Posted (jooosh) in All Posts on August-25-2007

Well, Ms. Ella is doing ok tonight, but I’m feeling a bit more anxious. Her stats are maintaining, she is still fussing here and there (gee, isn’t that what babies do!) and her fluids are reducing.

The reason I’m feeling a bit of heightened anxiety is because her head swelling has not really gone down enough. We’ve not really talked to Dr. Kays about this yet in detail. We last spoke to him on Thursday.

My logic tells me that it is a big enough deal though because he has scheduled her for a test that requires her to move out of the NICU. Ok, moving her is no small task, considering all the machines she’s hooked up to, so this would lead me to believe that he really wants this test done which makes me wonder how critical things are. (Holy freakin OCD batman!) My mind is just on overdrive.

Throw on top of that the fact that Tina is not feeling well — again. She went back to a doctor in the labor and delivery area because she’s having some pain related to her previous issue. They’re having her take another regiment of antibiotics (yay).

Tina may be in pain, but she is not as on edge about Ella as I am. She conjectures that if it were that critical, he would have already made a move to take care of it. This makes sense, but I’m still anxious.

We’re supposed to talk to Dr. Kays tomorrow to go over the details. If you remember, they are concerned that she might have a blood clot that is preventing blood from leaving her brain. Really looking forward to our conversation.

Ella will be having another blood gas test done tonight @ 10pm (EST). I’ll give a quick update later once I know the results.

Mom, Dad, and Grandma are going to escape into a movie now. =)

P.S. I know God is in control. My human nature is just getting the best of me this evening.

UPDATE (10:45pm EST): Adding to my anxiety, Ella is not doing well this evening. Her gases came back with poor numbers (cO2 57 & O2 59). She’s also building up a lot of fluid in her lungs as well, which is requiring suction every 30 – 45 mins. Her stats do come back up after suctioning, but these episodes are definitely more frequent this evening. I can guarantee I won’t be sleeping well tonight so I’ll be posting another update later. Prayers are appreciated.

UPDATE (1:15am EST): They took another gas at midnight. Her gases were even worse this time, but she had been fussing quite a bit. So, still not looking good, but the nurse said that she has calmed down over the last hour. They are not planning on taking another gas until 5:00. Praying that our baby girl remains calm and for the fluid to draw out of her lungs. We know she’s in your hands Lord.

Angie on August 25th, 2007 at 8:09 pm #

Lots of love & prayers tonight sweet Ella. Hugs & Kisses ~Nurse Angie

Heidi on August 25th, 2007 at 8:10 pm #

Our prayers are going before our Lord on Ella’s behalf…

Grandpa Jack on August 25th, 2007 at 8:25 pm #

I am praying for Ella’s head to be healed and for all her stats to improve in the name of Jesus. Amen

Good to see Grandma on the net and thank heaven you all have gotten some sleep.

Love to you all!!


Cathie Firestone on August 25th, 2007 at 8:26 pm #

We know how hard this is…we are praying for better blood gases overnight…and for the fluid issues…and for both of you and Grandma. Try to get some rest tonight. Love and prayers…Carl and Cathie Firestone

Mollie Rosing on August 25th, 2007 at 8:51 pm #

Easier said than done, but praying that you “can cast all of your anxieties on Him.” Love, the Rosings

Dawn Tucker on August 25th, 2007 at 9:02 pm #

Hi Josh and Tina, Just a note to tell you my family is praying for your precious little girl…who is becoming “our” little girl.

Char Snyder Jordan on August 25th, 2007 at 9:04 pm #

Josh you have every right to be anxious. This baby is very special and so are her parents. We will pray for everyone and especially that your anxiety may be relieved. We love you. We pray for Ella continually. May the Lord Jesus Christ help you tonight. Love, Aunt Char and Jim

Brandi on August 25th, 2007 at 9:08 pm #

Im a friend of nurse Angie.
Just letting you know you have added prayers for your precious baby girl!
Hugs to you all!

Josh on August 25th, 2007 at 9:10 pm #

We’re praying, friend.

Kristen on August 25th, 2007 at 9:17 pm #

Josh,is can be difficult to feel that peace in spite of our mighty God and our love for Him. I am thankful you can share your thoughts with us. Of course you are anxious about your baby. That is all part of being a great dad. And a great dad you are.

Dawn Tucker (tamara's friend) on August 25th, 2007 at 9:17 pm #

Hi Josh and Tina, Just a note to tell you my family is praying for your precious little girl…who is becoming “our” little girl. We just want you to know people in Florida are praying for each of you.
“Come to Me all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matt. 11:28
“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10. May God’s word comfort you and bring peace into your hearts. We ARE praying faithfully!
Peace, rest, and, strength! Amen!

Joel Snyder on August 25th, 2007 at 9:36 pm #

Josh and Tina, I am on my way to work and will be saying my prayers for Ella to improve. Josh I will say a little prayer for you so that maybe you can relax. I Love You!!!!!!!!!! Grandpa

Laura Blackwell on August 25th, 2007 at 9:39 pm #

I am so sorry you are feeling anxious! Anybody would be in this situation. When you pray for her, try to visualize yourself laying Ella in Jesus’ hands. Can you picture what those hands have been through for you? I have Calif. prayer warriors to update. My dad and grandma have Ella’s name up in the house to remember to pray for her frequently throughout the day. Will check back for updates.

monika on August 25th, 2007 at 9:47 pm #

dears tina, josh and sweet baby ella, our hearts are so with you for every trial you are suffering, and i just especially pray that you will all get the Holy Spirit peace supernaturally and physically and miraculously that will surpass understanding. i love you GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU. xoxoxo

Kristen on August 25th, 2007 at 10:52 pm #

I am still up tonight and I see you are too. So know I continue to pray for Ella and her daddy. Thank you for the updates.

kristin on August 25th, 2007 at 11:26 pm #

Our hearts cry out for all of you. Our hands reach out to touch you. Our shoulders are lined up so that the wall of protection have no faults. There is no fault. Their is give and take in any structure…that is how the foundation becomes strong. Sweet Ella. Sweet Josh & Tina. May you hear your names whispered with such reverance that you know the voice comes from Jesus Christ, The Lord Almighty. We all remember certain prayers or scriptures. They all come from the One. Tina, remember the power of multiples. Remember that Thy Will be done. Remember that always, always, always there is love. Wherever there is love, there is Ella. Sweet Baby West. I love you West Family!
God Bless You. Kristin

Jodi on August 26th, 2007 at 12:59 am #

It’s 4 am Eastern time, and we’re saying a prayer for Ella, particularly for her to be more comfortable and for the 5 am gas to show great improvement.

Eusey Family on August 26th, 2007 at 1:32 am #


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