Friday, June 15, 2007

Whew. . .

A psuedo-sigh of relief can be let out. We went in for our first ultrasound yesterday (little guy kept running from us so it was hard to see). It was on a little office ultrasound machine so it couldn't see everything, but two of the 3 larger markers for Down's Syndrome (nuchal fold in the neck and the nose bone) both looked good. Hands, feet. . . all 5's and the right size. Everything growing like it should. We still didn't get a good look at the heart so we're not completely relieved, but this is all good news.

I'll put some pics up this weekend, provided our kitchen remodel doesn't swallow me whole again.

Next Friday we're going for "genetic counseling." From what I understand this will consist of a counselor spending 30 minutes telling us about abortion (which we've already discussed, and we're having this baby either way), afterwards we'll get a more detailed ultrasound, and, if we feel it's needed, an amnio.

Amy1: I had stumbled upon your blog when I was searching for answers for what happens next when we got the quad screen results. Your experience made me feel better.

Amy2 (or maybe Amy1A since neither is number 2): Yes, the 99.5% is what got me through the day yesterday, and what will get me through next week until the level 2 ultrasound. I am trying to stay positive.

The other big help I found was in this one woman-crusade to talk everyone out of the quad screen. I tend to agree with her. Why take a test where a positive result means there's a 99.5% chance nothing is wrong? If we have a second one, we will not be doing this test again.

Oh, speaking of chances. . . the technician wouldn't commit, but she thinks it's a boy.


Anonymous said...

I am glad to hear that your baby is well and everything came out looking great. It is a sigh of relief when you hear the doc tell you the baby looks good. Congrats and I hope your other u/s goes just as well.

Jessica said...

Hi there,
Just stumbled across your blog...Not really sure how :) Regardless, I wanted to let you know that it's possible that your AFP is higher b/c of your baby's vanishing twin. It can sometime cause the AFP to be just a bit higher. You see, AFP's aren't too reliable in multiple pregnancies because it raises the levels that are being detected.
I hope things continue to progress normally for you! Good luck!