So our appt with the IVF Dr (who has expertise in Immunology and Immunological Factors of IF) went rather well. Unlike my preconceived (lol, no pun intended) notion that he would shove IVF down our throats, he did not. He did sit there with a, "Well, what's the point in doing all this testing if you aren't doing IVF??" kind of attitude, but one can hardly blame him... I mean, these IVF Drs are so trained to just surpass any and every boundary standing in the way of getting pg, that it must throw them for a loop to see someone in their office who actually wants to RESTORE their NATURAL fertility.
But he did explain for us all about Auto-, Allo-, and Local Immune Testing. With Auto-Immune testing, they test to see how my body is reacting to my half of the pregnancy, and for this they run a complete APA panel. If a large number of these come back too high, I would try a heparin treatment.
With Allo-Immune Testing, they test how my body reacts to DH's half of the pregnancy. In other words, my body could be rejecting a very newly formed baby because it senses that the cells from DH are too similar to the cells from my half. Scientifically, this makes sense, because relatives aren't supposed to mate, for example. So if our DQAlpha Cells were too similar, I could be at risk of rejecting the embryos before they develop, and well before implantation. So, they tested both my and DH's DQAlpha cells to find out what they are. If we are too close of a match, we would try a IVIg-similar treatment, one that is far less expensive than IVIg, yet just as effective, called IV Intralipids. I believe I would only need 1 injection pre-conceptually, and then 1 in early pregnancy.
For the Local Immune Testing, they want to see how my uterus is responding to foreign cells, like DHs sperm. We all have Natural Killer cells, which work to fight off bacteria or infection in our body. Sometimes, as the Dr explained, they work overtime and turn into Killer Bees- attacking anything and everything that enters, even if it is supposed to be there. So they tested my NK Cells to see if they are elevated or not. (I already predicted to the Dr that they would be elevated, since my body is still fighting off the Chlamydia... but since he's not the "think outside of the box" type of Dr I'm used to in NaPro or Dr Toth, he of course responded that this shouldn't be the case because it is a "past, treated" infection and not a "present" infection. Oh, how I wish that were true :( ) With elevated NK cells, the treatment is the same as with Allo-Immunity, which would be the IV Intralipids.
Anyway, we got the tests done this morning, and we should have the results within 2 weeks. They had to be sent to a special lab in Chicago, which (of course) does not accept insurance, so I wrote a check for $996.00 today, which I don't have in the account!!! I can transfer from savings, but that literally leaves me with nothing in savings :(
Speaking of being broke, I already mentioned the one nagging "glitch" in our adoption process. Well, we are still proceeding, and our Social Worker is looking into said glitch, however, she ALSO emailed me last week to express concern over our, and I quote, "limited income and savings." Ay ay ay!! It's infuriating, especially since DH's and his father's business has been successful for over 30 years, so successful, that my FIL was able to raise a family in VERY comfortable means, in the State's most expensive township... This is the very reason my DH decided to go into the family business- - for the potential it afforded our FAMILY! Sure, they had a rough year, but who didn't?? (If you say AIG I'll kick you in the teeth.)
Well, in other news, I have a meeting tomorrow with a local grad program in ultrasound technology!! It's a calling I've felt for about a year now, and finally looked into it, why?, because it looks like I'm not going to be a bio- or adopted mom anytime soon... so the good news is, since I have BA already, my program would only be 12 months as opposed to 18. The next classes begin in September. (And yes, I know what you're thinking, I have no money, how am I going to pull off more school? Well, there are a few big checks from DHs job sites that are supposed to be coming in... any day now... omg, it feels like we've been waiting forever... which we have...!!!) So, I am pretty excited about this new prospect. I am also hoping to go out to Omaha to do some u/s training at PPVI as part of my externship, but let's not get ahead of ourselves. I just would really love to further my work in Creighton/FertilityCare/NaPro, and ultrasound fascinates me.
If you are at a loss of prayer intentions this week, please say a prayer that things start working out financially in our home!!! (Last time I asked for this, your prayers worked WONDERS, so thank you!) Please remember LifeHopes in those financial prayers, too :)
HypnoFertility Class #2 tomorrow... stay tuned...