THANK YOU SOOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!! To all the mamas who took the time to share their stories and help ease my burden!
Well, I finally spoke to the doctor today, and get this...
she said at my age (ok, I was 33 the day I took the test, turned 34 the next day, so what age might that be?
) the risk of a Downs baby is 1 in 300. My score came out (she couldn't remember exactly) i in 297 or 296! Sheesh, all that fuss for what???
I told her I wasn't interseted in an amnio (for all the obvious reasons, not the least of which is the very horrifying thought of it!) and I just couldn't justify the risks involved, but I was already scheduled for a second ultrasound in 2 weeks. If they find any red flags at my u/s, then and only then would I even consider thinking about maybe entertaining the idea of amnio.
I think the bottom line is these ob/gyns are just trying to cover their you-know-whats and they don't want to take any risks, however slight. Truth is, pregnancy/parenthood-- let's face it, life in general-- is a crap shoot any way you slice it. (What Mrs. Gump would refer to as a box of chocolates!)
If I get pregnant again, even though I'd be older, and fall into that dark scary heading of "35 and over', I still would not take that test again. (Imagine if you peed on a pregnancy test stick and it told you "Your chances of being pregnant are 1 in X, and there's an X% chance of a false positive"! How many of us would take it?????)