Friday, August 1, 2008

When Light-Hearted Blogs Get Serious

We've had a scary few days here.

On Monday, during a routine 2nd trimester ultrasound, the sonogapher found choroid plexus cysts on the baby's brain. It sounds much worse than it really is. Rapid googling will allay most fears. See this link for example.

The vast majority of cysts like these go away on their own before the baby is born and have no ill effects. However, the cysts are considered a marker for some chromosomal abnormalities such as Trisome 18 and Down's Syndrome. See this link for example.

Although the cysts were the only abnormal marker on the ultrasound, there were more than one and they were on both sides of the brain, so we decided to go ahead with an amniocentesis, which would provide certainty for us (at least in terms of certain birth 'defects'). Not an hour later, my OB was inserting a large needle into my abdomen and withdrawing precious amniotic fluid.

The good news -- no the FANTASTIC news -- is that we just got initial results from the amnio (something called a FISH Fluorescent in situ hybridization test), which showed everything is a-okay. Relief? Um, yeah that's part of what I'm feeling. Gratitude? That's another. Like nothing else really matters but the health and well-being of family and friends.

So, for this weekend at least, I am going to just enjoy being pregnant and wait until Monday to start worrying about the next potential problem. (It's in my nature to worry, what can I say?)

7 comments:

Andy said...

I'm really glad to hear things turned out okay - that's great news!

Melissa and Peter said...

Jillie - so glad everything's ok. what a relief. nervous nellies like us should not be put thru that sort of worry!! xoxo

JCB said...

Thanks Andy and Melissa. I think I aged ten years in five days!

Ms. Mix & Bitch said...

Okay, you need to CALL ME when this stuff comes up! Jesus Jill...what an ordeal...

Well, just know we love you guys and are here for you in anyway you need...

Caren

JCB said...

Hi Caren. We were trying to lay low and not panic (somewhat unsuccessfully) until we got the results. Thanks for the support.

wrekehavoc said...

was out of town, so sorry for the delayed response. so VERY glad things are on the up and up.

rest up, kiddo.

JCB said...

Thanks wreke! Welcome back.