Tuesday, November 27, 2007

The Office provided some much-needed comic relief last night so all is right with the world today. Not really, but all is mostly right with TOIAW and I and that's pretty much the only thing I can control right now so, as President Bush would say, "Mission accomplished!" Seriously, though, I think this is my favorite show of all time. I love watching it on DVD because we can go back and hear anything we miss while we are laughing hysterically. We stayed up way too late watching it, but it was fun.

I woke-up with a very sore throat so I skipped Bible study this morning. I'm going to miss the rest of the classes since I'm leaving Saturday, so I figured one more wouldn't matter too much. I have a lot to do before I leave and as of 10 am, I've done nothing (and that counts yesterday as well). First I need to take Princess Poopsalot out for a walk which might not be great for my sore throat but will hopefully energize me to get moving!

Tomorrow morning we are going to meet with the fertility specialist. I'm having a bit of a dilemma because, although I really like him as a person, I am beginning to think he is failing me as a physician. He does not monitor me throughout my cycle nearly as much as doctor's in the US monitor their patients. I often have to remind him of what procedures I have and haven't had done, what treatment we are doing that cycle, and other things that he really should know without me telling him. Also, in the past several months, the time I spend waiting to be seen (at my appointments) has dramatically increased which I think is because he has way too many patients. He is the only doctor in the practice and I can tell he is tired most of the time. As I said, I really like both him and his wife (who has started to work there as well to handle patient administration) but just liking my doctor isn't going to help me have a baby. I just don't know what to do!

I am also really frustrated with the fact that we have to pay out of pocket for all artificial reproductive techniques (ART). This is the case because Congress - who controls my insurance benefits - has not authorized funding for these procedures. Fair enough, although I do not agree with it, I can live with it. What frustrates me, however, is that if we were living in the US, I could go to one of several military hospitals and have these very same procedures free of charge. Completely free. No cost for medication, hospital bills, or physicians' fees. I know I'm whining, but how is this sound fair? Because Military Treatment Facilities operate on a different budget and through a different system than the insurance benefits, these inconsistencies are allowed to exist. I'm going to call my senator and TOIAW's senator today; I'm sure they won't care, but it's worth a try.

The GOOD News: Even if we do end up doing IVF, it is not that expensive here! It would cost less if the dollar wasn't record-breakingly weak, but oh well. In no way does the cost of IVF here compare to the cost of IVF in the US. So we'll see what he says tomorrow and from there we'll decide what we're going to do and if we're going to do it with him.

Have I mentioned that I have a spa day booked for next Tuesday? A gift from my sweet mom!

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