Am I still Gluten Free? Did I really start? Nah. It was a phase I went through for about a week. I have no self-control when it comes to food. This experiment was harder than I thought. The cardboard like consistency of the “wraps” and other “gluten-free” products did the whole thing in. Oh well! On to tastier things!
In my last post I talked about Eric and I going to an IVF specialist. I’m happy to say, that day is tomorrow! I am excited but a little nervous. I feel like this roller coaster is about to take off again. It brings back a lot of emotions; not all of them good. Tomorrow’s appointment is with a doctor that came highly recommended by a friend I work with.
Dr. Sigal Klipstein with InVia Fertility in Arlington Heights will be reviewing all our files and making her recommendation. An ultrasound is also scheduled. The Dr.’s fee for the consultation is $185 and the ultrasound is $315. These are “self pay” prices. The total package for IVF is $10,600. I need to check and see if the $500 we will pay tomorrow goes towards the overall payment.
It’s outrageous to me that this type of procedure is so expensive. The fee doesn’t include storage of frozen embryos in the event we wanted to try again. I don’t know if I should be more incensed. It’s not anyone’s fault that we can’t get pregnant. Why shouldn’t doctors and pharmaceutical companies want to take advantage of that? More power to them.
On a more positive note, I also applied for the 2013 Birdies for Babies Golf Outing. Eric and I would be thrilled if we were chosen as the next recipients. The founders will not make their decision until March (the latest) depending on their sponsor’s involvement. Fertility Centers of Illinois has been the sponsors for the last several years from what I know. Maybe they will extend the offer to TWO recipients instead of just one. Mom and I attended this year’s event in September. The event drew so much attention that it sold out! 142 golfers made for a full day of fun in the sun on September 29th. It was amazing to see the support that Jake and Jenae (recipient this year) received and I’m so glad that I could be a part of it.
I will keep you posted about tomorrow. Eric will be attending the appointment with me. Maybe there is a way we can afford this treatment through a payment plan! We will find out more. . .