Tuesday, June 13, 2006

A New Diagnosis

I have a new diagnosis. Test results show I have antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, sometimes known as Hughes syndrome. There is not a lot of research on the condition, even though it is very common. The maternal fetal medicine specialist says that we have our answer to the death of our baby. In some ways it is a relief, however, it is very difficult to deal with the fact that my body killed my baby. Also, it was an easy test to perform and maybe should have been conducted when I first started having contractions a few months before we lost the baby.
I know nothing can bring her back, and I need to focus on the future and not dwell on the loss. I now have to give my self Lovenox (Heparin) injections in my belly every morning. I am also on blood pressure medication, baby aspirin, prenatal vitamins, folic acid and extra calcium. I am supposed to limit my sodium intake to less than 1500 mg per day.
Treatment seems to provide positive outcomes for pregnancy, so I can only do what the doctors say and hope for the best. We will have our next ultrasound on June 29th. Hopefully all is well and the baby is growing as it should.


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