At my appointment yesterday my doctor suggested I get the Quad Screening test done. I have never done this test before, but with our history from the last pregnancy Marther’s thought it was a good idea to just do it. So off to the lab I went for them to draw a vial of blood. There are a couple of outcomes that could come from this test.
- It comes back negative and we get the reassurance that nothing is wrong with the baby (i.e. Down’s Syndrome, Spina Bifida).
- It comes back positive and we go to the big hospital in the big city to have a Level 2 Ultrasound done.
This can go 2 ways also.
- It shows something wrong with the baby, or
- The screening came back with a false positive, meaning nothing is wrong.
My dr. told me if it does come back positive to begin with, that more often than not it is a false positive, so not to worry until we get the L2 US done. Easier said than done. I’m just going to keep praying until we get the results back that it is negative and we can rejoice and move on. There’s always something to worry about when a mom, right?
I forgot to ask how long it takes to get the results back (I think it’s weeks) but when I do I’ll let you know what they are.
My next appointment (my 20 week appointment) is Monday, September 30th! Wow, 20 weeks is only 4 weeks away? How did that happen? I’ll have my regular ultrasound that day also, can’t wait to see this little lumpkin again!
I do have to admit that in the hours leading up to my appointments (which are all at 11:00) I do nothing but think about our baby we lost. My thoughts are overwhelmed with the little guy, wondering why we are now statistics. Why that happened to us and to him. Was it to teach me a lesson to be more compassionate? Or to not take life for granted? If that’s the case I don’t understand why the little one had to suffer for me to learn a lesson. Doesn’t everything happen for a reason? What was the reason for our loss and our pain? These are questions that I’ll never have answered. But these appointments make me think…
Looking forward to my next baby update, Week 20!