>> Wednesday, May 20, 2009
American Idol is on right now so it was a great opportunity to sneak away and update everyone on our appointment today. We saw Dr. Zaretsky and everything went really well and the twins are still growing like crazy. Kamryn is about 4.5 pounds and Brooke is about 5.25 pounds. Kamryn is actually measuring 5 days ahead of where a singleton baby would be at 33 weeks which is really good news. No wonder Stef is so uncomfortable. We also passed a milestone with Kamryn and that is the 4 pound weight requirement to be placed on ECMO (heart/lung bypass machine). We hope that this machine is not in our future, but if it is, she is now big enough to be placed on it if they are delivered early.
The lung to head ratio (LHR - a loose predictor of how much hypertension might be present at birth) for Kamryn is still incredibly high at 3.0. We want this to be higher than 1.4 so that is great news for our little girl.
After discussing options, we agreed that it made the most sense to be admitted into Parkland hospital on June 3rd which is 35 weeks. With Dr. Zaretsky out of town the following week, we felt it was safer to be there and have everything ready in case Stef goes into labor. Our hope is that she doesn't and when Dr. Zaretsky gets back on week 37 we will likely go ahead and deliver. So, the week of June 15th appears to be the week we will strap ourselves in for the roller coaster ride. We are as ready as we will ever be and continue to have absolute confidence in our medical team.
MRI is tomorrow at 10:00am and we are looking forward to seeing Dr. Twickler and getting more specific info on Kamryn lungs and liver position. We will update tomorrow night as that will give us a very clear picture of what we are dealing with.
Please keep Baby Avery, Baby Jaime and Baby Carter in your thoughts and prayers over the next few days. Baby Avery just had her surgery today and it looks like she will have some challenges ahead of her. Baby Jaime is doing well, but has an infection right now that they need to get under control. Baby Carter is doing well. They are trying to get him stable enough for his repair surgery. Jaime and Carter are also NICU roomies. Check in on them using the links on the right side of the blog "Keeping up with the Keirsey's", "Jaime's World" and "Carter Adler Carepage".
Looking forward to updating everyone with more good news tomorrow. Have a great evening!