It went pretty well today. They put a urine bag on Zoe, just in case the doctor wanted to order more tests, which it turned out, he did. Mostly, it was a just a medical and family history for Zoe and our families.
We also got some insight into Zoe's MRI results and why they are pointing towards a metabolic condition. The best way to explain it is that the brain is filled with grey matter and white matter. The grey matter, surrounding the brain, sends signals to the white matter, which signals to the spine and the rest of the body what to do. Please keep in mind, this is our understanding and the way the doctor explained it to us. I apologize if I'm at all mistaken in our interpretation. Anyway, there is a slight disruption between the grey matter and the white matter in the brain, so not all the signals are getting to where they need to go. Because of this disruption, it is most likely a metabolic condition causing the disruption, in turn, causing the microcephaly.
We were there for a good 4 1/2 hours. The doctor discussed with us that he'd like to order more bloodwork and tests. We were hoping to avoid that, but when he said he'd be doing a microarray, which I believe is testing for a whole whack of chromosome deletions and/or metabolic disorders, we decided to go for it. We allowed them Open Consent, which means that if any of the tests reveal an abnormality and they need further information, they'll be keeping some of Zoe's DNA to use for testing, rather than having us come back and poking her again. It also means that if they decide to do research on metabolic conditions or chromosome deletions in the future, they'll use a smaple of her DNA as an anonymous donor for the research. Anything to find a treatment or cure.
So, 7 tubes and 1 syringe of blood and 1 urine sample later, we are back home waiting for our followup appointment in July. They also tested me for PKU, although it's unlikely. They just want to rule it out to be on the safe side. If the tests reveal anything abnormal, then we'll be getting in beforehand.