To help start the week off right (note the sarcasm) I went and had blood work done. I’m officially past the 16 week point that makes you eligible to do the Quad Screen…so I popped into my OB office, no appointment necessary to get my blood drawn. I politely asked the lady if she’d use a butterfly needle (a smaller needle)…you may remember my horrible bruise the last time I had blood work done. The previous guy who drew my blood on base insisted that he wouldn’t use a butterfly needle because he just didn’t use them…and in return blew out my vein. If only he would have listened to me. But…this lady was great, I hardly felt the stick and it was over and done with before I knew it.
So if you aren’t familiar with the Quad Screen, it’s primarily used from week 16-19 (I might be off by a week, maybe week 18) to see the probability of having a baby with Down Syndrome. There are some other things that are scanned for but that’s the biggest thing that I was made aware of by my doctor. My blood work will also be used to see if I’m a carrier for Cystic Fibrosis. If I am a carrier, my Hubby will have to have his blood tested too in order to see if he is a carrier.
Let’s just keep our fingers crossed that everything comes back perfectly fine. I expect to find out my result at my next appointment which will be next week.