Originally Posted by DCnanny
And while Jeanne is asking you personal questions, I was wondering something as well...
How does the British health care system handle TTC
and the bumps in the road you have faced? Does it give you many options?
Don't answer if
it's too personal... I was just trying to put together a better picture of all you have done in your TTC
Originally Posted by QTeach333
Nosey Nora over here (aka... ME) needs an update on the young man you are fostering. Where are you in the process? When do you think you'll become his permanent foster carers? How is he doing? What is the biggest stride you've noticed since he started coming to visit with you? I know this is technically the ttc
board, but an Inquiring Mind wants to get to know you and the important people in your life!
Well, firstly to 'Nosey Nora"...
Although we are J's respite foster carers, and have been all through the approvals process (just like you would for adoption), we have been approved by Children's Services, and when J comes to live with us
full time it will be when he's 18 and so we have to be approved by Adult Services, so at the moment we're
going through the Adult Placement approvals process.
The biggest stride for us
has been developing an overwhelming amount of love for J, and reaffirming our love for children. J is a awesome young man, and he brings out the best in us
The biggest stride for J has been him becoming so confident with us
, and developing lots of new skills. His family don't have as much time as we do, as they have other children. But when J comes, it's just J and us
, and so learning has become an every day part of his time with us
Has that helped? Are you considering anything similar Jeanne?
Now on to the "Next Nosey Nora"...
Our NHS (National Health Service), is pretty good really, it's slow and basic, but it's done us
ok. In terms of our area and what they cover in terms of fertility treatment it's covered everything, and that amounts to...
All our blood tests, loads of TSV scans and normal scans, an HSG
, several doses of antibiotics (to improve our SA
results), a full investigative Laparoscopy, 2 IUI
's with meds (it would have covered 3 IUI
's but we stopped after 2 because of our dna fragmentation results) and it will pay for 2 cycles of IVF
We have paid about £250 for the sperm preps (about $500), and we also paid privately for 2 SCSA tests (checking for sperm fragmentation) as they were not covered by the NHS at all. They cost £700 total (about $1400).
So all in all, it's very very good. It's how things are over here, and so it's what we know. Thanks to Susanne (babyhungry), we've been privileged to have been to the States 5 times, and I love America so much, I'd move there in an instant, but your health care system scares the cr@p outta me
I spoke to a friend from these boards after she had her cancer and was horrified to find that she had to pay $1,000's towards her treatment. It just isn't that way over here, unless you want to go private.
I hope that's answered your questions??
How are you both doing?