Posted (jooosh) in All Posts on August-24-2008

Ella was stable last night, and although she had a huge diaper from her Lasix (190g), it wasn’t quite enough to get her over the fluid hump. Ella’s heart rate is still elevated and her BUN this morning was 19.

After talking it over with the attending pulmonologist, she decided to giver her another round of IV Lasix this afternoon, increase her Bumex to 1.5mg twice per day, and start her on another regiment of Prednisolone.

We were hopeful that we would be discharged today, but that thought was quickly dashed once we determined our plan of attack. At this point, we’re not exactly sure when Ella will be heading home, and she may even be in here until her day of surgery.

The main reason we’re in the hospital is to stabilize Ella for her surgery on the 3rd of next month. Considering her behavior over the last few days, Tina and I are feeling more convinced that her hiatal hernia is contributing to her current condition. For this reason, we’re feeling more confident that the surgery will be a good thing for her.

As I write this, Ella is taking her afternoon nap and Tina is out running errands. It’s time for the Bun’s 3 o’ clock feed so I’m gonna go. We’ll write more as it happens.

Thanks for keeping up with us!

P.S. We did a few updates to the site over the last couple days. We’ve added a “Contact Us” page as well as a “Summary of Ella’s Journey” to the menu above. Plus the fun little Lilypie age counter.

Laura Blackwell on August 24th, 2008 at 2:20 pm #

Thanks for the update. We’ve had Ella on our hearts this morning.

Jim and Char Jordan on August 24th, 2008 at 7:21 pm #

Although this child spends alot of time in and out of the hospital it is so good to see you waste no time “crying over spilt milk”. What a good family full of fun whatever the circumstance. We are so proud of you. Lots of Love, Aunt Char and Jim

Kelli Billman on August 24th, 2008 at 7:54 pm #

I think Ella smiles more than any baby born completely healthy. Then again, wouldn’t you if you were as touched by God as she is?

Tammy on August 24th, 2008 at 9:12 pm #

The hair and chin just crack me up! She is simply precious…..


Anne on August 24th, 2008 at 9:19 pm #

With all you have going on in your lives, between work, everyday errands, and then of course Ella and her needs, I think it’s amazing that you find the time to keep us all up to date. I hope you know how much we appreciate it. And of course, we pray for a good outcome from your latest “hiccup” in Ella’s condition and continued health and well-being as she grows and gets stronger.

Joel Snyder on August 25th, 2008 at 12:34 am #

Ella, I am hoping and praying that you will continue to improve and get better for your surgery. You and Dad look fantastic and I hope Mom enjoys a little break to run some errands. I will check on you later. Love,Grandpa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Steve and Joan Odell on August 25th, 2008 at 6:08 am #

Nothing as good as Daddy Time – precious little Ella — prayers continue- Hugs – Steve and Joan

Auntie Shannon on August 25th, 2008 at 8:39 am #

That hospital thing is NO fun. I am not sure how you guys do it. You both are amazing. Ella remains in our hearts and prayers.


Rick, Shannon, Megan, Richard, Claire and Ryan.

Debbie Bennett on August 25th, 2008 at 10:50 am #

Praying Hard!!!!!

Matt, Abby, Austin & Caed on August 25th, 2008 at 1:34 pm #

We’re praying for Ella and you two daily.

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