Posted (jooosh) in All Posts on September-7-2007

Overall, Ella continues with her forward progress. Her blood gases look good (cO2=50, pO2=128) and her stats have been stable.

Dr. Kays also reduced the pressures on the vent and reduced her assisted breaths per minute down to 36. Ella takes about 60 breaths per min while sleeping, so 24 of those she does on her own. As she continues to improve, they’ll be able to reduce the assisted breaths, pressures, and amount of oxygen the ventilator gives her.

Ella also had her octreotide increased from 7mL to 10mL. We pray this will bump her fluids down again like it did before, hopefully totally eliminating her output.

We were happy to find nurse Janet taking the night shift. We’ve spent the last few hours with her. It’s 10:10pm here and we’ve not had dinner yet, so going to keep the post short tonight.

God Bless

Posted (Tina) in All Posts on September-7-2007

Ella had a great night with Nurse Janet. Now, she is under Nurse Andrea’s care again today. We like it when the “Fab Four” are taking care of Ella!

Her blood gas this morning at 6am was fabulous (cO2=51, pO2=140). This is great news considering that the oxygen on the vent is turned down to 40%. Slow and steady steps each day. We will see what her blood gas is at 2pm.

Unfortunately, her fluid output increased from yesterday. It was 105 the day before and yesterday it increased slightly to 120. Although Dr. Kays has not given the order this morning, it is fully expected that he will increase the octreotide medicine soon.

Again, this is a bit of a mystery since Ella is the first CDH baby under Dr. Kays to have this much of a fluid issue since her repair surgery. Most babies have some fluid for a few days after the repair surgery and most resolves itself. If not, then typically the chest tubes resolve the issue. We are the first to try the octreotide under Dr. Kays, which has given us tremendous progress. Please pray that the fluid will go away with the increased amount of octreotide.

I think we need to revert back to Ella’s cousin’s chant. Using Claire’s words during ECMO days, maybe we need to just update the lyrics, “Go Ella! Go Ella! No fluid! No fluid!”

Thanks for all the thoughts and prayers. They are invaluable to us during this time.