Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Abnormal

Came home late last night to a message from my OB. "Please call me as soon as you get this message so we can talk about how to proceed. The AFP test results came back abnormal and I'd like to talk to you right away."

She has not yet called back. We thought there might be an issue with high hCG because of the triplets-that-were, but by the tone of her voice, it sounds like this might be something unexpected, and worse. I am terrified.

Just when I was starting to believe that this might really, truly work. Just when I was starting to feel like things might be normal.

9 Comments:

Blogger Dream Mommy said...

What a horrible message for your doctor to leave on your machine! Then she doesn't even call you back promptly, and makes you wait and worry! I pray the news isn't too bad but something that can be easily fixed. I'm so sorry and hope everything turns out ok.

10:46 AM  
Anonymous Samie said...

Honey- how awful- i had the same thing happen, and i had lost a twin, it turned out to be 'nothing'- but they did see stuff that they didn't like on the U.S.- it turned out to be NOTHING, but they did scare us good first. but, I had abnormal results, and i have a happy, healthy 8month old little boy to show for it. Just remember- they are going to go in LOOKING for problems, and the laws mandate that they tell you everthing that MIGHT be wrong. I'll be praying for you.

10:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Bugs! What a terrible way for your doctor to leave you the message. I'll be thinking of you.

I know nothing about these tests, so I might be talking out my butt, but aren't doesn't the AFP test have a high rate of irregularities such as false positives? Like I said I don't know for sure.

I'll be thinking about you, refreshing like mad until you update.

xo,
Emily

11:37 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

I had a test similar to AFP (i think - AFP is the same as triple screen right?) but it included an earlier blood test that somehow removes some of the false positives. And even with a "more advanced test" i was told that 5 out of 6 positives are false positives. I know that doesn't really help because any positive is still freaky, but hope you can get more info from the doctor as soon as possible.

11:45 AM  
Blogger Brooke said...

I'm sorry, and I know you'll keep worrying, but it probably is nothing. Many women refuse the triple/quad screen because the results often come back "abnormal" when nothing is wrong. The positives aren't "false" exactly, just that having an elevated level means you have a higher risk for certain problems, and most women with abnormal levels don't have kids with these problems.

I hope everything turns out all right, and that you find that out soon.

12:24 PM  
Blogger Claudia said...

Your OB gets a big fat F on the bedside manner test. What a horrible message to leave.

Please keep us posted, we'll be thinking positive thoughts.

12:24 PM  
Blogger Cass said...

Oh, sweetie. What a crappy situation. I am crossing all crossables that this is just one of those obnoxious things that turns out to be nothing much in the end. And that you get more info soon, and a better means for delivering said info.

Sending loads of hugs.

12:51 PM  
Blogger chris said...

Your OB does have a crappy bedside manner, that's for sure.

Keep in mind, a lot of doctors don't even like their patients to take that tests because of the high rate of false positives.

Hang in there. My thoughts are with you.

12:51 PM  
Anonymous Tine said...

Stupid OB. Chances are, that doc has more problems than your baby. The AFP does have a high rate of false positives (or whatever you want to call 'em)...so please don't panic, and please give your doctor a slap from me.

In the meantime, I'll be sending you all kinds of good juju.

12:56 PM  

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