We just recently heard back from our doctor regarding the last blood draw monitoring my antibody levels and it is GOOD! I have been a little on edge about this one since this is the time in our pregnancy with Thad that we discovered I have KELL antibodies that could harm the baby and any future babies. Thankfully, Thad was okay (my levels topped out at about 8:1, which is considered watchable, but not dangerous -- at 16:1 we would start seeing a specialist). My last blood draw at 28 weeks showed a titre level of 1:1 (which means my blood could be diluted 1 time and the antibodies would be undetectable) -- that is about the lowest possible! Thank you Lord! It seems that this little baby most likely has the same blood type as his mommy and therefore will not be harmed by the antibodies in my blood.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
If you are unfamiliar with our lovely blood problem, here is my explanation in a nutshell: Daniel has a rare blood type (Kell) that through giving birth to Logan mixed with my blood. My body could not recognize the Kell antenna and started making antibodies to fight this cell. Every child that we have has a 50% chance of inheriting Daniel's rare blood type. As soon as my body detects the Kell antenna in the fetus, it will start developing antibodies to fight against the baby's blood (thinking it is something dangerous), eventually causing anemia which leads to other serious problems and possibly death. Our hope, if we have an affected baby, is that the doctor can catch my body making large amounts of antibodies and then take steps to prevent harm to the baby through in vitro blood transfusions.
All that to say, we are very thankful that the Lord is protecting this little guy. You never know what trials you will go through in life. My experience with this blood problem and the last 3 pregnancies has strengthened my faith and helped me to lean not on my own understanding, but to trust in Him. Also to really appreciate and be thankful for a healthy pregnancy. Each new life is truly a gift to be treasured and not taken for granted.