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MTHFR? WTF?

15 Feb

As if we didn’t have enough acronyms to contend with on this baby-making roller coaster.

So a few weeks back I went in for blood work to see if my MC’s have anything to do with clotting issues.

So today I get an email notification that the results are in. I log in to the handy web interface.

Now mind you, despite countless hours on the google machine, I never really went into the clotting thing because it just went waaaay over my head.

So – into the handy web interface I go. Most results are given with a range (as in, if you’re somewhere between point A and point B, you’re cool). And on all of those all was well. Then came the ones without a range, and the confuzzlement set in.

Now mind you, each of these tests has a handy little link that is supposed to explain what they are, and what the normal results are supposed to be. Guess what? They didn’t help one little bit!

So here are the enigmatic, WTF? results for your reading pleasure:

Antithrombin activity – greater than 100% (what does that mean? Is my antithrombin thingy an over achiever?)

Protein C-Activity – Greater than 100% (are these tests reality tv stars? are they also 200% sure of stuff?)

MTHFR – Heterozygote (does that mean that my chromosomes prefer chromosomes of the opposite sex?)

Ok – that was a really stupid joke. So before losing sanity I called the hematologist’s office to find out what the heck all of this was supposed to mean.

Once I got the “let me get back to you on that” from them, I hopped on Dr. Go Ogle and did a bit of a search.

So apparently the MTHFR thing is a chromosomal mutation that could possibly cause MC’s. But there’s not concrete proof. On the rest of the WTF results, no luck. Heady-explodey. Denial until I get some answers from Dr. Blood.

Dr Blood’s secretary got back to me and said “he says everything’s normal, but you’re welcome to make an appt with him” Gee, thanks Dr Blood, that’s encouraging. How is a chromosomal mutation normal exactly? urgh.

Googling continued,  I saw a lot of science babble, gave up on the google machine, and emailed my lovely Choco-Buddy Courtney, since I remember her mentioning something about MTHFR on her blog a while back. She of course, as usual, saved the day.

So Court managed to bring the sense back into my life and told me that my MTHFR result basically means I’ll need to take a vitamin cocktail while we TTC (extra folic acid, B6, that kind of stuff), and also once I’m preggo, but all should be well. Thank you Court. You rock.

Plus – I have to say it’s kind of nice to have some sort of minimal explanation of why these darn babies-in-waiting refuse to hang out in my uterus.

I still made the appointment with Dr. Blood though. Because hey, I like having information. And what’s the deal with the greater than 100% WTF tests? Seriously. If any of you guys have any clue what they mean, do enlighten me. I know there’s at least one doctor among us, and many amateurs.  So… Help?!?

And I’m really getting sick of acronyms.

kthnxbye

ttyl

xoxo

BBS

CU

G2G

TTFN

MO is AFK

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8 Responses to “MTHFR? WTF?”

  1. Hemlock February 15, 2011 at 01:10 #

    MTHFR… Depending on how ‘severe’ your version is, they may run another blood test to check your Homocystine levels. For me, I have the 2nd worst version: Compound Hetero. This means that I acquired the chromosomal abnormality from both parents and will pass at least one gene off to my children. Due to the severity of my MTHFR I will have to take extra folic acid (above and beyond prenatals) for the rest of my life in order to make sure that my Homocystine levels are normal. As long as those are normal, studies are showing that it ‘should’ have no affect on pregnancies. Everyone’s different, and if your Hemotologist said that everything looked normal, then you’re fine! Really! What they’re finding is that a lot of people actually test positive for MTHFR, but very few actually have a type of MTHFR to worry bout. Did that make any sense?

  2. Marie February 15, 2011 at 07:38 #

    Is it just me, or does MTHFR look like an acronym for “motherfucker”? Just sayin’.

    • Hemlock February 15, 2011 at 09:02 #

      LOL… yeah, it does! 😀

      • mommyodyssey February 15, 2011 at 11:09 #

        yep. that was the thought process behind the post title. 🙂 Plus, considering it’s effects and causes for confuzzlement, it may as well stand for that!

  3. Elphaba February 15, 2011 at 15:03 #

    I was thinking motherfucker too…

  4. Courtney February 16, 2011 at 00:11 #

    That’s the best part of the acronym. The first time I was given my test results, it was an instant connection to motherfucker. And it’s just so appropriate: “Are you serious? I have a gene mutation? MOTHERFUCKER!” It never gets old.

    And I’m so glad I could help, lady! I was just returning the favor. 😉 Hugs!

    • mommyodyssey February 16, 2011 at 00:14 #

      LOL! That was so on the money I had to show it to shmerson. He laughed his ass off too. And – right back at you, lady. 🙂

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