I think it was 15, anyway. After the technician drew my blood on Wednesday, I definitely had a stack of 10 vials of blood sitting there. My husband had about 5 – honestly, I didn’t count, but it was a lot for him. (He was such a big boy :) )
The bloodwork kit from ReproSource Fertility Diagnostics arrived by FedEx on Tuesday. We had to call a couple of labs to make sure they would do a blood-draw for an outside lab. The local hospital would not, but I Googled “Quest Lab” and found a Quest Diagnostics partner nearby who said they could.
Inside the box, there were three other boxes, one for each place the vials are going. I did not need to open these boxes.
The local lab charged $10.00 per person to perform the draws. Not bad at all, considering our third option was to have ReproSource hire a mobile phlebotomist to come to our house and charge $50.00 per person.
The vials are going to three places:
- Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science– North Chicago, IL
- National Jewish Health Immunology & Flow Cytometry Lab (ADx Lab) – Denver, CO
- ReproSource Fertility Diagnostics, the referring lab – Woburn, MA
As you can see, Dr. Braverman ordered a very thorough immunity panel on us. We had to have our blood drawn anytime between Monday through Thursday so that a weekend wouldn’t interfere with transport and labwork — the blood had to be viable for these tests. We also had to have it drawn together since some of the tests require mixing our blood.
Here, we see another huge difference between “regular” fertility specialists and the work of a reproductive immunologist. No other specialist ever tested me for any of these things. Just for information’s sake, they were:
- FOX P3 (CD4+/CD25+/Fox P3)
- RIP (modified)
- TH1/TH2 Cytokine Ratio
- NK Assay
- HLA Panel
- CBC with differential
- T-cell Subset
- KIR Receptor
- another HLA Panel on my husband
And, um, please don’t ask me what any of that means.
Hopefully, we’ll get some results by the end of the month, and Dr. Braverman will call me with his recommendations for treatment.
I don’t know how many times you might hear me say this, but it is SUCH a relief to be in a place where you feel like you can finally relax and let the doctor do all the work. I can set aside all my books and notes and Internet searches, and just let the man find what’s wrong.
I don’t ever want to forget how God has answered our prayers in getting us here.