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Posted 01 October 2012 - 08:10 PM
Thank you Zackcat! I am west of Brisbane. I am very reassured by all the info I am finding on our specialist I am seeing on Thursday Dr Frank Carmody and I think I will ask his office for some OB recommendations or just see if his clinic can keep looking after me and I will just pay the gap/extra etc as I know they have other people working in his clinic and they do all the scans etc so I might just try and do shared care with his clinic or look into giving birth at our local private hospital - something I thought so simple initially has got a lot more complicated Initially I was just going to go public but I am now reassessing my options right now! I have lost faith in my GP and I think once that happens there is no point. I do feel for GPs as their knowledge has to be so broad these days...but to me pregnancy is one of the main things they would see a part from colds/flu, but I could be generalising here!
I may go and see someone afterwards to process all of this and will definitely keep my eye on it because I know I am at huge risk to collapsing in a heap because of what I have been through prior to this... unfortunately I have lost all my grandparents and both my parents before I was 28, so I am really missing my mother who I was very close to and was an ex-nurse and just a beautiful caring person! My sister is also pregnant at the same time (3rd pregnancy and no issues with any so far) she has been somewhat of a support but I don't think you quite understand things unless you are going through this, but I know she tries. I also have a dear friend who is 3 weeks pregnant behind me and hasn't had the easiest first trimester either so we are commiserating together...although she is yet to do her NT scan... plus finding this place has been a god send.
I am currently reading through some of the old threads and feel very comforted by people's experiences particularly because I keep coming across people who have been to Dr Carmody's clinic and have had a good experience! Thanks for your thoughts Zackcat, I really appreciate your kindness xxxx
Posted 02 October 2012 - 12:18 AM
How are we all coping today?
So I've been reading old posts here most of the day which has given me some hope.
So I have been doing a little research and found that body weight does factor into our results quite a bit and of course they didnt include mine! Im going to ring the number tomorrow thats on my paperwork and see if they can add this and changes my results what so ever. This is what I just found.....
A number of factors can affect the results of the blood test. The two most significant variables affecting the accuracy of the blood test are:
The gestation of your pregnancy.
This has me very frustrated of course! Will let you know how I go after the call tomorrow! Makes me wonder what else they have got wrong!
Posted 02 October 2012 - 02:34 PM
Just popping in to say hi... I've been reading, just haven't had time to post...
and I'm still waiting for the results (I have a feeling they will call tomorrow).
Ral1: I had to tell them my weight at both the blood test place and the US place.
lkd2012:I'm surprised they even gave you the results! Mine were given to my GP who rang me as soon as she had checked the blood tests with the US results. From there I was passed over to the womens hospital who have been fantastic. I'm hoping the only reason they didn't call was because they didn't consider 1:150 to be high risk...
zackcat: I think its a good thing to have the cardiologist at the scan - they will be able to give you the answers you want, rather than having to wait while someone interprets the scan.
Anyway work has been super busy, so in a way that has been good to make time go faster!
I have a couple of things booked for this weekend... visiting family and stuff, so I'm making the plans, but in the back of my mind wondering whether I will actually end up going or not - depends on the results...
Posted 02 October 2012 - 05:34 PM
Apples, glad to hear from you, I was wondering why we hadn't heard from you but glad you have been busy! I am still keeping everything crossed for you!! And please take it easy, you can always cancel your plans if you don't feel like it!
I had to tell them my weight too by the way! Didn't realise it was important though. Well I know now not to lie about it...
I have done a bit more thinking about my upcoming final test results (although they are not due for like another week or so) and I have remembered that I actually have some markers on one of my genes due to something that is running in our family (a thing were you accumulate iron but I am only a carrier, it is only active in males but it's nothing too serious). I am so glad I remembered this now because I am sure the baby is going to inherit is from me because in my family we all have it and I wouldn't want to know what I would have thought if they come back and say they found some markers on one of the genes and then I would fret and then it would end up just being this... I got all the exact information about it now and if they call and say they found something I will ask them straightout if it's that! I hope they don't find anything else though...
Posted 02 October 2012 - 06:04 PM
Ral1 is it weight versus height as well too? I was 75kg at my scan but I am 178cm tall?? I notice mine only has my weight on it and not like a BMI or something or is it just the weight factor
Also with gestation of the pregnancy I am curious about this too - because I went into the scan thinking I was 12 weeks but I measured ahead by 5 days. I am also wondering about bloods because most people I have spoken to had gotten told between week 10 -11 to have your tests but I had them at 12w 2 days because my GP said a couple of days before should be fine (but didn't realise I was that far ahead by then!). I have also been really sick with MS and not eating my normal diet at all and the morning of the test I was very dehydrated so praying that had something to do with it too!!... again I am hoping that it is all because of these variables that this stress has been bestowed upon us lovely ladies and not because something is wrong!
Mrs Bobby my partner's father has that iron thing too and my partner had to get checked out too but ended not being a carrier. Sounds like you are prepared and armed with info if needed though! I have learned so much about things over the past week! Things that I had never really thought of around chromosomes and disability.
Hi Apples I am hoping so too with my results. I have never thought odds in real life like 1:150 to be high! because it is only 0.66% or 99.4% that everything will be okay! I cannot believe the stress it has caused - when that is really what I am facing! I am hoping that I fall in the 99.4% category! I am the same with work it has been crazy busy so it is keeping me somewhat distracted thankfully!
Anyway hope everyone else is travelling okay I am the same trying to keep busy but in the back of my mind I am starting to worry...I had some pain today and I panicked thinking it was the start of a miscarriage. I thought I was hyper-vigilant in the first trimester due to bleeding, but this is a whole different stress! But they were just the little stretchy pains I have been getting and lasted 30 seconds but the thought was there I am hoping that one day they work out a better way of screening because I think it is very stressful for 100's of women, but if it catches something that is incompatible with life I would much rather know now so I agree with that part - but the variables and individual experiences are huge. I am interested to see how the testing develops over the next 5 - 10 years.
Lots of hugs for everyone and thanks for being so welcoming to me, I really appreciate it xx
Posted 02 October 2012 - 07:01 PM
FYI in Germany they now do a blood test that can determine if the baby has DS or not. It is a very simple test and you don't need to be scared about a miscarriage or anything... Will be a couple of years before it hits Australian shores though...
Posted 02 October 2012 - 07:23 PM
that sounds great Mrs Bobby! A blood test sounds a lot less daunting
Posted 02 October 2012 - 08:42 PM
It is! And it's just as good as amnio or CVS, can be done at 12 weeks... But it's quite expensive I think. Oh well, hopefully I won't ever need to worry about it again...
Posted 02 October 2012 - 09:38 PM
blood test for DS sounds good in theory, but I think the problem is if it only tests for DS... we went into this NT scan thinking we were testing for DS, and finding out that there are so many other things out there that we had never heard of before...
lkd2012: it was just the weight... and with the babies age, I just told them LMP date.
MrsBobby: when we had our session with the genetic counsellor she asked us all these questions about our family history, if everyone was healthy etc... it wasn't until we were about to have the CVS that I thought about the fact that DH has type 1 diabetes and my mum has MS!!! I asked if that is something I should have told them, and they said Yes! lol, I just didn't think about those things, I was just thinking about DS, mental disabilities etc.
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