Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Ahhh...sweet candy!

As I'm typing this, I'm stuffing my face with a chocolately Kit Kat bar. Until this morning, I was unsure that I'd even be able to eat them anymore. Gestational diabetes scared the crap out of me. What if I couldn't have refined carbs and sugar anymore?

I hate how the doctor's office said "we'll call you if you failed."

So I waited and waited. Until 9:40 AM I couldn't wait anymore.

I timidly said to the receptionist "uhhhh...I don't want to be annoying....butttt I HAVE to know if I passed my glucose test."

I hear her clicking away with her mouse....meanwhile, seconds feel like hours.....

"Yep, you did great!"

"What were my numbers?"

"You need less than a 140 and you got a 114."

I could have kissed her if it were possible through the phone.

I realize it's not the end of the world...but I really would hate being on such a restricted diet, doing finger sticks, etc....and also, with all the appointments I already have with Avery's diagnosis, I realllyyyy didn't want to add even more.

So, yay! Milestone today! Can stuff my fat, pregnant face with as much fatty sweetness as I want! (I am not doing TOO bad...I've gained 11 pounds in 25 was very pleased with those numbers).

Also, today is exactly 100 days until my due date!

On that note...time for another candy bar.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

We Have Some Answers!

Avery's diagnosis:
CPAM (Congenital pulmonary adenamatoid malfornation) with bronchopulmonary sequestration...
We already knew about the lung tumor, but we just learned about the bronchopulmonary sequestration. What that means is that there is a blood supply from the thoracic aorta that is feeding the tumor in his lung. This blood supply is going through his stomach and diaphragm and attaches to the tumor. Therefore, that means that all of these organs are connected together (sequestration).

First, in the morning I had an MRI, (which I hear Avery was very uncooperative during, which in turn made me have to stay longer and get additional pictures...sigh) followed by a very in depth ultrasound. We had a lunch break, and then met with a social worker. Immediately following was an echocardiogram. (At 25 weeks he weighed in at 2 lbs 1 oz) Avery's heart is completely normal! That was the first good news of the day. Next, met with a genetic counselor that basically told us this is an isolated case and there was nothing we could do to prevent or contribute to his diagnosis.

It sounds scary, but we finally met with the pediatric surgeon at Cincinnati Children's Fetal Care Center. He said that Avery has an "excellent prognosis" so that immediately put us at ease.

So here's what is going to happen:
-I will have regular, routine OB care (WOOHOO) and won't have to go back to Children's while pregnant.
-I can have a normal labor and delivery.
-I can deliver at Kettering!
-At 45 weeks of age Avery will have a CT Scan to confirm that he still has the disorder.
-At 3 months of age he will have surgery (2-3 day hospital stay) to repair the sequestration and remove the tumor. And the most amazing part is that his lung will regenerate and in about 5 weeks it will be like there was never a tumor or a sequestration. He will have a 100% normal, functioning lung and it will be like none of this ever happened!

So, all around great news and my baby boy will be just fine! Thank you God for answering our prayers.