Posted (Tina) in All Posts on December-23-2007

Praise God – – Ella had a much better day. Thank you for your prayers.

Her chest xray this morning showed improvement in her left lung. The increased diuretics are kicking in and having the desired effect. Along with the oral diuretics, they also gave her a bolus injection of lasix via her central line.

The past two days, Ella had significant weight loss due to the fluid retention. Her weight decreased to 9 lbs, 15 ounces.

Ella’s flow of oxygen is still at 1 liter. The increased diuretics and oxygen have made the difference!

One area of concern is Ella’s g-tube site. It has been oozing gastric juices, which is fairly normal, but it has been getting into her repair scar and causing inflammation. This has been going on for several days, but it is not getting better. Please pray that it will clear up soon.

We spent the entire day moving into our new apartment and we really like it. Now, everything is moved but we just need to unpack and get everything ready for the arrival of Bun.

Our hope and prayer is that we will be able to take her home soon. We will see how she does over the next couple of days.

Thank you for your continued support. We are so thankful for each of you during this holiday season.

Eusey Family on December 23rd, 2007 at 11:31 pm #

So glad she had a good day. We have been anxious all day. Many prayes are coming your way as we celebrate the birth of Jesus. Please give Ella a few extra kisses from Rick, me, Megan, Richard, Claire and Ryan.
I know Megan has been posting. Those are truly from her – she is learning how to type a bit better. ; )

tamara tessmer on December 24th, 2007 at 5:01 am #

She looks so comfy!!!. Just wanted to let you know we are thinking of you. If you need anything for Ella, I have TONS of things you can have. There is also a great consignment shop here. The stuff is beautiful. Let me know what I can do. I am sure Ella is very well supplied in Colorado. It would be a waste to have to buy more things. Anyway I got it all, from bouncy chairs to strollers. Boxes FULL of clothes too.
Anyway….. Have a great Christmas. Go to It is super cute. Love you guys!!

In Christ,

Charlotte Rehrig on December 24th, 2007 at 5:41 am #

Love, joy, and peace.

Joel Snyder on December 24th, 2007 at 6:00 am #

Ella, I am so happy to hear that you are feeling better. I will be praying that you continue those baby steps and go home with Mom and Dad soon. Josh and Tina sounds like you got a bunch done at the new place. I Love you guys and will check on you three tommorrow. Love,Grandpa!!!!!!!!!

Monica Nash on December 24th, 2007 at 7:04 am #

You three deserve a medal! I can’t believe all you are going through and you still have time to post daily updates. I appreciate them, though. Ella is adorable. Make sure you are taking care of yourselves, too… Merry Christmas!! Love, Monica

Gloria & Red Jacobsen on December 24th, 2007 at 7:26 am #

So glad she’s feeling better! Praise God! Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and a very happy New Year

Joan and Steve Odell on December 24th, 2007 at 7:43 am #

So glad you are in your ‘home’ and geting ready for Miss Ella. As we prepare our hearts in celebration of His coming may all of us be reminded of the very special gift He has given us – this wonderful West family – Our prayers continue for these issues to be healed and forward steps taken for dear, precious Ella. We wish the West family and each you who blog and those read and pray a very Merry and blessed Christmas. Hugs and prayers – Steve and Joan

Zandra on December 24th, 2007 at 8:25 am #

We are so glad that she is feeling so much better!!!!! She is a precious girl!!!!!

Zandra Morris

Lisa T on December 24th, 2007 at 9:44 am #

I’m glad to read about all the improvements, Ella!! You’re almost there!

Anne on December 24th, 2007 at 10:01 am #

What wonderful Christmas news! She looks so comfortable and so beautiful! and your new apartment sounds great, too… Have a very merry Christmas!

The Lizotte Family on December 24th, 2007 at 3:11 pm #

Glad to hear the wonderful news… I will pray for continued progress as always. Big hugs for you this holiday! Plant a nice big wet one on Ella for me.

Carl and Cathie Firestone on December 24th, 2007 at 6:18 pm #

What an amazing Christmas present…to be planning to take your sweet girl home!! We are praising God for all He has done in your lives and for all that he has yet to do…Merry Christmas!

Jim and Char Jordan on December 24th, 2007 at 6:40 pm #

It is so clear that you need to be close to those who know Ella well. You are exclusive members of an elite club called the “Second Miler Club”. We love you and pray for your sucess daily. Best Wishes for a wonderful uneventful Christmas. LOL Jim and Char

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