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Amnio Ho! - Elizabeth Unexplained
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Amnio Ho!
So remember the post last week where I said I'd be calling the doctor's office about the results of my 18 week ultrasound? Yeah, well between work being busy and my reluctance to sound like a hypochondriac I didn't get to it on Friday. Then my doctor (not her office, my actual doctor) called and left me a message on my cell phone on Tuesday, and when I called back today they got her on the phone within a minute. It's nice that they are being so prompt and pro-active, but on the other hand the swift action does underscore the fact that there could be cause for concern. To make a long story short, it probably is nothing to worry about, but the probability of it not being nothing to worry about is high enough that it rates to do the amnio, so I'm doing the amnio on Friday morning, bright and very early.

I really am hoping it's nothing, and the amnio will go smoothly and the results will let me go back to relaxing and getting on with this pregnancy. I really want this baby. I've ordered some blue yarn for a blanket for him, and I'm all set to start making little boy things. On the other hand, there is that terrible possibility that I might have to act swiftly (seeing as how I'm a mere five weeks from the threshold of viability) and make a decision about a termination. Ugh. I want this baby, but knowing what I know about genetics, biology and medicine there are certain things I will not put a child of mine through, and living with trisomy 21 is one of them. I really, really hope the little guy is OK and the toughest call I will have to make for the rest of this pregnancy is what color yarn to buy for a sweater for him.

Oh, and in other news my placenta is also low enough this time that my doctor is a bit concerned about it, though again chances are good that it won't be an issue by the third trimester. Really, previa is just not making it to the top of my list of concerns right now; I know that even if it doesn't resolve it can be managed with good care.
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enugent From: enugent Date: September 10th, 2009 02:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good luck!
aite From: aite Date: September 10th, 2009 05:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hope everything goes smoothly and results are reassuring!
astra_nomer From: astra_nomer Date: September 10th, 2009 05:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Fingers crossed for you!
enugent From: enugent Date: September 10th, 2009 08:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Will you get same-day results, or will you have to sweat it out all weekend waiting to hear? Or longer? I don't know what the timing is on these kinds of tests. (I know that when I did the lung-maturity amnio at the end of my pregnancy, they got the results back in an hour or so, but I didn't hear about it for four or five hours because the nurses were too chicken to tell me I had to stay an extra week and they waited for the doctor to come do it.)

I hope everything goes swimmingly and your worries are relieved for the rest of your uncomplicated pregnancy. :)
psychohist From: psychohist Date: September 12th, 2009 12:58 am (UTC) (Link)
They're saying it will take two weeks to culture the cells....
enugent From: enugent Date: September 12th, 2009 02:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Ick. What a pain to have to wait that long. May the time go quickly and easily.
chenoameg From: chenoameg Date: September 10th, 2009 10:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good luck at the amnio tomorrow.
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