Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Cloudy With a Chance of Cramping

Last week was tough, Saturday I was really angry, Sunday I was exhausted, same with yesterday. Today I had my amniocentesis. I was really nervous going in. Also in the waiting room. Then they brought me back and we did some preliminary ultrasound pictures and measurements. Then the doctor came in for my amnio, we did the local and then my squiggly wiggly child went everywhere he tried to stick the needle. After four times of trying to needle me and failing the doctor took a break so I could relax and so could our little one. After a few he came back in and gave me more local anesthesia and needled me again. This time it worked and we got the fluid. The needle sticks were painful and caused cramping but the removal of the fluid was like being vacuumed on the inside. Immediately after I was cramping and in pain. They told me I will cramp for 1-7 days and probably bruise. The fluid was a clear yellow though so that means baby didn't get needled. I am also supposed to stay off my feet for seven days, they did not forewarn me of this. So now we wait. We wait for 10-14 days to find out about the Fragile X and then up to a month for everything. Joe is supposed to blood work tomorrow. They did more blood work on me today too. Hopefully we find out as much as we can as soon as we can.

Just a lot of pain and cramping today. It'll be worth it for what we find out but boy am I feeling it. We just have to be strong and brave and hope that little one got my good X chromosome. Doctor said looking at the ultrasound that the baby looks great and "normal", so based on pictures and measurements the incubation seems to be going well thus far. We shall see though.

I just wish that Fragile X was talked about more and taught to us, we all learn about so many issues and if this is the number one inherited cause of mental and physical disability then it should be more well known. No one has really heard of this as far as I have discovered. Out of the dozens of folks I have personally talked to (including some in the medical field) and all those on Facebook I've found ONE person who has heard of Fragile X. ONE. Just ONE. 1 in 160 women are carriers like me, 1 in 800 men are carriers. These are NOT high numbers. This should be known to the public. Most states, I've found out, don't even test for this like California does. This is something I think should be MANDATORY. Again, number one cause. Why the hell is this so unknown?! I just can't, it makes me so angry.

 Keep us in your thoughts and hearts. Thanks dear chickens.