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Posted (Josh) in All Posts on September-5-2007


Wow…Ella is still rockin’ the casbah =). We were able to enjoy a couple hours of her being awake tonight. Tina and nurse Michelle gave her a little bath, and Ella did so well with the whole experience.

Her stats stayed strong throughout the day. The last blood gas at 10pm was solid (cO2=43, pO2=154). If her next blood gas is this good in the morning, she’ll probably be weened down on the ventilator again. Slow and steady baby girl, slow and steady.

Some of you were curious about her weight. Ella has gained 1lb 1oz since her birth! She is now 6lbs 7oz. Still need to fatten her up though.

The swelling in her head has definitely gone down along with the rest of her body. If she keeps on this track the next few days, they’ll consider removing her chest tubes. The SVC procedure has also been delayed. It will be re-evaluated next week to determine if it’s necessary. I’m betting they don’t do it though because the octreotide is working real well.

The dopamine and albumen have been removed from her regiment of meds. She still has quite a few other meds going in, but at least we’re moving in the right direction.

Nurse Michelle also told us that our other favorite nurses will be taking care of Ella the next couple days. It’s so nice to have the “Fab Four” taking care of our little girl. It really gives us both peace of mind. There is genuine compassion and love that comes from these ladies. Michelle, Angie, Andrea, and Janet really make a difference to us and Ella. They are such wonderful nurses and we thank God for them!

The continued prayers are greatly appreciated. So much grace and peace is delivered through them. God bless you all.

Numbers 6:24-26 (NKJV)
24 “The LORD bless you and keep you;
25 The LORD make His face shine upon you,
    And be gracious to you;
26 The LORD lift up His countenance upon you,
    And give you peace.”’



Joel Snyder on September 5th, 2007 at 10:20 pm #

Ella, You are my superstar and I hope and pray that tommorrow will continue the steady progress. I am on my way to work and I must tell the Dinos the good news. Josh and Tina take care of yourselves. Love!!!! Grandpa

Laura Blackwell on September 5th, 2007 at 10:25 pm #

She looks so ALERT! Love the picture.

Adrienne (Melissa's sister!) on September 6th, 2007 at 5:29 am #

Wow! Little Ella looks *maaahvelous*! Really – she looks so different than just a week ago! Her swelling is GONE! So exciting to see things on the up-swing! Keep the pictures coming!

Williamsburg on September 6th, 2007 at 6:47 am #

Wow – love those big, bright eyes – so fun to see the real little person in there shine thru in the midst of all the equipment and procedures. What a blessing. Hugs and kisses all around, West family. XOXO

Joan Odell on September 6th, 2007 at 7:23 am #

What beautiful eyes she has – she says so much through those eyes!!! What a delight it must have been to give her a sponge bath and that all her stats, etc. remained stable. Our prayers do continue for her steady progress, her caregivers and in thanksgiving for all three of you. Lord Bless Hugs – Steve and Joan

Lisa (Ms. Texas) on September 6th, 2007 at 7:30 am #

OOOH I am so happy for all the West’s this is FABULOUS news! Praise the Lord!

Kelli Billman on September 6th, 2007 at 9:41 am #

She looks AMAZING!!! My heart is smiling reading all the good news…

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