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.

Saturday March 21st

Babies Situation:

Trinity is being monitored very closely because of her brain bleed. She will receive more ultrasounds in the coming days. There is an equal chance of this bleed resolving itself or getting worse. Future implications were discussed but we will wait to write about them later if needed. We also received the results of the Echocardiograms (ECHO). An ECHO is an ultrasound of the heart. It is performed to look at the the chambers and blood flow. A typical concern for preemies is that they have a duct that cannot close on its own due to their size. Full term babies typically do not have to worry about this as it happens on its own while in the womb.

Trinity's ECHO results come back great as the duct is already closed. However, we have been cautioned that this can open up in the future. Unfortunately, Kinsley's ECHO shows a large opening in the duct. Our Doctor briefs us of the situation and options. The duct has to be closed or it could cause excessive blood flow into the lungs and harden there. Again many implications to this scenario. They will treat this ASAP. There are 2 options for closing the duct - medication or surgery. First they will try to give her Indocin once every 12 hours for 3 times. If the duct does not close, than they will have to perform heart surgery and clamp the duct shut. They also continue to go up and down on their CPAP settings and all other measurements/levels.

Parent's Thoughts:

It becomes very difficult for us to work through all of this as there are really no answers on what will happen to either of them. We know they are breathing pretty well for 24 weekers. However these 2 areas are just as critical as the lungs and right breathing. We continue to pray for peace, comfort, and strength and even though we cannot get back to all of our friends and family in a timely fashion, your love and support continues to amaze and help us - flowers, cards, food, movies, texts, notes, emails, calls, the whole deal. Let me tell you all how much it is needed at this point even though you may not be here with us. We are chalking this one up to one of the bad days we have had and know that there will be many more good days to come. In the end there will be many more good days to bad but right now it is very difficult to absorb.

Grandma, Camille (my Mom), flew into Austin this afternoon to also help Trena, Terre, and me. She gets to see her little granddaughters today for the first time. It is another blessing to have her here.

Our Daily Encouragement:

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Matthew 6:21

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