Buen Viaje!

6 Oct

We leave tomorrow night for immunology treatment number one of LIT in Mexico. I am a little nervous about the whole process.  I am most nervous I will forget something important and then for some reason we get there and they can’t do the procedure.  When I get there I am sure I will get nervous about  everything else, like being poked with needle and traveling across the US/Mexico border with a flight to catch.

One of the fun parts of this is that we will get picked up in a van at the McDonald’s in Arizona near the Mexican border.   Awesome!  There’s nothing weird or sketchy about that, right?    The funny part is Mr. Star is not allowed to eat any greasy food prior to giving his “donation”.  So he will have to resist while we wait for the van.  Meanwhile I can go crazy if I want, go figure…

Here’s a photo of the pickup van..

Actually they sent us a long list of do’s and don’ts:

Instructions before receiving LIT:

  • Do not take any antihistamines (for both of you)
  • Do not drink alcohol. (for both of you)
  • Do not eat greasy food the day before (only for the donor)
  • Fast 5 hours before donating (only juice and water are allowed) (only for the donor)
  • Do not take any herbal treatments or herbal tea (for both of you)
  • Do not take any medicine to avoid flight sickness (for both of you)
  • Do not use any nasal spray. (for both of you)

After LIT you won’t be able to:

  • Work out in an exercise where you have to move your arms while you have the LIT reaction.
  • Be under the sun for 3 days after LIT.
  • Swim in the pool for 3 days after LIT or while you have the LIT reaction.
  • Take antihistamines flu medicines, nasal spray, herbal remedies, tea (for 3 weeks during LIT treatment)
  • Drink alcohol (one glass only is allowed).
  • Do not apply any lotion, cream, soap nor hydrocortisone on the LIT area. (while you have LIT reaction).

Here’s where we will be.

According to their site the clinic is the creme building.

Fingers crossed it all turns out ok and maybe even works!

Sidenote: Now that I am immersing myself in all things immunology I also borrowed some reading for the trip.   It is the well known book that I managed to not read until now called “Is Your Body Baby Friendly” (http://babyfriendlybook.com/).

Since I always knew that the answer to that question was a resounding “NO!” I never bothered to read it, skeptical of the whole immunology thing (esp. since my doctor didn’t support it).  Now that I am buying into it I figure it is about time to understand the science and rationale behind these treatments.  It is fascinating and focuses heavily on repeat loss and situations like mine.  Has anyone else read it?

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10 Responses to “Buen Viaje!”

  1. Hope October 6, 2011 at 11:17 pm #

    Good Luck! I hope everything goes smoothly!

  2. Misfit Mrs. October 7, 2011 at 4:45 am #

    Good luck. This sounds like an adventure already. I have such strong hopes for this to work. Happy trails!

    • starfishkittydreams October 7, 2011 at 1:12 pm #

      This will either be a big useful step or a big waste of time and money. But like so many of these things you won’t know if it works until you try. I am telling myself that even if it doesn’t work I get the benefit of not wondering if it could/should have.

  3. Mo October 7, 2011 at 12:22 pm #

    Have an awesome trip! Sounds like a fantastic adventure (and french fries!) awaits!

  4. Port of Indecision October 7, 2011 at 2:51 pm #

    Good luck!

  5. Starfishkitty October 8, 2011 at 12:10 am #

    Wow! Of all the luck, we are seated next to infants on both legs of our trip to Tucson. Rather than moan about it (as we are about to start the last leg) I am pretending it’s a positive sign. That or it just proves people in Arizona are very fertile.

  6. bodegabliss October 8, 2011 at 9:42 am #

    Oh my gosh! Good luck! Can’t wait to hear how it goes (and also how that book is). xoxo!

  7. Starfishkitty October 8, 2011 at 8:03 pm #

    We did it this morning. And we are flying back home now. There is a baby sitting in the row behind me. That’s good luck. Right?

  8. Nic October 29, 2011 at 12:38 pm #

    Hi!
    Just wondering how you made out post LIT? My DH and I are scheduled for LIT at the end of November. Really nervous about it. Thank you for posting so much info about your experince.

    • starfishkittydreams November 28, 2011 at 7:15 pm #

      We just got out our test results back and it looks like it worked! Our levels jumped up from 19 to 90!

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