Monday, January 25, 2010


I really don't want to look a gift horse in the mouth, BUT . . .

. . . . this is the bill I received from my RE's office recently. Really? Do you really need $20.83? I annihilated my savings with a money order for the initial payment for IVF. I paid around $900.00 for the required testing at the IVF consult. After my betas came in I got a bill for $670.00 for my saline thinger that we did before IVF started and then the three betas tests. I paid that. And now, somewhere in their records, they have decided that they need an additional $20.83.

Obviously I wrote the check and $20.83 is not going to bankrupt me. But is that really necessary? The previous $10,270.00 didn't cut it (obviously this does not include meds, hospital and other fees not paid to them)?

But then I think about if it hadn't worked. My other cycles didn't work. I paid $75.00 a month for 8 failed Clomid cycles. I paid a little over $2,000.00 a month for three IUI's. And I got nothing from those but additional bills at therapy and the acupuncture place. It did work, so if they really need twenty bucks I can fork it over. I did love my RE and the whole office in general so again, I shouldn't look a gift horse in the mouth. I did after all spend more than that yesterday on some cute baby outfits.

On the other hand, if they find a missing $5.00 in the next few weeks I might have to call and rip someone's head off!!

By the way, I just had to watch "The Pregnancy Pact" last night. I told myself I should probably watch the Kardashian's instead and maybe a little Giuliana and Bill, but I was too tempted. I don't know if you've seen it, but it's about all those girls, I think there were 18 of them, in a high school that all became pregnant and supposedly some of them made a pact to do it together. Can you truly imagine that? I mean really think about that?

Friend 1: Hey friend, I'm pregnant now so you should do it too right away.

Friend 2: Okay, I will.

And then they do! They actually get pregnant when they say they are going to, right when they feel like it.

Mind boggling!


  1. I recorded that on my DVR so I could watch it today! Crazy stuff...

    That is effin' hilarious about the $20.83. Not haha funny, but more like "ARE YOU KIDDING ME!?" funny.

    I'm so glad it worked for you the first time!

  2. That is crazy (the bill and the pregnancy pact). I am grateful you got the BOGO plan on your first try!!!

  3. Yes, those clinics have a way of nickel and diming us, don't they? I tried to watch The Pregnancy Pact...just...couldn't...saw bits and pieces flipping through the channels but that's it...

  4. This is not a gift horse. A gift horse would be free or totally covered by the insurance. This is an expensive black stallion.
    A pregnancy pact. My mom would've killed me if I got pregnant in high school.

  5. I TOTALLY relate re: the shoddy and silly billing practices. I got a $5.00 bill from my RE's office. FIVE DOLLARS. After paying THOUSANDS. I mean, come the fuck on.

    And, I too, saw that Lifetime movie. All I thought about was, "Awww. I wish I TRIED that in high school because maybe then I'd have realized I was infertile at a young age." Not really. But how odd was that story?!
    Truly odd. And a truly true one at that.


    xo B

  6. Btw, I LOVE your blog. Love it. VERY cleverly written and completely relatable.

    I am also due in May. :) 26 weeks today. IVF. Blah de blah.

    My blog is Come on by, sistah!

    xo B

  7. A similar thing happened to us recently. After all the moola that we've spent over the past several years just TTC, coupled with our current pregnancy expenses are over the top.

    Then I get a bill last week for $13.32. Really?!?

  8. It's like they have to keep reminding you how expensive this is. Annoying!

    Btw, don't be too jealous of law school - it's not as awesome as it sounds (especially when the market sucks and you are full of hormone drugs). ;)

    I am in an Income Tax class right now and one thing I did learn about is the medical deduction you can take on your taxes. Keep this in mind! I know we'll qualify for both 2009 and 2010.

  9. 20.83 is the price of one extra large pizza. you just picked up their papa john's tab.

  10. LOL @ lookingforaplussign above! Yeah they probably had a lunch bill or some shit to pay and thought hey Ashley won't mind an additional $20.83! You'd think after $10K plus that $20.83 could be written off or whatever they do. Anyway so glad to read it worked this time around for you, gives me hope. Happy ICLW

  11. I hear ya!! I got a $30 bill from my RE's office a week or so ago. I keep forgetting to pay it. Not purposely but I'm sure they aren't going to go out of business while they wait for my $30. So much for the huge cookie bouquet thank you basket I was going to send them when our little one was born!!


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