Posted (jooosh) in All Posts on December-31-2007

The last day of 2007 is Ella’s fourth day of having elevated temperatures. We hope the New Year will break this cycle.

She spiked a fever last night of 38.5c (101.3F) so they’ve started her on a round of antibiotics just in case of infection, and some Tylenol to help make her more comfortable.

At this point, no one knows for sure what is causing Ella’s elevated temp. They checked for an ear infection, ruled out teething at this point, and all other test have come back negative at this time for a bacterial infection. They haven’t totally ruled out an infection from her central line, but so far nothing is showing up in her lab results (the blood cultures are due tomorrow).

The central line is an area of concern, because any foreign object that has an opening into the body has a high risk of infection. This line is used primarily for Ella’s diuretics which has been key for keeping her lungs functioning properly. This line has also been giving the nurses problems in the last few days because it hasn’t been flushing very well. We hope this line doesn’t close off because it will pose some real challenges in getting Ella the medications she needs. Hopefully it will stay usable until our girl no longer needs IV meds.

Back to her temperature though…

The only running thought is that Ella may have some kind of virus that her body is fighting off (goes along with the loose and discolored stools she’s been having the last 24 hours). All we can do is make her as comfortable as possible while her immune systems does its job.

Overall, her current situation is not as critical. It’s good to let Ella’s body fight off these kind of bugs because it will just make her stronger in the future. It’s just no fun seeing her uncomfortable. We’re so thankful that at this point it doesn’t seem to be affecting her respiratory system, which for her could be very detrimental.

We spent most of today with our girl, and discovered one thing for sure…none of her cuteness has been affected by all she’s been through. =)

Love to you and yours from all of us: Josh, Tina, and Ella Renae “the Bun” West.

Praising God for 2007 and looking forward to what He has in store for ’08!


Jim and Char Jordan on December 31st, 2007 at 9:06 pm #

You sure are cute. Let’s look forward to better days and pray for renewed health this year. LOL Aunt Char and Jim

Mollie Rosng on December 31st, 2007 at 10:37 pm #

Happy New Year Ella Bun and Josh and Tina!…May 2008 bring you healthiness, happiness and home! Continued prayers and love from the Rosings.

Joel Snyder on January 1st, 2008 at 2:53 am #

Ella, Happy New Year!!!!! I am praying that you will get over the bug that is bothering you. Your pictures look great. I can’t wait to come and see you real soon. Love, Grandpa!!!!!!!

Chambers Family on January 1st, 2008 at 10:15 am #

Happy New Year Tina, Josh and little Ella. Just a quick thought since you are starting an new year and closer to release. Ask for a copy of your hospital statement for review. We only had 21 days in NICU and there were so many errors. So, while you watch Ella sleep you could red-line it. It is amazing all the little things that are on there. You wonder how they keep track at all! We hope you are enjoying Florida and glad you are able to call it home for the short term.


Tammy on January 1st, 2008 at 12:23 pm #

Happy New Year to you all!
My New Year’s wish for Ella…”bug, bug go away, sweet baby Ella needs her rest today”!!!!

God Bless

Laura Marold on January 1st, 2008 at 12:39 pm #

Happy New Year’s Day and God bless you!!!

Katy on January 1st, 2008 at 1:03 pm #

Happy New Year to the three of you! Ella is looking awfully cute, now let’s just fight this fever and get her home already!
Love to you,

Becky on January 1st, 2008 at 2:51 pm #

Happy New Year Ella and parents ….May The Lord continue to bless and keep all of you in his strong and capable hands…

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