On a personal note, I know Emily does nice things for the shelter in Florence, and she and Matt even work at the shelter at Christmas. When I called her last night to ask her again whether we could do this for her, she was babysitting a four-year-old whose parents are homeless. They were playing Yahtzee. She teaches a class of special kids at Sunday school at her church. She babysits for friends at a moment's notice, and often for free! She told me the other day that she was washing some clothes for a man who was living out of his car and that he needed new shoes. I happened to be in a situation where I could afford to send him some, so I bought two pairs on Amazon and shipped them to her. She gave them to him. He was shocked that they were new. I would never have known about this man if Emily hadn't mentioned him in our conversation. We're all so busy all of the time. Emily takes time to help others, though. I usually do not find the time. She helps me to help others by inspiring me with her generosity and love. She was reluctant to accept help from all of us because she and Matt are nervous that people will think they are selfish, irresponsible, or not providing for each other. I reminded her that she doesn't judge the people she helps, and we won't judge her, either.
Information: These are some prices for medical procedures by fertility specialists:
Estradiol Tests (3) $ 330.00
BV Blue (1) $ 34.00
CBC (1) $ 28.00
Progesterone Tests (3) $ 252.00
Follicular Sonars (3) $ 552.00
Pregnancy Evaluation after IVF $ 278.00
Monitoring Subtotal $1,440.00
IVF Procedures & Optional Services:
Ultrasound Guidance $ 475.00
Egg Retrieval $2,000.00
Egg Identification from Fluid $ 740.00
Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) $1,280.00
ICSI, if greater that 10 oocytes $ 545.00
Laser Assisted Hatching (LAH) $ 750.00
Embryo Insemination $ 220.00
Cryopreserve Excess Embryos $ 770.00
- Annual storage fee after one year $ 300.00
It's very interesting that insurance covers things like a vasectomy or tubal ligation and will even cover a reversal of those if you change your mind later, but it does not cover assisted reproductive technology. Insurance will pay for Emily's blood work and ultrasounds but will not pay for any of the medications, egg retrieval, the insemination, the storage fees of keeping the embryos until they can be implanted, or the implantation itself.
Thank you so much for your time, and thank you for helping Emily, even if you can only give $5! She has so many friends and people who love her that we can all make a difference!
Also, Emily made me promise to let everyone know that she's willing to babysit in exchange for donations, so give generously and take her up on that!
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