Friday, May 2, 2008
Luck o' the Scottish
So, I was supposed to start some fertility treatments this month. Was getting all excited and geared up for it. Went in on Tuesday to do some blood tests and got a call Tuesday afternoon that went something like this:
Nurse: Your test results came back, everything seems normal (thyroid, hormone levels etc). However, your results show that you aren't immune to Rubella.
Nurse: blah, blah, blah.. something about the risks of getting rubella while pregnant basically killing my baby. And something else about it not being likely as there have been very few cases of rubella in the last decade. (Honestly I tuned out a little bit, trying to figure out just exactly how I wasn't immune to Rubella, )
Me: Ok, what does that mean?
Nurse: Well, you can go ahead with the treatments as long as you are aware of the risks OR you can go get immunized and we will have to wait at least 1 month to start your treatments.
Me: But, I've had my shots, I swear.
Nurse: Apparently the shot didn't work for you. :(
Nurse: Make sure to call our office if you've decided to go get your shots so we can cancel all your appointments this month.
Nurse: Have a nice day.
Me: Ya, ok, right. thanks, bye.
I hang up the phone and Adam is browsing all my immunization records (both the huge list of shots I had before I went to Taiwan, and the one's I had as a child) Sure enough I had my whole round of shots as a child. However, I was 1 of the 4 children who must have been improperly vaccinated. I don't think I've ever really been a statistic before. Yay!... I mean, why did it have to be this one?
This is me after the phone call debating my options:
After some long hard thought I decided to go the safe route. I mean I am only spending a small fortune to try and get pregnant and with my apparent luck I would be the ONE in a million who would contract congenital rubella and spend the rest of my life knowing that I had not prevented something so horrible. My mother already feels enough guilt for the both of us (she called me today to tell me all the times she was sure I had been immunized and to tell me that she really is a good mother. I know you're reading this mom and I don't blame you :) It's not your fault! You ARE a good mother.) After all, what is one more month, really.
So, I got my shot today, the lady at the CDHD thought I was crazy. She also brought up my immunization record to show that I had already received the shots. She hands me a little record with the stamps they use etc, and in the description under MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) it says "A second dose may be needed in some people." No, way! For real? After convincing her that I was here for a rubella shot she complied, psychedelic band-aid and all. Now we just have to see if it works this time, what do you think my odds are that it won't work and I won't be immune? I'm not going to push it with my luck recently. (see previous post if you're not quite convinced about my lack of luck)
Now hopefully I won't have to stock up on Rubella-Be-Gone for my pregnancy. Wish me luck!
Posted by Adam & Jetta at 4:29 PM