Posted (Tina) in All Posts on October-20-2007

Ella had a great night. She had such a good blood gas at 8pm, that they weened the vent down to 6 breaths per minute and 40% oxygen! This is the lowest vent settings that Dr. Kays ordered.

One of the nearby CDH babies was having his repair surgery last night. This led us to see Dr. Kays in the NICU.

He was pleasantly surprised by her progress and pondered the idea of extubation. Then, he asked if we had seen her chest x-ray from the morning. We hadn’t and neither had he, so we followed him to take a look.

Unfortunately, it was fairly hazy. I asked if this could be fluid build-up again. He mentioned that he cannot tell with the x-ray, although it was not as good as some of the prior ones.

With this information, he decided to wait until Monday and re-assess.

She did have another good blood gas at 8am this morning, ph=7.38, cO2=47, pO2=62. There is nothing to ween on the vent, so we hope the next couple days will just mean that she can get stronger.

He did warn us that even if he tries to extubate, that some babies do not tolerate it well initially and end up being placed back on the vent. But since there is no more vent settings to ween at this point, it is something that we will need to try.

Her weight has remained constant at 8 lbs, 1 ounce. Currently, she is sleeping soundly with saturations at 100/100.

If Ella can maintain her good blood gases throughout the weekend, he may try extubating her early next week.

Please pray for stable stats this weekend and a clear chest x-ray for Monday.

Eusey Family on October 20th, 2007 at 9:23 am #

Praying for a restful weekend, and stable stats. Off to a few soccer games – can’t wait to watch Ella play one day too!

Much love,

The Eusey gang.

Joel Snyder on October 20th, 2007 at 9:23 am #

Ella, You look terrific this morning and the vent setting is great. Keep up the good stats and maybe next week you can try this breathing on your own. I am praying for these small baby steps and steady progress. J&T thanks for the update and have a great weekend. Love, Grandpa!!!!!!!!!!!

Roxie (Adrienne's friend) on October 20th, 2007 at 9:44 am #

Lookin Good Little One. Praying for your lung development and no fluid. I find myself taking deeeep breaths while I pray for your lungs to work well. I love to see your beautiful face Little Ella. XOXO Roxie

Loren L. on October 20th, 2007 at 11:47 am #

Ells is doing such a good job. There seem to be so many things going on right now. We will pray for you to keep truckin on this windy road!

Dana Chambers on October 20th, 2007 at 12:35 pm #

Very exciting! Well done Ella! Just a quick note about CPAP – be prepared for the nasal canulas; they are surprisingly longer than you might expect. We went back and forth from Vent to CPAP three times. She WILL get off the Vent.. sometimes it just takes a few tries.

Williamsburg on October 20th, 2007 at 1:27 pm #

So glad you got to have a confab w/ Dr. Kays; what an amazingly long way this little girl has come over the past three months, and what a blessing this wonderful doctor has been! We continue to pray for progress in the right amounts and in His perfect timing. If cuteness translated directly to perfect health, she’d be on her way home tomorrow =) Hugs and love always. XOXOXO

Char Snyder Jordan on October 20th, 2007 at 2:12 pm #

Atta girl Ella. Show them you can do it. Let us all pray for a clear exray to help everything out. You look so good today. Keep on going little girl you still have quite a ways to go. All our love, Jim and Char

Crystal Coldiron on October 20th, 2007 at 4:31 pm #

wow, what encouraging good news. will pray for stability to continue!

Adrienne - Melissa's sister on October 21st, 2007 at 10:50 am #

Wow… she looks GREAT! Those baby steps will keep walking her right out the door one day! “Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow… GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS Lord unto me…” What a cutie she is…! Can’t wait to rejoice with you at the next stage!

Angie on October 21st, 2007 at 11:47 am #

Way to go Ella! Stay strong & show em’ you can do it! Hugs & Kisses ~Nurse Angie

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