Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Go TP (Warning: post contains some over excited baby stuff)

I am so relieved and excited.

TP passed the Nuchal Scan with flying colours.

The v plush scan centre we went to was all marble floors and soft music. We instantly felt they were making too much money, but hey, at this stage, we've spent so much money, a few hundred more pounds for peace of mind is not an issue.

First a wait, then blood was taken and then a longer wait until we were called. We were the 5th couple in for a Nuchal that morning. At 9am!

Anway TP was in fine form although seemd to have an attack of hiccups and he/she kept jumping up and down. The heart was beating away at 167bpm and Crown Rump length now 5.85mm. Nuchal Transluscency was 1.5mm with a (huge) nasal bone. All markers looking good.

They also check an angle of the face as Down's babies have flatter faces - that was also good. They checked blood flow in the stomach and the heart chambers and all were looking good. We saw both hands and feet, the cord and had a good look at blood flow in the placenta. It was so emotional for both of us.

Anyway...the numbers. The risk stats for my age are 1 in 93. Once they added in BP's measurements and my blood results we were down to 1 in 3101! That is, apparently about as good as it gets for my age. The Trisomy 13/18 risk is 1 in 5775 - even better.

It's hard to explain how I feel. I'm still aware we've a long way to go, but we've cleared another hurdle. I have that excited bubbly feeling in my tummy/chest that I had around the time Mr G and I got married. Before we got our "severe impairment" news just after we got back from our honeymoon. That was more or less two years ago now as we've just celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary.

Thank you G-d for getting us to this place and thank you all out there for being there for me along the way.

I still can't quite believe it.


B said...

I am so so so pleased for you honey. As we know at our age, this is one huge hurdle to get over and you have cleared it with flying colours.

I understand that you are cautiously optimistic but I'll be excited for you!! WOW!

Hopeful Mother said...

Fabulous news! What a relief.

Betty M said...

Great news - congratulations.

Not all plush marble, soft music, antiquities etc scan units make big money - one at least (where the king of nuchals is based) is all that AND all profits back to research - anyway as you say for additional peace of mind any price will do.

Waiting Amy said...

Congrats! I'm thrilled for you. My Downs risks are in the 3-4,000 too. And all subsequent scans have supported things still being great! So it looks good!

Foreverhopeful said...

Congrats on reaching another hurdle and thats great that your little one is doing so well and is passing all the tests with flying colours.. :) Yes Go TP!!!

Happy (belated) Anniverary!! Enjoy those excited bubbly feelings... you deserve it!

JJ said...

YAY--way to go passenger=) So glad that he/she passed!
Im so happy that you are at this place, Portia!

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Ms. P said...

Such a relief! Sounds like there are many reasons to be excited and looks like TP is here for the long haul!

Bea said...

What a relief. That does sound good.