Finally...Some good news!
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|Wed, 03-10-2010 - 6:07pm|
First off, thanks so much for the funny comments you all left with regard to multiple stops for the bathroom on my St. Louis trip. Going there, it went well. Maybe 2 stops...like every 2 hours. Return trip home was a disaster. My 5-year old had a weak stomach bug...and kept having accidents in her panties. At some point, I wisened up and got out her pull-ups (for night-time accidents) and thus didn't have to keep changing her. At one particular rest area, I had the 5-year old doing the naked potty dance and wanting me to clean her bottom while my 3-year old CRAWLED on the floor...all while I'm hovering over a toilet with my pants down around my ankle. Sweat was pouring off my brow and I was doing all I could not to scream expletives at my two kids! LOL
Second, on Monday I had my monthly check-up at 18-weeks. I was a bit apprehensive (as I still had a bad taste in my mouth from the previous month's appt.) and my blood pressure was up a bit. (Did I mention that I also looked like a Stay-Puff marshmallow? A bit too much eating out/celebrating that involved sodium would be my guess! That and the 4-5 hour car ride.)
Anyway, so my OB mentioned that she wanted to run one more test...my AFP for spina bifida. I almost refused, except then she mentioned that she would like to rerun the entire quad screen just b/c she was curious as to what results I would get w/o the NT. She told me that she would call me with the results and that she would either tell me that the odds were better or still the same, but to expect the results to still be abnormal.
Well, I got my results back yesterday (1-day later) and my odds for Down Syndrome decreased significantly! While I am still preparing myself to expect anything on delivery day, my risk ratio went from 1:17 to 1:173. The AFP was totally normal or negative for spina bifida.
So....I'm confused. If my neck measurement was good at both 12 and 14 weeks (according to both the OB sonographer and the perinatologist) then why was my risk calculated to be so extreme (1:17)?
Honestly ladies, I didn't even ask for Monday's numbers b/c frankly they drive me insane!!! We still have our perinatology appt. at 21 weeks to look for soft-tissue markers, but I'm gonna leave it at that. I've always felt in my heart that this is a healthy baby, but either way I'm prepared to handle what I'm given.
Now, if I can just keep the sodium in check...I should be doing alright! Well...that and managing the carbs. I'm reallllly trying to avoid GD a 3rd time, but even if it does rear its ugly head, I don't want to have to do insulin. I'm amazed at the number of co-workers I've known that developed GD and could not control blood sugar thru diet and exercise...although at the end of pregnancy #2, I did have to take glyburide b/c I couldn't control my fasting blood sugar. (Joan...I'm all about being induced early with the diabetes!!!)