Posted (Tina) in All Posts on October-18-2007

Ella remained stable last night and today. She seems a bit more fussy than usual. The nurses think her changed behavior is due to the weening of her pain and sedative meds.
Her last blood gas at 8am was good, but not quite enough to ween: ph level=7.36, cO2=54, pO2=89. So, she is staying at 14 breaths per minute. The orders from Dr. Kays is to ween the ventilator if her cO2 is below 52.
Yes, it was glorious last night. It was the first time we were able to hold Ella! It was even that much more special since Nurse Michelle was there to help us!
It is quite a production to hold Ella simply because she is still so connected to the ventilator and so many lines. But Nurse Michelle made it happen!
Josh and I were both in shock that it was actually happening. Surprisingly, neither of us got teary-eyed. But it was so amazing to have that time with Ella. We have been more emotional today, just reflecting back on the experience.
Lord, we thank you for your healing hand. We thank you for your faithfulness in bringing Ella to this point. What an amazing testimony of your power and strength!
All we keep hearing is to obey and leave the consequences to you. Nothing is too big or too complicated for you. We thank you for the peace and serenity that you have provided during this stretching time.
We praise and thank you for this amazing little girl, who was made perfectly in your image. May she be a constant reminder for all of us to draw near to you and trust.
In Jesus Name, Amen.

Below is a video of my first time holding Ella.