Micayah finally had his blood drawn today to check the length of his telomeres. On January 23, the request was sent to Aetna to do this testing. On February 1 it began the evaluation process. On February 10, it became clear that Naomi needed a second transplant and so on Monday the 13th we inquired about the status of this pre-approval. Aetna said that a decision would be made by the end of the day Wednesday, February 15. That was a slight problem. Ideally the test would be completed on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday and sent to Vancouver for processing via overnight delivery. The doctor’s office and I both called Aetna each day to try to push it. On Wednesday night, we received the go-ahead to schedule the blood test. At 10:30am today, Micayah had the test completed. Now we wait to know the size of his telomeres and confirm that he is still a good match for Naomi. Here is a video that explains why we did the telomere test.
Telomeres – Danielle Townsley, M.D.