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Monday, May 3, 2010

Cardiologist Follow-up

Today was a very busy day for us.  Tim went back to work which was really hard on all of us.  I had gotten used to him being here every day and all of the things he did to make my days easier.  I missed him so much and was so happy to see him walk through the door this afternoon.  My mom came over and helped me take the twins to their follow-up appointment with the cardiologist in Grapevine.  I physically could not have made it to this appointment or through the appointment without her help - THANK YOU SUESUE!!!!  Both babies had EKGs and echocardiograms.  The doctor confirmed that both babies still have PFOs, which is normal for all babies- term and premature, and that this tiny pin-sized hole should close in both of their hearts by the time they turn 1.  Both babies had previously been diagnosed with PDAs, which is a hole that closes in term babies shortly after birth.  Both of the babies PDAs have closed which is excellent news.  Had they not closed on their own, surgery would have been required when they got bigger and stronger.  Brooklyn's heart looks great with no signs of prematurity.  The doctor was pleased with her progression and does not need to see her again.  Her only concern about Tayden is one small vein that she says appears frequently in preemies that should disapper by the time he turns one.  She assured us that it will not cause him any problems and does not require any further medical attention at this time.  We will go back in November for her to see if it is still there.  The babies weights were both right under 8 lbs. which is excellent.  I know they are eating well and was glad to see that they are continuing to gain weight.  Brooklyn has still been struggling with her reflux and she had an episode today that scared us a little.  She spit-up really bad and then started to hold her breath.  We called their pediatrician and she increased the Prevacid dosage on both babies and suggested that we give them half of the dose in the morning and half in the afternoon.  If this does not help the situation she will refer us to a gastro. specialist who can do further testing to get her reflux under control.  We hope that it does not get to that point.  Our visit to the doctor today was another answered prayer!!!  Eyes and hearts are good!!!!  Please continue to pray that the babies will continue to thrive and that their reflux will get better with their medicine.  I will be posting more pictures soon - I promise!!!