Monday, November 22, 2010

Just a Pinch

I wrote this post in my head last night and it seemed funny. Of course I might have been dreaming. Because today there is nothing funny about this post. Today I am having a CVS test.
Which means that in two weeks I will know the gender of the baby.
And if there are any genetic abnormalities.
The test carries a 1 in 400 chance of miscarriage.
And is conducted with a cartoonishly large needle.
I prefer my needles small and non-animated. Preferably piercing cloth and not the tissue of my uterus.
Not funny at all, is it?
Positive thoughts and stories of CVS tests gone swimmingly will be gobbled up in the comments.



Karena said...

Oh dear one, will be thinking of you today. Let me know what you find out. Hugs galore!


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amber {daisy chain} said...

good luck today!!! xo

Richie Designs said...

ugh - good luck

Nancy Fastenau, Fastenau and Associates said...

Keli got to have a pretty non-invasive blood test instead because she is not high-risk; i.e. good health, fit, etc. Maybe you can do that? Ask her.

Jayme said...

I won't lie. It was uncomfortable. But it really wasn't as painful as I thought it would be and it was over pretty quickly. My husband and I went out to dinner afterwards, so I can attest that there were no lingering effects other than relief that it was over. And I was giddy when the results came in - we named her Chloe at that very moment.

Just hold your husband's hand and don't look at the pokey thing.

Rose said...

Oh, I never comment but want to commnent today just to let you know that I had a CVS test at 12 weeks and yes, the needle was large, but everything went well and it's so nice to know that I'll be delivering a healthy (well, no genetic issues) baby girl around May 1! Hang in there, you'll do great :)

Petunia Face said...

Nancy--I had that blood test with Zoey and got what they call a false positive. It indicated that I had a high chance of having problems, so then I had to get an amnio which of course showed that everything was fine. It was weeks of hell, worrying/thinking that something was horribly wrong. I vowed that with my next baby I wouldn't do that same test because of the chance of a false positive. :(


Erin said...

Good luck, S. It will go fine. Love you!!


Judy said...

I've read everything I can find to read about CVS....there are quite a few MD comments that state it is no more dangerous than amnio....and we do know the hospital that is doing yours has a good outcome history as far as complications. By the time you read this, it will be over and, hopefully, you'll be resting as instructed-you and Baby just FINE. I'm really glad that you'll get earlier, reliable results as opposed to the last time with the blood tests that caused a lot of stress and then having to wait for results of the amnio too.
I just know in my heart that, not only will this barbaric test go smoothly, but that the results will be A-O.K. as well.
In two weeks, you'll have the results (and they WILL be good....though I'm thinking we're having a little boy) AND you'll be in the 2nd trimester feeling energetic, nausea and vomiting a thing of the past, relieved and ready to go find some good looking maternity clothes with ZoZo and me. I know how really, really hard it is NOT to worry, not to dread the worst until that dread almost becomes your reality until proven otherwise....that apple didn't fall far from the tree. I know also that you aren't going to stop worrying just because I have "good feelings" and because I am imparting some of the wisdom of my years. I have found that the best perk to getting old is that one really does gain some wisdom. Damn, I feel downright Guru-ish. BUT the frustrating thing is that any wisdom gained only seems to profit the aging one, i.e., me in this case. YOU CAN'T PASS IT ON...well you can try but it doesn't work that way. Ironic to say the least because I've already made all those mistakes that ultimately transformed into what I am calling wisdom...NOW I finally get it. But on the off chance that maybe you can use this, I "give it to you". Your state of mind the next few weeks WILL NOT change the outcome of the tests. So, instead of worrying that the results will be negative and making yourself miserable, why not go with believing the results are GOOD. You'll have a much better two weeks which means the baby will also....and, then when those positive-meaning GOOD-results do come in, you'll just be a notch happier.
Love You To Pieces,

Robin said...

Good luck, hugs, etc. from the east coast.

Anonymous said...

Fingers crossed that all went well.

Anonymous said...

2 out of 3 of my kids were given a 1:8 chance of having down syndrome based on blood tests. (at my age it should have been like 1:1200) Both times I had a CVS to confirm and both times the blood tests were proven wrong. I vowed that with my fourth child that I wouldn't have the blood tests done again! I know that there isnt anything that you can say to make someone feel better when they are awaiting results. It's torturous. Don't let this take away from the bliss of pregnancy- you are still pregnant with a miracle! Sending prayers your way!
Janna from Seattle
Ps. My word identification is DARLINGS. I love that.