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Things to think about September 22, 2009

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Well firstly, I still thought it was yesterday, and almost didn’t post…

I rang Monash today. We’re pushing towards our next step being IVF/ICSI. Apparently they have just introduced a new billing system in which they will place a freeze on your credit card for the rebated costs, and will just charge you the out of pocket expenses. Lovely Nurse didn’t know a lot about it, and is having someone ring me in the next couple of days.

I asked about deadlines for treatment this year. Apparently if I have a down-reg cycle (that’s the one with the pill right?), the latest I can be on the pill is November 5th. If I have the other type (the name of which currently escapes me) then the latest I can start will be early December. This is good news.

Our out of pocket expenses are looking at being around the $2500 mark, with about $1100 for the actual IVF/ICSI, around $270 for the donor sperm, and around $1000 for the hospital fees. Potentially more if Synarel or Orgulatron (I think that’s what it’s called) is part of the protocol.Up front costs would be about $6000, so hopefully the new billing system has some good news for us, otherwise this isn’t happening this year.

There is still no news about the Senate debate over the changes to medicare. I can’t seem to find anything out, and Lovely Nurse knew nothing.

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Feeling better September 21, 2009

Posted by Natasha in Infertility, Life.
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And, holidays are here!

Truly the best bit about this job, is that I’m never more than 12 weeks away from my next break. Which is just the way it should be!

1 Month and 1 day since the crimson announcement that IUI #1 didn’t work. I think I’ve made some progress.

Today, I decided to lay in the hammock in the sunshine with my beautiful little niece, who promptly fell asleep. This didn’t even make me want to crumple into a ball and cry for a week.

Perhaps its because she, at all of 13 months, is most definitely not a baby any more. Don’t get me wrong, I want a child more than anything else on earth, but my personal trigger for plunging into a deep, dark hole seems to be anything ‘baby’ related.

Or perhaps, it is because in the last month I have made a concerted effort to find other things to obsess over. I’ve been sewing like crazy, I’ve been playing with the camera, and fine tuning my photoshop skills. I have been talking to people outside the ALI world. You know, actually connecting with people face-to-face. Amazing.

We’re not cycling this month. We are moving out of the Outlaws and into the Grandparent Coccoon. This makes me Very Happy. It will be happening this weekend, if Mr. G is feeling healthy again (I of course have been sick for the last fortnight, but now that he has man-flu – OH NOES!!!).

I intend to do some research over the next fortnight about our options re finance for IVF. Otherwise, we will definitely do IUI#2 in October. Right now, I’m just loving September.

ICLW kicks off again today/tomorrow (depending on where you are in the world). Hi to people visiting via there 🙂 I really will try not to be such a puddle of misery this month!!

Cracks September 11, 2009

Posted by Natasha in Life.
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My thin veneer of togetherness.

Is breaking.

Unable to make decisions, unable to make plans.

Simultaneously one-track-minded, and completely unable to focus on any one thing.

Bickering.

Angry, Frustrated, Sad.

So, Fucking, Sad.

Distance September 10, 2009

Posted by Natasha in Art & Craft, Infertility, Latest Obesssions, Life, News and Drivel.
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I’ve had to take a bit of a break from the blog. I’m trying to find some perspective and balance…

I *think* we’ve decided to not do any more IUI’s, to go straight to IVF, as soon as we can afford it. If, however, we work out that we can’t do IVF this year, we will probably try another IUI or two, simply because they won’t cost us as much.

It is so wrong, that these decisions are dictated purely by finances.

There has been some promising news in the media this week.

The proposed changes to the Medicare Safety Net were heard in the senate, and thankfully were met with opposition. It will be another week before anything is decided.

Now that September has rolled around, and the Victorian joke legislation that enforces us all to have a Police Check before undergoing ART has become official (A fury-inducing side note: even if you had frozen embryos from a previous cycle, you would still need a police check before being allowed to do a transfer. What happens to the would-be-parents deemed ‘unsuitable for treatment’? What happens to their embryos??).

The media has FINALLY gotten a hold of this horrendous little piece of news, and is stirring up some attention, which is being received by the general public in exactly the way it should: incredulity and horror.

Waiting.

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In my quest to find other things to focus on, I’ve pulled out the sewing machine. Its a great way to just zone out, and distract myself from life.

I have plenty of ideas, but I am plagued with self-doubt… I would love to set up an etsy shop, or even a craft-market stall.

Eventually

I’ve set up another blog that will be dedicated to that little venture:

 Cute Crumples

I’ll be back…