Cycle Update – No Longer Unmonitored
I went to see IVF Doctor#2 this week… he’s not an IVF pusher like IVF Doctor #1 at all!! But the bad side is that none of my appointments will be covered for IUI because here in Hawaii only IVF is covered, and only once. The cost for an IUI cycle with Doctor#2 was too high for me to pay 100% out of pocket…
I left kinda bummed because I really liked him and he showed so much confidence that we would get pregnant with IUI, that we didn’t need IVF… it gave me peace of mind. It was almost like I got a massage. On a side note, turns out that IVF Doctor #1 was billing all my scans (to my insurance) as a regular visit instead of for infertility, which is fraud, according to Doctor #2. Fucking scary because Doc #1 could try to collect the full price from me one day. Of course I wouldn’t pay it because I was never informed of this but still, it would be messy… I was really surprised because he’s really well known here in Hawaii.
Anyways, back to the topic. Doc #2 is pretty much giving me a 50% discount. I would normally pay around $900 out of pocket, depending on how many scans ($250 per scan), but he offered to do my cycle for $300 for as many scans as I needed + $87 for the IUI. Plus my gonal which I would have to pay out of pocket even if my appointments were covered, and that’s $230 per gonal pen (including ovidrel). Expensive, but worth it.
I went to his office yesterday morning to see what my ovaries were up to. Got 4 follicles measuring 10.8mm on my left ovary, lining is trilaminar at 5.6mm, and doctor #2 (says) he’s scared for me and if I ovulate all four he wont do my IUI. I told him a pregnancy with multiples doesnt scare me but he was adamant about it. Little does he know that doctor #3 ( aaka ghetto doctor) will. But I have time to think about it and one other scan on Tuesday to see where this is going. I’ll be happy with 2 nice eggies + IUI.
As I’m laying there on the table, waiting with my feet on the stirrups for the doctor to come in I started writing my post because he was taking a while. Husband was just sitting next to me and asks if I’m writing for the blog and as you well know, he’s not a fan of the blog thing. After a quick pep talk I showed him what I was writing about and also shared my latest post from LOVEcomaMOM. He was really touched… it was a beautiful moment for us. Granted I was laying half naked with my feet up on stirrups and the scenery was far from romantic, but it was such a loving moment between us. I was so afraid of him reading my posts and in the end, it brought us together.