Here is an update from today’s ultrasound. (For those who don’t know, last Monday we had our first ultrasound for baby D and the radiologist believed he saw a heart abnormality, so he wanted to see some more pictures of the heart to make sure it wasn’t just a wrong angle).
Today at 12:15pm we had an appointment with the ultrasound department at the Owen Sound hospital. It went a lot longer than we expected – our ultrasound carried over till around 2:00pm. Part of the reason was because the baby’s spine and arms were casting shadows and the baby was moving around like crazy. After two ultrasound technologists and a radiologist came in to look at the ultrasound, they were able to let us know that yes, there is a heart abnormality.
They are sending the ultrasound results to baby heart specialists down at a hospital in London to look at, but they think it might be Congenitally Corrected Transposition of the Great Arteries. Which basically means that “the aorta and pulmonary artery connect from the wrong lower heart chambers (ventricles), so the blood flows to the body from the wrong ventricles” (Mayo). “Corrected” in the title is key, as that means that baby’s body has “corrected” itself somehow and even though the ventricles are flip-flopped, the blood is flowing in the correct direction. We are so thankful for this (if that’s what is wrong)! It is a lot better than it simply being a Congenitally Transposition of the Great Arteries.
Anyways, we stopped at the midwives afterwards and talked to our wonderful midwife, Heather. She said that this most likely means we’ll have to go down to London for another ultrasound, fetal echos, etc. when we return from Texas. We also will probably not be able to have a home birth or hospital birth with midwives, but might have to induced at a Level 3 hospital in London, Ontario which is 2 1/2 hours away. The baby would need to have surgery soon after birth if the specialists believe it not to be “corrected”.
We will know more information after the specialists in London have looked at our ultrasound from today, and from there we can move on one step at a time.
So please continue to be praying for the baby, and for us as a lot of plans have changed. Mark and I aren’t feeling scared or worried, as we know God is control and is using this circumstance to strengthen our walk with Him and for Him to receive glory through it all. I think it’s hardest for me as my expectations for a natural home birth might not be possible, but giving birth in London would be the best place for our baby.
Thanks again for everyone who has been praying for us and the baby. We are planning on revealing the gender and name at a baby shower in Texas, and are so eager to share that with y’all.
We are excited to see what God has in store for us!
Till every tribe has heard,
Mark & Lauren