We found out today that this one was abnormal too. It came back positive--for the second time--for the marker for cystic fibrosis. All I'm going to say right now about cystic fibrosis is that it's a really scary disease. In the grand scheme of things, I'm probably more freaked out by the possibility of CF than I was with the diaphragmatic hernia. Maybe that's crazy. Whatever. *Anyway*, Bonnie had an elevated marker for CF, (which is called IRT--immunoreactive trypsinogen). This doesn't mean that she has the disease, only that more testing is needed to definitively rule it in or out. Various folks have assured me that it's quite likely she doesn't have it (no symptoms, for one thing), and that there are a variety of things that can cause an elevated IRT. One of the main ones is stress, the type that might occur when you are a brand new baby with a diaphragmatic hernia.
Sooo Bonnie will be tested for cystic fibrosis. The initial test will be a sweat test, and if that's inconclusive they'll do some genetics labwork. The sweat test involves some kind of complicated procedure, and there's only one person in the hospital who can do it, and they only do it on Tuesdays. Today is Friday, so we get to wait four days for any sort of information.
We would really *really* appreciate your prayers that Bonnie doesn't have cystic fibrosis. By the grace of God, she's made it through the scary phase of her CDH. Not sure we can handle another life-threatening diagnosis.
Here are some fun pictures to cheer us all up:
And then we have Bonnie and Jonathan. I was out of the room when these were taken (pumping, of course), and I'm so sad that I missed out on this smile-fest! So glad our nurse was able to capture it on film, though.