Wednesday, April 8

8 Things... in no particular order

A few things...

(1) I miss my hubby!  Monday night he spent at the gym, Tuesday night he spent out with "the guys", and tonight he's at the Red Sox game with some customers.  I miss him!!  Tomorrow night we don't have anything going on at least!  :)

(2) I am tired of waking up to go to the bathroom at night!  Here's what my night looks like.  Bed at 8:30pm (no laughing), up at 10:30pm, up at midnight, up at 1:30am, up at 3:00am, up at 4:45am, then up at 5:30am for good.  And I'm only 12w4d.  This cannot get worse.  Or I'll be spending the whole night sleeping on the bathroom rug!  :P

(3) I need opinions on Cord Blood Banking.  Here's the deal... since CB Banking became popular (or at least since I started to hear about it) I have always planning on banking my future kids cord blood just in case.  Seemed like a good idea.  After we got pregnant I got information about it, we planned it into the future baby-budget.  

THEN I get the packet of info from the hospital and it says quite clearly "We at BIDMC do not endorse the routine banking of cord blood for private storage."  Then it goes on to list the reasons... the odds you'll need it are slim, there's no way to be sure it will be of "good enough" quality if you ever did need it, if your child needs it at a very young age due to cancer, it's quite possible that there will be cancer cells in the stem cells, etc. etc.  So, now we're not sure what to do.  Do we still privately bank the blood?  Or do we publicly bank it for the general public?  

It's tough because we both know that our family histories are pretty clear of childhood cancers and diseases.   But then, down the road, what if something does happen?  Would we be able to live with knowing that we might have been able to do something had we banked blood?

So, I'm just wondering... what do you guys think?  Obviously I'm going to talk to my doctor to see what she says, but I'm just not sure.  It would be nice to save that $3,000-$4,000 (we'd have to bank twice), but is it worth it?

(4) I was called chubby at school today.  Nicely.  By the secretary.  But chubby really isn't a nice word!  I was also told by another person that I am glowing, so maybe that makes it okay?

(5) One of my K kids knows more about my pregnancy than I do!  Well, not really, but I had another child asking me questions (sexes, when they're due, how many, etc.) and M was able to answer all of the questions before I could even get the words out of my mouth!  

(6) I cannot even describe how much my right hip hurts!  I'm such an old lady when I get out of bed or off the couch (unfortunately those are the two places I spend most of my time...), but I can't help it.  It hurts!!!  :)  But really, I'm not complaining.  Every pain and inconvenience means that those babies are making themselves at home, right?

(7) I am rapidly losing brain cells.  I think I only called kids by the correct name (on the first try)... maybe 3 times today.  Usually I have to go through 3 names to get it right.  Sometimes I end up saying "Who ever you are!".  They find it funny.  To be honest, so do I.

(8) All my blood work came back good from both my regular OB and my high risk OB.  I guess I'm not a carrier for anything they tested for.  To be honest I don't remember what they tested for, but I guess that's good!  They did, however, somehow mess up my Fifths Disease testing.  I'm a little annoyed simply because that's the one I'm nervous about!  I work in a building with 150 kids aged 5-10.  It would be nice to know if I had to be nervous about this!  As far as I know, however, I have not been around anyone exposed to Fifths Disease so it should be nothing to worry about either way.

5 comments:

Jenn said...

It is my humble opinion that you should donate your cord blood, not store it privately.

We did alot of the research too and our doctor told us that the money was better spent on bonds or a whole life policy for the baby.

Also, it is touch and go as to whether your doctor will even do it if you have a c-section (not that I wish that on you)...I had three of them!

Sarah said...

Wait...you know the sexes of the babies?! Did I miss that in a different post?

ashley said...

Your pee schedule sounds exactly like mine. And sorry to say, it hasn't gotten any better.

Katie said...

I can totally relate to your night escapades with the bathroom, it feels like I never get any sleep!

On the issue of cord blood, I am going to bank using Family Cord http://www.familycord.com/. (they are not as well known b/c they want to save their customers money, so they don't spend a lot on advertising, they are old and well established and are FDA certified- I have worked with the California Cryobank a partner to this company for awhile and they have always had excellent products and customer service)

I am in nursing and did a huge research paper on cord blood and I have also worked in OB. I saw many doctors collect cord blood, you will not feel any pain and it is very quick and all companies will come to the hospital to collect your kit (it is included in the initial fee).

There is a chance that you may never use your child's cord blood, and I hope I won't have to, but something you have to consider is that tests are showing cord blood stem cells to still be active/viable even after 15 years, and cord blood does not only need to be used for your child, usually there is a close or identical match to parents, the child's siblings and even grandparents, aunts and uncles and cousins.

It truly is everyone's personal choice, however, I just think that for a couple thousand dollars I may be able to help my child or family member in the event of a spinal cord injury, cancer, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and so on- the benefits are growing and now the president is allowing more research to discover even new benefits.

Its a tough decision all I can say is really investigate cord blood banking before making a decision.

Shinejil said...

Something else to toss into the whole cord blood decision: The progress on stem cell research is amazing. They don't even need embryonic stem cells anymore to create new stem cells, thanks to some very recent work in Japan. In five years, say, that blood will likely be totally obsolete.

Yet at the same time, are there any successful stem cell treatments yet? There are ideas, some approaches have been tried, yes, but they are still extremely experimental and not readily available. So, by the time scientists figure out how to actually use stem cells to cure or prevent disease, they will likely have figured out a better method than taking them from cord blood.

Just my two cents.