We found out last Wednesday that there was an abnormal result in the prenatal screening tests we had. An ultrasound was scheduled for today to determine if either of the babies had Spina Bifida or some other defect that would cause the elevated levels found in the screening.
At the ultrasound, we found that one of the babies has passed away, causing the elevated levels. We were very disappointed, but we were consoled by seeing the second baby moving around. All of the measurements were normal and the baby was right on schedule for growth.
Examination of the heart showed that the right side of the heart is undersized and not functioning properly. The major arteries and veins to and from the heart are not properly sized or are not in the correct location. There is also fluid around the heart.
The doctor recommended that we have an amniocentesis performed to determine if there are any chromosomal problems. We learned that it is not uncommon for a complex heart defect to be caused for a chromosomal defect. We scheduled the procedure for tomorrow.
I told the kids as soon as I got home. I started crying as soon as I walked in the door, so there was no way I could hide it. I told them that one of the babies had died and the other one was very sick. They were very disppointed, but they all remember the last miscarriage and they took it very well.
Because we found out about the first miscarriage as part of the prenatal screening process, we were not totally unprepared for the bad news. Since we found out that we were expecting, I have prayed that I would have the strength to deal with whatever will happen. I know that whatever happens will be difficult, but we will be able to handle it with God's help and the support of our family and friends.