As several of you have emailed me directly, I suppose it’s time to tell you: I chose to unpack Seth and Jim’s suitcases; I did not chose to make the bed, although I did straighten the sheets before climbing in that night. ;)
Seriously, though? Who knew I’d get such a bevy of comments off a “filler” post of pure randomness? It was fun learning which of you are a little OCD and which of you take a more laid back approach. It’s funny – I’m a tad bit OCD-prone as a rule, but the bed making has never been my strong point (no fault of yours, Mom!). However, I’m proud to say the bed has been made each day since that post. And I love it. It makes it so much easier to pile the laundry on top of!
Okay, moving on…..
I feel like there was something else I was supposed to tell you….
Oh, right. That little doctor appointment on Friday.
I’m sorry for my glibness, as well as the delay. I’m not really sure why I didn’t make time to post an update Friday or Saturday. Well, there were some other life events that got in the way of my blogging, but we’ll get to those. Moreso, though, I think I just was weary of repeating the news.
I’d already talked to my parents, my girlfriends, my babysitter. I’d sent an email to the people I KNEW were waiting for the results, and I’d jotted off a quick Facebook status update. And by the time I was done with all that….I’m sorry to say there wasn’t much oomph left in me to write it all out again.
But today is a new day. I’ve only had to deliver the story once today, so I’m prepped and ready to lay it all out one more time.
Dr. Graves was quick to assure Jim and me of all the tests that came back negative – I think it was an attempt at reverse psychology, so that when she got to the tests that came back positive (for disorder), we’d be feeling grateful for all that wasn’t wrong. I have to admit, it kind of worked.
Because by the time she got to the two tests that did show a genetic mutation, I knew things could have turned out much worse, and what we are faced with having are some of the more common mutations, and are, in fact, treatable.
Okay. Here it is. I have MTHFR C677T and 4G PAI-1. The first, a deficiency, is treated by taking a ridiculous amount of folic acid before becoming and while pregnant. The latter, a clotting disorder, is treated with a daily baby aspirin. Each of these mutations, in and of themselves, are not overly concerning. Combined, they are more problematic. However, the truly concerning component in my particular situation is these mutations in combination with my predisposition to hypertension and preeclampsia. The blood pressure issue will always remain my biggest pregnancy threat, but Dr. Graves was quick to point out that doubling my current blood pressure medications, in addition to beginning the folic acid and aspirin regimen before even becoming pregnant again, would greatly increase my chances of getting another pregnancy off to the best start. In addition, once a viable pregnancy would be established (most likely, via an ultrasound around 7 weeks gestation that showed a beating heart), we would weigh the risks and benefits of a drug such as heparin or Lovenox.
As I don’t plan to keep you all abreast of our plans with play-by-play updates on our sex life, I’ll leave you with this “statement,” and ask that you respect our privacy and our timetable in the matter of our future fertility:
We feel confident that our doctors have found the cause of my past pregnancy complications, and trust their diagnosis and proposed plan of treatment should we decide to become pregnant again. We have been granted “permission” to begin trying to conceive as early as August; however, we have not decided when we will begin the process. We are seeking wisdom and counsel as to when our family is both physically and emotionally ready to welcome the possibility of another pregnancy, the complications it could bring, and the ultimate responsibility of growing another life. When and if we do decide to try to conceive another baby, that will remain between Jim and I. If we are blessed to become pregnant, we will joyfully share our news. In the meantime, we continue to thank you for your love and support as we have been walking this dark road. We are healing, but we still need your prayers and encouragement. Thank you for loving us, and for loving our sweet Duncan as well.