Friday, March 27, 2015

An Interview of Sorts

I was up at 5:30 AM (this never happens), took a hot shower and reviewed my notes.  I felt like I was preparing for a job interview, but instead was preparing for our IVF with PGD/PGS consultation with our RE.

As I have said in the past, an appointment with our RE is “therapy” for my ovaries, but this appointment was more like an interview to see if we wanted her to be more than that.   

I had researched my brain off regarding everything, so I was quite aware of the procedures but still had questions such as: qualifications of the person doing the biopsy, lab that completes the genetic testing, willingness to bank cycles and a few other things that I can’t remember right now.  Because holy information.

My questions were answered and we were able to meet the embryologist that performs the biopsy. He assured me it wasn’t his first rodeo and in the end it’s the laser doing all of the work.  Oh technology.  He is also a geneticist and he quickly explained to us that we do not know who carries the translocation yet, and the first step is finding out who does.  I told him I was pretty sure it was me.  My husband’s tests are, according to my RE, “stellar” and through my research this was a clear sign I am carrying the translocation.  In addition, our losses were caused by more chromosomes rather than less chromosomes another sign it is most likely the egg.  He glanced at my husband’s tests and quickly agreed with me, but explained karyotyping still needs to be completed to ensure the genetics lab has a probe fit for our situation.  I felt better meeting the person who would be performing the biopsy. I had imagined a young intern of sorts monkeying around in lab.  Luckily, the man was seasoned, intelligent and could handly my husband and I's jokes.

Where are we now? 

We have decided to go forward with IVF with PGD/PGS.  I am scheduled for a Saline Infusion Sonohysterography this Wednesday.  It sounds like an exotic facial treatment but it’s really an ultrasound to look for scar tissue in my uterus because of my previous D&C’s.  Oh uterus, please do not fail me now.

We are awaiting karyotyping results

I must continue taking aspirin because of the thrombophilia shenanigans.

We must remember, we are extremely fortunate to be able to even attempt IVF with PGD/PGS and this cannot be taken for granted.  I need to pull myself together for a crazy few months and remember that God has a plan for us.  We have been through so much already, and I know in my heart we can get through anything.

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