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Answers-Carlyn’s Journey XVIIII

Submitted by on August 13, 2010 – 6:00 AMNo Comment
Answers-Carlyn’s Journey XVIIII

A couple of weeks passed after the D&C. Our hearts were still healing but we looked forward to receiving answers.

One of the reasons we chose to do the D&C was to hopefully be able to discover why the baby did not develop. We hoped to hear a reason for our past loss and hopefully have a prevention of loss for the future.

We went in three weeks later to speak with our doctor and get the results. There were a couple of things that we did not want to hear when we found out the results. We did not want to have a chromosome issue. This would mean that Rob and my chromosomes weren’t a good match and we would most likely continue to have the miscarriage problem or have babies that have some sort of disability or deformity. We also did not want to hear that we had deficiencies but there was no way to manage them. Lastly, we did not want to hear that they couldn’t find anything that caused the miscarriages. Being a medical mystery would have totally stressed me out. I am definitely a cause and effect girl! Give me some answers!

So, (drum roll please!) the lab actually discovered two deficiencies that may have contributed to one or both of the miscarriages.

One deficiency was called Factor V Leiden. This condition is one that causes blood clotting which means that blood was not accurately getting to the uterus. It is a condition that can be managed. In order to do that, I would have to take an injection of a blood thinner called Lovenox and orally take a baby aspirin.  I was relieved that it could be managed. I was not so excited that it was another stinking injection. I was getting use to sticking myself quite often. What was another injection?

The other deficiency was called MTHFR Gene Mutation.  This condition meant that my body does not properly absorb the folic acid that a body needs during pregnancy. This primarily causes a lack of development in the uterus. The scary part of this deficiency was if it was not managed properly or discovered my child was prone to have Spina Bifida if I had a viable pregnancy. YIKES! If that doesn’t make you take a step back, then nothing will.

My doctor told me that I would have to take 4 times the normal amount of Folic Acid.

Hey…I was just ECSTATIC that he didn’t say another injection!

We were also told that both deficiencies were common causes of miscarriage by themselves. BUT if someone has both, they are twice as much at risk for miscarriage.

I left the office feeling a sense of relief that we got what we came for!

I was ready to start my cocktail of new meds and looked forward to a May date for our 2nd go at in-vitro. We had 11 popsicle embryos just waiting to find a home.

That gave me about 5 months to prepare myself mentally, physically, and emotionally to do it all over again.

It was scary thinking about possibly going through the hurt again but I don’t- can’t- refuse to live my life like that. After all, what doesn’t kill us only makes us stronger. Right?!?!

If you’ve missed any of Carlyn’s Journey check it out today, Mamas!

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