Surely they can't be serious?
Three days after receiving the heinous, hideous denial letter, this was in today's mail:
"The Clinical Coordination Department of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, after careful review, is pleased to inform you that the request for service(s) made on your behalf has been approved.
Place of Service: Doctor's Office
Type of Service: IVF
At this time we approve medically necessary services for a total of 3 (days)(services).
If it is medically necessary for you to receive services beyond 9/25/05, your provider should contact Blue Cross..."
Unless I am reading this wrong--am I?!--they have decided to reverse course and approve the IVF. This letter does not make any reference to the ICSI, but, by gum, it sounds like we won't owe the whole kit and kaboodle, regardless. (And what's the going rate for a kit, with and without the kaboodle? I heard a rumor that the kabbodle is about $1500; a much less scary proposition than paying also for the kit.)
This piece of (apparently) good news abruptly made the world seem so much prettier and cheerier and sunshinier...
...that I wished I could go back to Bridalveil Fall and take the picture all over again, since I couldn't properly appreciate it at the time.
On that National Parks note, we are heading down to L.A. for a friend's 40th and to celebrate the 1st and 16th birthdays of two of my nieces; then, on the way back, we plan a detour to see Joshua Tree. Hear the torrential So Cal rains have created a wildflower wonderland out that direction, though it may be a little late in the year. Regardless, we will almost certainly take several hundred thousand pictures of oddly-shaped, spiny tree-cacti and bore you silly with them upon our return.