For my birthday today, we went out to dinner and then spent the rest of the evening with the girls. We do this everyday and so my birthday was nothing out of the ordinary. I had a good day though and really appreciate all who wished me a happy birthday. The NICU roller coaster ride continues. We had some really good days in a row the past week or so and I am so grateful for them. Today was a downward dip on the roller coaster. We found out today why Haley has not gone poop lately and why her abdomen has become distended. The doctor did a test on her today. She was given barium through her tube and then had a series of x rays to follow the barium through her GI tract. The 3rd x-ray taken showed the barium slowing down and backing up and showed a possible obstruction. We don't know for sure yet, but within the next day or two we should know for sure as they continue to take more x-rays to follow the barium all the way through the GI tract. We are hoping she is not obstructed and require surgery. Of course Haley will no longer get breast milk until things are moving in her gut again. Rachel had an x-ray of her bowels as well and the doctor was less concerned about her gut so she has not had the barium test. She still has not gone poop so still not sure why not. Ashlyn is still improving and still going pee well. She still has some extra fluid on her. We were hoping that a lot of that fluid would have come off by now with her peeing well, but it just seems that it's going to take more time. Ashlyn has not been getting breast milk for a while now so there is no concern with her gut at this point. The girls had their 2nd eye exam today and still no ROP (retinopathy of prematurity). They will be checked again in another week. We are so grateful for the good eye exams. So the roller coaster ride continues, but we are going to keep holding on strong.
My birthday cake that my parents got me over the weekend. The 3 pink butterflies represent the 3 girls. I love these cakes. I get one every birthday.