A different kind of TWW—for my karyotyping blood work results to come in—is done.
A few weeks ago I had a recurrent miscarriage panel drawn at my RE’s office. It was done more as a formality, IMO. Something Dr. C figured would appease me.
There was some confusion when a new girl in my RE’s office told me my results weren’t in (they were) and never bothered to share them with me or with anyone else—including my RE! I finally tracked down my fave, most competent nurse. She jumped on the ball and called me back within ten minutes with my results that only moments before “weren’t in yet.” Nurse read my results to me over the phone. She might as well have been speaking in hieroglyphics. I politely listened to a slew of medical terms and numbers, then requested the lab results be emailed to me.
For anyone who geeks out on this type of thing, here’s what the panel tested:
- Anticardiolipins (3 types: IgG, IgM, and IgA)
- Beta-2 Glycoprotein (2 types: IgC and IgM)
- My thyroid (not totally sure why this was included in the test, since my primary physician draws a full-out thyroid panel for me every 4 months, but, hey, whatevs.)
- Lupus Anticoagulant comp (This included a whole raft of subtests, none of which I can pronounce, let alone decipher their meanings).
Everything was squarely in the normal range. The Lupus results were a bit on the higher end of the ranges given, but not enough that Dr. C was concerned.
So there we have it. I am “normal.” Well, not normal normal haha…. but my blood clotting abilities are apparently quite stellar. Hooray.
Through a friend’s recommendation, I’ve been reading the website of a reproductive immunologist, Dr. Alan Beer in California, about RI and RM testing. His site is pretty informative and breaks down all the tests he uses in his RI practice in a way that’s (semi) understandable. Among other tests, I noticed that Dr. Beer includes the following in his RM testing, none of which were included in my own panel:
- Leukocyte Antibody Detection (LAD)
- Antinuclear antibodies (ANA)
- Natural Killer (NK)
- Antiphospholipid Antibodies (APA)
The terms natural killer cells and antiphospholipids are thrown around a lot on IF blogs. But no matter how much I read online, I still have a hard time wrapping my mind around all this stuff.
I’m a total newb at all things RI, so if anyone can tell me whether my panel sucked as far as being comprehensive, please do. I’m not looking for there to be something wrong with me as far as RI goes, but if something major wasn’t tested that should’ve been, I’m def interested in knowing about it.