Posted (jooosh) in All Posts on November-8-2007

Ella had a bit of a rough day today. She was very fussy this morning, so much so that she required a dose of versed to calm her down. They think she might be having withdrawals from having the sedative meds discontinued the other day, but we’re not sure.

Her stats haven’t been as good either, plus her face looks a bit more puffy. We hope that it’s not a sign of anything major, and I don’t think it is. The next couple days will be telling though.

On a positive note, her chest x-ray looks a lot better then last Saturday, so her lungs have expanded more from being on CPAP.

At this point, we’re probably looking at another week or two on CPAP. Once again, as much as we don’t like it, we know it’s best for our girl.

We’ve had a lot of good days over the last few weeks, so we need to take the not so good ones in stride. We pray for Ella to improve over the coming days so that she can once again go to the regular nose cannulas.

On another note, as I write this next to Ella’s crib (11:45pm EST), I’m sitting about 25 feet away from Dr. Kays doing baby Par’s repair surgery. It is absolutely mind blowing to know what is happening so close to us. Dr. Kays is in his element, saving this baby boys life! What an awesome gift from God that he’s been given.

Please pray for baby Par’s stability through this procedure as well as his recovery in the coming days. We thank God that Liz and Rusty are here, giving their boy the best chance they can.

Heavenly Father, as I write this I know You are here. You are omnipresent, everywhere, all the time. You are sovereign and in complete control of Par’s surgery. Lord, guide Dr. Kays hands as well as the other doctors. We pray for a surgery with no complications and for a stable recovery.

Lord Jesus, thank you for being our hope. We ask for patience during this time, and we fully trust in You. In your name we pray. Amen.

If you would like to keep up with baby Par’s progress, you can visit Liz and Rusty’s blog here:

(Nathan Greene – Chief of the Medical Staff)

Char Snyder Jordan on November 8th, 2007 at 10:42 pm #

It is good to know that you and your girls are in good company Josh. We know that Dr. Kays is on a mission for each and every baby he cares for. Thank God that we have the knowledge available to help these beautiful spirits. Hang in there. We are praying for a good result for Ella and Par. All our love, Aunt Char and Jim

Joel Snyder on November 8th, 2007 at 11:52 pm #

Ella, I just got home from work and heard that you had a bit of a bad day. You just hang in and things will get better. I am praying for you and PAR to have a good day tommorrow. I am glad to hear he had his surgery today. I will check on you tommorrow. Love, Grandpa!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Allison on November 9th, 2007 at 8:02 am #

Hi I am Rusty’s cousin from NC. My uncle sent me this link. I hope that is OK. Your baby is a beautiful miracle. God bless you as you fight the good fight. She has been added to my prayer list. Praying, Allison, NC

Tracy Mitchell on November 9th, 2007 at 8:11 am #

GOD’s timing is perfect! You guys are so patient and are such a blessing to others. Praying for baby Ella and Par in TN.
Love you guys – see ya soon!
The Mitchell’s

Kara Snyder on November 9th, 2007 at 11:21 am #

Tina looks so beautiful in this pictures. Something about that look of total love and adoration on her face. Ella’s earthly angel.

Adrienne - Melissa's sister on November 9th, 2007 at 2:59 pm #

We’ll just continue to pray through each of these hurdles… and also for her little roommate Par – GOD KNOWS ALL THE DETAILS… Lord we pray for Ella to have peace and that you would STRENGTHEN her lungs. Thank you for all you have done and let us continue to run this race with this beautiful family.

Tammy on November 9th, 2007 at 7:12 pm #

Rest in the arms of the Lord sweet Ella. (The picture of Jesus in surgery is just awsome. I have seen it once before,and think it’s incredible). Weaning from pain medication is tough for an adult, I can’t imagine how baby Ella must feel. Bless her sweet heart. My prayers to her and her family.
I hope that Par is doing well, and that his family is resting in the Lord’s arms and have found strength through him.

Blessings to all

Jan, Mark, Caila on November 9th, 2007 at 8:57 pm #

Bless sweet, beautiful Ella, we are praying for you all to stay strong and confident in all that you go through every minute. She looks precious! Caila LOVES looking at all the pictures and says, Mommy, read to me”, it’s so adorable. We pray for her stats to get better and for her little belly to stay calm. Thankyou both for letting us be a part of this everyday, your words and thoughts are such a beautiful sincerity of your love for Ella, Thank God above for Dr. Kays, what an awesome gift! We will also pray for Par in his journey.Loves and Hugs always, kiss baby Ella for us..

Roxie (Adrienne's friend) on November 9th, 2007 at 11:50 pm #

There has been no new post so I’m thinking that you guys are taking a much needed break or Sweet Ella Bun has been moved to her new room…
Father in Heaven, I just want to thank You for all You have done in the West family and how You have worked through them, Your willing and obedient servants to touch so many lives. Now as You move them to another location I pray that the hearts of those that they will touch there will be open to You and receptive to You through Josh, Tina and Ella Bun. I ask that You will bless Ella’s lungs with continued strength and her nervous system with calmness as she makes the transition to a new level of recovery. Bless Josh & Tina with all that they need to trust you. If I could be there to help them walk this path I would but because we can’t not then I want to help them hold their arms up high to You as they continue to stand in the gap for their precious Ella.
In Jesus Precious Name, Amen
Josh, Tina & Ella you are on our minds and in our hearts constantly. Roxie

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