Dr E swooped in, commented that I gained weight, but that I am stilll such a "skinny minny" (argh), and then assessed Linus's heart in about 5 seconds. She put some machine (no doubt Tom Cruise has one), on my belly and instantaneoulsy the heartbeat could be heard. She commented, "That was easy!" I was so happy Eric was there to hear it! He's alive!!
Then, it was off to give blood. I swear, I have never opened my arm to so many phlebotomists. Because my previous clinic has something against sending my records to my new clinic, my last labs still have not found there way to the new clinic. So, I had to get another HIV test. I also signed a consent form to get the AFP test. AFP is a protein secreted by the fetal liver and excreted in the mother's blood. It is generally used for detecting neural tube defects (why you take folic acid), but it can also indicate: abdominal wall defects esophageal and duodenal atresia (abnormal formations), some renal and urinary tract anomalies, turner syndrome, some low birth weight fetuses, and placental complications. A low level of AFP could also indicate Down Syndrome. The levels are not necessarily diagnotic of Down Syndrome, but it can arm you with information of the "potential." Being a planner, I would like to know as much as I can about the health of Linus. We'll see...
Just for fun, here is a picture of a 16 week old fetus. Enjoy!
-I am grateful for birthdays! Today is Eric and my birthday. In truth, I almost forgot about it. We should be seeing lots of friends tonight (some even from far away lands like WI), and I am so excited!