Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Please say a little prayer for us today. The doctor called yesterday to tell me that I tested positive for the Cystic Fibrosis gene. David went in for the test yesterday. There is a 1/39 chance he will be a carrier too. It isn't likely, but you never know. I'm not freaked out about it, but it is a concern. I'm sure that the test will come back negative and everything will be fine, but until we know for sure, the "what-ifs" will be floating around in my brain.

9 comments:

Kristen said...

Will pray. I had a cousin with CF.

McMom said...

I will pray too!

Kelli said...

Definitely.

cv said...

Nothing is for sure... Even if you have the CF gene it does NOT mean that your baby is guaranteed to have CF.

Sometimes I think genetic testing is more of a curse than a wonder...

Becky said...

Sandra,
Are you going to have more genetic testing done? There are a lot of tests throughout if you choose to do them? Are you?

Will be praying

Kelli said...

I was thinking about this last night, and I remember my doctor telling me when was pregnant with my twins that a lot of the genetic tests they do during pregnancy come back positive. He said it is very common for the tests to come back positive, even though the baby doesn't have whatever they're testing for. With Downs, it can come back that the baby does in fact test positive for it, but then the baby is born without it. So although I completely understand your worry over the what-ifs, I remember him telling me that a lot of the genetic testing causes many mom'sy undue worry.

I'm still praying, though.

Sandra said...

Becky, the test for Cystic Fibrosis is one they do automatically here in California. I have not decided about the test for Downs, but will probably have it. My only reasons for having them would be to know ahead of time so that the baby can have the proper care when it is born, and so that we can prepare ourselves for whatever lies ahead.

CV, you are right. Even if David tests positive there is a 25% chance the baby will have CF. That leaves a 75% chance the baby won't. Those are great odds, but I can't help but feel helpless since there is nothing I can do to better those odds. I'm really not freaking out about it at all. There are just so many unknowns when you're having a baby, and I've never been good with the unknowns. :)

Kelli, the doctor did tell me that there are a lot of false positives with the Downs test.

Thanks for the encouraging words. I am sure that David's test will be negative and that will be the end of it. We should know by tomorrow.

Becky said...

Leave it CA to mandate something. I hate that there is extra stress during this time for you. Pregnancy is such a minefield of helplessness. Much love and thinking of you.

Old Folks Blog said...

Hi Sandra,
You and your family are in my prayers every night and I know the good Lord is watching over you.
This will all turn out fine and you will be one happy couple,with a beautiful baby.You will make great parents.
Love much,
The Oldfolks