As I return to cyberspace after a long hiatus, there is so much to write about… bear with me as I attempt to fit in the chaos of last month in my next few posts all of which are in danger of being regurgitated today itself (don’t say I didn’t warn ya!).
As if the battery of tests I got done at Zouves’ wasn’t enough, CCRM graciously offered some more to add to the merry cocktail. Some of these (AMH, hubby’d SA) were repeats which they just prefer to get done at their lab while others (amazingly enough!) like the hysterectoscopy, day 3 bloods etc. had not been done before. Also, for all patients above the wonderful age of 35 (which already seems so far behind… sigh!)… they require a baseline mammogram… just in case you’re not wrung out from all the poking, prodding and accompanying stress, here’s a little something more to add to your overflowing cup of joy 🙂
Everything went off smoothly. The mammogram did cause me some anxiety (and not for the procedure itself which turned out to be merely uncomfortable and not hugely painful as I had feared) as the lab tech told me I had dense breast tissue and should not be alarmed were I to be called back for additional testing. Apparently, roughly 50% women have this condition and it makes it difficult to detect things on a routine mammogram. Obviously not thrilled at this revelation, I spent the next week freaking out every time the phone would buzz, convinced that I would be called in but it never did happen! Oh and the whole shipping thing with the day 3 bloods was a little nerve-wracking (esp. since I got my period over a weekend and there are strict missives from HQ to NOT ship blood over weekend) but the local Quest lab stepped up to the task and everything worked out just fine. In fact, the day CCRM received the bloods is the same day they tested and called with the results which I thought was pretty awesome!
So, here are the numbers:
AMH: 1.3 (previously 0.48… yippee!)
Estradiol: 65 (could be artificially suppressing FSH)
AFC: 13 (stayed the same from March testing)
Mammogram: normal (whew!)
Antibodies: only 1 slightly elevated, all other normal
DH SA: Motility back up to 54% (yayy!), Morphology: 2%
Karotype testing for both of us: normal
Genetic panel testing: one indeterminate value for DH (beta thalassemia). However, since I am not a carrier, chances of our baby being affected vlow/ nonexistent)
TSH: bounced from 2.7 back to 2.3 (the first one might have been high cause I skipped my meds a couple days before OWDU. However OB advised upping Levothyroxine dosage to 50mcg from 25mcg. Here’s hoping I don’t lose more weight!)
So overall, things are definitely looking up from last time when it seemed to be all doom and gloom. I was ridiculously excited at my AMH going up (even though I get that different labs might yield different results) and more than a little pissed off at Dr Z for stubbornly maintaining that AMH cannot go up! I think the surgery, continued Vit D, acupuncture etc. may have all contributed. Of course, it’s possible that the first result was a freak incident.
The FSH number does concern me. I know it’s borderline (CCRM prefers it to be under 10) but with the high estradiol, the nurse said it’s more likely 11 or 11.5 (not hideously bad but not great either). I’m hoping, praying, begging that my egg quality is not affected.
For now, though, I am going to be happy with these results (which are some of the best I have had ever since we started TTC) and await our next consult with Dr S on Sept. 10.