Monday, March 29, 2010
The 20 Week Ultrasound...
I never knew that going to an ultrasound could be such a frightening experience until today, nevertheless I am thankful that such technology allows us to prepare ourselves for the difficult time that appears to be ahead.
After the ultrasound technician was not satisfied with what she could see regarding the baby's heart she suggested it might be good to have the doctor take a look. We moved to a new room and met the doctor as he began to study the baby's heart to see if there was anything to be concerned about. Any explanation that begins..."The problem with your baby's heart..." is bound to put a lump in your throat, but we gathered our wits to be able to process the explanation that we received and I will try to summarize for you.
Our little girl (yes it's a girl) has a heart defect. The initial diagnosis is that it is either critical pulmonary stenosis (more likely) or pulmonary atresia with intact ventricular septum (possibly). Either way it will require a procedure immediately after birth. Only time will tell whether the condition will be treatable with a catharization or require a more extensive surgery. We will return to the doctor after our vacation and he hopes to be able to see better exactly what the situation is.
If you have questions, we have few answers beyond the explanation above. It was unsettling and scary to hear and we have a lot to figure out leading up to the baby's birth in August. If you are reading this we desire that you would pray for the baby's health and for our peace of mind as we travel these next months with this burden on our hearts.
Even with the news it has been hard to stem the excitement we have from seeing the baby's face and finding out it is a girl. She most certainly has two little sisters who hope to smother her with love and attention and two parents who she already knows how to make nervous.
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