Welcome to Tyler and Parker Thompson's Blog

Tyler and Parker Thompson arrived on June 23, 2008 at only 26 weeks and 4 days old, weighing 1 pound 6 ounces (Parker) and 1 pound 10 ounces (Tyler). Parker spent 129 days (home 10/30/08) in the NICU, while brother Tyler spent 143 (home 11/13/08). We are thrilled to have our family complete with both boys home!

This blog was created by John (the daddy) to inform family and friends (and now new acquaintances) of the twins progression. Below is the blog archive dating back to the week Heather (the mommy) was admitted to the hospital. We try to post weekly updates, but on occasion the week gets the best of us.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Tyler's Upper GI

This morning Tyler and I went in for his upper GI and OH what fun...NOT!

There are just moments when you see your child in pain and hear his cries - and for some reason you end up questioning every decision you've made. Unfortunately, today I had one of those moments. Poor Tybug's xray of his esophagus, stomach and intestines turned out to be a very long ordeal. His arms were stretched up by his head and then he was strapped to a board (pic below) at his head (with his arms on either side of his head), chest and legs. Now Tyler hates being strapped down in general, but to have his arms strapped up by his head was pure torture.

The procedure (with him strapped down) lasted about 15 minutes...that's 15 minutes of Tyler crying as they rotated him like a roasted chicken. After the doctor was done with his initial analysis, the nurse gave him a little more Barium (thank goodness he didn't have to drink it - she could just put it through his feeding tube). We then had to wait for 20 minutes, get an xray, then 15 more and another xray. What a hassle!

Bottom line though...we found out that Tyler DOES NOT have issues with his track! So I guess it was worth it because we now know that there is nothing wrong with the functionality of Tyler's body - which makes us convinced that most of his issues are the reflux. Not pretty, but at least we've come closer to concluding why he can't eat.

Tyler wore this little hospital gown - too cute! He thought it would taste like orange!

Here's the evil board with straps - you can see it's an octagon so they can rotate him at their leisure! The little black strap is a lead protector for Tyler's "parts". Cute, huh?

"Bubby" looks so happy right here...if only he knew what was coming! The paci DID NOT help by the way...he'd rather chew on his hands than suck on a paci!


Kelli Clark said...

Your babies are so incredibly beautiful and have obviously come along way.

Heather, thank you so much for calling me today and to both you and John, thank you both for such a detailed and inspiring history of events.

I can't begin to tell you how much comfort I've been able to take in speaking with you and in reading your story.

Bless you both.

Kelli Clark

Anonymous said...

Awesome pictures! I just love coming here for the good news! Soocute!