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

About 4:00pm today, the resident on-call, Dr. Caban, came to replace Ella’s right chest tube. We have not spoken to Dr. Kays, so we are not sure about his thinking on just replacing the right chest tube.

We called in tonight to check on her and she went through the chest tube replacement procedure fine. Dr. Caban removed the existing right chest tube and inserted a new chest tube on the right side of her chest.

Approximately 6 hours later, Ella’s chest fluid output had increased dramatically. Already her right chest tube has output 59 and her left chest tube has output 18, for a total of 87. This is good news!

The nurse tonight mentioned that Ella was awake for her and seemed comfortable (not fussy). This is the same nurse that took care of her last night, so that is good that she can tell a difference.

Ella’s last blood gas at 8pm was cO2=64, pO2=74. She will have another one performed at 4am.

We will wait and see how she does overnight and into tomorrow morning. Please pray for her chest fluid to continue to flow out of her chest cavity, for the fluid issue to resolve completely and for Ella’s strength to be increased as each day passes.

Psalm 27:14
14 Wait for the LORD;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the LORD.

Joel Snyder on September 15th, 2007 at 9:21 pm #

Ella, You look much better this evening. Keep up the good progress and the fluid reduction. J&T thanks for the update. Love, Grandpa!!!

Anne on September 15th, 2007 at 10:06 pm #

you guys are awesome to keep us all posted and up to date with all you’ve got going on…! The prayer network out here in cyberspace is with you… hugz to all.

Char Snyder Jordan on September 15th, 2007 at 11:13 pm #

We are so blessed to have skilled nurses and doctors to weave their way thru this puzzle. We will continue to pray for you and Ella. LOL Aunt Char and JIm

Adrienne (Melissa's sister!) on September 16th, 2007 at 12:44 am #

What a rollercoaster we are on with you. We will continue to lift her before the Savior and know that He is indeed the creator of LIFE and He knows just what she needs.

In my spirit, I feel it is a bit like Abraham being asked to trust God with Isaac – not easy for a parent and something I have really struggled with personally. I want to trust God,
but I want Him to do it MY WAY!

We never see the whole picture from this side of things in all of our humaness but we hang on to His promises and know that this is ALL in His HANDS.

Our intercessory prayer group is over here covering you from this side of the globe. We got your back on the other side of midnight.

Love and prayers across the ocean,

Lisa T. on September 16th, 2007 at 8:21 am #

Keep up the great work, Ella! You can do it!

Kelli Billman on September 16th, 2007 at 8:45 am #

Had to check on sweet Ella as we are heading out to church. We pray for fluid reduction and the entire fluid issue to resolve itself soon. Hopefully you will hear from Dr. Kays soon to ease your minds and answer some questions.
We pray for God to come beside you more than ever to comfort you when you’re feeling weary and to ease Ella’s discomfort with the swelling. Although this blog may be somewhat of an unconventional way of communication, we are here for you, hugging you and surrounding you in prayer. We love you West family, continue to be strong!

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