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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Ultrasound results

I thought we were going to be late for the appointment today because we got stuck in town by a funeral. However, we made it just in time. We had to fill out paperwork, and then the ultrasound lady took us right back.

She was very sweet. At first, the baby was moving around a lot so she was having a lot of trouble getting a shot. I mentioned I had thought about having some orange juice or a caffeinated drink before I came, and she said she was glad I didn't.

She wouldn't tell me anything though, except for what we were looking at. I asked her if the baby was growing on target. She said the doctor would have to tell me that. I asked about a couple of other things, too, and she said that she wouldn't be able to tell me anything but I could pick Dr. Speers, the maternal fetal medicine specialist, brain.

The last 20 minutes or so, the baby curled up in a little ball and wouldn't move much at all. She had me drink a glass of water, move onto my sides, nothing. Even though the baby moved a lot at the beginning, this worries me. A couple of people I know who have had Trisomy 18 babies said their babies didn't move much on ultrasound at all.

So, she tried for a while and decided to quit. She forgot to take pictures, so she started trying again to get a profile shot. The baby started moving around so much that she was only able to get one shot of its profile.

We then had to go to the waiting room to wait on the doctor. It felt like forever. He finally called us back. He asked us a ton of questions and then moved on to what the ultrasound said. The baby is measuring right on target, but because of its gestational age, it is still very small. That, along with the fact that the baby moved too much at the beginning and then curled into a ball at the end, meant they weren't able to get many good shots.

The doctor did find some things concerning. In some shots, it looked like the baby had a cystic hygroma. In others, it didn't. A cystic hygroma involves the lymphatic system and can be very bad. We don't know if the baby has it or not. I don't see anything in the picture that she got for us, but I'm not used to looking at them.

Also, in some shots, it looked as though the baby's feet turned in. In others, they didn't. I'm not too worried about this. My feet turn in. In fact, I was almost born club-footed. I have terrible problems with my feet.

So, we decided to do the amnio. I'm going on Friday for that. I'm sort of needle-phobic, but I know I have to do it. I have to know if this baby is going to be ok or not.

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