Thursday, January 17, 2008

Specialist Update

Thank you all for praying for our appointment today. Overall, my impression is positive.

The first praise is that we like the doctor a lot. He's very personable and seems very knowledgeable and competent. That's a huge relief especially given the personal nature of the treatment--we were really concerned about feeling at ease with him.

The doctor's suspicion is that there is a genetic abnormality. He took several vials of blood to screen for genetic and hormonal conditions. We go back in a month to review the results. From there we will come to a fork in the road. If his suspicions are correct, the next step would be a surgical tissue extraction to review the extent of the condition. If they are incorrect, he will perform additional exams to find another source of the problem. In the latter situation, natural conception would still be possible under some conditions with certain treatments. That is what we're hoping and praying for, and we ask you to join us in praying similarly, but we're also trying to remain realistic as much as optimistic so that we are adequately prepared for February's appointment.

I'm disappointed to have to wait another month before we have any concrete answers but at least we felt that the wait would be worth it with this doctor. I guess that's the price you pay for going to "the Best." I spoke to the Office Manager and she assured me that after this next appointment when we know which course we're pursuing, we can schedule our appointments several at a time so hopefully things can progress more quickly. I am a tiny bit frustrated that blood couldn't be drawn at the same time as the other tests, especially if it's standard procedure, but who knows why they do things in this order.

He also confirmed that he saw no signs of anything serious like cancer or a tumor or anything, which we weren't seriously concerned about but it's still nice to know.

Thanks for praying. Guess we just play the "wait and see" game a little longer.