Tuesday, February 26, 2008

First Formal Ultrasound

Fear. That is all I felt all morning. I found myself in tears and but we didn't even know if anything was wrong yet. I couldn't shake that fear.

Our ultrasound went well. Tanya has done the ultrasounds for all of our children and knows us well. The first thing she told us is that she will not be able to tell us anything...good or bad. She was wonderful during the entire exam. She showed us pictures of our little baby. It was kicking and rolling around. Tanya kept us talking and laughing the entire time.

After the ultrasound Tanya asked us to wait in an exam room for our routine check up and told us that Patra would be with us in a minute. I knew instantly that there was a problem when it was Dr Shope that came in a minute later.

He explained that there are multiple problems on the ultrasound. He said that there are problems with our baby's stomach, brain, heart and measurements. He told us that we might want to consider termination. I instantly told him that is not an option. He agreed to send us to a specialist and would call us with the appointment.

We left in tears with an unsure future and a very sick baby.

We went back to Karen's house to pick up our other children. We, of course, told her what Dr. Shope had just told us. She just hugged me and cried with me. She is such a blessing for me right now. While we were at her house Petra called and told us that we have an appointment with a parinatologist, Dr Dashaw, tomorrow.

It is going to be a very long night.

1 comment:

The Finnestad Family said...

This day will be forever etched in our hearts, as well as your wise words...."Karen, I don't need you to be my rock - only Jesus can be that for me right now." And He WILL be your Rock, the whole way through!