I know that some of these fears would exist even if Sweet Pea was typical and had typical chances of having a medical issue, but they are certainly magnified because she isn't typical and her risks aren't typical. However, the cost of cord blood banking is quite expensive and it seems that the banking companies are succeeding by feeding off of parental fears. It's like they are saying, "How can you put a price tag on saving your child's life? Is $2,000 more than your daughter is worth?"
The thoughts going through my brain are these:
- Am I throwing away $2,000 immediately plus $125 every year after?
- My daughter is very healthy and why should I think that she will be anything but healthy in the future (and my newest daughter will be too).
- This one is foolish, but still...am I jinxing her by doing (or not doing) this?
If I was still working full time and bringing in a decent salary then this really wouldn't be much of an issue. But that isn't how it is these days. We are trying to live off of one salary and even that salary has been lowered from what it used to be. Taking a 60% decrease in income is hard, but it was a choice that we made that we truly believe will be best for both of our girls. When we made the decision we knew that there would be things that we couldn't afford and we were going to have to make due without them. But is this one of those things?
What would you do?
I can't leave this posting on such a depressing note...so here are some photos from yesterday.
Sweet Pea doesn't interact with my belly normally so I had to try to capture this moment when it happened. It's like she was listening to her sister:
When is she coming out to play?
And finally, just a short video clip of her chatting with me: