Hurricane Ike may have paid a visit to Houston, but I'm happy to report that Houston Infertility Clinic did not lose power. That means our staff is available. We were able to perform a scheduled egg retrieval on Monday, just two days after Ike roared through the Gulf Coast.
Additionally, our cryopreservation units never ceased functioning.
Ironically, though Hurricane Rita in 2005 didn't result in as much widespread damage to Houston, Houston Infertility Clinic was without power for a week after that storm. We prepared in advance (just as we did last week for Ike) by conducting embryo transfers earlier than scheduled to allow patients to evacuate.
This time, patients who were in mid-cycle were still able to stay on track.
Thank you to my staff for the dedicated extra efforts toward ensuring the safety of our patients' treatment cycles and the embryos they create.
Might be interesting to see if any babies named "Ike" are born in mid-2009!