Posted (Tina) in All Posts on November-26-2008

Ella had a great day.

She seems like she is feeling a lot better. We called Dr. Perry so he could look up the lab results for us. On Monday when the labs were done, her BUN was 31. This is definitely more on the dry side. We’ve continued to give the aldactazide twice per day. She is peeing less too, so I think she might even be a touch more dry than Monday.

For whatever reason, it seems like she does best when her BUN range is in the 30’s these days. In other words, running very dry. If you remember, her BUN was 37 when she was discharged from the hospital. Because she was doing so well clinically, the doctors were not overly concerned about it.

It is amazing to see the turnaround in her behavior clinically since last Friday. Man, when we use the Bumex now, it really hits her system and dries her out. And to think that we were giving it twice per day for months and that her body had acclimated and it stopped working. Wow. We’re so thankful that we are not having to use as many diuretics to get the same impact.

When I came home, Ella was so happy and smiley. She is still retching quite a bit, but she is so much happier overall. I hope it lasts through the holiday week. It would be nice to spend some quality time with Ella while she is feeling good.

Kelly left tonight to go and visit her family for the holidays. So it is just the three of us in our home. It should be a nice few days of relaxation. Now I just hope that Ella will sleep at night…that would be awesome!

Grandpa is coming over tomorrow in the morning to hang out for the day and help cook Thanksgiving dinner. It should be fun. He’s bringing the dogs too. They have not been to this house in months. It should be a bit crazy with the dogs chasing the cats around the house. I’m not sure that Pumps and Macy will appreciate having the dogs over for Thanksgiving, but it should make them thankful that they are not in the house all the time to chase them around!

Please pray for Ella’s continued health and that tomorrow is a blessed day of rejoicing and thanksgiving for all families and friends.

kristin on November 26th, 2008 at 11:40 pm #

Happy Thanksgiving West Family! Sweet Baby Ella…you are such a blessing to your family and us all. We rally with you. We want to be your strength. How beautiful is your smile and your laugh…you jump right off my computer screen!

So much has changed since your first Thanksgiving. Check you out! You have found your toes, your fingers and so much more. You radiate such sweetness my little one.

I am so thankfull that you and your Mommy and Daddy are together. I am also thankful that you have Kelly. May Kelly enjoy her time with her family so she can refuel for her time to come.

I have never met you (other than when you were in the Moma) but I know you. I know your parents. You are all incredible loving people. You are going to continue to receive huge blessings.

The best is yet to come Ella. Happy Thanksgiving.



Terri Trainer on November 27th, 2008 at 12:21 am #

Here’s to another wonderful Thanksgiving!! I am so thankful that you guys are part of my life. What a blessing your friendship has been over the years. You are loved! Have a great TG day!! XXXOOO – T

Eve Sheridan on November 27th, 2008 at 2:22 am #

Look at those pig-tails…we cannot get enough of these darling pics. Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving. So glad Ella had a great day.

angie moore on November 27th, 2008 at 2:58 am #


Christe Mitchell on November 27th, 2008 at 6:22 am #

Josh, Tina, and Sweet Sweet Ella, I thank God for each of you! I am so glad He brought your family into our family’s lives at His most perfect timing. You guys our such a blessing to me. I pray each of you have a very Happy Thanksgiving. God Bless, Christe

John & Estela Williams on November 27th, 2008 at 9:25 am #

Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving with the Grandpa, dogs, cats and all. How fun! Love ya!

Fran Jarrett on November 27th, 2008 at 9:32 am #

Happy Thanksgiving Josh, Tina, and Ella. Kelly, enjoy your time with your family.
And Happy Thanksgiving to each of you out there wherever you might be!

Mollie Rosing on November 27th, 2008 at 9:47 am #

happy thanksgiving josh, tina and ella bun!

all our love,

the rosings

aunt Marla on November 27th, 2008 at 10:39 am #

Love you all! Happy THANKSGIVING!
Give “my girl” kisses!

Lisa Correia on November 27th, 2008 at 11:04 am #

Hi West Family,
Just wanted to send you a huge Happy Thanksgiving greeting from the whole Correia Gang.

"SuperNanny" Kelly on November 27th, 2008 at 11:42 am #

I hope you guys are having a fantastic day. It’s truly amazing to sit back and realize everything that we have to be thankful for. Wow. Every little details is presented as the biggest blessing. Praise God.

I am so thankful for you guys. You have provided me with more love and support than I ever could have hoped just in the last 2 months or so of knowing you. This Thanksgiving, you’re all on my heart more than I know. And Ella–that kiddo has taught me more in this time than I ever could have hoped. It’s amazing what any 16 month old teaches you, and add in the fact that she is our sweet Ella–our sick, suffering, angelic Ella–and it just adds so much to what we have to learn from her.

God bless you guys today. I hope you have a remarkably blessed day with the peace and comfort of knowing that God has given us all one more day. 🙂

Love you!

Anne (CA) on November 27th, 2008 at 12:08 pm #

Happy Thanksgiving West family… what an amazing year you’ve had… much to be thankful for! Enjoy that turkey! (Ella, too!) 🙂

Jim and Char Jordan on November 27th, 2008 at 4:21 pm #

We love you and miss you. Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

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