Sunday, March 15, 2009
If you've ever been kicked in the stomach until you felt like you were going to throw up, that is about the best we can describe the feeling we had when our doctor told us the news. We had gone from pure elation to complete shock and almost a dream-like disbelief in a matter of seconds.
Our doctor, who we also love, Dr. Owens came into the room and right away told us that Gennifer found an abnormality that will need to be followed up right away. He assured us that it was nothing we did or anything that could have been helped, but nevertheless we needed to see a specialist to figure out exactly what we are looking at. His exact words were:
"We'll still have to find out what we're looking at. This can either be something that's not that big of a deal or it can be something potentially very very serious."
His best guess at what we were looking at was either a Gastroscesis or an Omphalocele. After scheduling an appointment the very next day (due to diligent phone calling from Gennifer) with a specialist from UCLA we looked up the two online. Here's the short version of both:
Gastroscesis: This is an abnormality where the bowels grow and develop outside of the body but are not protected by anything. The are floating around outside the baby's body inside the womb.
Omphalocele: This is an abnormality where the organs grow outside the body but are protected by the umbilical cord that has stretched to the point of making a little sack and holds the organs.