We have had our appointment the other day with the genetics research clinic and there has been explained a lot.
A whole lot.
I will try and explain this in easy words, but all in all, since English is not my first language, I may make mistakes. Also, this is explained to me by professional people who know what they are talking about, I am passing it on to you, in “kid’s language”, since I obviously am not the professional.
To make it easier to understand, I played with a picture though….
On the picture is shown an example of my chromosomes.
Imagine the color blue to be my 7 Chromosome and the color red my 9.
In the first case (A), you see a blue and red chromosome non mixed, the red has its pieces as well as blue has its own pieces. This is “normal” and nothing will occur when passing these on to your children.
The second case (B), the red and blue chromosomes have been mixed, however, they both have the exact same count of pieces like the non mixed one has. When you carry these chromosomes, nothing is the matter for my own health. The problem with this is that I have a very large chance of having a miscarriage.
The third case (C), that is a problem. As you notice, there is “too much” red pieces, and a shortage of blue pieces. Which means, there is a loss of genetic information. Oftentimes, this is a miscarriage and in small cases a child which is disabled.
Myself I have the A and B cases.
It could mean that if i get pregnant, there will be no problem whatsoever, I can get pregnant and give birth to a perfect healthy child. However, when I pass along either too much red or too much blue pieces so to speak, there is the problem of it being a miscarriage. Officially i cannot say this, since it DOES happen that it won’t be a miscarriage but then this child will have disabilities, such as Down syndrome.
I hope this makes a bit of sense to you on my situation.
Monday the 13th we will have an appointment with our gynecologist to talk about the possibilities now that I know about my genetic problem and all test results are in.
A possibility is IVF-PGD which is a procedure used in conjunction with in-vitro fertilization to screen for specific genetic or chromosomal abnormalities before transferring the fertilized eggs into the mother. The technician removes one or two cells about three days after fertilization, then examines the chromosomes for obvious abnormalities. At this moment, it seems to be the most logic option, considering my age, my medication, and Jan’s own test results.
Will keep you in the loop!
L’Amour et Lumière,