Sunday, December 28, 2008

Sunday morning lab draw

Well day 3 didn't fall on Christmas, instead it fell on today, Sunday. Colin was with me because he came to pick me up from work. I just got off of my night shift (3rd night in a row and so exhausted) this morning and went to the lab. They were closed but I was able to page the lab techs from the inpatient units to come draw my blood. They could not find my order from the clinic even though I called on Monday and the lab had it then. So they paged the on-call doctor to get the order. When the on-call doctor called he said he could not give an order for me but to call one of the docs from my clinic. I was worried that none of the doctors would be on-call on Sunday but luckily one of them was able to call and give the verbal order for me to get my FSH and estradiol taken. It took 1 hour (which really should have been 15 minutes) to get it all sorted out but I wasn't about to wait another month! Sigh of relief, that is done! Once they get my results we go back to waiting.
As I sat in the lab this morning with Colin I was so excited for the new year to come as we continue to embark on this IVF road. I am hopeful the committee will meet shortly after the new year and continue to pray that we can be chosen as recipients. We are so ready to start IVF!

Friday, December 19, 2008


Today I was out Christmas shopping and I got a call from the coordinator. She told me that my FSH levels had not been drawn which is one of the qualifiers for the scholarship. I don't know how we missed this. I thought we had done everything we needed to but apparently not. I just figured somewhere in all of the blood work the clinic had all the information they needed. The coordinator was reassuring though. All of my nursing books are packed away but my understanding is that the follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) stimulates production of eggs and indicates the age of the ovaries or the ovarian reserve (aka if you have enough ovaries and if they are in good shape). FSH levels are also used to determine the production of sperm in a male, Colin's levels were normal. I wanted to run into the lab today and get it done but the catch is that it has to be drawn on day 3 of your menstrual cycle. Luckily I am on birth control now and I start my sugar pills Monday. Meaning that my period should start soon and I am just hoping that day 3 doesn't fall on Christmas because I don't know if the lab will be open. Ahhhhh, the stress! But it is exciting at the same time because it means that the committee will probably be meeting soon. I suspect after the holidays.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Merry Christmas!

If any you are even still reading this...I can't believe that it has been 2 months since I last posted! Sorry. Honestly it is because I have nothing to post about. Colin spoke with the coordinator for the scholarship committee sometime in November and she said she was hopeful that the committee would meet by the end of the year. Now it is 2 weeks away from being the end of the year and we have not heard anything. We turned in our application 6 months ago. We are fine and really there is nothing we can do except try to focus on other things and enjoy all the blessings we do have. We've been busy with getting our house in shape, working, spending time together, getting ready for Christmas etc. There are many things in life that we have control over but with this issue it is completely out of our control and in the Lord's hands. There is nothing more we can do but wait. Although I wonder "when?" very often, I do have faith that the Lord knows best and will provide when the time is right. I am grateful for this Christmas season and wish you all the very happiest and best! I hope to have more exciting news during 2009! Merry Christmas!