Dr. Atkinson came by a little bit ago. We discussed Harper's lungs and he didn't seem surprised at all at her levels. He explained that while the numbers came back low, those results aren't necessarily an exact indicator of how a baby's lungs will perform once delivered. But since we know she's not ready, we will wait on delivering for another two weeks.
I asked him if he felt like she was in any danger where she is now. He said that if he wasn't concerned, he wouldn't have me here, but that he feels very comfortable waiting another two weeks. Her growth hasn't completely plateaued, which is a good thing.
Since we were already having the amnio done for the lung maturity tests, we went ahead and sent some amniotic fluid off for chromosome testing. It is a real possibility that Harper's growth issues are being caused by a chromosomal abnormality. We have known that because of her heart defect, she is at an increased risk for this and growth problems are just one more indicator that something bigger could be wrong.
I can't decide which is scarier: knowing or not knowing.
Those results take several days to process, so we won't have them back until Tuesday at the earliest. Dr. Atkinson is monitoring Harper three times a day and wants to continue doing that for a couple of days until we find out about the chromosome results.
So I'll be a resident here for at least a couple more days. The good news is that he gave me a pass to come and go from the hospital so I can at least have a little break from this room. I have to have someone who is "responsible" for me while I'm out, but I have a good feeling Dustin will do that for me. So I have big plans for dinner and a little shopping tonight.
It'll be a long two days as we sit here with not much to do and wait for results that could be life-changing. Dustin has been releasing a little nervous energy with some retail therapy today. He went to church this morning and since then, he's been to Home Depot twice, been to Harbor Freight Tools, and he's currently at Lowe's. The only consolation I have is that I have the car so loaded down with everything I own that he can't possibly buy too much. For some reason shopping for tools is more appealing to him than the Sister Wives marathon on TLC today.
If you would, please just keep us in your prayers while we wait to find out more information on this sweet girl and for peace and understanding with whatever information we receive. You can't imagine the peace and comfort it brings us to know that we have so many praying for us and surrounding us with love and support during this time of uncertainty. We are so blessed.