Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Chicago labs

I had the “Chicago labs” blood work yesterday, so as of this afternoon, the ridiculous number of vials should have safely landed in the U.S. You know it’s going to be a big blood draw when the nurse remembers that you are there for the “Chicago labs” and goes out of the room to get more vials, then returns and asks if you’ve had a big breakfast and lots of fluid. She also made me promise to have a big lunch after I left the clinic. See the “REAL Gourmet Burger” post below.

We discussed the seriousness of the tests in Chicago and she basically said that if they (the reproductive endocrinologists and reproductive immunologist) were putting me through the blood draws and expense of “Chicago labs” I would need intralipids or IVIG therapy. GULP. I asked the price of both and it’s much lower than what I had previously been told. Each IVIG infusion is $3500 and intralipds are even less. Of course it still adds a significant expense to the IVF procedure and other meds, but again, it’s lower than I had been told, so I’ll take it. For now I’ll continue to hope that I only need the even less expensive intralipid therapy. The results from Chicago should be back in 7-10 days, as well as the lab report we are still waiting on from Denmark. I’m expecting a call back today regarding the final list of IVF and supplemental meds so those can be ordered and ready to go. That’s the latest.

Update: Fabulous RE #1 just called. The results from Denmark (sperm DNA fragmentation test) are great! Finally, some good news.

Fabulous RE #1 isn’t going to order the meds until the “Chicago labs” are back next week. Apparently even the IVF medications that are used will be dependent on those results. And so we wait….


  1. Ugg, the wait! I just hope you get the best possible news you can from Chicago! And hopefully everything gets handled promptly and you aren't left waiting any longer than you have to. Good Luck!

  2. Good luck with all of that! I had some borderline tests and the next step was having those tests which would be sent to the same Chicago clinic and, unfortunately for us, that's pretty much where we drew the line of our TTC journey.

    One thing to be careful of is that that the cost of IVIG is based on your weight (depends on how many vials they have to give you) and it may need to be repeated throughout pregnancy.

    A dear friend at got pregnant with her son using IVIG so you might want to check out her blog.

  3. My dear, I really hope your blood test for Chicago will come back suggesting only the intralipids. Great news about the fragmentation though so that's one thing not to be worried about. Thinking of you, Fran