Posted (Tina) in All Posts on October-12-2007

We are still holding on to this roller coaster ride. The ride for the past several days has been much smoother.

Ella had a stable night and morning. She continues to take very small but significant baby steps in the right direction.

Her chest tube output for yesterday was in the 20’s. We are still holding tight that God will either decide to make the fluid issue simply go away on its own or give Dr. Kays the wisdom to take other steps to correct the problem.

Ella’s lungs are responding and behaving in a way that gives us great hope. We just need to have the chylothorax condition resolved.

Each morning and throughout the day, the Lord is just calling us to obey Him and to draw near to Him. Also, to be patient and endure during this time.

Thank you for your continued prayers. We plan to visit Ella this evening and will post another update below.

Romans 15:4
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

p.s. Uncle Rick and Cousin Megan went exploring the good ol’ Florida outdoors on a canoe adventure today while Josh & I work – – we hope for them to return unscathed from any gators! 🙂
UPDATE 2:30AM (EST) by Josh: Ella’s doing the best we’ve ever seen! Her stats look good, and she looks great.

We were all there really late tonight because the little Bun just wouldn’t go to sleep. She was so alert and awake, totally engaging both of us. We tried and tried, and finally after 45 mins, she zonked out.

Those eyes are like tractor beams when they’re open. There’s no way to leave her when she’s awake :-).

We’ve been enjoying our time with Uncle Rick and Cousin Megan. While Tina and I worked, they had some fun and went on a little canoing adventure (see the great pics of Megan and the turtles below).

Have a good night all.

Dawn Franck on October 12th, 2007 at 11:18 am #

Thank God for good days! It doesn’t matter how big the steps are as long as they are in the right direction! Take care, Dawn

Fran Jarrett on October 12th, 2007 at 11:33 am #

Thank you for the continued updates on Ella. How wonderful to hear that she is having such good days. Prayers continue for Ella, the two of you, Josh & Tina, as well as Dr. Kays and staff.
Is that a purple bow I see your little Gator Girl is wearing? Maybe for the Rockies?

Adrienne in Saudi on October 12th, 2007 at 11:58 am #

Yeah – we LOVE good days! We’ll take those any day before those horrible down ones… ; ) It’s probably really good for building the strength in her lungs and then… one day – she just won’t need those tubes anymore! GOODBYE TUBES! And then we have a cyber space party all together! GO ELLA – GO ELLA! (doin’ a little cyber dance over here for you!)

Heidi Anderson on October 12th, 2007 at 12:29 pm #

It is so wonderful to see Ella so awake and eyes wide open! What a beautiful little “bun” you have! God Bless you all!

Joel Snyder on October 12th, 2007 at 1:19 pm #

Ella, I am happy that you are having another good day. I will take all those nice little baby steps in the positive direction. I will check on you later. J&T I am on my way to check on Lonetree. All my Love, Grandpa

The Brittain Family on October 12th, 2007 at 2:58 pm #

Hey Josh & Tina,
we’re encouraged by the low fluid output but keep praying earnestly for no fluid output! came across some journal articles that seem relevant to Ella’s condition if you’re interested, we’ll pass them on. Know that you are not alone…endure and be encouraged! Keep loving that sweetie girl, giving her the strength of your presence, being her voice and asking her questions! y’all the best. r. for all

Williamsburg on October 12th, 2007 at 4:54 pm #

We are so comforted and encouraged by Ella’s progress and perseverance in the face of mighty odds – your lives continue to evidence the grace of One mightier than any of our circumstances. So glad for the comfort for you of friends and family to visit. Hug each other for us, too. All our love. XOXOXO

Gloria Jacobsen on October 12th, 2007 at 7:18 pm #

It’s so good to hear Ella is on the up swing! We are praying she’ll be home for Christmas.She’s quite the little fighter,it shows in her eyes. It is a privledge to join Ella’s band of prayer warriors! God Bless, Gloria & Red

Chris V on October 12th, 2007 at 7:26 pm #

We continue to ask the Lord for his love and healing for Ella, as well as strength for the both of you. We love you guys and you are in our prayers always. BTW is that a Rockies ribbon in Ella’s hair???? Very cute… and good timing. 🙂

Char Snyder Jordan on October 12th, 2007 at 9:03 pm #

Rick and Megan, I will pray for you. I don’t like anything that swims faster than me in the water. Gators in my backyard is a real nightmare. Our best wishes to the Gator Girl. We love to see her smile. Best wishes for a lovely vacation. LOL Aunt Char and Jim

The Laz Fam on October 12th, 2007 at 11:27 pm #

Love the purple bow! Give Ella a kiss for us. Tell her how we praise God for His strength in her. She is so beautiful!
Love, TKJB

Eusey Family on October 13th, 2007 at 1:46 am #

Got a little wake up from Ryan this morning (our little guy hasn’t really figured out how to sleep yet) so I thought I would check in on you guys. So glad to see Ella is improving – keep up the baby steps sweet girl. It is nice to see a picture of my little girl too!

Extra hugs and prayers tonight.

Ella’s favorite Auntie : )

Lesli Richards on October 13th, 2007 at 2:56 am #

I’m so glad to hear Ella is doing well this week. And I am VERY glad to hear that you have some family there to meet her! Megan looks like she had a great time in that canoe! Brendan and I will have to try that next time we come! Hugs and prayers for you all.


Adrienne in Saudi on October 13th, 2007 at 4:54 am #

WOOHOO! Praising Him while you sleep! WOOHOO — Happy little dance steps over here in the sun!

Gloria & Red Jacobsen on October 13th, 2007 at 7:26 am #

Have to check on little Miss Ella,so thankful,she’s doing well. Like to start the day off with a prayer for her and the continued strengh of all 3 of you. God Bless! Gloria & Red

Joel Snyder on October 13th, 2007 at 8:10 am #

Ells, I am so glad to hear that you are doing so well. Keep up the good stats and progress. Megan and Rick sounds like your having fun and enjoying your visit. J&T thanks for the update. Check with you later. Love, Grandpa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Garth & Claudia on October 13th, 2007 at 10:16 am #

You a wonderful, inspirational gift from our Almighty Father. You and your Mom and Dad are in a our hearts and prayers all day, every day.
Garth & Claudia

Avery Kronz on October 13th, 2007 at 10:20 am #

I am so glad to hear that cinderELLA Is doing fine! We Will Keep praying! Love The Kronz Family

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