Posted (jooosh) in All Posts on September-17-2007

Our little bun had a pretty good night. Her stats were stable and she behaved herself.

Dr. Kays called this morning to bring us up to date. He confirmed that she is making forward progress, albeit slowly. He wanted to replace the right chest tube again in the hopes of draining more fluid.

I asked if this will be our course for now, and he confirmed that it’s one of two options. We either continue what we have been doing, using the chest tubes to drain her fluid and wait on the body to get better, or pursue more aggressive steps with surgery.

As much as we would like to see her get better quickly (Dr. Kays would like this too!), we’re content to be patient and let Ella’s body do what it needs to do. She is taking baby steps forward again, and it’s evident in her latest chest x-ray as well.

Dr. Kays also indicated that he might discontinue her subcutaneous (anti-coagulation) shots in the next few days. We’re all for her not getting shots, so this would be good news.

We followed up again with a call to the nurse this afternoon and the chest tube replacement went well. Ella has drained another 32cc from her right side. Her blood gas this afternoon looked good too (cO2=57, pO2=118).

Ella is now getting a continuous feed of Portagen into her stomach (1cc / hour), up from 1cc every three hours. This is good news too because he feels this is not contributing to her fluid issue, and she’s tolerated the digestion process well.

Tina and I will be heading in this evening after work to see our baby girl. Nurse Michelle is on tonight which makes for a good time as well.

A passage of Scripture that spoke to Tina and I this morning while listening to a message from Charles Stanley:

Isaiah 41:9-13

9 I took you from the ends of the earth,
from its farthest corners I called you.
I said, ‘You are my servant’;
I have chosen you and have not rejected you.

10 So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

11 “All who rage against you
will surely be ashamed and disgraced;
those who oppose you
will be as nothing and perish.

12 Though you search for your enemies,
you will not find them.
Those who wage war against you
will be as nothing at all.

13 For I am the LORD, your God,
who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;
I will help you.

Adrienne (Melissa's sister!) on September 17th, 2007 at 12:00 pm #

What a breath of fresh air to read your last 2 posts and see Ella taking slow but STEADY steps! (I also have to add that I really enjoyed the lightning clips because as you can imagine we don’t get that much here! ) We continue to lift up that cute little bundle of yours as well as the two of you and the medical staff. What a team!

Christina DuHart on September 17th, 2007 at 12:00 pm #

Hi Guys haven’t written anything in awhile but I’ve been checking on your little bun. I’m glad to hear you got away for a little bit had a nice time and good pizza 🙂 Hope Miss Ella continues to progress in the right direction. We will continue to pray for your baby girl.
Hugs and Kisses to you all

The Brittain Family on September 17th, 2007 at 12:03 pm #

What precious words of comfort! We keep praying fearlessly. We agree she’s looking better week by week, too–knowing there have been plenty bumps along the road–but the big picture is encouraging! Keep working, loving and trusting hard! We’re still praying for this fluid to resolve itself and that the tubes will work so her little body can develop. We’re glad she’s tolerating her food so well, what a big step….not to mention all the nurses she’s been training so effectively!

Mollie Rosing on September 17th, 2007 at 12:22 pm #

I love “Ella bun”. We call our Ellie, “Ellie bean”. Thankful that Ella’s stats are stable. We will continue to pray for progess, patience and strength for everybody. All our love, the Rosings

Joan Odell on September 17th, 2007 at 12:26 pm #

Wonderful news – baby steps for now but all seems so much more positive than it has in the last several days. The Lord is certainly working His miracles.

Dana (Kelli Billman's sister) on September 17th, 2007 at 12:42 pm #

Hello little Ella! We are sending our love and our prayers from MN. Way to stay strong little one – you are showing us all what hope and trust in the Lord can bring. We will look forward to more positive news like today’s post and pray for His amazing love to surround you each day.

Joel Snyder on September 17th, 2007 at 3:10 pm #

Ella, You are doing great and slow steady progress is fine. I will check on your day when I get ready for work tonight. J&T thanks for the updates and glad you are taking some needed break time. Love, Grandpa!!!!!!

Eusey Family on September 17th, 2007 at 6:18 pm #

Sweet Ella Bun,
Happy for some good news. We are praying for steady progress.

Char Snyder Jordan on September 17th, 2007 at 7:54 pm #

Forward is good. We will pray for good stable results at a steady pace for we know we will eventually get there. Thanks for all you do. We love you and miss you. LOL Aunt Char and JIm

Shelly on September 17th, 2007 at 8:49 pm #

Slow and steady won the race! Ella keep up the good work! We are praying for you and your family

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