Posted (Tina) in All Posts on January-13-2011

The talk on the street is that we can go home tomorrow! I can’t believe how well Ella has recovered.

As I drank coffee and stared at the view this morning, I can’t believe that it will be 61 degrees on Sunday and then snow on Monday. Crazy!

Once the java took effect, I came up with a feeding plan to get Ella to her minimum “maintenance fluid” requirements:

8am (125ml)
10am (125ml +25ml pedialyte)
11:30am (100ml pedialyte)
1pm (135ml + 20ml pedialyte)
2:30pm (100ml pedialyte)
4pm (145ml +15ml pedialyte)
7:30pm (145ml + 20ml pedialyte)
11pm (145ml + 20ml pedialyte)

We left her IV on a very slow drip of 5ml/hour, just to keep it viable. But I’ll be excited to remove it tomorrow. Once again, another shock: that her IV lasted over a week. That is so rare. Plus, that we only needed to stick her once for a set of labs.

This morning, she had not yet gone to the bathroom, so we gave a 1/2 capful of Miralax. Then during rounds, we talked about the fact that she still had not gone to the bathroom yet. I expressed concern with delivering suppositories at home – she fights so hard. It does take 2 adults to put it in her and she is so strong at resisting and fighting back. You can’t blame her, but I was having trouble seeing how I would do this lovely job solo. So, the pharmacist recommended continuing to give Miralax (stool softener), but also using Senna (stool stimulant, from a herb called Sennoside). Since these are both administered via her g-tube, they take longer to take effect. By 4pm, still no poop so we gave another 1/2 capful of Miralax. It is now 11pm and still no poop. My thinking was to only give the suppository if she complains. I have waited for her to refuse a feed, be too distended and not tolerate a feed. But since she took all the feeds like a champ, we reached our goal feeds.

Besides increasing feeds slowly (which she has done incredibly well with them), I’m sure it is going to be challenging with her bowels. They need to wake up!!! I’m a bit worried about working this out at home, especially since the Miralax and Senna do not seem to be doing much, but I think we’ll get a dose of suppositories/magic bullets just in case. If I need another person, I can always wait until Josh gets home from work. It is just a good option since they take effect within an hour.

UPDATE since I started this post: It is midnight and Ella just pooped. You know it’s bad when you get excited over poop! The only challenge now: poop is loose! I have changed 3 diapers in the past 15 minutes. Ahh…the art of all of this with the intestines!

Since Josh will be at work tomorrow, Grandpa offered to come and help us leave the hospital. It will be nice to be back home in our own beds and get some feline and canine love too!

Also, please continue to keep Elijah in your prayers. He is headed to the OR at 11am CST, for his surgery to close him up from his diaphragm repair surgery over a week ago.

Thank you for the support shown in-person and virtually this past week.

Psalm 91:2
This I declare of the LORD: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I am trusting him.

Terri Trainer on January 14th, 2011 at 4:06 am #

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful news (going home and poop!)!!! So happy that this is going to be a much shorter stay than originally anticipated. Wow! God is good!!

Steve and Joan on January 14th, 2011 at 7:50 am #

AWESOME, so glad you are going home and Ella continues to improve. Prayers for all of you and little Elijah continue. Hugs and blessings, Steve and Joan

Loren L on January 14th, 2011 at 7:56 am #

Amazing news Tina. Praying for a smooth exit from the hospital

The Brittain Family on January 14th, 2011 at 8:15 am #

WOW. Just wow. Praise Him! May He give strength for the work ahead!

Pat Hadden on January 14th, 2011 at 8:18 am #

And no snow till you are safely home! Much love, Pat and Bob

Adrienne (Melissa's sister) on January 14th, 2011 at 9:32 am #


Janel Litzner on January 14th, 2011 at 10:25 am #

Ella looks amazing! Praise God for such a smooth recovery. We will pray for wisdom as you try to figure out the perfect feeding plan. Thanks again for everything!

Williamsburg on January 14th, 2011 at 10:58 am #

Sigh of relief. Thank you, Ella’s bowels, for waking up! Wish I could come help you move home today, but will be praying for a smooth move all the way around – ha 🙂 XOXOXO

Heidi Ham on January 14th, 2011 at 11:26 am #

So excited for you to be heading home…great news on the recovery Ella!!!

Fran on January 14th, 2011 at 4:14 pm #

Soooo glad to hear that you will be on your way to you more comfotable beds and home. Ella is looking happy with her little bear that has been sharing her bed! Love sent your way.

Kara on January 14th, 2011 at 5:12 pm #

Woo Hoo!!!! Glad to hear you guys are going home and this trip to the hospital without the usual drama. Can’t wait to see the little monkey get chunky again. I’ll be praying for the feeds to go well.

Uncle Darryl on January 14th, 2011 at 5:41 pm #

So Happy you guys can go home. Thinking and praying about and for you. Uncle D

Alicia Martin on January 15th, 2011 at 8:01 am #

What amazing news!! Ella is truly a miracle! Thank you for continuing to share your testimonies!! Let me know if I can do ANYTHING once you are home!!

The Williams on January 15th, 2011 at 10:54 am #

WELCOME Home – West Familia… so good to have you BACK. How amazing is Ms. Ella – God you deserve all the Glory.

Gloria Red Jacobsen on January 16th, 2011 at 10:24 am #

Ella is a little doll,just darling,we are thanking the Lord for blessing all the efforts of the doctors & nurses and of course,you & Josh. Ella is a real fighter for life.What a little trouper she is!! We are paraying for Elijah also.Enjoy uour week-end at HOME!

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