Thursday, March 19, 2009

RAD Results Are In...

Time: approximately 12:30 p.m. My phone at work rings. Before I pick it up, I see it's the children's hospital calling, and likely it's the genetics counsellor. I take a deep breath.

"(department name), this is Gil, bonjour?"
"Hello Gil? This is C from genetics counselling. How are you today?"
I take a deep breath, "I really don't know. You tell me. How am I today?"
"According to what I have in my hand, you're doing just fine." Magical words, if ever I'd heard them.
"Really? Everything is...?"
"Well, can you talk for a moment?"
"Yes, I can. You have the results a little early?"
"Yes, I have your RAD results here and everything is fantastic. Normal sets of chromosomes, and everything looks wonderful. No extra chromosomes, no partials or other immediately visible issues. And chromosomes 13, 18, and 21 look completely normal."
Cue the huge exhaling on my end and a tear or two as I break into a broad smile.
"And what about the sex chromosomes? Normal as well?" I asked.
"Yes, a perfect set of sex chromosomes. You don't want to know the sex, right?"
"No, we don't want to know unless there's a problem and we need to know. So you know the sex then?" I inquired.
"Yes, I have it right here. You're sure?"
"Positive. Thank you. We want it to be a surprise."
"Well, everything is great. I don't expect that you'll need to hear from me again. Of course, the full karotyping results will be available to Dr. B in 2-3 weeks. He'll be in touch then."
"Okay. Fantastic. Is there anything else I need to know?" I asked.
"No, nothing from me. If you need me, you have my card. Good luck. Get some rest and take care of yourself. All is great."
"Thank you so much for calling. I appreciate it."

And now we can breathe a little easier.

Patti, you're absolutely right. I -did- get pregnant on our first IVF. We didn't have to use donor sperm after all. And I should learn not to look a gift horse in the mouth. Thanks for the swift kick in the pants; I think I needed it.

And thank you all for the good wishes and thoughts. It means the world to me and hubby to know that you're out there pulling for us.


Heather said...



Mo and Will said...

Whoo hoo!!! Awesome!

~*~Bodhi~*~ said...

Oh thank god for that!!!

I moved my cursor over your blog link a few times when I saw that the results were in and um'd and ah'd about clicking on it, not wanting to hear bad news and well I'm so glad I clicked!!!

Now you can enjoy the rest of your journey towards motherhood completely!

I'm so happy for you...


Aurelia said...

I am so very very glad for you!! Still worried, cause that's what I do, but relieved on one count anyway. Take care.

parasol said...

SO glad to hear the great news! Now on to a relaxing and carefree remainder of your pregnancy! Hooray!

Mick said...

That's fantastic news! So glad.

Now let's try and enjoy the rest of these pregnancies. It's been a rough ride for us so far. Time to relax :-)

Vee said...

Yay ! Wonderful news !!!!

Patti said...


Sometimes we get so involved with fear that we forget our blessings. I'm totally guilty of it myself. :)

Somewhat Ordinary said...

Fantastic news!!

Pam said...

Woohoo!! V and I are doing our happy dance for you...Great News!!!

Jason and Samantha said...

YAY! :)

I've been thinking of you and little Petit!

Angie said...


ultimatejourney said...

Hooray! So happy for you! And I don't think I could've passed on finding out the sex right then and there, so kudos to you :)

My Reality said...


Neeroc said...

Wonderful news!

Anonymous said...

That's wonderful!!!!!
I am so hapy for you :-)

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