Posted (Tina) in All Posts on October-30-2007

Ella continues to do well today.

Her CPAP is still at a pressure of 6, but her oxygen was weaned to 45% last night. Slow and steady progress!

Also, the full CBC results came back and Ella does not have an infection – Praise God! We are beginning to think that these intermittent fevers are not of concern, but that she just runs warm like her Daddy!

Yesterday, they did a test for Ella’s electrolytes. As a result of the tests, they made some adjustments to her sodium and potassium (they were a bit higher than they like to see) and will check it again later in the week.

Since the UAC line was removed from her belly, they have noted that Ella’s blood pressure is a bit elevated. Her systolic pressure has been higher than they would like to see (over 100, even when sleeping). I was told that this type of hypertension is a common side effect for babies that have been on ECMO and that if it does continue to climb, they will likely treat with blood pressure medication.

Today, they took an abdominal ultrasound to see how things look and should have the results in 24 hours or so. They want to make sure that since the UAC line was in for so long, that there is not a blood clot somewhere that is causing her elevated blood pressure.

Since they are trying to be proactive, there is also an order for the Renal Department to also come and visit Ella for an assessment (check her kidneys; a side effect of any mishap in the kidneys is higher blood pressure).

Please join us in praying that there is nothing wrong with Ella’s kidneys and/or anything related to her slightly elevated blood pressure.

Also, a special prayer request for Josh. He has been consumed by a special project at work, so he has put in extra hours at work this past weekend and each evening. Therefore, he has not gone to visit Ella. Please pray for the ability to meet his deadline and extra sharp focus for the task at hand.

We thank all of you for your continued thoughts and prayers.

Roxie (Adrienne's friend) on October 30th, 2007 at 3:26 pm #

Tina, I’m praising God for your medical team… they seem to be so wonderful.. anticipating the possibilities and acting on them. While we look forward each day for a progress report I know you and Josh must be so weary, please don’t feel pressure to write everyday. Little Ella is running a marathon and so are you and Josh. Rest a day when things are calmer. We will continue to pray for you guys regardless. Love to you three, Roxie

Loren L. on October 30th, 2007 at 3:41 pm #

She’s Hot Blooded! I will pray for her blood pressure to resolve. I can only imagine that her body although asleep is working very hard! Just like daddy!
God Bless

deanna s. on October 30th, 2007 at 3:43 pm #

oh how sweet hope she is fine are you doing anything 4 Halloween 2morrow

eusey family on October 30th, 2007 at 7:12 pm #

You are all in our prayers. You can do it Josh. You are creative and inteligent.

Lots of love.


Brendan on October 30th, 2007 at 7:48 pm #

I agree with what Loren L said; except that I hope Josh isn’t asleep while he’s working?!

Ella looks fantastic! You all are in our prayers.

Angie on October 30th, 2007 at 8:52 pm #

Happy 14 weeks Ella! I’m so glad you continue to do better. Prayin’ for Josh to concentrate on his work. Keep doing well Ella so he can get his job done! Sweet dreams. ~Nurse Angie

Aunt Ginny on October 30th, 2007 at 9:05 pm #

Happy First Halloween Ella! I’ll bet your parents or your nurses will have you decked out in something suitable to celebrate the holiday.

Joel Snyder on October 30th, 2007 at 9:20 pm #

Ella, Keep up those gigantic baby steps and great progress. I will pray that your blood pressure will resolve itself. I am also praying for your Dad with his project at work. I will check on all three of you tommorrow. Love, Grandpa!!!!!!!!!!

Char Snyder Jordan on October 30th, 2007 at 10:53 pm #

Ella, you look so peaceful. So aware, so rested. It is so good to see you. Josh keep up the good work. We know you can do it. We miss you Tina, Happy Halloween. It is kids favorite holiday beside Christmas. We cannot wait to see you in costume. LOL Jim and Char

Joan and Steve Odell on October 31st, 2007 at 7:29 am #

Happy Halloween little one! So happy that your progress is steady and moving forward. Praying for your Daddy as he meets the tasks at hand. Also for your Momma as she watches over her family. Lord Bless each of you as He guides you through today. Prayers and hugs – Steve and Joan

Eli Brown on October 31st, 2007 at 8:06 am #

I thought of you a lot this week. My 3 year old had a small skin issue that his doctor decided to burn off and I was in tears. I cried more then my son. I just couldn’t stand seeing him in any pain. Your family came to mind and I thought how weak I would be in your situation. You have had a lot to celebrate lately but your strength still amazes me. God Bless, Eli

monika on October 31st, 2007 at 10:53 am #

dears. We continue our prayers as rachel and matthew visit. We pray especially for healing and peace on this eve of All saints day for special blessings. God bless and keep you. We send our love. Xoxoxo

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