Thursday, October 2, 2008


How's that for an attention grabber?

So I spoke with the NP at our ped's office today, who obtained a copy of the genetics report on Finn that was generated when he was in the NICU, and he does indeed have XY (male) chromosomes. It seems incredibly ridiculous that this is even an issue at this late date, but there it is - he's most definitely all boy.

Phew. So I am officially and permanently wiping this off the list of things to worry about.

Also of interest - and I haven't seen the report myself, so this is going from what the NP was able to get from the report - it looks like for the genetic workup done on Finn, a sampling of 20 cells was taken, and 3 were karyotyped. My understanding is that a much larger number needs to be examined in order to determine the presense of mosaic Down syndrome. We have an appointment with the geneticist in a couple weeks to discuss this.

That said, I have done a lot of thinking about this - does Finn have T21 or MDS? - and I'm trying very hard not to put too much weight on either one. He is what he is, and even if what he has suddenly gets a new name, it's not going to change who and what Finn is. His abilities and limitations and potential aren't going to change with an altered diagnosis. I guess I just want to know one way or the other because otherwise I will always wonder.


Chrystal said...

Yay for getting some finality to a piece of the puzzle!

The title of the post tickles me.

Cindy said...

So awesome that you got some answers... and what a relief. I would be worried about that too if I were in your shoes. That is how my mind works. I think you have the normal mommy worries. If that makes sense.

Cleo said...

I agree with you Lisa, Finn is who he is, your handsome son, a diagnosis is not going to change his abilities and unlimited potential !!!. =)