Posted (Tina) in All Posts on August-30-2008

Thank God for IV Lasix. Ella’s labs came back this morning and her BUN was 24, even a touch more dry than the day before.

Even the resident that has been on shift this entire week could not believe the change in her. He witnessed our argument with the doctor the other day and was happy to see that the IV Lasix is working. The doctor from the other day never came around (he still seemed indifferent towards us on Friday), but that’s okay. He will not be on service anytime during the rest of this hospital stay.

When the nurses came in to give the IV Lasix at 2am, the catheter in the IV was kinked and barely viable. So, they had to hold her foot in a certain position and push the Lasix manually. It was the same routine this morning at 10am. By the time her dose for 6pm came up, the IV had gone bad.

Now we had a decision to make. Do we try for another IV and continue to give Lasix? or do we hold off and see what happens? Even yet, do we try another combination of diuretics? We opted to go for another IV again. Since we still had 4-5 days before surgery and she is doing so much better, we want to try and keep her dry and not lose the ground we gained in the last 2 days.

So, our nurse located someone from the flight team to try for the IV, and she tried two different locations without any luck. As 7pm rolled around, it was shift change. It was Saturday night, so we found Barb again (she was successful in placing Ella’s IV last Saturday night). And sure enough, success. Although this time, instead of her foot, it is in her left hand. Barb couldn’t believe how well Ella did with the IV process this time. She still fought the process but maintained and self-soothed a lot quicker. The difference: her BUN was 16 last week and she felt crummy. Today, her BUN was 24 and she was feeling much better. We aren’t usually proactively placing an IV when she is feeling better, so it was interesting to see how much that played a part in her behavior.

We dosed her IV lasix at 8pm tonight and she will get it again at 2am. Since we placed the IV late tonight, they drew labs again and told us we could skip labs tomorrow morning. Yeah, one day of no poking. That will be a nice break for the Bun.

Grandpa brought lunch for us today and stopped by for a quick visit. It was so good to see him. Although this was his first visit to see Ella during this hospital stay, he could tell that she was feeling better.

We have a potential renter viewing our rental home tomorrow. We’re still waiting on Him for the right renters; trying to be patient.

We’re hoping that the IV Lasix will continue to have its magic effect and that Ella will continue to stay dry and maybe even get a touch more dry as we enter into next week for surgery. Praying now for continued health, strength and restoration for Ella.

Also, please pray that the Lord will provide strength for me and Josh – – that He will prepare our hearts and minds for the emotional experience ahead of us.

Psalm 95:6-8
Come, let us worship and bow down.
Let us kneel before the Lord our maker,
for he is our God.
We are the people he watches over,
the flock under his care.

Amber Riley on August 30th, 2008 at 11:19 pm #

Yeah, i am so glad to hear she is feeling better. She looks so much happier in the pictures. Will pray things continue in this direction. She is so adorable!!!

Julie Kirk on August 31st, 2008 at 12:24 am #

YEH!!!!! So happy that Ella is better.
We will pray that she continues in this direction in prep for surgery. She looks so happy and easy in these pics. What a blessing for above

Kathy on August 31st, 2008 at 5:11 am #

OH PRAISE GOD! She does look even better today, and I love that she is smiling more! Praise God for His Goodness, oh yes, Praise Him! Praise God from Whom ALL Blessings flow!

Vicki/CO on August 31st, 2008 at 7:50 am #

Oh, Ella, you look so happy today! Yahoo! Praise God for His healing touch! I pray for all three of you as you get closer to surgery! Oh, it’s so wonderful to see her smiling so brightly again! God bless you all!

Katy Nilsson on August 31st, 2008 at 8:36 am #

This is the Ella we all like to see, smiles that warm your heart.

Kara on August 31st, 2008 at 9:51 am #

YEA!!!!!!! Praise the Lord!

Michelle Herman Skeels on August 31st, 2008 at 1:08 pm #

So glad you stuck to your guns about the IV – it is so visible that she is feeling much better – very nice to see!

Jim and Char Jordan on August 31st, 2008 at 1:10 pm #

Go ELLa, Go Girl! Love, Aunt Char and Jim

Joel Snyder on August 31st, 2008 at 1:36 pm #

Ella, You look so much better and I will pray you keep up the steady progress. Tina and Josh please try to get as much rest as possible so you are ready for surgery day. I will see you three soon. Love,Grandpa!!!!!!!!!!!!

John & Estela Williams on August 31st, 2008 at 2:44 pm #

Praise God for Ella’s improvement… she looks much happier. As I have always said, God blessed Ella with you as parents to protect and fight for her… we are so proud of you two, what awesome parents. We are also praying that you find the perfect renter for your home… love you guys. The Williams

Tammy on August 31st, 2008 at 8:56 pm #

Hooray, Hurahhhhhh for the wonder drug!
I am always amazed at those who absolutely refuse to listen to parents or patients…..a parent knows their child (especially a parent or parents of a critically ill or chronically ill child) like a well read novel! Humility is a tough pill to swallow……it often gets stuck going down!
May the lord speak softly to those with a stubborn head and heart!

Now perhaps you can rest a bit….


Ani on August 31st, 2008 at 9:11 pm #

I am so happy Ella is doing better…love you guys!

Schultz Family on August 31st, 2008 at 10:39 pm #

She looks so much happier! So cute..
Glad to hear things are going better.

LoriAnn & The Boys on September 1st, 2008 at 6:05 am #

I hope that this doctor reads this blog: not to just say 3 neeners, but to see that, yes, some parents are blessed with knowledge and a powerful need to be a part of their child’s medical care. Good for you guys. And good for the BUN on the Bun.
Many blessings, LoriAnn

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