Friday, February 13, 2015

CMV Exposure

Well the past month has been eventful for the fourth and final blessing.  Back in the middle of January I got extremely sick with nothing more than a 6 day fever and back/stomach pain.  I went to the hospital on day 2 of the fever and they said I just had severe dehydration and negative for a bladder infection. So I was given an IV and sent home.  Day 4 of fever I decided to go to the AM/PM clinic to get tested for the flu.  Negative for flu but traces of bacteria for bladder infection and an ear infection and was sent home with an antibiotic.  That was surprising because it didn't hurt.  Day 6 of fever I had an OB appointment so I mentioned it to her.  She changed up my antibiotic and decided to send me for blood work just to rule out any other infections.  The second antibiotic seemed to kick it so I thought I was on a good path.  Fast forward to three weeks later when I get a call from the dr saying I needed to go back in for bloodworm because some of my results came back positive.  I was pretty confused at this point because they were talking medical talk and I certainly don't understand that.  Come to find out I had tested positive for CMV which is a viral infection.  After googling against my dr's recommendations I discovered that most people with be exposed to it by the time they are 40 but you don't want to be exposed to it for the first time while you are pregnant.  So she now wanted to send me on to a specialist to try and determine if there was any harm to my baby girl and if this was a primary exposure or secondary.  If it is secondary then there is a 1% (from what the internet tells me) of it actually passing on to the baby.  We went yesterday and he is certain it is a secondary infection and she looked great so none of the major things have happened to her.  If it passed to her some of the risks at this point after birth become hearing loss and vision loss.  While I feel in my heart the chances of this happening are very slim it is still scary to think about.  He offered us an amnio to check now but we declined and will just get her tested at birth.   I'm still in shock that this virus is so unknown.  If it is this dangerous while pregnant why doesn't anyone know about it or warn you about it.  I mean how many people get this and don't even know it.  Most people don't even show signs.  So I would assume pregnant women are exposed all the time and never know it. Most of the things I read all over the internet basically say that you can get it from daycare kids.  So it seems quite common then to be exposed to this??? Right???  Part of me is confident I didn't pass it on and the other part of me is dying inside knowing it is a possibility.  If anyone is still reading if you could please just keep us in your prayers we would appreciate it.  He is going to have me do non stress tests just to keep an eye on her.  She'll be here in 6 weeks so we will know something more then. 


tabatha greene said...

I will be praying for you both. Do you have a name picked out for your little lady?

Kandice said...

Her name is Brooklyn Grace

tabatha greene said...

That's beautiful! I love all the B's :) I did 2 B's and 2 D's. Those boys are going to love having a sister. Denny loves his older 2 sisters but Danielle is his "baby" and she's 2 1/2. No one can mess with her on his watch.

Angela said...

Oh my gosh! You're having another baby and it's a girl??? (I know, I'm really late here...have been soooo bad about blogging and keeping up!) But a big congratulations to you! That is just the best news! God is so good! We just never know His plans! :)

Danielle said...

My best friend who had her baby girl last Dec 2013 was exposed to CMV early on in her pregnancy. They monitored her and baby girl throughout the entire pregnancy. She turned out to be just fine with NO issues at all. I had never heard of it until her. I'm sure sweet princess will be great. Congrats on finally getting a girl. She is going to be one protected spoiled little miss. Love her name too.

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