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.