This morning I got a telephone call from the fabulous and compassionate nurse who assists my general practitioner (GP), a family doctor who has a special interest but no specialization (meaning she didn’t complete specific residencies to become a specialist) in prenatal/conception and pediatric care . My GP is the Miracle Toddler’s family doctor as well and I really like her, even though sometimes we arm wrestle a little. I mentioned in a previous post that she gave me a referral to the genetics clinic in the hope that a Geneticist would be able to assist me and the LP in getting some HLA matching in order to assess whether we are losing our babies in part because of DNA matches that might be prompting my immune system to flag all embryos containing the LP’s DNA as pathogens worthy of assault and destruction.
The Geneticist has refused to see me (and the LP) or order any more tests. Why? Because he does not believe there is any point. In his view, I have had all of the testing (meaning the RPL panel and karyotype testing) to which I am entitled under our public health care system (which testing my GP had to fight to have them perform for me, despite being on miscarriage #3 at the time and being of advanced maternal age). The Geneticist believes that there is no further testing required although if I have another miscarriage my doctor can refer me again for reconsideration. I’ve had 6 miscarriages since the start of 2013. Is this guy for real?
This (and super long wait times, like the up to two years I’ll be waiting to see an allergist locally) is one of the reasons I am becoming rather resentful of the public health care system by which I am held hostage in my home and native land. Bleepity bleep bleep bleep!
That being said, it is also not entirely unexpected. I was anticipating this in some sense. At least I had the forethought to set in motion access to private (and much more elaborate, meaning really bloody expensive) testing through Braverman Reproductive Immunology. The HLA matching tests Dr. Braverman does are far more extensive than anything we would get here. Public health care be damned, this is what loans and lines of credit are for, right? I am not happy but at this point it barely registers as a blip on the big picture screen. It is becoming par for the course, it seems.
On another note, I have been trying for the past two days to get information from the finance folks at Braverman Reproductive Immunology. I’ve left two telephone messages and sent an e-mail and so far no reply despite the assurance I got yesterday that my first call would be returned today. This is not sitting well with me given the gobs of cash this doctor charges for even looking in his direction. Harumph!