It turns out that of the 8 vials, 1 was unlabeled, 2 were unreadable, and 1 had the wrong identification number on it. Testing the semen for DNA didn’t seem reasonable given the short period of time (4 days) that we have, so the lab director gave me 3 choices: use the other 4 vials that were marked correctly (yeah, right!), cancel the cycle, or get my BIL to fly up tomorrow and redo ALL of the testing and give a new semen sample. Neither of the first 2 options were what I wanted, but I would have cancelled before ever using that sperm without it being tested in some way, but I didn’t want to do that (I want my baby now!). So even though it seemed like a major long shot, I called my BIL to see if he’s busy tomorrow and if he wants to come up here. Can you believe he said yes?! He’s flying up here at 6am tomorrow, then we’ll go straight to the clinic for testing and the sample. All while Mr.E is living in sweet oblivion with the Boy Scouts! So many people at UCRM were really working hard for us today and will continue to do so the rest of this week and next week. I’m so grateful.
I had my Day 8 ultrasound today. They counted 19 follicles, the largest one was 18mm. I have another ultrasound tomorrow just in case, but the doctor predicts I’ll do my trigger shot in two days. (!!!) If she is right, my egg retrieval will be in four days on Friday. So it looks like everything is on track except for a big problem with the sperm…
I met with the Andrology Lab today to sign some paperwork and get confirmation that our sperm made it to the clinic ok. You won’t believe what they said.
One of the eight vials arrived completely unlabeled. No name, no date, no identifying information whatsoever.
My first reaction was, “Yikes! Throw it out! We’ll still have 7 more here in town.”
And then I was like, “Wait a minute.”
If they could screw that up, how do we know for sure that the sperm we have is really from Mr.E’s brother?? Did they label the other 7 vials correctly?
So I asked about doing some kind of DNA testing. I’m waiting to hear back from the lab to see what the heck this really means.
We went to a LOT of trouble to get Mr.E’s brother’s sperm. I will be devastated if we wind up using sperm from some random guy. Who may or may not have passed the infectious disease testing. Who may or may not be white/Caucasian. (I’m seriously as white as they come. When I was born, my mom was worried and asked the doctor if I was albino!) But more than anything, what if it’s not my brother-in-law’s sperm?
I’m totally nervous now.
WTF?? As if there’s not already a million other things to worry about right now.
I wonder if they’re gonna cancel my cycle to make sure we have time to do the DNA testing. Ugh. That will cost me another $5k in meds.
I’m so disappointed. I just wanted this cycle to be perfect.