Monday, April 13, 2015

Tummy Troubles - Praying for Answers

My quints were born at 29 weeks 1 day gestation (11 weeks early). Life in the NICU was tough and it was a long process. The effects of prematurity are hard on a baby and many of them deal with being born early for a long time, maybe a lifetime. To have five 29 weekers; my quints did amazing considering the circumstances. However, all four of my girls had and still have feeding issues. They have problems aspirating the milk into their lungs during feeds. They also have bad reflux, which means they vomit, a lot. And, they have aversions to the bottle. All four girls came home with a g-tube to help with their feeds. They are almost 13 months old and they still have the g-tubes and we use them with every feed. I was hoping that, by now, they would have the tubes out and eating on their own, but that's not the case.

I've been taking this process day-by-day, trying to not push too hard, but enough is enough. I feel that they should be eating, like normal, by now, but they aren't and it's very frustrating. I have no medical background, and I really feel like I have no idea what to do to help them get better. So, I contacted our Dallas pediatrician and asked him what we should do, and he referred us to a GI specialist. I hope and pray that the GI doc can figure out what's going on and help our girls out.

I don't share a lot of information about my kid's health issues because I think some things should be kept private. But I'm telling you this because I'm asking you to pray that this new doctor will have the answers. Pray for us traveling to Dallas to see this doctor. And please pray that the girls' feeding issues will be resolved soon!
Praying for our little sweethearts!

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