Dr. H is now involved and thank goodness.
He basically called me and said that the test was done incorrectly and that he believes it to be a false positive. He is giving my results and bloodwork to his genetic counselor so she can re-configure the test. Apparently there are different ways of measuring DS during the second trimester and my bloodwork used first trimester screening techniques, rending the results inaccurate.
He also offered me the MaterniT21 Test.
MaterniT21 sounds a bit like a maternity clothing line, but it’s actually a new test that can reliably detect Down syndrome in a fetus. Developed by the California company Sequenom, the test checks fetal DNA present in the mother’s blood to see whether the baby has the extra copy of chromosome 21 that causes Down syndrome.
Unlike current prenatal tests, which carry a small risk of fetal injury or miscarriage (since they require a sample of either amniotic fluid or placenta), MaterniT21 appears to be a much safer alternative. It can be administered as early as 10 weeks into the pregnancy—with an impressive accuracy rate of 99 percent.
I want this test and I want it yesterday. Why was it never offered in the first place?
Anyway, Dr. H is going to do his best to help me and get me sound answers. I have a very high tech ultrasound coming up in less than 2 weeks and I am in the process of setting up my MaterniT21 test. These are good places to start.
I got loads of presents from students today since it was the last day of school before the break. Most of it was candy of cookies but I also got a small painting with the words “Faith” written on it. I remember thinking, “What a thoughtful gift”…now I am thinking, “What a meaningful one.” I freaked out nearly 8 hours ago about this news and I am still a bit on edge from my extreme fear. But ultimately I know that this is not within my control. God has blessed us with this amazing little one and while I am scared of what the results might be, I am going to continue enjoying myself until we know anything for sure.
I don’t want to worry for no reason, but most importantly I don’t want to feel as if I have to make a decision about anything prematurely. Inside I feel like a worthless human being for being afraid of DS for my own child. And then I look at the simple painting my student gave me and I can’t help but know that this whole thing has been all about faith from the beginning.