Posted (Tina) in All Posts on October-17-2007

Can you believe it? God is SO GOOD!

Ella’s blood gas at 8am was excellent: ph level=7.37, cO2=55, pO2=155. Also, her chest x-ray looked good. In the last 24 hours, her urine output was high at 373.

When I spoke to Nurse Angie, her saturations were 100/100 and she was sleeping soundly on her belly. I asked about the chest fluid output. Nurse Angie confirmed that there was only a trace since 7am. This was what we heard from the nurse last night too. That was a very good sign.

So this afternoon, the phone rang. It was Dr. Kays. He started off by telling us that he removed the chest tube on her left side! He confirmed that he thinks the fluid issue is resolved and she is chest tube free! Praise God!

The next step is to continue weening the antibiotics, octreotide, fentanyl, and versed meds over the next week. Also, to make steady progress by weening the ventilator. If Ella responds well, he said that she might move to CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) in the next 3-5 days!

When infants are disconnected from a mechanical ventilator, often they require a form of assisted breathing called nasal continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). A nasal CPAP device consists of a large tube with tiny prongs that fit into the baby’s nose, which is hooked to a machine that provides oxygenated air into the baby’s air passages and lungs. The pressure from the CPAP machine helps keep a baby’s lungs open so he or she can breathe. However, the machine does not provide breaths for the baby, so the baby breathes on his or her own. (www.kidshealth.com)

Dr. Kays let us know that they are moving Ella again to a different room in the NICU. There is another baby coming soon that might need ECMO, so they are moving Ella to make room for the new baby.

No chest tubes for Ella is another HUGE milestone. Thanks for your continued prayers and celebration with us on this day!

Yes, we will be asking tonight when we will be able to hold our baby girl…we’re so looking forward to it!

Auntie Shannon on October 17th, 2007 at 1:06 pm #

She looks amazing! Praise God.

Hugs to you guys and a big squeeze on the toe for Sweet Ella.


Heidi Ham on October 17th, 2007 at 1:15 pm #

Oooh so exciting for you as parents. It gives me goosebumps and I am just your friend. Praise God for Ella Renae 🙂 Such a sweet Angel – she looks just beautiful.

Rachel & Ava on October 17th, 2007 at 1:28 pm #

Wow!!!!! That is amazing! What a tremendous blessing. It’s so exciting all these steps towards getting to take Little Ella home. God truely is AWESOME and little Ella is a miracle to prove just what he can do with our faith. Ella looks absolutely wonderful. I could cry for you, I know how happy you must be right now. Not many people can really appreciate what it is like to watch your child so close to death, and then get to watch the fabulous turn around to being healthy. Tina & Josh, you are amazing parents and should be so proud of your diligence in making sure your beautiful baby is well taken care of, you have such a beautiful family and a faith that shines through to others even in the hardest of times. Thank you for continuing to share your story.

Marge (Indiana friend of Keith & Liz- Chris V's parents) on October 17th, 2007 at 1:31 pm #

PRAISE GOD INDEED!!! What a Blessing for all of you; my prayer is for Ella to continue moving forward on her journey. May you all continue to feel and know God’s presence, His love and healing hands.

Charlotte Rehrig on October 17th, 2007 at 1:39 pm #

Praise and thanksgiving. Such joy!

Grandpa Jack on October 17th, 2007 at 1:48 pm #

Praise God!!
Does this mean that the large tube in her mouth will come out????
We are all curious as she has been a human pin cushion for so long!!!
Sweet Ella is a fighter and I am elated as I know everyone is that she is making such huge strides.
Does she outgrow her hernia patch and have to undergo replacement of that patch ???
Love to all

Tammy on October 17th, 2007 at 1:58 pm #

WOW!!!!!! How exciting for all of you! Sweet Ella looks so peaceful, a wonderful sign of her comfort. What an amazing gift from God!!!!!!

Melissa's Sister on October 17th, 2007 at 2:22 pm #

Happy Dance! Happy Dance! I’m doin’ the cyber shuffle over across these waters! Now… start plannin’ that “WELCOME HOME” party! Hmmm lime green and pink or is she more purple/pink? Or.. should it be GATOR colors mixed with some PURPLE for the ROCKIES????? I will have to live vicariously through my sister! It’s just a matter of time! ALSO… NOT TO BE TOO INVASIVE, BUT PLEASE PLEASE CONSIDER DOING A VIDEO OF THE FIRST HOLD IF YOU CAN! With love and continued prayers… A.

Roberts Family on October 17th, 2007 at 2:23 pm #

Oh happy day! Thank the Lord for His healing. I am looking forward to seeing a pic of you guys holding Ella…what a moment that will be!! It’s such an awesome sight to see Ella doing so well. Keep up the good work, Ella!!

Heidi Anderson on October 17th, 2007 at 2:24 pm #

Wonderful news! I am sure you are SO READY to hold your little girl. I will especially be praying for that to happen for you soon….

Joan and Steve Odell on October 17th, 2007 at 2:35 pm #

INCREDIBLY AWESOME GOOD NEWS!! She is just so beautiful in all ways!! We rejoice with the three of you – she will feel incredibly wonderful in your arms – enjoy and soak up every second!! Thank you Father for these miracles that only you can perform – healing and small steps – we pray for continued healing and for the new baby will needs ECMO. Stay with that family as closely as you have with Ella, Tina and JOsh – Amen – our love and hugs continue along with prayers for everyone – Steve and Joan

Melissa's Sister on October 17th, 2007 at 2:49 pm #

Happy Dance! Happy Dance! I’m over here doing a HAPPY DANCE! This is such GREAT NEWS! To God be the *glory*! And so what will the colors be for her coming home party? pink/green… pink/purple? Gator colors with a Rockies purple for accent? I will live vicariously through my sister! Also – I can’t wait to see the pictures of your first hold! (video?) Love, A.

Lisa T on October 17th, 2007 at 2:50 pm #

High five, Van-Ella-bean!

Lesli Richards on October 17th, 2007 at 2:53 pm #

having goosebumps right along with my friend Heidi Ham!

Love, Lesli

Teresa on October 17th, 2007 at 3:00 pm #

GO ELLA! I’m so excited…this is wonderful news. Im so happy you both will be able to finally hold her…what a joy. Give her a hug from me xoxoxo
Love you all!

Eusey Family on October 17th, 2007 at 3:30 pm #


Lana Cordier on October 17th, 2007 at 3:33 pm #

WOW! That’s wondeful news!Hope you guys will get to hold her REALLY soon.

Loren L. on October 17th, 2007 at 3:53 pm #

Fantastic! I can only imagine the euphoria you’re gonna be in when you can hold your baby! I can barely contain myself just thinking about it. I’m so excited to hear that. I will keep praying for Ella’s progress to continue a steady pace forward.

Check out that Tan! She’s making a Florida girl feel bad!

tamara tessmer on October 17th, 2007 at 3:56 pm #

Praise God!!!! I have been patiently waiting to see the words “CPAP”. I am so happy for the both of you and for Ella too. Can’t wait to see those pictures of Dad and Mom holding their little miracle. To hear her cry…What a gift!!! She is such a beautiful little girl. Tina and Josh, you are two amazing people and God has blessed you with a huge ministry. What an honor!!!

Joel Snyder on October 17th, 2007 at 5:09 pm #

Ella, I just woke up to the great news from your Mom. No more chest tubes. Keep up the great progress and pretty soon NO TUBES!!!!!!! J&T hope you get to hold her soon. I will be watching and praying for more good news. All my Love, Grandpa!!!!!!!

Anne on October 17th, 2007 at 5:23 pm #

goosebumps and tears!! What great news! So happy for you ALL! Tamara is right about your “ministry”… who knew we’d all be here sharing this with you! Such a blessing.

Rachel and Matt Clark on October 17th, 2007 at 5:32 pm #

Way to go Ella! What exciting news. Won’t that be wonderful when you can hold your baby girl soon! All our love

Kelli Billman on October 17th, 2007 at 6:16 pm #

GO ELLA! GO ELLA!! Fantastic news!!

jan on October 17th, 2007 at 7:11 pm #

Wow! Those baby steps have paid off. And this is a really BIG step. I’m praying for many more to follow. Love, jan

Michelle L on October 17th, 2007 at 7:21 pm #

I am SOOOO very excited for you!! Ella is beautiful, and I am so happy that you finally got to hold her. Congrats!!

Dawn Franck on October 17th, 2007 at 7:30 pm #

My eyes are tearing up as I write this because I am so happy for you guys and for baby Ella’s progress. One more giant step towards bringing her home. I can’t wait for you guys to be able to hold her, you will never want to put her down! What a wonderful day!!!! Love and Hugs,

Julie on October 17th, 2007 at 7:55 pm #

Such great news! So happy for you guys!

Laura Marold on October 17th, 2007 at 7:56 pm #

WOW!!! What FANTASTIC news!!! I’m so happy for you guys and for ALL of us that care so much for you and for Ella. Thank you, Jesus!!! Love, Laura M.

Mollie Rosng on October 17th, 2007 at 8:18 pm #

Way to go Ella bun! Nothing sweeter than seeing a sleeping baby on her tummy. Praise God for her continued improvement and making those precious milestones.

All our love, the Rosings

Tracy on October 17th, 2007 at 8:27 pm #

Oh, this is wonderful! We are celebrating with you God’s amazing gift of healing! To HIM be all glory!
the Schultz family

Char Snyder Jordan on October 17th, 2007 at 9:25 pm #

Jim and I cannot comprehend all the love and prayers that assisted the forward progress of Ella. Such love for Dr. Kays and his love and resilient spirt in handleing and saving such beautiful spirits. We are over the moon because of the Lord’s love for Ella and her parents. It is a scary thing just to have a newborn. Having a special package direct from God is his signature that you have been chosen for a special child. Congratulations one more milestone and several to go. Go Ella,Go Ella! Your mom and dad are waiting.Go Tina, Go Tina! Go Josh,Go Josh! we are praying for more forward progress. Grateful to have the experiences that have blessed many. All our love, Jim and Char

Lisa Correia on October 17th, 2007 at 9:53 pm #

Just checking on Ella before I go to bed and WOW!!! What fabulous news! Now I’m too excited to sleep! Praise God!!! Way to go Baby Ella!! I can’t wait to see the picture soon of the two of you holding your sweet baby. I know I, along with all the friends and family, will be crying with joy!! I can only imagine the anticipation you guys must be feeling!!! She looks absolutely beautiful in the pictures! Take care you two and we will keep praying here in CO!!! Can’t wait until you’re home!!!
Lisa, Jerry, Landon, Ashlan, Carly, Jessica and Mackenzie

Avery Kronz on October 18th, 2007 at 6:53 am #

Thats Great! God is so God! I hope you can soon hold cinderElla! Love the Kronz Family

Fran Jarrett on October 18th, 2007 at 8:21 am #

What wonderful news! Thank the Lord for Ella’s progress! Can not wait to see the two of you holding your girl…another wonderful day to come!

Daphne & Ron Hollowbush on October 18th, 2007 at 9:50 am #

I am crying tears of joy. This is wonderful news. We’ve all held Ella in our hearts for this entire journey, but we will rejoice with you when you can hold her in your arms. God bless you. Daphne Hollowbush

Elizabeth Norman on October 18th, 2007 at 11:24 am #

We are so happy to see the progress that precious Ella is making. Our Sunday School class and Bible Study continue to keep her and you two in our prayers. God Bless You!
Elizabeth N. (Grandma Mary’s friend)

Todd on October 18th, 2007 at 1:39 pm #

holy schnikeys that’s good news (some would say it was ‘fantastic’)! We are SO happy to see Ella’s progress and are continuing to wish you all the best!

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