I've been pondering a title for this blog post however the above is really the best I could come up with at this time.The good news is the we do have a very definitive diagnosis. The bad news is the outcome will be exactly the same.
Megan Grace has been diagnosed with Osteogenesis Imperfecta Type II. The entire team of doctors which included a genetic counselor, a neonatologist, the ultrasound technician, and another two specialists in skeletal dysplasias were all in agreement. In fact, they met on Wednesday before we arrived as a group and were able to diagnose it from the CD of prior ultrasound images that was sent here prior to our arrival.
We are very at peace with this outcome other than the obvious fact that we are still going to be giving our little girl back to God.
The entire morning went very well as far as getting the clarity we needed.They spent over an hour doing all of the ultrasound scans again just to be very sure of what they were going to tell us. All total they were looking for five very specific markers and were able to find not one but all of them.
We have images of many of them and sat down with the group and went over each and every one. It is so clear that I could explain it to anyone who wanted to see if for themselves.As of right now, Megan has many, many fractures in her little bones. Some of her bones are measuring very small because they are literally piles of crumpled up bones. It does make me sad to think she could be in pain however we have elected to continue the pregnancy despite this concern.
My blog post today is not being written as I sit here and cry. We said we wanted to come here to get answers even if the outcome was the same and the doctors here were able to not only answer every.single.question we had they we able to show us their basis for the answer. It was simply amazing.
Another reason I seem to be better today is because as I watched the ultrasound at first I was a little upset but never cried but then a peace took over. As I watched the screen I could see things were still very wrong and that it just isn't in God's plan to heal Megan Grace here on Earth. At one point they gave us a break and asked me to walk around to see if she would change positions. During that time I just prayed a lot and told myself and God that we are fine if this is his plan and we would do the best we could to take care of Megan Grace while she is here.
All in all, we are fine right now. There will be days ahead where we are not fine but we will make it through.
Thanks for all the support from all of you and we love you all!
Amber, Steve, and Megan Grace