Posted (jooosh) in All Posts on January-16-2011

Yes, it’s true! Ella was released from the hospital on Friday afternoon!. That was only 10 days in the hospital for a pretty big surgery! I know I’m saying ONLY 10 days, but Ella’s pretty keen on hanging around hospitals for a month+ at a time. This was a real surprise and we’re incredibly happy to be home.

Grandpa George drove Tina and Ella home from the hospital on Friday. You can see that he was in charge of pulling along the precious cargo.

During the first 24 hours back from the hospital, Ella had done pretty good. We’re still having challenges around her bowels moving things along, so we continue the dance with Miralax, Senna, and Magic Bullets. She had pretty huge blowout last night, but she still hasn’t been stooling consistently.

Late Saturday afternoon, Ella starting showing signs of discomfort and her belly was looking a bit more distended. It looked like things were backing up again. We don’t want to push her body too hard with the stool softeners and stimulants, but we also need to keep things moving along.

After a round of Senna and still no evacuation, we opted for her second suppository for the day. This was during the time we we’re trying to put her down for the night and she just wouldn’t settle and she was obviously uncomfortable. Finally, about 45 minutes later, the brownies were baked and came out of the oven. With Ella experiencing that relief, she was content to sit next to me and the pooches until I put her down at midnight. As I type this it’s 12:40am on Sunday and she’s finally asleep.

I have to say that having all the support we received from friends and family in the form of thoughts, prayers, visits, dinners, gift-cards, balloons, stuffed penguins (not real ones of course), teddy bears, dog watching, and snow shoveling meant so much during Ella’s time at the hospital.

Your generosity and kindness provided us comfort during this challenging time. Thank you for being there for us!

Please continue to pray that Ella’s GI tract will start to behave itself and we can settle into a solid groove at home again. We know that through all of it our Hevenly Father is in control and our job is to simply trust. Not that it’s really a simple thing at all when you see your kid go though all she does, but we know our Lord is Sovereign.

Thank you Jesus for bringing our miracle girl though this hospitalization safely. We pray that her body continues to heal and the issues with her bowels will resolve. We pray for peace and comfort for Ella in the coming weeks. Thank you Lord. Amen.

Brendan on January 16th, 2011 at 8:31 am #

“The brownies were baked and came out of the oven”. The was a fragrently colorful way of putting it. Glad to see that she’s home now.

Ellie on January 16th, 2011 at 8:43 am #

“Brownies were baked” Great to know you are keeping your sense of humor. So glad everyone is home!

Fran on January 16th, 2011 at 10:17 am #

Leave it to you Josh to have a special way of explaining things! Happy to here that Ella is home.

Tara Hayes on January 16th, 2011 at 4:58 pm #

I am SO stinkin excited to read that you are home!!! praising God for answering so many prayers. Please continue to keep us up to date on ella’s progress. We miss her smiling face when things are going smoothly.

Kellie Myers on January 16th, 2011 at 6:51 pm #

I’m so glad you are home! I can’t believe how much Ella is growing up.

julie kirk on January 17th, 2011 at 6:52 am #

YAY!!!!! so glad you guys are home 🙂

Steve and Joan on January 17th, 2011 at 9:37 am #

Awesome!! Prayers continue for healing and everything functioning as it should for Ella….Hugs and blessings…Steve and Joan

Jennifer Harris on January 18th, 2011 at 4:37 pm #

YEAH for Ella!!! Peace & Blessings!!!

Uncle CLiff on January 19th, 2011 at 9:55 am #

Is that a BEER ??? JOSH !

Todd Katler on January 23rd, 2011 at 12:23 pm #

Glad you guys are all home!

Kat Ritchey on January 27th, 2011 at 11:26 pm #

Hi Tina and Josh, I dont know if you remember me but i was the Unit Clerk in the NICU3 when Ella was admitted there, my name is Kat. I no longer work there now but i was talking to my sister in law tonight (she had a baby with CDH that didnt make it) and Ella popped into my head and i wanted to check in and see how you guys were doing. She is so cute and looks like so much fun. i think she looks a lot like Josh 🙂 I hope all is well, God bless. – Kat from Shands NICU3

Tara Hayes on February 6th, 2011 at 10:01 am #

Praying for Ella on this Sunday morning! Much love,

Dana on February 10th, 2011 at 8:12 am #

Whats the latest?

Shonda on February 11th, 2011 at 6:13 am #

So glad Ella is home and looks like her canine girlfriends missed her! Praying for a continued recovery.

Lesli Richards on February 17th, 2011 at 5:49 am #

Just checking in on the sweet babe! How is it going for you all?
Love, Lesli

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