Today we are scheduled to have an amniocentesis done to specifically see if Little Browne has Down Syndrome. This is something they worry more about in women that are 35 and older so we knew it going in, but it’s still slightly stressful. There is a slight chance Annie won’t have to have an amnio (which is where they stick a needle through the belly into the uterus to retrieve amniotic fluid) if the doctor explains that this other test, a normal blood test offers the same high accuracy.
This other blood test is relatively new I guess, you can’t get it everywhere…but we’re heading up to the beautiful oasis known as Salinas…which is Spanish for “Armpit” (just kidding, calm down everyone). Anyways…it may take up to a week to find out the results so I’m not sure just how much info we’ll actually come home with. Our first priority is to get through the amnio, although the chances are less than 5%, if the sack does not seal itself back up after the needle is pulled out…we could lose the baby.
The only reason I am sharing these things is because that’s what this blog is for…it’s the happenings (the good, the bad, and the slightly traumatic) that we want to share because some of you might have gone through these experiences so you can make us feel better and we can then help others after our experience. One thing we’ve discovered, as with the miscarriage we had in December 2011, is that people aren’t talking about these things enough. Life is hard sometimes, we go through things we classify as “personal”, and I say bullshit to all of it.
We’re all on this journey together and a lot of this stuff should be shared and discussed. Well, it appears I’m rambling again so I’m going to stop so I can go get ready to drive my lovely wife to the Armpit…uh…Salinas that is. We will report back via the blog when we have information and on Facebook. A selfish moment for myself…I’d love it if you would share this blog or the Little Browne Facebook page with anyone you know that would be interested in having these life/baby/parenting discussions over time.
Cheers, and Happy Friday (also International Ding Dong Day)!!