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Friday, July 5, 2013

cycle day 3 blood work fiasco

Yah, so the day 3 blood work was supposed to be easy. But if there is one thing that I've learned by now, it's that nothing ever goes according to plan when dealing with infertility stuff. 

I ordered my shipping kit from CCRM a few weeks ago. After reading all of the directions, I found a lab that could draw my blood, spin it in the centrifuge and ship it to CCRM for day 3 testing. All I had to do was wait.

On Tuesday, AF showed up and I calculated when my day 3 blood would need to be drawn. Day 3 fell on 4th of July. All of the labs would be closed for the holiday. I called CCRM to see if I could go into the local lab on Day 4 (Friday). They said that would be too late but I could do it on Day 2 (Wednesday).

Thankfully I had the foresight to leave work at my lunch break to get this blood draw done rather than wait until the end of the day. Although I didn't anticipate any problems. I left work. Drove the 40 minutes home to get the kit (some of it was in the freezer) and drove 20 minutes to the lab. When I arrived at Quest lab, the not-so-friendly technician saw me walk in with the big ship kit and started asking questions. 

When I explained that I needed to have my blood drawn, spun and frozen until next Monday when it could be shipped out to the lab in Denver, she didn't look pleased. She called her supervisor to discuss it with her. After speaking with her supervisor, she came over to me and said "we can't do that...come back in on Monday."

Then I explained in further detail that my blood has to be drawn on a certain day of my cycle and it couldn't wait until Monday... it needed to be done that day. She called her supervisor again and couldn't get anyone. Then she escalated my request to her supervisor's supervisor and came back over to me. "No, we can't do it. We don't have the ability to freeze it until Monday and our policy states that we are not allowed to let patients leave with their blood to freeze it themselves. Try a local hospital."

Now let me pause and explain the frustration and difficulty here. Normally if you have a ship draw, the local lab draws the blood, spins it and mails it via Fed Ex overnight to arrive the next day at the lab in Denver. Since I needed to have my blood drawn on Wednesday but Thursday was a holiday (no Fed Ex) and you can't ship out on Friday because no one is in the lab in Denver to receive the package on Saturday...it had to be frozen for 4 days before it could be shipped on Monday.

What kills me is that I have a friend doing IVF in Denver who just went to the very same Quest lab on a Saturday for her draw and it was frozen until Monday morning to be shipped. So if they can freeze it for 2 days...they should be able to freeze it for 4 days.

Next, I drive to the local hospital in tears...and slightly freaking out. I walk in with my kit and try to explain myself to the elderly woman volunteer at the information desk. She calls security and I explain it to him. He calls a manager and I explain it to him. 

After making several calls, the manager comes out to tell me that a few weeks ago Quest took over the hospital's lab. So they can't help me as they now have the same policy as the lab that I just came from. He recommended that I drive to different hospital about 30 minutes away. 

Now I'm really upset and have little confidence that the hospital that I'm driving to will be of any help. So on the road, I began making calls trying to line up plan D or E. I called my local fertility clinic who directed me to Labcorp. When I called Labcorp, the lady checked to see if they were contracted with the lab in Denver. They were not. So she couldn't help me.

Somewhere in the madness my dear husband called me. I proceeded to bawl my eyes out. Bless his heart. He tried to comfort me and told me that he understands how frustrated I am...but it wouldn't be the end of the world if we had to wait another month. In between sobs, I informed him that it would indeed be the end of the world because "MY EGGS ARE ROTTING WITH EVERY PASSING DAY". He somehow got me laughing in between sobs which helped.

Next, I called me family doctor to see if they could draw blood and centrifuge it. They could but didn't have any appointments available that afternoon.

By this point, it is almost 3pm and all of the labs close at 4pm or 4:30pm. Finally, I got a call from my aunt who happens to be a phlebotomist. She called her supervisor at the clinic where she works to see if they could help me out. Thank God...out of the kindness of her heart...her supervisor agreed to do a courtesy draw for me.

I shifted directions and drove another 30 minutes to my aunt's lab. After 45 minutes to draw my blood, let it clot, spin it and put it on ice. I was back on the road....5 hours after I set out on my Day 3 shipping kit adventure. 


I'd never been so excited to give blood in my life. On my drive home, I realized how exhausted I was from the stress of running around town trying to get this "simple" day 3 blood draw completed. My aunt is truly my hero for stepping in and saving the day. I would've been so bummed to miss this draw and have to wait an entire month to move forward.


56 comments:

Mrs. Lost said...

Oh my. It sounds like you had an awesome day as well! Infertility sucks!

Katie @ The Campbell's said...

Oh my! It always seems that in the middle of a cycle NOTHING goes right. Sorry for the hard day! Praying for a good outcome! Love your blog
You can read about our journey here
http://monroeandkatiecampbell.blogspot.com/

Mrs B. said...

That sounds exhausting... You poor thing!

Charity said...

Praises to God that it was able to be done. It's crazy that all these labs change their policies so quickly. Will you arrange to do your next draw with your primary?

Laura said...

Oh my goodness, Jess, that is out of control! You are a rock star for getting through all that craziness.

Melanie said...

I hope God rewards your Aunt :)

Cristy said...

Banging my head against the table for this one. Why in the world was this so hard? One would think that labs would have this worked out or that at least there was some instructions on how to do this? Cause, seriously, this is troubling. I'm glad you were able to get the blood draw done (go Jessah's aunt!!), but I would seriously question the labs that are doing this. Because this is ridiculous.

So sorry for all this stress, lady.

Nathalie Willmott said...

oh my goodness what a fiasco! Glad it got sorted out and you didn't need to wait another month!

Amy said...

So stressful! I would have lost the plot completely and am amazed you persisted! It shouldn't have to be like that, it's hard enough already!! Well done to you though for being resourceful and let's hope that is the last hiccup and the rest of the cycle is PERFECT! Xo Amy

Dream Chase said...

Oh Jessah! How absolutely frustrating! I am so glad your aunt was able to help you. Praying you get your bfp from all of this. *hugs*

Aspgriswold said...

Oh hunny! I can't imagine the stress that all this caused. So thankful you were able to get blood drawn and your aunt was able to help. Continuing to send you so many thoughts!!!

Aramis said...

That's insane! What a lot of drama to go through for such a simple thing. I'm sorry you had to go through all that. AF is really good at coming at the most inconvenient times, isn't she?

Aubrey said...

Jessah, oh my goodness! I can't believe all of the hoops you had to jump through to get your day 3 blood drawn... I'm SO sorry that you had to deal with all of that extra stress and worry :( I'm so glad that it all turned out OK though and that you have your frozen blood ready to be shipped out on Monday!

xoxo

Sarah said...

HOLY FREAKIN BLOOD DRAW! Oh friend, my heart was breaking reading this as I KNOW the frustration and all the knots that can happen along the way!!!! Thank God for your Aunt and her clinic! Wow. :)

JoJo said...

Oh Jessah, I'm sorry you had to go through this. It's unfair that we have to deal with infertility plus added stress/frustration with things associated. Hope everything goes smoothly after this. Glad your aunt came to the rescue!!

rhonda said...

Thank goodness for helpful family members! It kills me when members of the medical community aren't willing to help people. Isn't that why they went into that field??

Darcy Kristy said...

Wow! What a clusterf**k!!!!! I bet you were mentally and physically exhausted after all of that!!! I'm glad it all worked out in the end, and I hope you get great day3 results! You are def in my T&P :)

jAllen said...

I was recently listening to The Scientist by Coldplay and thought about the line "No one said it would be easy...no one said it would be this hard" and thought that sums up the experience of pursuing fertility treatments. Things you expect to be easy (just having blood work done) can be very hard when you through in holidays and weekends, shipping factors and the plethora of other issues that come up. Good for you for your preserverence! At least for that day you can claim a victory Jessah 1 Infertility 0

Pam said...

I'm glad this got sorted out but so sorry you had to jump through so many hoops.

Your observation at the end of your post about your exhaustion from running around really resonates with me. Such simple steps in this process can turn into such headaches and the underlying level of stress is truly exhausting. Every little detail feels like it can be the difference between success or failure. It's that state that people who aren't dealing with infertility can not understand.

I hope it's smooth sailing from here.

Team Harries said...

goodness girl! what a day. so glad it turned out ok in the end, but no doubt you were exhausted. Hope you are getting good rest this weekend!

Trishski said...

That is some serious persistence and motivation. That's how you get things done! Impressive!

alesha said...

What a nightmare! I am so glad you were able to get things worked out, thank goodness for your sweet aunt! Have a wonderful weekend :)

Endo_Life said...

Wow what a day you had! Glad it all worked out in the end and thank goodness for your aunt x

Sarah Jafari said...

OMG and URRRR!!!! Very irritating! Glad your aunt could help. Knowing how you hate needles, glad the actual draw went well. Love ya!

Gypsy Mama said...

Wow, how stressful!!! Doesn't it seem like important days of IVF like Day 3 bloodwork, retrieval etc. always fall on the most inconvenient dates??

So glad you were able to have it done in the end.

Erika said...

Oh my gosh. This was extremely stressful to READ-- I can't imagine what it must have felt like to LIVE THROUGH!! So glad it ended well...hope it gets to CCRM safe and sound!

conceptionallychallenged said...

Oh my, the stress! I'm so glad your aunt was able to help you out! Phew. Hope the rest of the cycle goes smoother.

JenS said...

OMG. So glad you were able to finally get your blood drawn. It really is just like AF to show up around a holiday to make things difficult. I can't believe how unhelpful that lab was!! It all worked out in the end and now you are on your way!

Lissa said...

I am so sorry you had such a frustrating day, but I'm so proud of you for not giving up. God is good and HE provided the most amazing gift for you and I pray that this cycle works for you ... waiting is no fun.

Caravan Sonnet said...

Oh sweet lady! Oh my ... my heart just broke for you out of sympathy because I can understand the frustrations of having labs and doctors (from different parts of the country) trying to work together to get blood work on "certain" days... urggh. SO sorry for your frustrating day!! SO thankful for the kindness and generosity of those who finally helped you girl!! Praying that this bloodwork helps and gives more answers!!!
:) ALSO... prayers for smoother days ahead... :)
:) Rebecca

Sadie said...

Aaahhhrrgg!! So frustrated for you; I've had some blood draw fiascos of my own, and there's no reason why all this stupid bureaucracy should have to interfere with what is already a stressful situation for us. So sorry you had to go through that, but very releived that your aunt was there to save the day. Yay for her! Oh, and I loved the conversation between you and your husband...sounds like a discussion in our household :)

AM said...

Wow I cannot believe all you had to go through, that sounds stressful. I really admire your persistence!

Kristin J said...

That is terrible! What inconsiderate jerks! But, thank goodness for your Aunt saving the day!

Charleston Hokie said...

Girl you are so much nicer than I would have been. What a ridiculous struggle. But God got you through!!!! And thank GOD for such a wonderful Aunt......I would have been being booked at the local jail instead of getting my lab done. :) XOXO

Neha said...

You are such a strong one Jessah! You are giving your 200% to this and I am praying that this works out for you this month! Sending good thoughts and prayers...

Amie said...

Wow so very exhausting! I'm so glad your Aunt was able to help. It seems more and more customer service is just going out the window everywhere. Glad to hear everything finally worked out for you :)

Always Maylee said...

Oh my goodness, what an ordeal! So happy your aunt was there to save the day. Hope you got some good rest and relaxation in over the weekend!

xo, Yi-chia

Non Sequitur Chica said...

Oh my gosh how insane!!! Kudos for your perseverance- I'm not sure I would have kept at it.

Lisamarie said...

Oh my gosh, Jessah.... that is really a stressful event... I kind of laughed when you said the hospital receptionist called the security guard over... I could imagine that if I were in your situation, a security guard would definately need to be called. But you know... alls well that ends well... and hooray for funny husbands.

Andrea said...

Sounds sooo frustrating!! I can't imagine having to work with a fertility clinic so far from home. I feel lucky to be able to live close to Mayo Clinic for my infertility appointments.

kharini said...

What a nightmare! So stressful! All the things we have to deal on top of the usual! So sorry but sooo glad it worked out at the end! You should be getting your results soon, CCRM is really quick, fingers crossed! xo

Jenn @ West Sac Honey said...

Awe Jess that is so frustrating! Why can't people be more helpful like your sweet Aunt! Glad you were able to figure it out after all of that!

Em said...

Ugh. Why do these things always seem to happen!?!?

Tausha said...

Dang. This just made me anxious. What a friggin day.

Sending lots of love and prayers to you....we keep you in our thoughts all the time.

xoxo
T

Anonymous said...

Hi there,
You must have been so stressed! Your aunt deserves a medal! :)

We've done our day-3 tests at CCRM during our visit for ODWU (at the end of June) precisely to avoid that sort of horror. But now I am about to start my priming and I was running around to get my testosterone test done. Had a similar day to yours so I can totally relate. Can't wait to see what happens when I need the suppression check in August...
Like if this entire infertility treatment was not stressful enough!

Hang on in there!

Mary (from Germany)

Emily said...

Oh you poor poor thing! I swear, some people have the power to be helpful and just aren't. Glad you got 'er done!! Nothing can stop you Jessah!

Lena Amstutz said...

You poor thing! I am so sorry that almost everyone you dealt with made it so hard. Infertility and IVF is hard enough with out other people making it worse. I hope that whenever things don't go as plan, you handle it as well as you did this time. You were a real trooper!! Good luck!

Alicia said...

Such a nightmare! How can people be so consistently obstacle-ish? What a terrible day. I'm glad that you found someone to help you and get your bloodwork done.

Jamie Sefcik || Hello Little Scout said...

What a day! You are so strong!! Hang in there pretty girl!

Maddie~The Whimsy One said...

I just stumbled onto your blog from a comment you made regarding infertility. It is a struggle I know all too well after 8 and a half years. I have had multiple surgeries for cysts, fibroids and endometrosis, I actually host a monthly series called the Infertility Prayer Project. I will be keeping you in my thoughts, I know how overwhelming and emotionally exhausting the process is.

Samantha N said...

I am so sorry you had so much struggle I just hate it when things fall on the wrong dates, why can't people understand that your body can't be stopped for public holidays or closures and such your cycles continue regardless. Your aunt was amazing she sounds like a very special person :-) xx

cevapa said...

Wow! I feel your frustration, I had something similar but not to that extent happen to me so I totally know how you felt. Hugs .... Hope it's smooth sailing from here

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Sillymama said...

This is so crazy! This process is not even close to being easy. I wish you good thoughts!

bellehavendrive said...

Holy freakin' cow. Bless your heart! Ugh ... seriously, all the hoop-jumping MIGHT be the worst thing about infertility. I am so glad you got your day 3 blood drawn in time. :)

Amber said...

Oh my goodness what a run around you had to go on. I'm so sorry it was so stressful, but thank goodness for your Aunt coming through for you! Shame on Quest labs saying they couldn't freeze it.

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