So AF showed up about 5 days earlier than expected. A part of me is like, “Great! Let’s get this show on the road.” But another part of me is a little concerned at how my cycles have been jumping around a bit lately.
Today is CD 2-ish. (AF showed up late Friday evening.) Luckily, my HMO’s lab is open 7 days a week. I found out a few days ago that they’re actually testing for way more than the NP initially mentioned. All the labs covered in this initial blood work:
- Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH)
- Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH)
- Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)
- Hemoglobin A1C
- Vitamin D
- Complete Blood Count (CBC)
- Blood Type (ABO Rh)
Infectious Disease Labs
- Hepatitis B Surface Antigen
- Hepatitis B Core Antibody
- Hepatitis C
- HIV 1 & 2
- T Pallidum
- HTVL I/II
- CMV IGG
They don’t mess around.
Since we knew they’d be taking a lot of blood, S very sweetly brought some juice for me to sip afterwards. Here’s how much blood they took….
And I took this photo before the phlebotomist filled up the last two vials! Some of you are pros at this and probably see this photo and think “Pshh, that’s nothing!” but I couldn’t stop staring at it all.
So now we wait 24-48 hours for the results. Once we have them, the RE will call to schedule an in-person appointment. The excitement of the blood work has sort of given way to a bit of nervousness about the results. In 48 hours, I’ll have a pretty good idea of my ovarian reserve and how much help we’re gonna need to make a tiny human. Whoa.