Posted (jooosh) in All Posts on October-9-2007

We don’t want to take this “routine” for granted, but Ella is still trekking on a good path. She did get fussy a couple times last night for Nurse Janet, but she was able to calm our girl down without using any fentanyl (just a boost of oxygen and a calming touch).

Ella was wide awake from 5am through her morning assessment at 8am. She behaved very well for the day nurse on shift during this time, and she’s continuing to do so today.

Her stats continue the positive trend too. Her saturations are hovering around 100% with blood gas numbers that looked like this at 6am: pH=7.42, cO2=44, pO2=89. Ella’s maintaining good urine output (275ccs) and her chest tubes only put out a total of 23ccs for the 24 hour period.

We didn’t get any official word on her x-ray yesterday, but there is no x-ray scheduled for today. So, I’m assuming they may not be too concerned considering our baby girl’s overall good behavior.

Her feeds have been bumped up again to 9ccs per hour. With this increase, they were able to reduce some of the other nutrition she’s been receiving intravenously.

They also discontinued one of her antibiotics. She still has a couple others going through her system though.

No sign of Dr. Kays today, so maybe he’s out for one more day. We’re looking forward to getting his thoughts upon his return.

Our journey is still far from over, but we will relish these quiet times.

Thank you Lord for your peace.

rachel on October 9th, 2007 at 8:50 am #

I am so thrilled that you keep recieving good reports on little Ella, God is so good!!!!

Heidi Ham on October 9th, 2007 at 9:00 am #

Wonderful news! Keep up the good work Ella! Thank you Lord for blessing this special family. We love you all – The Ham Family

Joan Odell on October 9th, 2007 at 9:13 am #

Quiet times are so good – enjoy and relish every moment – our love and prayers are with you all – Lord Bless and hugs – Steve and Joan

Joel Snyder on October 9th, 2007 at 10:37 am #

Go Ella, You just keep putting these good days and good stats togeather and you will be on your way home before you know it. Josh and Tina thanks for the update. Love to all,

Loren L on October 9th, 2007 at 10:44 am #

This girl is kicking butt! we’ll keep praying for progress.

Kristen on October 9th, 2007 at 10:52 am #

Seeing this little lady just warms my heart. What a sweet girl! Enjoy her today!

Adrienne (Melissa's sister!) on October 9th, 2007 at 12:13 pm #

I can’t help but know you are on the count down to the day that you will get to HOLD her in YOUR OWN ARMS! What a day of JOY that will be! We will rejoice with you that day! You are ONE DAY CLOSER!

Melissa Morris on October 9th, 2007 at 1:01 pm #

I am so glad to hear the awesome report. GO ELLA, GO! GO GOD, GO!
That really is great.
God knows that Dr. Kays needs a break too. It was all in His timing. I’m glad that Dr. Kays vacation wasn’t last week when Ella was at a very low point.
Look at where you have been and relish this time. Enjoy every moment and especially every smile!! I know that you do. I’m sure it’s what keeps you going.
Waiting to hear what Dr. Kays has to say. Hopefully he will be refreshed and renewed and ready to help Ella move forward.
Lord, we pray for wisdom for Dr. Kays and his staff for Ella’s next steps. Thank you Lord for continuing to hold the West family in your ever loving arms and we praise you for the great strides beautiful little Ella has made. AMEN!!
Love, Melissa

Avery Kronz on October 9th, 2007 at 1:04 pm #

Way to go Ella! We will keep Praying! Love the Kronz Family

Williamsburg on October 9th, 2007 at 3:45 pm #

Boy we can get used to pics like these on a regular basis! We know in our heads that every life is precious, but hard as it has been, sweet Ella, what you have endured reminds us in our hearts of the incredible, fundamental worth of each soul into which our Dad breathes life; we’re gifts to each other and none more than your amazing, beautiful self. Thanks for sharing this gift and the gift of your journey with us, J&T; we’re blessed to know you and even more to love you. Hugs, XOXOXO

Jeff Jacobson on October 9th, 2007 at 4:26 pm #

We are keeping you all in our thoughts. Good news, hang in there!

The Brown's on October 9th, 2007 at 4:31 pm #

Blessings and prayers from Nashville to baby Ella!!!

Laura Marold on October 9th, 2007 at 5:58 pm #

You are all three in my thoughts and prayers. Ella’s stats look just wonderful. Thanks for the updates!

Becca Richards on October 9th, 2007 at 6:08 pm #

I am here with my friend Madison Davis and she will be posting soon. she has a couple things to say: I am so sorry that Cdh happend to Ella.I will be praying for Ella.Love in God Madison
As the Bible says:”Now to Him who is able to do imeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!
We will continue praying for you guys.

tiffani -Salem's mom on October 9th, 2007 at 7:57 pm #

Hi guys, I am so happy for you and your baby girl. Did I mention how adorable she is. I don’t know if you guys have held her. But it is possible to hold her even though she is intibated. It takes 2 nurses to do and at least one of the two confident in doing it. She definitely seems stable enough that you guys should be able to hold her at least once a day or every other day. We would hold Salem for an extended period of time usually 2 to 3 hours until time for her next feed. So we weren’t disturbing her too much. I hope you get to hold her . You need that as much as she does. Sincerely, Tiff

jordan and family on October 9th, 2007 at 8:09 pm #

her smile is so cute! ( I think beautiful, but Julien says that word is for grownups). We love taking a moment and reading about how you are all doing. Gabriel really hopes everyone turns out happy and healthy.

Lisa T on October 9th, 2007 at 8:12 pm #

Go Ella!!! You look fabulous, and I am very excited by all the recent progress. You are so strong!

Lisa (Ms. Texas) on October 9th, 2007 at 8:36 pm #

Amen for some peaceful time! Ella looks SO good! I love the smiling pictures! She is such a sweet little girl! CUTIEPATOOTIE!!!! Thank you lord for such a precious gift!

Char Snyder Jordan on October 9th, 2007 at 9:07 pm #

We will continue to pray for great movement forward. Nice to look into those trusting eyes. We love you and are proud to know you well. lol Aunt Char and Jim

Lana Cordier on October 10th, 2007 at 10:13 am #

Hey guys! Ella is absolutely adorable. All the best from Summit County!

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