Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Nuchal Fold Results

I'm kind of in a blogging rut.

I have pictures that I've taken. Things I want to post.

But things here are busy, and I'm tired a lot.

And I'm starting to get those nagging pregnancy headaches that are really irritating.


I went back to the high risk doctor today so they could do the measurements for the nuchal fold scan. These measurements, combined with the blood work (that had already been sent off) would give me a 95% accuracy of whether or not this baby has Down syndrome.

The results were normal.

Big exhale.

My chances (based on a previous baby w/DS and my age) were 1 in 125 before this test.

Now they are 1 in 2500.

However, the baby was stubborn and would not turn over and let the tec measure his/her nasal bone, so the results were only 90% accurate instead of 95%.

Either way, we had already planned to get an amnio done just to know for sure.

So we go back on October 20 to do that. The results, which will be 99.4 to 100% accurate, will take about 10 days to get back.

I think those will be a long 10 days.

I haven't really been worried.

But today, when the tec started the ultrasound, the baby was very, very still.

Matthew and I couldn't see any movement.

I kept looking and looking for the heart to see the heartbeat.

I think I stopped breathing involuntarily a couple of times.

But then I saw it.

Another big exhale.

When does the worry stop?

I mean, sure, the baby might be born healthy with no defects and then get cancer at age two.

Or die in a car accident at age 13.


Then I remember.

I hope in something...Someone...far bigger than my fears.

I am loved and held by the One Who made the universe and Who made me. The One Who knows what is best for me.

'Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.'

Isaiah 41:10

Big exhale.


heartchild said...

I am so glad to hear the good results. I totally understand that worry and the being held. Take a nap! (Easier said than done, I know.) ;-)

Shannon said...

i think part of the job description as parents is to worry. my mom still makes me call her when i get home after i leave her house.

i am glad everything looked good today!!!

JILL said...

About halfway thorugh, I started thinking, 'this is so unlike Angela' - I mean, I know you are human, but usually you aren't so negative. Then, the last couple paragrpahs brought it back around for me. All is well in your world.

Now - get some pics up - we are going through A&B withdrawal!

Diana said...

Life changes into worry when you began having children. I am so glad to hear the good news and I look forward to lots more of it, because I worry about your children too :).

Anonymous said...

Angela: So glad for the great news. Things are what they are. God is in total control. I had a amnio with Ryder & you are right, it was the longest 7 days of my life. Sometimes, the results come in early. So my girl with Downs turned out to be a normal male! Thinking of you often & take care of yourself & those precious boys!

Lindsey Erickson said...

Great news, Angela! Great post, too. Thanks for reminding all of us what to do when we worry!
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding." Proverbs 3:5

Verna said...

Great News Angela. Hope your head aches don't get to bad.

Have a great day!

Tricia said...

I am glad to hear you got good news. Take a nap. Or two. Or three. The blogging world will wait. God bless. :)

jenn said...

Wonderful news! The worry never stops--sorry to say, but you are 100% right--we HAVE to put our trust in HIM! Still prayin' for your family--hope you have a restful week!

Elizabeth LeConey said...

Angela, i'll keep you in my prayers. Whatever happens, you are strong enough to make it through.

jmason said...

I'm glad you got good news!!! I'll keep praying for you!

Beverly said...

keeping you and baby in our prayers! So happy for you!

Tracey said...

That was beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

The Soldatke family said...

Glad your results were normal! I'm with you on the worrying thing...we as mom's just never seem to stop. I love the verse at the end...It brings me such comfort!

The O'Neils said...

Glad your results were normal. Sorry to hear about the headaches...and the worry!!! Praying for your peace of mind!