Posted (Tina) in All Posts on September-4-2007

I’ll start this post by mentioning that if you didn’t get a chance to see Sunday’s post, you’ll want to check it out. It is the best way to see how far Ella has come and how all those prayers are working =).

I just called to get an update on Ella. Praise God – – her fluid output was only 215 for all of yesterday! I know that Dr. Kays wanted to see it under 300, so this is really great progress. If you remember, she had as much as 892 last Tuesday. That is amazing.

Her blood gases have not been quite as good since they turned down the ventilator, but are still definitely in the “good” range. Her cO2 was 55 (they like to see it around 40) and her pO2 was 94 (they like to see that number as high as possible). She is scheduled for another blood gas at noon, so hopefully those numbers will sustain.

She had a chest xray this at 4am this morning and is scheduled for another xray tomorrow morning. I am sure these were ordered by Dr. Kays so he can monitor and see how the reduction in fluid is impacting her lungs.

We really hope to hear from Dr. Kays today. We want to know what the plan of action is for her next milestone!

P.S. Last night we had the opportunity of hanging out with Clay and Julie Brantley (Jordan’s parents). If you remember, Jordan was born on August 1st, was in the NICU III until August 20th right next to Ella, and then moved to the NICU II. She has progressed so well, that they are looking to take her home this week! Such an exciting time for them – – thanks for all the prayers lifting up Jordan.

UPDATE (12:15pm EST): Ella is being switched to a normal ventilator right now. This is another big milestone. She may not tolerate it too well, but it’s a necessary step. Please pray for success during this transition.

UPDATE (1:30pm EST): Ella is so far maintaining on the standard ventilator, but this could change at any time. Dr. Kays said to not worry if she has to go back to the other vent, but so far so good. Go Ella!

Anne on September 4th, 2007 at 7:16 am #

Great news, Josh & Tina!!! I’m so excited and happy for all three of you!

Macarena Herman on September 4th, 2007 at 8:08 am #

Hello! I have to say that checking this blog has become a daily routine for me. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of this. I love watching the video clips. The last one was great. She looks so good! Just beautiful! Happy anniversary to you. You guys are a great couple and I truly admire you, your relationship, and most of all your strength. It really is inspiring. Love the high school pic…(wooo, that’s some hair! :-). Anyway, we send lots of hugs and kisses to all 3 of you!

Joel Snyder on September 4th, 2007 at 8:11 am #

J&T, I just got home from work and it’s great to get good news like this to start the day. Ella you keep up the good work little “Gator Girl” and have a good day. Love,Grandpa

Brendan on September 4th, 2007 at 9:56 am #

JTE!!! Greetings from Georgia. I’m so glad we had a chance to get together last weekend. I’ve been praying for Ella and you two. It is AWESOME to see how God is working in your lives. Praise HIM!!

Auntie Shanon on September 4th, 2007 at 1:02 pm #

Way to go Sweet Ella. Love to hear the progress. Baby steps and one day she too will be like little Jordan — coming home.

Many prayers today for good breathing.
Go Ella, Go God!

PS. Tina, the comments yesterday about your hair color clearly came from your brother!

Joel Snyder on September 4th, 2007 at 1:50 pm #

Just woke up to go on some errands and all I can say is “Go Ella”. I’ll check on you later today. Love!!!!Grandpa

Lisa Correia on September 4th, 2007 at 2:01 pm #

Hi Josh and Tina and sweet Ella!
I can not finish my day without checking on Ella and the two of you. That has become my night time ritual. You have yourself one strong little girl!She is a fighter!! Ella West for President in 2040! She’s got my vote! We will continue to pray for you guys from CO. Let me know if we can do anything for you here!! Can’t wait to have you home and meet Ella!!

tamara tessmer on September 4th, 2007 at 3:43 pm #

Yeah Ella!!!! I have been following her every day, but have had my hands really FULL here. Praise the Lord for how he is moving in Ellas life. I am so glad to hear they changed the vent. I noticed it in the picture right away, and I was thinking “what did I miss” So happy that things are progressing. We will continue to pray for her to succeed on the traditional vent and for all fluid reduction to continue.
P.S. Julie gave me her # before I left, and I lost it. Tell her to give me a ring. Love you guys. You touch my heart every day.

Kelli Billman on September 4th, 2007 at 4:09 pm #

Excellent Job Ella! Great work GOD! What wonderful news to read today! Praying that she will tolerate this new ventilator today!

Angie on September 4th, 2007 at 8:05 pm #

That’s great news on being switched to the other vent – I pray she’s doing well! I was waiting for my evening update but I gotta go to bed – 5 a.m. comes early! By the way the video is great, she was so bright eyed and alert and holding on to Tina’s fingers! I loved it! 🙂 See you guys tomorrow! ~Nurse Angie

Char Snyder Jordan on September 4th, 2007 at 9:12 pm #

It is so good to hear progress. Whatever progress we see we thank the dear Lord for his love. We will pray for more fluid to disappear and ventilator tolerance. We miss you! Love, Aunt Char and Jim

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