to reduce the cost of medications but he suggested the Compassionate Care program and others like it to help reduce our medication costs. They will be sending the forms for the grant to us tomorrow and I'll probably complete them and get the back in the mailbox the same day I receive them!

Unfortunately, due to the fact that my last SIS was in July, I would have to have another one before we could move forward and the cost is $515 plus, we need to have our STD testing redone because it has been over a year. Thankfully, our insurance may cover the cost of the STD testing so at least there's that.

He said that he thinks we have an excellent chance of being successful at achieving pregnancy with IVF and suggested that we move forward as soon as possible with retrieval and transfer at the end of May, beginning of June because he's concerned about my age and endometriosis. So, we have some decisions to make: pull money from our retirement or try for a loan we probably won't get. I'm really torn. I really don't want to pull money from our retirement. It scares me. I've always thought of that money as money that doesn't even exist, money that we need for our future that is not to be touched but really, how else are we supposed to do this? It makes me sad that money has to be such a big factor in our ability to conceive a child. I hate it.

Overall, I am happy with our conversation. I feel like we are finally going to be moving forward and hopefully we will get the grant from the clinic and will be able to cycle next month. This time, though, I am not getting my hopes up or even allowing myself to get excited. It just hurt too much when I was let down last time. So for now, I will be incredibly cautiously optimistic that things might work out!


7 comments:

  1. Lady! I'm so hopeful for you! And I've got a box of menopur with your name on it!

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    1. Thank you! I'll take it for sure!

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  2. ((Hugs)) I hate that money has to be a consideration at all when it comes to having a child. For us, we decided that having a child was more important than the potential financial considerations down the road. It may not have been the wisest choice, but I'm glad we made the decision that we did. I figure that even if I have to work an extra 5 or 10 years before retirement, I will never regret any second that we spend with our beautiful child. But it doesn't mean that I don't get jealous about other people's "free" children.

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  3. It stinks that money plays a part in letting people have a family..it ridiculous! But all of this sounds promising. For sure when it comes time for meds ask on your blog about the best prices because other bloggers always have good advice on which pharmacy offers the best prices. I am very hopeful for you!

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  4. I will be cautiously optimistic for you too! I'm so happy you're at a place where you'll be cycling again and my fingers are crossed so hard for you.
    I do hate that money has to play such a factor in having a family though :-( It is so unfair.
    Sending you big hugs and love! I'm glad the convo went well overall!

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  5. I don't know if this applies to your clinic but when I went in for my appointment on Friday the nurse mentioned how the study closed on March 31st but that now the people doing to study needed 200 more patients which I guess is spread out among the clinics doing the study so it may be worth it to check with your clinic and see if that's the case. For our clinic they said it is on a first come basis as far as who gets in these lasts spots. When she told me this news I couldn't wait to mention it to you!!

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    1. Thank you! I will call my clinic right now!

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