We went today for Nora's test. I got her preliminary results from her nb screen. Her GALT (enzyme level) is 2.4 and the cutoff is 3.5 (should be 3.5 or higher). Her total Gao (total galactose in her system) was 3.1 and the cutoff is 5.7 (should be lower than 5.7). So it seems she does have some enzyme activity, even though it is lower than what it should technically be. Her galactose levels were within normal range.
Chris was doing some research online and saw that in some states, they don't even check the GALT with the first nb metabolic screen, only the Gao. If we lived in those states, Nora's wouldn't have even been flagged, or it would have been caught much later (and if then, as probably the variant and definitely not classic).
I'm trying to remain positive, but at the same time I'm not completely sure what these numbers really mean. We didn't get to really talk to anyone about what they mean. They still only took blood and urine, and are sending out basically the same test again to check her GALT and total Gao. There's the chance that this test may be inconclusive as well, in which case they'll do the DNA sequencing...which means more pumping. I think honestly that is the most taxing part of all of this. I know it sounds selfish, but it is so incredibly emotionally and physically draining to be pumping every 2-3 hours, PLUS feeding her formula every 2-3 hours, PLUS still just trying to recover from the birth. If I didn't have my husband home with me, I don't think I could do it. There is just no way to pump, bottle feed, and console an incredibly cranky newborn by yourself.
And it wasn't a heel prick, btw - they had to take blood from a vein. Mama almost cried herself, Nora was screaming so hardcore! Ugh, it was terrible! But it's done, and now we wait.