Ok, so we have not a lot, but a lot of information. We had our specialist ultrasound today and there is definitely a fluid of some sort behind the neck area. This could be a non-septated cystic hygroma or it could be fluid from the amniotic sac. There is no way to tell for certain what is going on inside. The non-septated cystic hygroma is better than a septated - which would mean there would be many blockages and walls along the fluid build up. So that is a positive! The fluid measured at 3.5mm thick and anything above 2mm is when they see a red flag. The great new is that the fluid build up measured smaller today than yesterday. Already the power of prayer is working! There are three possibilities we have to sit and wait for - 1)that this is nothing and it goes away on its own 2) this could indicate a chromosomal abnormality 3)this could indicate a heart defect.
We will return to this same specialist at 16 weeks and then, if I elect to, we will also have amniocentesis. I would prefer not to have the amnio, so I am praying this will disperse by the power of God. Dr. Odom sounds very positive about everything and he knows that he sees a healthy baby and has vowed to do everything humanly possible to help our little one. At 22-24 weeks we will visit a doctor to do an ecocardiogram on the baby to check for any heart defects. As far as the chromosomal abnormalities there are a few different instances here. If it is a boy we can rule out Turner's syndrome; we will have to consider Trisomy 21 and lastly Trisomy 13 & 18 which I had read (and viewed from other blogger friends) have been given many incompatible with life prognosis'.
I know that none of this will happen because I have full faith in God and that He is watching our baby and this fluid will go away. Who knows, maybe the little "halo" is just Hudson holding and watching over his brother or sister. Please continue to pray as we sit and wait for this fluid to do what it is going to do. Please pray that the fluid will go away and that our baby will be a healthy little one ready to face the world. I know it is a cop-out to say that we have already been through so much when I know there are so many others that have been through so much more - I would love my happy ending with this little one. I know that the power is prayer is so strong and God can do anything. Please pray for Baby H - please add him/her to your prayer lists, groups, tell others to pray. I will be sure to update when we hear new information - it may be a few weeks when I can update on this particular situation, but we will be having more doctor visits before then!!
I will say that I am TRULY amazed at one big thing that happened today. Anytime (starting right when I got up) I started having a negative thought a hymn or praise song would loudly pop into my head. It was AMAZING! I could feel the power and presence of God and all that have been praying for us and our baby. What an experience....
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