Saturday, February 19, 2011
I want to register too, dammit!
Planning has begun for my super awesome little sister's bridal shower. She's begun registering for the usual stuff, which I never got to do since my wedding shower was planned for when I was visiting my parents' place as I lived in the Midwest @ the time. My lovely friends & family got us plenty of gift cards (which was awesome) so I wouldn't have to haul back a U-Haul full of stuff. Of course, 1 week before my shower Vid got unexpectedly laid off & we ended up moving back to New England. I was kind of sad I never got to register for our wedding but figured I'd more than make up for it when we registered for a baby shower.
Well, several years & numerous dates with the transvaginal ultrasound wand later, I realize that may also not happen. Which gave me an idea: why the hell I can't I register for IVF? If Aunt So-and-so is buying her a Kichen Aid mixer, why can't I get some Lupron out of the deal too?
Don't get me wrong; I'm well aware of how fortunate I am to have 80% coverage for infertility. But consider that IVF can cost between $10-20,000 per attempt (yes, attempt; as in "not guaranteed to work") & my co-pay works out to $2,000 at the bare minimum. And we are not made of money by any means: we rent our duplex (since what money we tried to save for a house has gone to infertility treatments), Vid drives my old car (14 years & well over 100k miles on it) & I drive a small Hyundai with 3 years of payments left on it. $2000 is just about my take home pay for a month after taxes. Scary.
Maybe I'll just slip these into my sister's invites (tee hee!):