Last week I had to go to the Doctor for a lovely eye infection. Yes conjunctivitis is a lovely look. Anyway so I was there getting a script for some eye drops and the Doctor asked if my Hubby had been for his blood test to see if he carries a family gene thingy. (Yes that’s medical terminology, I promise). I mentioned that he hadn’t yet but we’d get round to it.
The doctor than started going on about that there were other tests couple’s could have done before they try for a baby. As she talked about cystic fibrosis, yadda yadda yadda, I sat there and wondered how much do we really want to know, or should we embrace the medical technology that is now available to us?
You see my mother-in-law has this gene 19 thing and had 4 healthy boys and was none the wiser. So when it was picked up in my niece when my sister-in-law was pregnant a flurry of tests followed only to discover that the gene had been passed on in a balanced form. Are you following me? No, don’t worry, I’m confused too.
My point, yes I have one and I’m getting there, is that back in the day when my Hubby and his 3 brothers were born, none of the scans, tests etc were around. Does the advancement in technology make us a bunch of worriers, sometimes for no reason? Or like I said should we be embracing the technology and be grateful that we have access to it in the first place?
I guess it’s a doctors job to give everyone all the options available to them, but sometimes it all scares the crap out of me. Anyway, as always, what do you think?