Posted (jooosh) in All Posts on April-9-2010

The swings of emotions have been crazy and they’ve been in lock step with Ella’s condition.

They were able to get a blood draw this morning through the IV which was a total blessing. They did a full panel and all looked good including white blood count.

Tina and I talked it over this morning though, and felt that Ella’s situation is a lot worse than her last bowel obstruction. With this, we resolved that surgery is going to probably happen. There was discussion of a possible transfer if we wanted to Denver’s Children’s Hospital but we didn’t know if that was the best plan either.


They took another abdominal x-ray…and the intestines looked a bit better. Hmmmm….ok. The PICU attendings said we’ll just do more waiting and seeing. This was a relief.


The staff confirmed later in the afternoon that the surgeons hadn’t seen the x-ray yet, so the “wait-and-see” approach didn’t have 100% buy in. Well, when the surgeons did look, they weren’t convinced that the intestines were getting better. In fact, they have been more concerned over the bile output coming from her stomach. They indicated that unless this reduces significantly, that surgery is likely going to happen.


Ella is stable, and feeling better because she’s on morphine, but the bile output continues to be significant and her belly is pretty distended. Unless we have a major change in this overnight, it looks like surgery is going to happen.

The doctors here have consulted with our team in Denver which has given them more insight into Ella’s unique situation. This has given us comfort that they have a taste of how complicated she really is.

We would love for Ella to take a turn away from the path of surgery, but we are telling ourselves that it looks unlikely at this point.

Please continue to pray for our precious girl. You love and support means so much to us.

By the way: Sorry for not many pictures and for my blithering posts. I’m running on about 4.5 hours of sleep for the last 48 hours. Tina’s running on 2. Praying we sleep better tonight.

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Laura Blackwell on April 9th, 2010 at 10:34 pm #

Thanks for taking the time to post an update. Will continue praying…

Adrienne (Melissa's sister) on April 9th, 2010 at 10:50 pm #


Eileen on April 9th, 2010 at 10:58 pm #

Praying for Ella to get better and for you both to get some sleep. Hang in there!

Dotty on April 9th, 2010 at 11:00 pm #

praying for you all!! bless her heart, i pray she recovers soon!!

Paul Kuntzman on April 10th, 2010 at 12:20 am #

Our prayers are with you, Tina, and beautiful Ella.

megan on April 10th, 2010 at 1:37 am #

Doodlebug I am so sorry you are having such a time. You are constantly in my prayers wish you were in Denver. Tina and Josh you are also in my prayers and I hope that you all find some sleep and peace soon! Love you all!!

julie kirk on April 10th, 2010 at 2:39 am #

praying and asking God to fight for this precious cargo…

nicole on April 10th, 2010 at 4:22 am #

We hope little ella feels better very soon. We can’t wait to meet her next month. Stay strong!

Eli Brown on April 10th, 2010 at 4:29 am #

So sorry this had to happen on your trip. My prayers are with you.

Nancy Costas on April 10th, 2010 at 5:49 am #

Praying for you all and sending our love.

Barbara Mullins on April 10th, 2010 at 6:24 am #

We’re praying for Ella, for you, for the medical team.

Jan Costas on April 10th, 2010 at 6:33 am #

Praying that you can see the Lord’s hand in all of this and sense His presence. We are lifting you up.

Dawn Franck on April 10th, 2010 at 6:37 am #

Praying for you guys. Hope the surgery can be avoided. Lots of Love Dawn and Alli

Fran on April 10th, 2010 at 6:42 am #

Prayers & love sent to Ella, as well as mommy & daddy.

Geoffrey on April 10th, 2010 at 7:03 am #

My love to all of you. I hope for the best to come out of this. Be strong, and know that so many are here for you.

Kellie Myers on April 10th, 2010 at 7:22 am #

I’ve been reading the latest posts and was hoping to hear some better news. We’ll keep Ella in our thoughts and prayers and hope she can avoid surgery. Hang in there!

Elizabeth Norman on April 10th, 2010 at 7:23 am #

Our prayers are with you and precious Ella!

Alicia Martin on April 10th, 2010 at 7:43 am #

Sending as many prayers as we can! (For all three of you as well as the doctors!) Wish things were going better! The Lord has been so good, no doubt, He will carry you all through this as well. So glad that you are close to family!

Steve and Joan on April 10th, 2010 at 8:42 am #

Praying for sleep and rest for the two of you. Wish we could physically help out. I truly understand your fears, needs and weariness althought it was due to a different issue with my children. We will put you all on our prayer chain right now. Of course our prayers and love continue. Thanks for the update and take good care of yourselves. Lord Bless…..Steve and Joan

Eve Johnson on April 10th, 2010 at 9:04 am #

Continued prayers for you, and for the care staff that God will give them supernatural knowledge of Ella’s needs.

The Dirrim family on April 10th, 2010 at 10:53 am #

Praying for you all. Wisdom and peace to you both. Healing for Ella.

Joel snyder on April 15th, 2010 at 3:42 am #

Ella, I am praying for you and Mom and Dad. Iam hopeful that a decision will come soon. Love,Grandpa!!!

monika clark on April 19th, 2010 at 8:13 pm #

dear precious tina,josh,baby ella, what can i do besides pray, pray and more praying—am back home from denver and south bend now. tell me if i can somehow help. love and miss you. GOD BLESS AND KEEP AND STRENGTHEN YOU IN OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, AMEN. xomonika

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