|Preparing for Baby Jacob and his Down syndrome diganosis|
Dr. Jensen went over what I could expect at delivery and the weeks surrounding our baby's birth. He informed me that Jacob would be taken to NICU and would probably stay for 3-5 days just for monitoring. He didn't expect them to need to give him any medicine or stick him with needles etc. It would just be a precaution. He then said that soon after the birth he would want to see Jacob at his office and would most likely prescribe him some heart medicines. The medicines wouldn't fix the heart, but it would help with his growth as the babies usually have issues with lower birthrate and growth rates. He asked me about Jacob's due date and I told him it would be Halloween. He was not too happy about this because that would mean that they would normally try to do his heart surgery around what is normally flu season. So he decided that if possible, we'd prolong Jacob's surgery until Spring when there was less chance of him being exposed to anything with his weakened immune system. He told me he wouldn't need to see me again until after the baby was born, and I was done!
Today, I met with Dr. Zweisler. He did the usual - measured my belly, felt for the baby, and asked me if I was "OK". My goodness, if he looks at me with those concerned eyes and asks me if I'm "OK" one more time I might actually have to scream!!! It's like he's waiting for me to come out of denial and totally break down right there in his office. I guess he still has a bit more to learn about the strength of a Cady girl (Born a Cady, married to an Allred - in case you didn't know).
He then went on to remind me that he'd see me in 2 more weeks then all of the testing would begin. Apparently, children with Downs Syndrome have a tendency to have low birth weights, and often come with other 'issues'. So he wanted to schedule me for weekly BPP's (Biomedical Physical Profiles) and monthly growth scans. I researched the BPP and found this link which explains what I need to expect from the procedure: http://www.webmd.com/baby/biophysical-profile-bpp
He reminded me that the BPP's will be used to see if there are any other health issues to be addressed, and to see if the baby is in distress in any way. Obviously, if Baby Jacob is in distress, they will take action to fix the problem. He also told me that the growth scans will be used to see if there are any issues with Jacob's weight and growth. So, I said goodbye to the Dr, went to the ladies in the lobby and set up my appointments. 18 of them in all over the next 10 weeks. Ugh! That's a WHOLE LOT of time with the Doctors!!!! Here's to hoping it all works out!