So, we received some exciting news this week (no, I’m not pregnant!). However, we FINALLY got the IVF with genetics testing approved! Yay! After getting denied, starting an appeal, then having the appeal denied, my amazing IVF doctor worked her magic and allowed the insurance company to realize they were not making the correct decision. Denial reversed! SO….we’re going to be officially starting the IVF process! Keep in mind, this process takes a while. A brief (estimated) timeline could go something like this:
- The creation of the probe (the test they will use to test the embryo’s for the mutation) – this can take anywhere from a couple weeks to a few months.
- Once the probe is complete, I will begin the shots to get the eggs nice and ripe – this will most likely take a few weeks.
- Then the retrieval of eggs…hopefully a whole lot o’eggs.
- The creation of the embryo’s.
- Embryo’s get watched for about a week.
- Embryo’s get sent to the lab for the genetic testing.
- All hope is that we have at least one “normal” embryo – we should know after another couple weeks.
- Then the first attempt at a transfer happens.
- If all works out, I’m then pregnant (although the chances of it happening on the first try are not always guaranteed…repeat steps 8 and 9).
So, as you can see, between insurance and the steps involved, there’s a lot to this process. I knew it would be a lot, but until I was fully immersed in it, did I realize what a lot is. I’ve had my share of “WTF” moments (and plan to have many, many more), scared to death that it won’t work. We are so ready to bring another little cub into the world that the thought of it not happening is devastating. BUT, we’ve crossed the first hurdle of getting approved. Here’s to more hurdles being jumped over/crossed/knocked down, whatever you do to a hurdle, on our way to bringing a new little one into our lives.
AND this weekend is my birthday. Another year to add to my “advanced maternal age”…happy birthday to me!