Testing… Testing…

In preparation for our visit to Long Island (not to see the Long Island Psychic, though that would be fun) and a battery of tests that will be performed after many vials of blood are drawn from the LP and I, I met with my general practitioner (my “family doctor”) this morning.  As an aside, I had not eaten in twelve hours and was really hungry so it was tricky to remember everything I wanted to discuss.  I made a hopeful assumption that she would send me for some tests that require fasting and I could not remember if the rules were no eating after midnight or no eating for 12 hours.  Naturally, it was the former.

Today’s tests included ones recommended by Dr. Braverman (his included the fasting ones), some recommended by my TCM Doctor Acupuncturist and some that my GP threw in for good measure (why not, since we were at it?).  I also got copies of my TSH, T3, T4, IgE and Progesterone results from the past couple of weeks to add to my paperwork collection.

As for the tests, in case anyone is interested, here is what we did today:

  • Complete blood count (CBC)
  • Fasting insulin
  • Fasting glucose
  • Hemoglobin C (HbC)
  • Lipid panel – cholesterol tests, essentially  (I didn’t write down all of the acronyms but I think they are total cholesterol, LDL, HDL and triglycerides)
  • Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT – liver enzymes)
  • C-reactive protein (CRP)
  • Cortisol AM
  • Thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) – just to make sure it’s not doing anything crazy
  • RAST (allergy tests – blood) – food panel
  • RAST (allergy tests – blood) – inhalant panel
  • Anti-transglutaminase (I forgot to write this down so I may have missed part of this test’s name)

My GP suggested that the C-reactive protein (CRP) result will likely be high because of my super high IgE levels right now but it might still be informative to a Reproductive Immunologist. She also asked whether Dr. Braverman could prescribe allergy shots for me if he’s an immunologist.  Good question!  I have no idea.  I said I will ask him if he does that.

Apparently the RAST testing can take some time and it’s possible some of the others may take a few days more than usual as well so I may not have the results of most of this testing by Thursday morning when we meet with Dr. Braverman, but I will tell him that I can send them to him by e-mail.  I will also ask if I should copy them to anyone else because so far my observation of Dr. B and e-mail is suggestive of severe ADD and I want to make sure my results end up on my file for when he designs our next DE FET protocol.

The one thing my GP did *not* do was requisition a stool sample for parasites.  She suggested that it was very unlikely I had any of the parasites that would cause elevated IgE levels unless I had been (a) eating uncooked pork products (uh… negative on that. Eww!); or (b) taking up the dietary inclinations of the Inuit, who can sometimes contract the parasites in question (unbelievably, also a negative. I didn’t think Paleo-esque counted).  On that basis, I agreed it probably was not necessary.  Sorry, TCM doc, I’m passing on the pooh tests for now!

I am still waiting on my records from my former RE’s clinics but I have decided to accept that I won’t get those in time for the Dr. Braverman consult and that in all likelihood nothing serious will turn on that anyway.  I’m still annoyed but I’ve gotten over the urge to throat punch the staff at each clinic.  Life, thankfully, has gotten on with getting on.

That is it for this boring update.  Hopefully the next time you hear from me I will be reporting on a short stint in New York City and a short wait to see Dr. Braverman!

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10 thoughts on “Testing… Testing…

  1. It’s a damn shame that you won’t be meeting my beloved Theresa Caputo!
    If I was you, I would bring a physical copy of my medical records to the appointment (arranged in chronological order) so as you discuss your history you can show him the labs to prove your point (also, type up a condensed ttc medical history timeline for him & have 3 copies for you, doc, and your hubs). The docs really only know the bullet points and you only have an hour or so to flesh out the details so organization is *key*. Can you tell I’ve been to too many specialists?! XOXO

    • You clearly have not filled out the 14-page *&$(%ing form Dr. B requires (and lost initially in my case – it was later found). 😉
      If I *get* my records from the last two clinics before Thursday’s appointment, I will bring them and e-mail them to Dr. B’s staff (see above about him losing things) out of an abundance of caution. I need to get past *if* first… Argh!

      I’m pretty efficient at hitting the highlights and did a lot of that already last week on the phone call with Dr. B. But I can prepare a new cheat sheet. Maybe I’ll do that on the ridiculously long flights we’re on tomorrow… Thanks!

      Hoping Tuesday continues to be much better than Barf Monday. 🙂

  2. Wow, that is a lot of tests! You’re seriously my hero right now! A) for taking all those tests in stride and B) for not wanting to throat punch the staff at the clinic anymore. I’ll be thinking about you on Thursday. I am sending you so many prayers that your appointment goes well.

    • Thank you so much for those Thursday wishes! I can’t stay angry at these clinics and the people who run them. It’s exhausting and they just aren’t worth that much of my energy. I will get my records eventually and they have taught me not to feel even a little bit badly about never looking back.

    • I was so smitten with New York City in my early 20s. We are there such a short time. I feel sad that we can’t stay longer. We will be back and you must go someday. It is a good thing to put on your bucket list for sure. It is one of the most expensive places I know though…. Which makes a trip there now not great timing for us. Sadly!

  3. An empowering, empowering, empowering journey you are on my dear… when everything seems so frequently out of our hands, when there appears to be so few actions in which we can engage to truly influence our deeply sought-after outcome, it is so deeply powerful, inspiring to follow along as you navigate this often intimidating and inhospitable environment. What a warrior you are and what pride and hope I feel for you each step of the way! Will be eagerly awaiting for your updates and sending you heaps of purely positive energy!!

    • Wow. What a way to start my day of travel to NY – I am so grateful for this kind, generous hurrah and your deeply appreciated and much needed positive energy. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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