Got word yesterday: Suspected sibling has received test, activated and the test is on its way to the lab.
Countdown, therefore has begun. If it's anything like Trisha's test, We will have the answers by Labor Day. BUT... there are always possible complications. The kit could get lost. It could be determined to contain not enough DNA. The test could be slow in arrival. Processing could begin late. It's all wide open.
I've given 75 days for actual results to come in. That's October 21st.
There are so many options.
1) matches higher than expected.
2) matches at expected levels
3) Matches lower than expected.
4 ) Doesn't match except on "X"
5) Doesn't math at all.
If option one, it may be endogamy figuring into the mix. Or it could be a different relationship entirely. Or we could find something even more odd. I'm not counting it out, but it doesn't seem likely.
If option 2, in expected range, we have siblings and maternal mystery solved. Then, we can create a Lazarus, maybe, to confirm the paternal line, although with the half-nephew confirmation, I think we already have. But I still want the suspected paternal half-brother to test. Slow going.
Option 3- I'm not sure what ranges we could see. But if it's lower, it could mean first cousin and not sibling. Or maybe a nibling relationship. Either is fine, but I think we'd prefer the sibling match.
Option 4- This would be the most unlikely scenario, I think. The odds would probably be billions to one. But if there's a total match on "X", it's still a sibling match. If less, I don't know what I'd think.
Option 5...this would be the most disheartening option. But it would mean either the line is totally wrong (doesn't seem likely) or there was a hidden adoption. Whatever the truth worked out to be, it would mean someone else needs to test.
Countdown underway. Fingers crossed and prayers going up.
BUT LET ME SAY: Having seen pictures, I'm certain it's the right line. Even if our tested turns out wrong, we have 2 others who can verify.
HOPE... Right now, that's what we have.