Posted (jooosh) in All Posts on August-13-2007

Ella had a stable night. We’re waiting to hear from Dr. Kays about the timing of surgery. We expect to hear from him sometime today.

While Tina was in the ER yesterday I went up to see how our little girl was doing. She woke up for me again and grabbed my finger. Man she had a tight grip and was yanking my finger all around. With all that strength and new headband she reminded me a bit of this guy. =)

We continue to pray for an incredibly successful outcome and that the Lord would guide Dr. Kays hands during surgery. This little girl is so much a part of us and it is amazing to see how much she’s becoming a part of everyone else.

Thank you all for your continued thoughts and prayers.

God Bless

UPDATE: We talked to the nurse practitioner this morning. Dr. Kays will not be in until later this afternoon, but he did call in with instructions to switch out the ECMO machine. The switch of the ECMO machine will provide a new circuit with fresh blood and newly maintained equipment to minimize potential blood clots. There are some risks involved with this, so please pray that this transition will go smoothly. Ella will be off the circuit for about 30 seconds which is her lifeline at this time.

We might be able to conjecture that surgery will be tomorrow, but until we talk to Dr. Kays we won’t know for sure.

Please stay tuned…

Pam Houck (Arnold) on August 13th, 2007 at 7:27 am #

Hey Josh and Tina. Eli fwd your email to me and I’ve been checking in periodically to see how your precious little one is doing. I’ve also been praying for you and Ella. We just had a baby girl last year. She is 13 months so your story hits very close to home as I am reminded how precious and delicate these little lives are. They are such a gift lent to us for just a little while before God gets them back. Thank you for sharing your story, you are a source of encouragement and I will continue to pray God will give you strength to fight this battle and be the best parents you can be to this darling, amazing little girl.
God bless,

John & Estela Williams on August 13th, 2007 at 9:13 am #

Was out in the Mountains and couldn’t wait this morning to get the updates… Tina sorry to hear about your infection, glad you went to the ER as soon as you did… those infections can get serious.

Ella looks so cute with her new hair band… she is so beautiful.. hope you guys get good news from the Dr. today. Love you guys and God Bless!

Joan Odell on August 13th, 2007 at 9:34 am #

Lord Bless all of you and your caregivers. I pray that TIna is doing better. How much does Ella weigh? So glad she has such strength in those tiny hands – she knows you and Tina. What a doll – Steve and Joan

Stef on August 13th, 2007 at 9:45 am #

Hi my friends! Just wanted to let you know that we are thinking of you and praying for you all the time. I’m sorry I haven’t been posting, I guess I’m not much of a public speaker! I wish we could be there to hug you! Thanks for all of the updates. You three are very precious to us and we pray that we will be able to meet Ella agente (I mean Renae!) soon! :o) Love you guys!

Auntie Shannon on August 13th, 2007 at 10:39 am #

Good morning our Sweet Ella. We are praying for you this morning and know you will do well moving machines today. Tina, hope you are feeling better – you are a real trooper. Take your meds and get some good rest.

Love to all.


The Brittain Family on August 13th, 2007 at 11:19 am #

We keep praying for all of you! Ella is so precious. Trust Tina is gaining strength and not in much pain. God is good. Breath by breath, we put our trust in Him.

Heidi on August 13th, 2007 at 11:20 am #

God said “I will hold your hand and help you.” Isaiah 41:13 – Josh and Tina my heart goes out to you and Ella. I wish so much that I could comfort or hold you or just take one ounce of this from your shoulders for a resting period for you. God can only do this and I pray that He continues to guide you and Dr. Kays and that Ella becomes a beautiful testimony to His Love. Love to all – Heidi

Billy & Christy Brown on August 13th, 2007 at 12:45 pm #

Hello, Josh & Tina! We are fellow former Biolans and saw a posting about your story on the Server of Companions. We’ve been praying for you guys for the last couple of months and check your site each morning and evening to hear the latest news about little Ella. What a precious baby! As first-time parents to a 7-month old baby girl ourselves, your story really touches us in a special way. Each day we pray for Ella that God would work His mighty miracle-working power into her little body so that she would not only survive, but thrive! We are praying for her upcoming surgery and that God gives Ella, her parents, and the doctor His extra measure of grace right during her hour of need and that all goes smoothly. Her precious life is already a testimony and you all are being interceded for by the many prayers of the saints! His love and ours, Billy & Christy Brown 8^)

Joel Snyder on August 13th, 2007 at 1:28 pm #

Ella, I love your new headband. Talked with your Dad and hope things will be scheduled soon for your surgery. Tina I hope you are feeling a little better. It takes a little while for the medicine to work. I will be waiting for the latest updates. Love, Grandpa

Todd Sheridan on August 13th, 2007 at 6:01 pm #

Awww, I love her new headband. So good to see that she has remained stable and is holding tight to your finger :). You all stay strong, we’re pulling for you back in Colorado!

Eusey Family on August 13th, 2007 at 6:57 pm #

1 Peter 4:12: “Do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you. But to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing.” And verse 19 says: “Let those who suffer … entrust their souls to a faithful Creator. . .”

Lisa T. on August 13th, 2007 at 8:58 pm #

Thinking of all of you. Please keep us updated and let us know about the ECMO switch and the surgery.

Char Snyder Jordan on August 13th, 2007 at 9:03 pm #

We are waiting as is everyone. This little girl is quite a miracle already. It is evident that God knew which parents could love her so. Our fondest wishes for a successful surgery. lol Aunt Char and Jim

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