Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Evelyn's Story: In utero

All in all, Kim's pregnancy with Evelyn was a textbook one, until week 32.  Even thereafter, there were no remarkable health issues, as far as baby or mom were concerned - just the "normal pregnancy stuff".
Around week 20, when we were in for a routine ultrasound, some choroid plexus cysts were noted.  However, these were described as quite common during brain formation, typically disappearing by week 32.

At week 32 (20-Mar-2007), the world began turning upside down.  We returned for an ultrasound primarily to check the aforementioned choroid plexus cysts, and received the results as "not normal" (a proclamation which will likely ring in our ears for a long, long time). We were referred immediately to another practice specializing in higher-risk pregnancies - including a nationally-renowned fetal ultrasonographer - and set up for an MRI the next day.

The MRI results were debated for a good while between the neuroradiologist and the ultrasonographer, but they finally came to a unified conclusion: complete agenesis of the corpus callosum (ACC), and a variety of ventricular cysts.  Needless to say, we immediately hopped online, and read up on what all that could mean and what associated conditions could include.  In particular, Daniel stumbled onto a frightening - and incredibly rare - syndrome that included ACC and cysts as symptoms - "Aicardi Syndrome".  He spent several days researching it and reading stories of other families, managing to get himself properly worried, as there were a number of families who had stories that were beginning to sound eerily similar to ours.

However, though we continued to have bi-weekly check-ups due to the "uncertain issues", the worry slowly managed to give way to excitement and preparation for Miss Evelyn!