Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Update

Well, it's finally OVER.  The appointment I have waited 2 1/2 months for has come and gone, and here's the verdict:

I will be approved for IVF if the tests they are running on 2/9/12 come back ok.  On February 9, I will have my liver enzyme levels redrawn, additional blood tests done for possible related liver issues, and an ultrasound of my liver done, which will indicated if it is abnormally enlarged or if the bile ducts are starting to fail.  All in all, it will tell us just about everything we need to know.

The doctor said she is hopefully optimistic, however, that all will be normal.  When I had my liver enzymes checked in October 2011, my AST or ALT (I forget which one) was quite abnormal.  The high end of normal is a number of 35 or less, and my number was 78.  The day that this October blood draw was done, I had just finished a two week course of Levaquin.  The doctor believes that this may be what triggered my increase in enzyme levels.  She backed this idea up with the fact that the liver enzymes which were redrawn in December put my level at 38.  She said that it's still SLIGHTLY above normal, but it is of no concern.  

She did say that the hormone drugs related to IVF can cause high liver enzymes, but that they should return to normal once the hormones are done.  She said she would be fine to approve me for IVF as long as all the new tests done in 2 weeks come back ok.  We should know if we're ok to start IVF by the 16th of February.  If we are ok, then that puts us starting the process either the end of February or the beginning of March.  My next cycle is due to start 2/24 so quite possibly we can get my testing done immediately after, but may have to wait until the following (late March, early April) cycle.  

All in all, great news and now we're just hoping that the 2/9 tests look good :) 


  1. Excellent to hear :) I know it'll be a tough wait for those results, always is, but you can do it! You waited this long to see her, so I know you can wait just another couple weeks. I'll be thinking of you and I can't wait to hear the results, too! :)

  2. I'm glad you got good news. Bummer that you have to wait for yet another doctor appointment to know for sure if you'll be approved. At least it's not too long of a wait this time.

  3. Thank you ladies so much for following me during this time! I appreciate it. I'm not stressed about this wait at all. I figure 2 1/2 months went by pretty quickly so a couple more weeks will be nothing. I've been learning slowly that IVF is a slow process anyway. I'm definitely glad that we got sent to infertility right away because I can't imagine if we had been trying for two years or more before being referred. I think I would be feeling the "time crunch" of my lungs a bit more if that was the case.

  4. Hooray!!! I'm praying for you, as always. And I have definitely learned that even those lengths of time that seem interminable, pass. I never thought that I would be as calm as I am after the one-year mark of TTC. Obviously, I'd still far rather be pregnant, but... I've dealt with it far better than I thought I could! I'm crossing my fingers for your IVF experience.

  5. I recently started following your blog and wanted you to know that I am here wishing you the best on your IVF journey!

  6. Thank you so much Cindy and Young Grasshopper! I appreciate the support and good wishes.

    Cindy, I'm positive our time is coming.

    Young Grasshopper, your story is truly amazing. I LOVE following your blog. Your girls are so adorable!


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