Face of hope

Face of hope
Courtesy: TIffany Kay Photography

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The First Hit

Brian and I arrived at my OB's office for our routine 20 week ultrasound.  I had done this a million times before - we had 4 healthy pregnancies, several routine ultrasounds with each, and it was always such a neat time - to see our child moving, kicking and full of life.
We walked in the ultrasound room, got ready and we were off on the adventure of seeing our baby!  The baby was SO active.. it was nice to see he/she looked so healthy and happy.  We decided to not find out the sex because we loved the surprise at the end of the pregnancy.  The tech finished the ultrasound.. she said "Well baby looks good..has all his/her parts... " .. Brian and I were smiling and then the tech said "...but I'm going to have to send you to a specialist. The baby is presenting with some fluid on the brain. Your doctor will explain more." 
At that very moment, I don't know why, a single tear rolled down from my right eye... I couldn't believe I had that reaction. I didn't even know anything yet, and my body was already reacting.  I composed myself, and sat up and got ready to go into my doctor appointment.
Brian was very worried and nervous. He had to get to work – so I told him to go ahead.. I would be fine. He left and went into the office, and I went into my doctor’s office.
My doctor went over the pictures with me -- she showed me our baby's brain. She told me where we should see grey/cloudy matter (baby's brain) all we saw was pitch black - fluid. She explained a little bit about "fetal hydrocephalus" and said the Specialist would go over things with me in more detail. 
I digested all the information... did alot of online research, and alot of worrying. I knew, that night, our lives would forever be changed.

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