Today we went back for another ultrasound. We found out that the baby actually has a cyst on both sides of her brain. Just one cyst could often be something that will go away on its own. However, the doctor said a cyst on both sides is a sign of an extra chromosome, so they look for other things. From the ultrasound they could see that her femur and humerus are both about two weeks behind the rest of her body in growth. The doctor also looked for a missing nasal bone, pinky pone, for some difference in her bowels and kidneys, and for an extra fold of skin on the back on her neck. Her bowel and kidneys looked ok, and they did not see the extra skin on the back on her neck, but she was missing a bone in her nose as well as her pinky finger. She also had her fists clenched, that being another sign. These all led the doctor to believe that she is showing signs of the extra Chromosome 21, which is Downs Syndrome. The cysts are in the supply part of her brain, which could be hindering the growth of major organs, especially her heart, and she does have a hole in the Right Ventricle of her heart.
The results of the blood test will be back on Monday, and that will give us more information about what the extra chromosome could be. The next option is to have an amniocentesis, which would give more information about the health risks of our baby. But we will not be doing this, not only because of the risks it poses, but because more tests will not change our minds about the love we have for our baby girl. All these tests are so they can give us statistics about her chances of being born with an extra chromosome. But we do not believe Audrey is a statistic, and if God created her with this then we will love her just as much.
We will return monthly for ultrasounds so they can keep track of her growth, as well as monitor her heart. There is the possibility we would have to go to a cardiologist group at Vanderbilt if the hole in her heart does not improve, and perhaps deliver there so they can take care of her right away. Of course all this is unknown to any of us right now, but God knows what He is doing and we will trust Him as we see what the following months bring.
God is a God of miracles, first of all for this life that He has given us. We also know that when God’s people pray we see miracles that cannot be explained. We would ask for your prayers that His grace would sustain us, and that Audrey would be born healthy and totally shock the doctors. If this is not what God has in store for our family, then please pray that we will learn to lean on the Lord for the strength to bear this situation. We will not be able to express our gratitude to you all who have been praying and will continue to.
Chad & Rebecca
For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.