In case you missed our last post, here’s a recap. We tried the traditional way to have kids: That didn’t work. Then we tried two cycles of IUI: That didn’t work either. Nate lost his job, and our health insurance along with it. Now you’re caught up. Although reading it this way isn’t quite as entertaining…
The next part of our story has us trying to figure out what to do next. Through examination our doctor, Dr. Michael Alper of Boston IVF, surmised that Jenny was suffering from endometriosis; although he wouldn’t know for sure or exactly how bad it was until he was able to perform a laparoscopic surgery. Luckily, since we had already paid for our insurance premiums for that month, we were able to schedule Jenny’s laparoscopy before our insurance officially ran out.
For those who are unfamiliar with endometriosis, it’s when the endometrial lining, which is supposed to grow on the inside of the uterus, grows on the outside and attacks the organs in the vicinity. This means one could have endometrial cells growing on her Fallopian tubes, ovaries, bladder, etc. Endometriosis results in infertility in about half the cases and Jenny’s was so severe that we were told that she had Stage IV endometriosis, which is as bad as it gets. Luckily, the doctor was able to remove it all during the procedure.
Unluckily, we were now without health insurance and paying for infertility treatments was out of our reach. However, if there was ever a chance of us getting pregnant naturally, this was it. Even so, it would’ve been nice to still have the infertility treatments to fall back on in order to make the most of our opportunity as removing endometrial cells is not a cure, but a stop-gap solution to try to improve reproductive chances. In the meantime, Nate searched for a new job with good health insurance, but with the national unemployment rate hovering around 9.5% from June 2010 to April 2011 (the time of his unemployment), finding a good job was not an easy prospect.
Finally, at the end of April 2011, Nate took a job with a local Xerox distributor. It wasn’t a great job, but he needed something, so it would do. Normally, Massachusetts employers’ insurance plans offer infertility treatment, as required by state law, but unfortunately since the parent company was headquartered in New Hampshire, our new health insurance plan did not cover infertility treatments.
Then, in October, Jenny took a new job with a small residential treatment facility for adults with developmental disabilities. Part of what spurred on this move was the fact that her old job as a dance instructor required her to work with girls as young as three years old. Seeing these young girls, along with their mothers who were about the same age as Jenny, became too difficult as the realization that she may never enjoy the same kind of relationship wore on her. Thankfully, this new job offered a health insurance plan that contained infertility treatments, so the quest for a family was back on!
Meeting with Dr. Alper again, the next course of action was one more cycle of IUI, as required by our insurance. The doctor was (rightfully so) not optimistic at the prospects of this third cycle working, but it was what needed to be done before they could move on to IVF treatments.
We’ll continue onto our IVF treatments in the next installment of our story, so stay tuned!