Posted (Tina) in All Posts on September-12-2007

I held off on posting this morning in the hopes that I would have more news to share. But decided that I have kept you in suspense long enough!

At this time, Ella progress has taken a bit of a step back. Her latest blood gas was okay this morning (cO2=60, pO2=105). Also, she did have a chest x-ray to see how the fluid accumulation is affecting her lungs, but we have not received an update from Dr. Kays yet.

Her fluid output from her right chest tube was only 5 yesterday, however they are attributing the reduction to the fact that they kept her on her left side all yesterday. If you remember, they did this because she was having a hard time breathing and getting her stats to remain stable.

Even as of last night, you could see the puffiness coming back into her face, neck and head on her left side due to the increased fluid accumulation from the left chest tube being removed.

We know that the fluid reduction is still the looming issue. We are hoping that it does not require for the chest tube to be replaced on her left side, but that is still a possibility.

Right now, we are not too sure of the next steps. As we have more updated information (hopefully sometime today from Dr. Kays), we will update this post.

Please pray for this fluid issue to resolve and for Ella’s strength to continue. Also, for the Lord to give discernment and wisdom to Dr. Kays on the next best steps. Finally, perseverance for Ella’s parents.

We love all of you and thank you for the support.

UPDATE (3:45pm): We still have not had a chance to speak with Dr. Kays. We are told that we should hear from him within the hour. When he called and heard about her declining stability and stats, he mentioned to the nurse that that he is most likely planning to put the chest tube back on the left hand side.

Char Snyder Jordan on September 12th, 2007 at 9:16 am #

That pink monkey is quite the animal for such a beautiful baby. Steady now steady. This path is quite a puzzle. Have faith and stay the course. We pray that these mysteries will be made known to Doctor kays. We have confidence that you and Josh will persevere. Com’on Ella! You can do it. Blessings on your day. Love, Aunt Char and Jim

Heidi on September 12th, 2007 at 10:33 am #

We rejoice with you for Ella’s 7 weeks on earth! Our prayers continue for healing and strength for all of you!

Heidi Ham on September 12th, 2007 at 10:54 am #

Hang in there Ella – we know you can do it through HIM who gives us all strength 🙂 Loved your gown yesterday – pink is a beautiful color on you 🙂 Josh and Tina know that we are praying and thinking about you all daily. Love and kisess, The Ham Family

Auntie Shanon on September 12th, 2007 at 11:05 am #

Okay Sweet Ella, let’s stop the monkey business! We need the fluid to go away. We are going to pray extra hard today for answers to the fluid and a miraculous decrease.

Love you and have your mom give you an extra squeeze on the toe from us.

The Brittain Family on September 12th, 2007 at 1:24 pm #

We’re praying with you!

Joel Snyder on September 12th, 2007 at 1:29 pm #

Ella, Hope you are feeling better and pray that Dr. Kays and staff can help figure out the fluid reduction mystery. “Gator Girl” now is time keep up the good fight and move forward. Josh and Tina hang tough and know you are not alone. Love, Grandpa,Taco,and Manny!!!!!!!!!!!

Chris & Lori Vodnik on September 12th, 2007 at 1:41 pm #

Just letting you know we are still here and praying to the Lord everyday for His mercy and grace for the three of you.

Joan Odell on September 12th, 2007 at 1:56 pm #

Dearest Father – We thank you for the precious gift of Ella and for carrying her through each day. We pray that your healing touch will continue to reduce the fluid and improve all her stats so she can move forward once again. We also thank you for Dr. Kays and his staff in the NICU. We pray that he will hear your words and feel your touch in finding the answers for sweet Ella’s improvement and healing. Special strength and encouragement prayers for Tina and Josh as they walk with you on this journey with Ella. As always Father, we know when we look behind us there is only one set of footprints. In Christ’s love, STeve and Joan

Cliff, Diane and Sonic on September 12th, 2007 at 5:38 pm #

Thanks for the update(s). Maybe Ella is pacing herself. It is quite remarkable how she is getting through this. We continue to send our best wishes and thoughts to all of you. Much Love, Cliff, Diane and Sonic Blue

Clay Brantley on September 12th, 2007 at 5:47 pm #

Hey Josh and Tina,
It is Clay and Julie. Thank you both for the Sensor monitor! You guys didn’t have to that but we really appreciate it. We will definitely put it to good use. I am sorry to see that Ella’s day wasn’t as good as the last few. But she is strong and so are you two. Julie and I are praying for all of you including Dr. Kays. Ella will get through this, look how far she has already come. Hang in there and let us know if there is anything that we can do for you guys.

Clay and Julie

Dawn Franck on September 12th, 2007 at 5:55 pm #

Tina and Josh, thank you so much for taking the time to update us all. We will pray for baby Ella’s fluid reduction and that the tube will not need to be re-inserted. Take care and send her our love.
Dawn, Mike and Alli

Eli on September 12th, 2007 at 5:57 pm #

I am praying for you both to be strong and persevere, but from where I am standing you both are doing an excellent job. All three of you are fighters.

jan Costas on September 12th, 2007 at 7:42 pm #

We are praying that the fluid mystery be solved and Ella go back to good stats. Also that you two are able to get rest, knowing that the Lord has Ella in His hands.

monika on September 12th, 2007 at 8:18 pm #

dears tina, josh and sweet ella, we are praying with you for strength and healing always, and for wisdom of everyone involved. ella sure is cute and has a sassy adorable profile, she is a trooper all right! GOD BLESS all of you. lovingly, monika and family

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