Posted (The West's) in All Posts on August-2-2007

Tina and I are doing better emotionally this evening. It was pretty tough seeing our little girl go through a bit of a downturn over the last day and a half. My roughest time was yesterday when I saw her cry but there was no sound. Uhhhh…it just killed me. I just wanted to pick her up and hold her and tell it her was going to be ok, but I couldn’t.

Today, we went to see her just after lunch and it was really tough on Tina. Ella was more awake but still very sedated with her eyes wandering around. In that moment, her stats were trending down and there was a rhythmic twitch on the left side of her body (her right hand and right leg). This was tough to see. The twitching was a concern for them as well, so they ordered tests to make sure there was no bleeding in her brain.

We left the hospital feeling pretty raw.

We headed back to see her this evening. She looked better, and although they still don’t know the exact cause of the twitching, the tests for bleeding in her brain came back negative. This was reassuring.

The staff has seen this condition before with babies on ECMO. With brain bleeding ruled out, sometimes it can be a sign of seizure activity or simply a muscle twitch with no explanation. Typically with seizures, the stats will drop – – Ella’s stats remained stable. Another possibility: the canula in the arterial vein in her neck might just be hitting the nerve, for example, since the twitching is on that same side. Tonight they are trying some anti-seizure meds just to make sure. The neurologist will be visiting Ella again tomorrow for another look.

Dr. Kays made the decision to reduce the flow on the ECMO machine again to 160. Since that time, her stats have remained stable. Again, we would love to see the pO2 level remain more constant and even increase. As you might begin to appreciate, her pO2 levels over the past 40 hours have gone from 197, 142, 108, 95 and now 146 this evening. Yes, this is a roller coaster ride!!!

Although it was a rough 36 hours, we are feeling much better this evening. Ella’s improved stats with the ECMO machine reduced to 160 is a positive sign. Thanks again for all the amazing support and prayers from all of you.

Ella's cousins on August 2nd, 2007 at 7:00 pm #

Okay Sweet Ella, keep up the good work! Mom and Dad, you guys are truly AMAZING. What strength you are sharing with all of us.
The Eusey clan (Rick, Shannon, Megan, Richard, Claire and Ryan)

Deanna Snyder on August 2nd, 2007 at 7:16 pm #

hey Tina i think it is awesome that you had you’re baby on my b-day. I’m glad that Ella is doing o.k dokay I am keeping you and the family in prayers. i love you
your sister in christ

Joel Snyder on August 2nd, 2007 at 7:56 pm #

Ella, XOXOXO from Taco,Manny,&Grandpa sleep tight and rest.We Love YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!

Shayneh on August 2nd, 2007 at 8:38 pm #

She is SO beautiful and seems to be such a sweet little spirit…

Kelli Billman on August 2nd, 2007 at 9:08 pm #

This picture is worth a thousand words. I can just imagine the two of you talking to her and her little eyes opening and searching for those voices she knows so well already. Thank you, thank you, thank you for keeping so many of us from coast to coast in touch with Ella’s progress. May God continue to bless and keep you.

Craig Glendenning on August 2nd, 2007 at 9:36 pm #

You’re doing fine little Ella. Stay tough!

Stacey Haygood on August 3rd, 2007 at 7:01 am #

God Bless you beautiful girl!

Fran Jarrett on August 3rd, 2007 at 8:14 am #

Precious Ella you are doing fine and my love and prayers are with you and your wonderful parents.

Joan Odell on August 3rd, 2007 at 8:16 am #

Our prayers continue for beautiful Ella and both of you. Lord Bless and hugs – Joan and Steve Odell

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