Posted (Tina) in All Posts on September-15-2007

Unfortunately, Ella’s stats have progressed in the wrong direction.

Her blood gas at 4am was cO2=70, pO2=84. The blood gas at noon was cO2=84, pO2=77 (ideally cO2 around 40-50 and pO2 above 100 is what we would like right now). They made adjustments to the vent to see if that would improve the situation. They changed the vent to 40% oxygen and 44 assisted breaths per minute.

Then, they took another blood gas at 2:15pm. The situation was not better, cO2=86, pO2=90.

In addition to all this, the fluid situation did not improve. The chest tube fluid output yesterday was 9 total. The last time the right side drained was at 3pm and the last time the left drained was yesterday at 8am; both by 1cc. No chest fluid draining would be great news if she had clear chest x-rays, but she doesn’t. She is also getting puffy.

They paged Dr. Kays with the latest information. He called back at 2:30pm and ordered a chest x-ray and for her right chest tube to be replaced.

Since we did not have a chance to talk to him, we are a bit confused with the overall plan. We are not sure why he is choosing to replace only the right chest tube, considering that neither of them are draining fluids. Also, he will not be performing the procedure, a resident on duty will be doing it.

On top of everything else, our least favorite nurse out of all nurses, is taking care of Ella today.

All of this and yet, He is in control. He knows exactly what the fluid situation is about and knows just what needs to happen…in His perfect timing.

Please pray for our strength and patience. Also, for sweet little Ella. She is not feeling well with all this fluid and is working very hard.

Psalm 25:4-5
4 Show me your ways, O LORD,
teach me your paths;

5 guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.

p.s. The Gators will be working hard at trying to defeat Tennessee in about an hour from now. Go Gators!

Deb Carnsew on September 15th, 2007 at 12:12 pm #

We’re keeping positive thoughts for sweet little Ella, and for her mommy and daddy. Sending the two of you prayers and energy, both of which I’m sure you need right now. Hope the day ends with better news. You’re little angel will get through this too.

The Laz Fam! on September 15th, 2007 at 1:14 pm #

Our dear friends ~ Your post today reminds me a little of Job. It’s as if God is saying to you, “Will you trust Me if…?” “What about this, too?” “How about if this happens?” And each time you say, “We trust.” I know He is pleased. We love you so much ~ TKJB

Joan and Steve Odell on September 15th, 2007 at 1:44 pm #

Dear Ones: We pray things will improve in all ways for dear Ella. We thank God for the strength and love you share in your marriage. God is so pleased with you and your deep faith in Him. He will hold all three of you and give you strength for each moment. Will check on things later. Love Steve and Joan

Terri Trainer on September 15th, 2007 at 2:15 pm #

My darling friend – we’re finally home and so glad to get caught up on Ella. Sorry there have been some set backs. We love you and pray for you daily. Hugs – T

Char Snyder Jordan on September 15th, 2007 at 3:43 pm #

We are here praying that the fluid will miraculously disappear and that a forward movement toward renewed health will come. Hangin in there for you all. Lol Aunt Char and Jim

Jean on September 15th, 2007 at 4:02 pm #

Hi, I live here in Aurora and we pray Ella will make it to a healther time.
Adrienne sent me this info.
jean, kayla and isaac

Lesli on September 15th, 2007 at 4:52 pm #

Praying for sweet Ella….you three are in our thoughts constantly. We pray for strength and endurance for this roller coaster ride you are on. We know it must be terribly difficult on most days, but especially days like this when it seems nothing is going right. We pray that God sends one of those refreshing times that he usually sends just when you think you can’t take anymore. And we are continually bringing Ella to the Father, asking he who made her to heal her.
We love you,
The Richards

Eusey Family on September 15th, 2007 at 5:12 pm #

I hope Ella feels better!

Joel Snyder on September 15th, 2007 at 7:00 pm #

Ella, I am praying that you will start to feel better. I am getting ready for work and will check on you later. How about your “Gators”. J&T all my thoughts and prayers for all of you. Love,Grandpa!!!!!!!!!!!

Williamsburg on September 15th, 2007 at 7:22 pm #

Pastor Shawn preached tonight on how the Israelites, with the sea in front of them and a horde of angry Egyptians behind, were told, not to fight, but to stand and be still so that the Lord could fight the battle for them. (Ex 14) I know not all Scripture pertains to our every situation, but I appreciated the admonition to “be still and know that He is God” in situations that seem insurmountable to our human understanding; also that He is undeniably _for_ us even in the midst of pain, fear and doubt. Father, we pray in love, hope and trust that you are not only the Great Physician, but the Comforter and Warrior in all the ways that Josh, Tina and Ella need you to be for them right now. Thank you for the ways in which you have already been glorified in their lives, and continue to be so as you walk this path with them. You’re right in our hearts, guys – love and hugs always. XOXOXO

Angie on September 15th, 2007 at 8:26 pm #

Be strong Ella! I pray everything will start heading in the right direction again soon :). You guys are in my thoughts & prayers as always. See you guys tomorrow. Sweet dreams baby Ella! ~Nurse Angie

Cathie Firestone on September 15th, 2007 at 8:41 pm #

We are praying with you through this time. Our Lord knows exactly what Ella needs right now and we pray His wisdom upon Dr. Kays and staff. Hang on Josh and Tina and continue to let Him carry you through this time too…He is indeed well pleased with both of you!

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