Posted (Tina) in All Posts on August-16-2007

If you haven’t caught up from yesterday’s posts (morning and evening), you will want to do that!

We checked on Ella this morning. She had a good night – – when she is sleeping and calm, her stats are great. Every once in while, she gets alert and has a temper tantrum and tries to “fight” the ventilator (she had one at 3:30am and one at 10am this morning). When she gets fussy, all of her stats drop WAY down.

The nursing staff is going to try and monitor these episodes and Dr. Kays has given the orders to use a sedation medicine as needed. They would prefer to not have to give her any additional meds, but her episodes can set her back quite a bit and in the moment, they need a way to have her calm down so she can breathe!

They took a blood gas test this morning, and her carbon dioxide was at 45 (that is good but we would like to see it under 40). Her blood saturation level is staying around 99 (Dr. Kays would like to see it pegged at 100). We will see if the sedation medications help her to remain calm throughout the day and if her blood gases remain constant.

Please continue to pray that she can stabilize and remain strong!!! This is literally a wait-and-see game, to see how Ella will respond to all of these new changes.

Thanks again for the prayers and support.

P.S. Today is Ella’s original due date, but she and God had other plans. =)

UPDATE (2:30pm EST): Dr. Kays just called with some good news. Ella is doing what we hoped and prayed for – – making progress in a positive direction. Although the steps are tiny, they are going the right way! Her pO2 levels are 130 today and yesterday they were less than half that number! Her biliruben count is making progress downward and her carbon dioxide is in range. She is still fussing more than they would like, but they have been able to manage this with some sedation.

Before she was removed from ECMO, Dr. Kays scheduled her surgery for Friday (tomorrow). But with her improvement today, he has rescheduled it for Monday at 8am. Obviously, this is can change at any moment, based on Ella’s stats. And he is prepared to do surgery over the weekend, if need be. But for now, our baby girl is doing well.

Go Ella, Go Ella, No ECMO, No ECMO!

Praise you Jesus! Thank you all for your continued prayers! May she continue to take baby steps forward. Amen.

King Fam on August 16th, 2007 at 8:33 am #

Typical parents. The kid gets a 99 and you want 100.

We love you guys so very much and will continue to pray all day long. I’m so glad Ella had such a good night. May the Lord turn His face toward you today and give you His peace.

Eli Brown on August 16th, 2007 at 8:34 am #

I just got caught up on the exciting developments. Go Ella no ECMO, our sweet Ella is a fighter isn’t she. Just wait until she is a healthy two year old. She’s going to be fun.

Gloria Butler Jacobsen & Red on August 16th, 2007 at 8:41 am #

We’re so glad she’s holding own and off the ecmo.prayers still coming in a mighty way! God bless all three of you!! Gloria & RED

John & Estela Williams on August 16th, 2007 at 10:30 am #

I am so excited about her progress. Praise God. Love you guys!

Joel Snyder on August 16th, 2007 at 10:35 am #

Ella, I hope you start to adjust to things without ECMO.I am praying today that you will keep up the great progress and give us all a chance to catch our breath. Have a good day. All my Love!!!!!!!!!!! Grandpa

Heidi on August 16th, 2007 at 10:44 am #

Josh and Tina – thank you for your continued updating to all family and friends. I can’t wait each day to bring up your website and read how Ella is doing. I missed yesterday and am so excited to hear all of the good progress. God is mighty! He is the Healer and He is in control. Keep getting strong Ella – take care of each other. Love Heidi, Paul and Alyssa

Auntie Shannon on August 16th, 2007 at 12:06 pm #

You Go Ella! NO ECMO, NO ECMO. Claire was doing her chant around the house agan last night.

Many prayers coming your way.

Sara & Kevin Allen on August 16th, 2007 at 2:35 pm #

Thanks for letting us witness this miracle with you. Yeah God!

Lawrence on August 16th, 2007 at 4:40 pm #

Hi, Tina

I met you at Fringes a couple months ago. I asked if I could pray for you and your baby. Chris told me about your website. I am so glad to see everything is going good. We will continue to pray for you and Ella. God Bless

Char Snyder Jordan on August 16th, 2007 at 5:19 pm #

Way to Go Ella!!!!!! I know I would be put out being confined so long. We need you to be patient and continue to get stronger. We love you. Aunt Char and Jim

Joan and Steve Odell on August 16th, 2007 at 6:09 pm #

We are so excited about her progress – thank you so much for allowing us to share this beautiful journey with you and Ella. Always our prayers and thoughts are with all of us. What a wonderful sign that she fights and fusses even is they have to calm her I think this is a pure sign of her want to survive. Rest peacefully and know that the three of you are in the arms of our Lord – hugs and prayers, Steve and Joan

Dana Chambers on August 16th, 2007 at 7:01 pm #

Wow – Wow – Wow – Wow – Wow!

The Roberts Family on August 16th, 2007 at 7:06 pm #

Praise the Lord!!

Angie on August 16th, 2007 at 7:27 pm #

Way to go Ella! You go girl, show em’ what ya got! Great job today – excellent numbers – I’m so proud of you! Hugs & Kisses ~Nurse Angie

Dawn Tucker on August 16th, 2007 at 7:27 pm #

Praise you Lord! I am amazed and I am not! God is sooo Good! You all (Ella, Mom, Dad, and Hospital staff) are in my prayers daily. May God continue to hold you in his grip.
Blessings – Dawn (Tamara’s friend)

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