Many T&Ps going your way!
Also, I just wanted to let you know that if it is a worst-case scenario... it's not the end of the world. My first cousin has Downs Syndrome, and he's a healthy 24 year old man who has a job with a work program and is on a waiting list to live in a group home where he can be more independent than living with his family. He has some language issues, but the physical side effects are so easily controlled nowadays that he never had a big problem other than needing tubes in his ears.
And despite the mental problems that do come with Downs, he is one of the sweetest, most wonderful people that I know in my life. Absolutely loving and caring and so eager to get involved in things; he's currently part of the local theater company's stage crew because he kept going to rehearsals with my uncle who's in the local plays.
I won't lie and say it's easy because I know my aunt and uncle did have to make a lot of sacrifices, and the education they got for my cousin didn't come cheap. But I can absolutely guarantee that they wouldn't have traded him for anyone else in the world.
reesie4:Congratulations on your little boy. I am so sorry that you have to wait until the 24th to get more information. I hope the next week goes by quickly and that everyone turns out ok. We are here for you!
Ditto. T&Ps coming your way.
I just went through the same thing. Different soft marker, two markers, also for Down's. I did do the quad screening, my ratio was 1/3200 for risk of Downs. It felt like a long wait until my appt which ironically was today. Though those markers are still present they determined my risk of Downs to be 1/2000.
It took two weeks for my appt to arrive and the perinatologist said my markers were common in 3-5% of all babies. With all of the information he said that I had a 1/2000 risk of having a baby with Down's. He also said because the risk is low and that the markers are seen in normal babies, he did not think further testing was warrented and officially giving me a 'normal' scan result. SIGH OF RELIEF.
But my best friend really put things into perspective when she asked,
'would you do anything differently for the rest of your pregnancy?' I
guess keeping the baby. Of course I am way too attached to my little
guy now. And I would never be able to do anything but deliver my baby
and provide him a loving family/home, etc.
I'll say my prayers and be thinking of you, but I hope this info may help to ease your mind a bit.
Hugs and T&P's headed your way. We are kind of in the same shoes but we got our scare from the blood test. We will find out Friday if our LO has Trisomy 18 or not. REMEMBER, there are more false positives then positives.
Good luck and keep us updated.
T&Ps headed your way.
In the meantime, take care of yourself as much as you can. (hard, I know...)
My thoughts and prayers are with you. I know it's hard, but try not to worry too much right now. I'm sure the specialist will be able to give you more specific information. I would imagine that the scan results aren't definant and that there is a very good chance that you'll have a 100% happy and healthy baby. If you do end up having a baby with down syndrome I know it will be life changing but please know that I'm positive you could handle it. I am a special education teacher and I am very close with my student's families. Many of them have shared there stories with me. In the beginning, it was very difficult for them. They grieved the "perfect" child they dreamt of. But now, they realize what a blessing that child has been and they can't imagine their lives without them. If you find yourself facing this situation your family and friends will support you. You will get support from early childhood interventions. You will learn how your child learns, communicates, and socializes.
Stay positive and know that we are all thinking about you!