We have spent the week looking through adoption information, both domestic and international. The first thing I have realized is wow the cost!! Major $$$. It is amazing how getting a child can cost so much, not that having a child naturally is cheap. Most adoption agencies have at least a $35,000 to $50,000 estimate. Granted not all of that has to be paid upfront but that is the expected estimated cost to get a child. Some agencies say that international is cheaper, some that that a domestic adoption is cheaper. We have also seen some very interesting “requirements” to adopt (depending on the agency). Some of those requirements have been both parents over 30, both parents having a BMI of under 31, both parents having a net worth of $80,000, and parents required to have $10,000 in their bank account for each member of the family (or potential) family each month to cover expenses. The process has been enlightening that’s for sure.
I see the infertility specialist on January 6th, I’m interested to see what she has to say. Granted, I am coming to terms with the fact that a natural child for me is likely not going to happen. I am also coming to terms with the fact that these diseases, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, and Fibromyalgia have a long reach. I was reminded of that today, when I went to the eye doctor. My eyes are SO dry that I cannot even wear contacts. In addition, my eyes are so dry that my vision is being affected now. I can now not make out anything with out my glasses, my distance vision is extremely poor and my near vision is not improving. My doctor prescribed drops (again) but you can only put in so many drops. Hopefully something will change for the better!
Good news, I have finished writing my entire dissertation! The entire thing is written, except the abstract/acknowledgement section. I will just be working on edits for now until my final defense (hopefully early January) and then I hope to have a smooth transition with graduate studies/the library. I will be filing for graduation as soon as the semester opens! YAY! Feels good that is for sure!
But now I’m back to Spring Cleaning 🙂 #moreworktodo #takeadvantageoftheenergy