Posted (Tina) in All Posts on February-2-2010

We’re here at the hospital. Ella started having feeding issues after her 5pm feed yesterday. As the night progressed, it became apparent that she was in pain and would not tolerate formula. We gave her water and Pedialyte to keep her hydrated and even with that minimal fluid, her abdomen was distended and giving her problems. She was not consolable and the only time she would relax for a few minutes is if we vented her g-tube. When we did, lots and lots of bile came out, just like a previous photo I posted on the blog.

With us going on 3 weeks of feeding issues and no true resolve, we began to suspect something more serious. So when Ella continued to cry at 3am, we headed for the ER. After a belly xray, they noted some abnormalities. After sitting in the ER for several hours and taking 2 hours to put contrast in her system, we headed for an abdominal CT scan to dig deeper into the issue. They were looking for a possible partial or complete bowel obstruction and/or any other abnormalities.

Either way, they decided to admit us to the hospital. Once on the 9th floor with a great view of the mountains, it was about 3pm. We settled into our room and they just came in to let us know that the surgeons do NOT want to give her surgery. We are SO thankful. The abdominal CT scan did not give them reason or concern enough to warrant surgery. They did note that she has stool sitting in her intestine which can cause blockage and obstruction. For tonight, they have ordered an enema to clear her out, give her intestines a break and plan to reassess tomorrow. From what we can tell, it is likely we will be here another 2-3 days.

Right now, Ella is sitting in her crib enjoying her videos. Since she is just on an IV drip and not being fed via the g-tube, she is not in any pain and is in a good mood.

Thanks for all the thoughts and prayers. We will keep you updated as her hospital stay progresses.

Psalm 107:35 (NIV)
He turned the desert into pools of water
and the parched ground into flowing springs

Jennifer Harris on February 2nd, 2010 at 4:58 pm #

Please feel better Ella and know our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Jennifer & Chelsea

Eli Brown on February 2nd, 2010 at 5:25 pm #

Poor Ella, she is such a brave baby girl!

Williamsburg on February 2nd, 2010 at 6:07 pm #

Oh, dear Wests. With you in thought and constant prayer. Thanks for keeping us updated. XOXOXO

aunt Marla on February 2nd, 2010 at 6:10 pm #

So glad that no surgery needed. Sounds like she’ll feel better after a good cleaning out. Hey take her up to the Rockies instead. Ha just kidding glad she is feeling better. Hugs and Kisses.

Jenn Miller on February 2nd, 2010 at 6:13 pm #

Thinking of y’all! I hope this gets resolved quickly!!!

Steve and Joan on February 2nd, 2010 at 6:28 pm #

Sweet Ella – so thankful no surgery required at this time. Rest and heal dear heart!! Momma and Daddy be at peace – He is in charge and will bring you through these waters and heal her. Lord Bless and hugs = Steve and Joan

Krista Chiefa on February 2nd, 2010 at 7:07 pm #

Oh Bunness, So sorry to hear of your tummy troubles. Praying for a speedy recovery.

monika clark on February 2nd, 2010 at 7:22 pm #

because of our LORD’S great love for us we are not consumed. for HIS COMPASSION never fails. HIS MERCY is new every morning. GREAT IS YOUR FAITHFULNESS O LORD- lamentations 3;22 our prayers surround you dears baby ella, tina, josh and doctors. be healed. love, monika

The Williams on February 2nd, 2010 at 7:45 pm #

I am so sad to hear all this, but know that you are in the right hands… God bless Precious Ella. If there is anything I can do to help, please let me know. I love you guys!

Amber Riley on February 2nd, 2010 at 8:15 pm #

Praying for beautiful Ella!

Dotty on February 2nd, 2010 at 9:42 pm #

thinking of you all and praying for an easy fix!! God Bless

Pat Hadden on February 2nd, 2010 at 10:59 pm #

So wonderful that you two are so in tune with Ella and able to discern when she needs medical help. Hope this all goes smoothly for you all. Much love.

Missy payne on February 3rd, 2010 at 9:17 am #

Hoping Ella feels worlds better soon.
Hang in there…..

sherry martinez on February 3rd, 2010 at 11:30 am #

so sorry hospitalization is always hard we will be thinkin and prayin for all. hugs cayden and sherry

Michelle Herman on February 3rd, 2010 at 11:40 am #

I’m so sorry to hear you guys are back in the hospital! hang in there.. hope she feels better!

Kellie Myers on February 3rd, 2010 at 7:18 pm #

Just checking in to see how Miss Ella is feeling? I hope things are improving and surgery is not needed.

Marge (A Friend in Indiana) on February 4th, 2010 at 9:04 am #

Praying for all of you and special prayers for Sweet Baby Ella to feel better soon. God Bless you al……

Joel snyder on April 15th, 2010 at 12:46 am #

Ella, Sorry that you are having feeding problems again. You are at the best place and I am praying that you will be well soon. Love,Grandpa

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