There's been a lot written here about the length of time we've had to wait for the croc sporting doctors to step in and intervene.
Twenty four failed attempts, currently in the twenty fifth, must seem like marijuana rooted madness to those of you looking on. In the United States particularly.
While I certainly haven't enjoyed the wait, I do understand it, from a health service point of view at least. The Netherlands has thousands of couples in the same situation walking through it's hospital and clinic doors every year.
It's a tiny country, with a relatively huge population. Four times smaller than Ireland, yet four times more inhabitants.
The Irish health service is groaning, creaking and ready to burst at the joints under the weight of mismanagement, and insufficient funding, both capital, and operational.
The Dutch service, while it may well be lacking a personal attention element, seems to be running like a well oiled machine. A slow one perhaps, but one that I am glad we have at our disposal. State of the art facilities, modern techniques, and some of the most highly skilled staff you are likely to find anywhere.
The patience of patients, is rewarded. They operate a system of mandatory health insurance where each individual is responsible for arranging their own health cover. The choices of provider run into dozens, with all standard basic care being covered. This leaves you to pick and choose the extra elements of cover that suit your needs, alternative medicine, dental, psychological etc.
I would estimate that regardless of which cover they take, an individual should be fully insured for all eventualities for about €1200 - €1400 per year.
We have just confirmed, that ET's insurance alone will fully cover the six IUIs that the hospital are willing to try, plus fully, yes fully, cover up to 4 IVF cycles that the hospital would then be willing to offer.
Everything, from here on in, is covered by our insurance. Every penny.
I stand to be corrected, but to the best of my knowledge, no Irish health insurance provider will offer any cover for artificial reproductive treatments.
So, in this, a one-off special entry praising the organisation and procedural focus of our hosts, I can tell you I wouldn't prefer to be anywhere else as we face into the coming weeks and months.
Now, if I could only get the fuckers to crack a smile.