After a long hiatus from Babycenter I got back to the Down syndrome group there. I do like it. For many reasons. There are moms (and once in awhile dads) who need support (like one who noticed how hard it was for her baby to eat once off oxygen - been there done that and thinking about it brings out the stress) and share information. One mom posted about recent (1994 I believe) discovery of the MTHFR gene mutation.
The way I understand it is there is speculation this could be the 'cause' of Down syndrome. Not only Down syndrome, but addictions (smoking, alcoholism - run in my family), miscarriages (I've had 2 that I know of), depression, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (I am always tired, LOL), and much more.
I have a call in to my doctor and I plan to be tested for this. The next question is what can be done about it. I will cross that bridge when I get there (and need to read more about it) but some speculate people with the mutation need a lot more folic acid in a more readily available form.
This is something that is genetic, so if I have it (which I do not doubt) then my kids all have it, my siblings probably as well along with other relatives of mine. I do not see a cause for alarm. But knowing is half the battle :)
I will say though, if this is 'why' Cal has Down syndrome I do feel a bit of guilt and a sense that something is wrong with me. I'll get over it. This is not a new feeling and I still think The Big Guy is in charge and this is truly a blessing because God does not intend for our lives to be easy AND he knows what we need, and Calvin is what/who I need.
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