Neutral news & a reason to hurry

I am 2 dpo on cycle #11. My BBs sure do hurt- my body must be chugging along on the progesterone production!
We went to see our insurance benefits lady yesterday at Darrell’s work. The news is neutral. She said that as long as the doctor’s write a specific condition down instead of “infertility,” we’ll be covered. When we are diagnosed as infertile (with no sperm, that may be quite soon), then we are covered 50%. That sounds good, but then there is the darned “exclusions section.” The book says the following are exclusions, “… charges RELATED TO or IN CONNECTION WITH surrogation, embryo implantation, artificial insemination or in-vitro fertilization.” Well, that just about sums up EVERYTHING if we have no sperm and can’t get it into normal quantities. If we can manage to get Darrell to produce 5 million at a time, we can at least do IUI, but that isn’t covered at all. I am determined to be happy though, because if he is fixable to this extent, it will mean a genetically-related child and IUI is only about $300. If we have to use donor sperm, that will mean IUI too. The bad part is if Darrell is only fixable enough to do IVF. Then the major bills will roll in. But I will still be happy if we can afford it and it works right away. One sort of bright spot is that medicines are covered 100%- even injectibles. But we were warned that this may change in October when the plan is reviewed. Let me tell you, that gave me a sense of urgency! If IVF is what we need, then the meds for that are $1,500 to $3,000 per cycle. That is half the cost! I hope this RE is fast in his diagnosis and we soon learn just what we need to do to get pg. If we have to use the latest technologies, then I want my meds free!!
Congratulation to BJ on her IVF pregnancy! I am so happy for you and Kamila! Congratulations to all the other newly pg ladies on our board, too! We are mostly pg now!

A new doctor & an early O, au natural

A couple of weeks ago my message board company died and I lost my precious link to my good friends. But Elissa came to the rescue! She gathered us up and brought us to her site and we regrouped (Big thanks!). We ended up on Meese’s site, since she has a MB that works like mine did (thank you too!). I was initially a bit sad at the loss of my “web-mommyhood” but don’t think about it too much anymore. I try not to spend all my time thinking about TTCing like I have been doing in this past year. I can hardly believe that in a few short weeks, I’ll have been officially TTCing for a whole year! An anniversary I surely have never wanted. I have been battling a pretty serious depression these past several weeks. I think it is finally starting to lift now. I was starting to think I needed counseling and mood-altering drugs!
I finally got a referral for an RE from my OB/Gyn that is covered by my insurance. I have an appointment with Dr. Witz on May 7. We need to figure out what exactly is covered, so we do get blasted with “sticker shock.” LOL. It’ll happen anyway! You can be sure I won’t be so positive about this in future entries! I am excited to be on the road to mommyhood once more! Whatever it takes!
You’d never guess, but it looks like I am having my earliest ovulation ever this cycle- WITHOUT the Clomid! I got a positive OPK today and I am on (C #11) CD #17!!! My earliest O previously was day 19 on 100mg Clomid. Boy have I been in pain tonight! We are DTD tonight, even though the odds of that SA being wrong are about nil.

AF plays a trick

I ovulated on CD #21, so I was only one day off on my guessing. Today is cycle #11, CD #1.
It took me about 5 days to accept and halfway get over my husband’s test results. I am still sad though. I haven’t done a single thing about finding a new RE. I am planning on faxing my OB/Gyn the list of REs in my insurance book to see if she knows of one of them. Otherwise it’ll be eeny-meeny-miney-mo. Not a good thing when it comes to doctors who mess around down under. You kind of have to like a person a bit before you let them get so personal! LOL.
One odd thing about this cycle is that I didn’t get AF until 14 dpo. On Clomid, I have always gotten her visit on 12 dpo, so I was getting pretty excited. I thought the extra 50mg this time might extend it to 13 dpo, but I never imagined I’d go all the way to 14 dpo. Of course, she waited until immediately after I wasted a HPT this morning to make herself known. Grrr. But I am not upset, because I know my chances of getting pg are close to nil right now. Medically, this change is probably good news, since the longer the luteal phase, the longer an eggie has to implant. But to me, it means 2 more days I will have to deal with in the 2ww. I guess it really will be a 2 week wait for me now.
A friend of mine donated a box of FM sticks to me! Yeah! So I’ll probably use them to determine whether I O on my own next cycle. But I imagine I’ll start off late, so I don’t waste too many. I have heard many people say they Oed the cycle after stopping Clomid, so this will be interesting to see. The only non-Clomid cycle that I have recorded an O for was on day 33. Yikes! Hopefully the new RE won’t make me wait too long for my first appointment. I’ve heard several people complain of having to wait several months. I had to wait 2 months just to see my OB/Gyn!!