It's always got to be something, right?
Well, we got some unexpected news today regarding the blood test part of our first trimester screening. Based on the blood work, there is an elevated risk of Down syndrome. This is not a diagnostic test, so it does not mean Baby O has Down syndrome, but the risk is much higher than one would expect, especially after the u/s findings. The fax was a little unclear (it baffles me that doctors still use the fax... haha), but the overall risk is either 1 in 61 or 1 in 81 based on the combined screening. The "odds" don't really matter, but we will obviously get clarification on which.
So, we have an appointment with a genetic counselor on Thursday morning. If you could just say a prayer for our peace until then and in our decision making process as far as what additional screenings or diagnostics to do next, we would appreciate it. We will love our baby so much whether or not s(he) has an extra chromosome, but obviously, we pray that s(he) has the correct number. The good news is that we were very low risk for Trisomy 13 and Trisomy 18. Praise Jesus for that.
Also, if anyone has any experience with this or words of advice, I'd appreciate it. I am arming myself with information so I can ask the "right" questions so we can make decisions going forward. I know that in many (probably most) cases, everything turns out fine. And, if not, then that's fine too as long as we have a healthy baby.