Posted (Tina) in All Posts on September-27-2007

Ella had a good day. Her blood gas at 2pm was great, cO2=54, pO2=114. Plus, her chest x-ray looked improved since the surgery. Keep in mind that her total chest fluid output for yesterday was 165ccs. So it was not a total surprise that her chest x-ray looked better – – she was able to get rid of a lot of that fluid build up.

Based on her good results, Dr. Kays weened the ventilator from 60% oxygen to 50% oxygen this afternoon. Also, he started the Portagen feedings again at 4ccs per hour. These are good steps in the right direction.

Tonight, Ella was sleeping a lot and her saturations were at 100 mostly. When she did wake up a few times, she was quite fussy. Based on her high saturations though, it seemed like she was just extra tired (or upset that we woke her up from a great dream)!

Her blood gas at 10pm was cO2=60, pO2=90. At that time, her chest fluid output was only about 25ccs total for the day. This is significantly less.

At this point, we are not sure if that is good or bad. If her chest x-ray looks good in the morning, it is great news. It would mean that we are making progress with the fluid issue (her body is processing the fluid via her kidneys instead of settling in her chest cavity). If her chest x-ray looks worse in the morning, it means that the fluid is not draining as well and is still residing in her chest.

It is our heart’s desire to have the fluid issue resolved, but we do not know what God has planned.

Thank you for continuing to pray for our baby girl.

As I was finishing this post, God just put this verse on my heart:

Psalm 46:10
“Be still, and know that I am God”

The Brittain Family on September 27th, 2007 at 10:45 pm #

hey there, still praying…just wondering where those socks are…. : )

Eusey Family on September 28th, 2007 at 3:34 am #

Praying here too. As you can see Ryan is giving his cousin some symphathy fussiness early in the morning.

Adrienne (Melissa's sister!) on September 28th, 2007 at 4:38 am #

We are thanking God for a miracle with Ella and praying that this fluid issue will be resolved finally and Ella can be free to conquer her next big steps! (Our Friday school class continues to lift her up.)


Charlotte Rehrig on September 28th, 2007 at 6:03 am #

Thank you very much for your updates, they are truly appreciated.

Lisa T. on September 28th, 2007 at 6:17 am #

Hang in there, baby Ella. You can do it!

Kristen on September 28th, 2007 at 6:51 am #

Ella you look simply beautiful in the pink bunny blankie. . . what girls doens’t enjoy a little pink. Sweet girl, we are so proud of you! The prayers of the saints surround you!

Joel Snyder on September 28th, 2007 at 6:55 am #

Ella, I couldn’t stay up late enough for this posting but good news is always welcome. I am praying that you will do better and make progress with the fluid issue. Working at the museum this morning. I will check on you later today. Love, Grandpa!!!!

Loren on September 28th, 2007 at 7:13 am #

Go Ella Go!!!

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