Strept B worries

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Strept B worries
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Fri, 02-17-2012 - 5:51pm

I just got back from the Strept B screening, and I'm really nervous!!!

As most of you know (since I've talked about it a gazillion times) Fede was in the NICU when he was 3 weeks old. The diagnosis was "neonatal sepsis", and he was fighting for his life for a few days. All tests came back inconclusive, but one of the main suspects was strept B.

(I DID have a sterpt B screening in my last pregnancy, but since it came back negative, my old OB dismissed the "theory" without really paying me any attention... another of the reasons I changed OBs)

Anyways. FF to this pregnancy, I'm obviously more than worried to repeat history. So I told my worries to my new OB and he ordered a new screening with a specialist, and cultures to see vulnerability to antibiotics if there is any bacteria present.

I went in today, told this whole story to the Dr. and he assured me he would have extra care with the process, but warned me that this kind of test has a rather high "false negative" rate. So even if it comes back negative, I can't be 100% sure there isn't any bacteria that could potentially cause problems.

To make matters worse, I took a shower right before going there (you know, a lady wants to be decent while someone is taking a peek at her privates... ). But now I'm obsessing thinking that maybe I washed away the germs and the screening will come back negative... all for an excess of hygene!!!!!!

You know, I'm almost wishing to get a positive so I can get a nice round of antibiotics!!!!!!

As you can see, I'm kind of freaking out here. So..... I'd apreciate some prayers and positive thoughts!!!

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Mon, 02-27-2012 - 9:55am

I'm glad it came back negative, and I will keep you and little Julia in my praryers!

Jules - Happily married and Momma to DS, DD and expecting our Caboose Baby 11/24/2012


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Sat, 02-25-2012 - 10:50am
Sorry for keeping you in suspense! I got the results yesterday, and they are negative. I really hope it's a true negative, but I've done my research and the screening they did is the best available with today's technology... so it's as good as it gets! I'll just have to put my faith in God and hope everything goes well!

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Wed, 02-22-2012 - 10:02am

Let us know, Mari!

Jules - Happily married and Momma to DS, DD and expecting our Caboose Baby 11/24/2012


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Wed, 02-22-2012 - 8:35am
Thanks for the thoughts ladies. I get the results this afternoon... We'll see... Lorien- that is reassuring!!... Are those stats for real? Melissa- I don't know. I jokingly told the Dr. that exact thing and he kind of laughed it off. Maybe if I tell him with a serious face he will consider it.

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Tue, 02-21-2012 - 4:43pm
(((HUGS))) Mari, it sounds like you are in good hands. Do you think he would be willing to give you the antibiotics just in case because of what happened with Fede? I know they don't like to prescribe them without reason, but this situation is different.

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Tue, 02-21-2012 - 3:02pm
If it's any reassurance, even if you do have group B strep the chance of passing it to the baby is still only 1 in 300.
~Lorien





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Tue, 02-21-2012 - 10:20am
(((hugs))) Praying for you!

Jules - Happily married and Momma to DS, DD and expecting our Caboose Baby 11/24/2012


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Mon, 02-20-2012 - 7:47pm
(((hugs))) Mari... I would be nervous as well. Keep us posted.
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Fri, 02-17-2012 - 8:50pm
(((hugs)) Mari! I can imagine how nerve-wracking it must be but just try to relax. It sounds like you're in good hands with your new OB. Sending lots of P&PT your way. :-)