Apr 14, 2011

Lessons on staying calm and rational

Last week I wrote a post about the quietness of our pregnancy and how it was either the calm before the storm, or going to stay uneventful.   Well, it was far from a Tsunami, but more like a blizzard just a day after that post.  We received concerning news about the results of our triple marker screening.  When reading the news of course my heart sunk into my stomach, no one wants to screen positive on ANY of these genetic screenings. I had three seconds of panic, then my past lessons and leanings took over and I started to think rationally.  I know the screening is an equation of sorts something like +pappa+hcg+fE3+AFP+AGE=results.   Knowing that my "advanced" age would drive the weighting in this formula over the top,  we decided to reach out further to Dr Shivani and converse with Dr Casper here.  We knew we would not opt for an amnio - too scary, too risky. Dr Shivani recommended a Level 2 scan preformed by a fetal medicine specialist and we agreed to this.  Dr Casper looked at the results and was not too worried, especially if our NT was normal, which it was.  After a chat with Dr Shivani we felt that the Level 2 scan was best, and obviously non-invasive.   We know the triple marker is a screening tool, and not a diagnostic tool, therefore, next steps are to dive into the least invasive diagnostic option available. 
Yesterday (April 13) we received the results of the Level 2 scan, and fortunately the entire two page report detailed every one of the 104 measurements and markers as NORMAL!  Along with the reports we received 65, yes 65 scan pics!  Most of the scan pics were critical markers and not that exciting for normal parents to be, but for us, they were heaven! We cannot thank Dr Shivani, Dr Vandana and Neha enough!  Dr Shivani stayed ever calm for us, and gave us sound medical advice.  Dr Vandana did our detailed scan and recorded every measurements and commentary and Neha probably spent alot of time putting the scan pics together into a zip file for us (she stayed very late to do this for us based on what time the email came).  It sucks having to go through this, but the SCI team made it as manageable for us as they could.   So, learning's.... stay calm, lean on and take the advice of Dr Shivani, understand your results and how they are calculated.



9 comments:

  1. Hello baby Alan! So wonderful to see your beautiful face. <3
    Love, auntie Christine

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  2. Alan is waving some Jazz hands in there to say to you...'I'm fine...all is okay...but thanks for the photo shoot!!!'

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  3. So happy everything is ok. The scans are so cool and his orange one doesn't even look weird ;)

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  4. Kerrie and Mark,
    You probably don't remember but CJ and Shawn went through this as well. They did have amnio all for nothing. I am so glad all is well. Still praying for you, Alan, and your surrogate every day. I do wish this was an easier journey. It will all be worth it in a few months. Can't wait. Love, GeGe

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  5. Love the new photos and the news that all is well. Thankfully! Keep growing baby Alan.

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  6. Wonderful news! By the way, thanks for the inspiration on how to keep persevering. We have been through the ringer at this point and it is hard to imagine that things will finally work out. However, your story of hope gives ME hope!

    Best,
    Bernadette

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  7. One bump in the road is totally acceptable, but that's it. Got it Alan?? We all need the rest of your time in-utero to be boring as.

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  8. I have been in China and no access to blogs. Glad to hear all is well. Do we know if Alan is really an Alan yet?

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  9. WOW!! Baby Alan doing your stuff!!! Stay strong and grow grow grow. Your mom and dad have certainly given you what the good stuff is made of.

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