March for Babies - Huge Success!

Family and Friends,

The March of Dimes was a huge success. Thanks to all of your support, we collectively raised more than $2,500 to help other families. Thank you so much for the continued support.

With lots of Love!
The O'Briens

Please visit our March for Babies personal website at

www.marchforbabies.org/trinityandkinsley.

Monday March 23rd

Babies Situation:

Trinity:

It starts off as an exciting day for her - many positive steps forward. Trinity is taking her first feed. She also had a really nice Tarry poop (very important with feeding starting). She took Momma's milk and seems to be digesting it. All feeds will be done through a tube and at this point will be given every 12 hours. Some milk residuals come back up into the tube but overall she does take the feed well. On the downside, she needed another blood transfusion. They are still taking blood from her to monitor her blood count and oxygen levels. These transfusions are purely to help fight infection and boost her immune system. Unfortunately, Trinity has very few spots for accepting a new line as her right arm is still recovering from a previous line. She is also given antibiotics to help fight infection. The Doctors are trying to stay ahead of the game.

Kinsley:

She isn't doing as well as Trinity. She unfortunately is still working through her heart issue. The medication will prevent her from getting any milk. They were also thinking about taking her umbilical catheter but also need to hold off on doing this due to the heart concern and meds she is taking. She is also on antibiotics to fight off infection - the two antibiotics that they are using are Vancomycin and Gentamicin at this point. She also gets her next chest ultrasound.

Parent's Thoughts:

We are happy with the progress today and give our praise. They made it through another day. It is tough not to be in the hospital with them but we are working through the adjustment. We live 21 miles from the Hospital and I am back to work. Trena is also hard at work - pumping (every 2 hours). It is a difficult task to handle the schedule at home, while also still feeling the pain of the surgery and travelling to the hospital to see the girls during the day. We go to the hospital together when I get home from work at night. We are trying to figure out the best schedule but it could take some time.

Our Daily Encouragement:

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning.

Psalm 130:5-6

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