Laboratory Costs for APAS and RI Tests


Being diagnosed with APAS, or any other category of repro-immuno disorders for that matter, can be flabbergasting. Most women who are told that they might have APAS would be asked to confirm it with a series of tests. One question that would always linger after this revelation would be the  laboratory costs for the APAS screening.

Well, here it is.

This is a table of laboratory costs offered by different labs and hospitals when you get yourself tested for any of the five RI categories. This laboratory cost table was compiled by one of my APAS sisters (sis Geepee) from the APAS Facebook group>>.

 

Note: This is as of February 23, 2016 so you may want to call the respective laboratories/hospitals on their updated laboratory costs/fees as they might have changed.

Being tested to know what you are facing is very important. If you are positive, please don’t despair as our condition is treatable and there are already many successful APAS mommies with their rainbow babies.

Trust in the mercy of God and at the same time, look for an OB/perinatologist to help you with your journey.  If you need any help or someone to talk to, don’t hesitate to drop me a message here or on my Facebook page.

Babydust to all of you.

xx

Our Awesome Immunologist for our APAS pregnancy

One major factor in an APAS or RI (reproimmuno) pregnancy is having a trusted immunologist who works in tandem with your obstetrician or perinatologist. 

Having an immunologist is critical because they track your immune system’s activities and how they affect the growing baby inside your tummy. But even before a pregnancy, your immunologist will actually be the one who will administer treatments such as LIT to make your body “baby-ready”.

I consider it my biggest blessing to have found two amazing doctors who took care of me and Santi while we took our long journey towards a successful delivery. My perinatologist, Dr. Valerie Guinto, was my anchor during the pregnancy with her impeccable calmness. She was the one who referred me to my inmunologist, Dr. Carol Gloria. 

Dr. Carol is my burst of sunshine with her overflowing positivity. She always encouraged us to be steadfast in our faith. Seldom will you find a doctor who is very outspoken of how God plays a role when treating medical conditions. Dr. Carol, however, never stopped telling us to always pray for the success of our treatments. 

If my memory serves me right (I hope it does), she also had an APAS pregnancy. I think that is why we were comfortable with her – because we knew that she would understand our situation. 

I honestly believe that she and her husband got into immunology (they are both allergologists when they started… I think) so that they can help people (like me) who are going through the challenges of an RI pregnancy — as they have been in the same boat in the past. 

I would vouch for my two lovely doctors any second of the day and I hope that they continue to help more APAS mommies like me have their own Santi. 

If you want to book an appointment with Dr. Gloria, you can get in touch with her secretary, Nurse William at 0998-954-8327.

Babydust loves. xx

My Favorite Dishwashing Liquid

When you are a first-time mom, you crack your head to look for the best products in the market for your baby. One thing I have noticed is that baby products are ridiculously expensive and they usually take a huge dent in your monthly budget.

When my maternity leave ended, we had to train Santi to take my breastmilk through the bottle. This meant twice the effort – I had bottles for breastmilk storage and nursing bottles for Santi.

Because he is a such a huge eater, we always had bottles to wash and those more popular brands of baby bottle cleanser are washed down the drain (literally) in just a few days. Baby bottle cleansers would usually cost more than P200 bucks and you would spend thousands in just a month.

It was a good thing to stumble upon this amazing product from Cusina. This all-natural, antibacterial dishwashing liquid works as wonderfully as it looks. It comes in three variants: Ginger Yuzu Peel, Lemongrass Citrus and Grapefruit Lemon Zest. I always buy all three because I cannot pick favorites as they are all awesome.

I used to hoard them in baby expos because I usually just order them online. However, they are now available in SM so I really do not need to hoard anymore! 🙂

I highly recommend this product (and this is not a sponsored post, lol) <3

Check out instagram.com/cusinahome to know more about their product.

Santi’s DIY Sailor Christening Party

Genesis 30:22-23

Then God remembered Rachel, and God gave heed to her and opened her womb. So she conceived and bore a son and said, “God has taken away my reproach.”

Santi’s baptism was a big thing for my family because we have waited for a very long time for his arrival in our lives. It was only necessary to celebrate his entry to the Christian world with our friends and family.

Santi's Sailor Invite

It took a while for us to finalize Santi’s baptism because we were waiting out for Tatay (my FIL) to feel a little better from his condition. Santi was already on his fourth month when we had the rites.

Our first choice was St. Alphonsus Mary Liguori Parish or more popularly known as Magallanes Church. Five years ago, Eggy and I considered this church as well for our wedding ceremony. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get our desired schedule so we had to look for another venue.

I love the facade of this church. They have a cozy and beautiful baptistry located at the garden and it was perfect for our intimate celebration.

These were the requirements for a baptism at St. Alphonsus: (1) birth certificate; (2) marriage certificate (if married); and (3) attendance of parents to the Catechism conducted by the church. However, since we were not Magallanes residents, we had an extra thing to do and that was to get a permit from our parish to allow us to hold Santi’s baptism at St. Alphonsus.

Our parish in Paranaque was initially very strict and we had a hard time securing a permit but since we really wanted a private ceremony, I literally begged them to allow us to do it at St. Alphonsus. After much prodding, we finally got clearance. There was no formal permit given. The staff from our parish just got in touch with the staff of St. Alphonsus.

After finalizing our schedule from the Church, I checked out Racks, which was the nearest restaurant near St. Alphonsus. To my delight, Racks was available so I booked right away.

I don’t know how it came about but it was always top of mind to do a DIY sailor or nautical theme for Santi’s Christening.

Hmm, maybe it was because we got a baptismal sailor costume from one of our baby showers (thanks, Ms. Kate!)

Since I was still on my maternity leave, I planned to DIY most of the preparations, with the help of my architect/artist sister, Ela.

Here are some of our preps —

  1. I initially purchased clip-arts for P270. I got them as high-resolution files so we used them for practically everything (tabletop centerpieces, event tarpaulin, invite, thank you cards, placeholders, etcetera). The deck consisted of four designs of paper, anchors, sailor bears and monkeys, waves, lighthouses and a loooot more. It was really super sulit! Subscribe to my blog to know where I got this awesome deal>>
  2. I also ordered paper mache items and Ela did all the painting.
  3. I purchased bear bottles and filled them up with gummi bears. This was my giveaway. I just decorated it with a leather string and an anchor charm.

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This was the ceremony at St. Alphonsus. Santi is officially a Christian!

This was our dressed-up venue in Racks. The whole second level can accommodate  80 to 100 guests. It was a little crowded though to push it to its maximum capacity. I decorated the whole place with the DIY tabletop centerpieces and got floating balloons (which were all gone when the party was finished, haha! The kids looooved ’em!)

The venue with the awesome floating helium balloons.

The candy bar that I got was love. The decorations were so in sync with the whole theme and I couldn’t have asked for a better supplier (who I just chanced on while browsing Instagram, haha). The cake and cupcakes from my local neighborhood cafe were also awesome! <3 I love, love, love my suppliers.

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DIY Sailor Party

I wouldn’t have finished all the preps without my two angels helping me out 🙂 Thanks, little sisters!

Santi with his favorite Aunties 🙂

In the midst of all this are our grateful hearts to our family and friends who have made this celebration special.

Lastly, we offered Santiago on this day, to our Creator who has faithfully given this little bundle of joy to us, his parents.

Toodles my loves x

 

When God Makes You Wait

Being diagnosed with APAS (one of the five categories of repro-immuno fertility or RIF disorders) seemed like a lifetime ago. We thought that we would never surpass the biggest challenge in our  lives at that time. But somehow, that painful and seemingly hopeless situation made us hold on to our Creator even more. Husband and I believed that He will give us the desires of our heart, in His time.

During my APAS journey, I was lucky enough to meet one of the APAS mommies who was also amazingly steadfast in her faith. Know about her story and trust that everything will work out soon, for you and your family, in God’s wonderful time.

Seeing through the eyes of faith, Hervee and Prits held on to God's promise in giving them another child. Amidst the painful journey, they believed that God will do what He said. True enough, God kept His promise. A beautiful miracle has been given and her name is Mireya.#ExceedingAndBeyond#Supernatural

Posted by His Life City Church on Thursday, February 2, 2017

Babydust RIF mommies.

xoxo,

 

My APAS Timeline

“Pray. Hope. And Don’t Worry.”

– Padre Pio

 

I was diagnosed with APAS on October 2013 after I lost my second baby at 10 weeks. Reason: lost heartbeat.

Like many of APAS mommies, the husband and I went through a lot – financially, emotionally and psychologically. The miscarriages almost broke us apart but I am thankful that in the end, it has wielded our relationship stronger with God’s grace. During those times, we worried about where we would get the finances for the treatments but for some reason, GOD ALWAYS PROVIDED.

It took us four years to hold our little Santi but all the heartaches and pains were totally worth it.

My takeaway from this journey: we should do everything we can in our power to address our condition but at the same time, lift everything to God because without His grace, treatments alone will not give us a baby.

This was our journey to Santi –

September 2012 – Blighted ovum at 5 weeks
October 2013 – Lost my second baby at 10 weeks; lost heartbeat; my previous OB, Dr. Jasmin Libunao suspected I had APAS and asked me to look for a perinatologist
February 2014 – Found Dr. Valerie Guinto and was diagnosed with Category 1 & 2>>; I was then referred to my awesome immunologist, Dr. Carol Gloria
March 2014 – Started Lymphocyte Immunothereapy (LIT) >> with Dr. Carol Gloria
April 2014 – Given GO signal to conceive after my second LIT
June 2014 – Finished my 4th LIT; still no conception
September 2014 – Stopped working to concentrate on our “Baby Project”
September 2014 – was diagnosed with blocked fallopian tube by Dr. Comia
October 2014 – Sought second opinion from Dr. Chiaoling Sua-Lao regarding my blocked fallopian tube. Was cleared through hysterosalpingography.
November 2014 – Diagnosed with PCOS by Dr. Sua-Lao and with Category 5>>.
December 2014 – Booster LIT treatment with Dr. Carol Gloria
January – May 2015 – No conception despite PCOS treatment
June 2015 – Booster LIT treatment
June 2015 – Went back to work because I was already very frustrated that nothing is happening and also to replenish the “baby fund”. Husband and I decided to postpone our project to 2016 because it was super draining in all aspects. Our prayers also changed from “God, give us a baby” to “God, in Your time.”
August 2015 – For some weird reason, there was a voice that told me that we will get pregnant soon. I really believe it was angel Gabriel  
September 2015 – I got a positive pregnancy test (PT) without no follicle monitoring, no ovulation kits, no fertility treatments (Clomid, etc.). It was really God’s amazing hands at work.
September 2015 – Went back to Dr. Valerie Guinto
October 2015 – Positive heartbeat; IVIG with Dr. Carol Gloria; diagnosed with subclinical hypothyroidism
November – March 2016 – I was on monthly intralipid, heparin injections twice a day, aspirin, folic acid, prenatal vitamins, Caltrate Plus and Vitamin D, Ferrous Sulfate and Levithyroxine. I also continued working and was not put on bedrest.
May 2016 – Little Santi was born via elective CS.

GOD WAS WITH US ALL THROUGHOUT THIS JOURNEY. Each and single time that we had our pregnancy hiccups, He responds to our prayers. Every time I did my heparin injections, I pray the Angel’s Prayer with a faith inside my heart that the medications and God’s messengers will protect Santi inside my tummy.   

I pray that all those who are having their own challenges, especially those who are wanting to have their own bundle of joy, be touched by God’s healing hands. It will happen, in His time. Never give up and never stop praying.

Babydust to you all.