Monday, December 21, 2009

No more dolls.

Dr. Z is optimistic.

He not only has Dr. N's report, but he contacted another geneticist who is the head of some program yada-yada who said that an inversion of the 2nd chromosome like ours can contribute to both miscarriage and infertility.

An interesting note- apparently PGD has come leaps and bounds in the last five years. In the past, FISH was the only method that was being used. The downside was that it really limited what they could look at. Now, at least in the labs my clinic is associated with, PCR is used. My limited understanding of this, based on our fifteen minute appointment with Dr. Z, is that with FISH they might be able to determine an issue in 3-8 chromosomes, but with PCR, they should be able to test all 23 chromosomes.

III told Dr. Z, "We feel like we're those Russian dolls. You open one, and you just find another." Dr. Z assured him that he's pretty sure we're on the smallest doll. He said not only does he feel like this could be the cause of all of our problems, but that it's possible we could learn more from the information we get through PGD. III asked "If there is another doll, what would it be?" and Dr. Z told us "This is pretty much as specific as it gets. And at this point, we've put so much time into you, we better near guarantee you a healthy baby!"

CD1 is likely going to be mid-January. That probably means a retrieval around the middle to end of February.


Anonymous said...

That's good right?! That they found the problem and can "pretty much guarantee you a healthy baby"? It sounds really great to me, I hope I'm no missing something. =)

Amy said...

I think we'll be close to being cycle sisters!

Anonymous said...

That must have been pretty good to hear in the end. Having a "cause" sounds awesome, in a strange way!