Sunday, March 21, 2010

Answered Prayers

Steven here...
I know, I know. The updates were coming fast and furious; but we reached a point where no news was good news (the night before last and over the course of yesterday).

Yesterday there were few changes really. Not so today!!!

Early this morning, Jamie and Janice went to see Ellie and even saw her Dr. He noted that everything looked good and that he thought the chest tube would come out today. He also noted that her "tanning bed" would be discontinued.

When I went in for "touch time" - translated as poke, prod, test, adjust, and diaper change - I changed her diaper. This is one of the oddest things in my life I've ever gotten excited about...but, here goes - after 4 days IT WAS POOPY!!!!!!!!!!

No one was genuinely concerned, etc. but she was about to earn herself a stimulating massage or suppository(sp???). NO NEED! It was a full diaper.

As I sat there staring at our little miracle, I notice her nurse (the FABULOUS Angela) gathering some medical trinkets and tools. The thought immediately hit me, thank God Jamie isn't in here. It was time.

So, I "assited" on my first medical procedure today. I held Ellie's legs and her right arm as Angela worked to remove the tape holding her chest tube in place. Once that was done, I held my breath and baby. Angela pulled and it was over.

THE CHEST TUBE CAME OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And Ellie is LOVING it!!! She's awake and alert. We got to talk to her, tickle her feet (just a bit), kiss her, and put lotion on her dry and chapped little skin, hands, legs, and feet!

While writing this post, Jamie made a quick trip to the NICU. Upon her return I learned that Ellie was doing so good and her 4:00pm blood gas results were so good that they turned the vent breaths per minute down from 40 to 35 and her oxygen down from 30% to 28%!!! Another answered prayer and blessing!!!

Ellie is well on her way...we have to remain patient though.

God is good!!!


  1. How absolutely wonderful! Prayers & faith are wonderful things. I am so glad everything is progressing well & I'm glad the hospital arranged it so that you & Jamie could be there all weekend with your little miracle. I'm so happy for all of you! Love the pics. Can't wait to see you again. Love you all!

  2. Sounds like you had a great weekend. Ellie is absolutely adorable. I bet you can't wait to get her home and get some good snuggle time. The bow is adorable. She looks so sweet. I will be praying for you.

  3. So happy for you all! The bow is a great touch of "normal" in all that medical "stuff"! She looks happy and well! Bay steps but they are HUGE steps in our eyes!

  4. Amen! God is good and faithful. We are continuing to pray and pray. It's so wonderful to see the little miracles and to know how they are happening instead of chalking them up to "fate" or good things in the universe.
    We love all of you and can't wait for Miss Ellie baby to be home and need a babysitter. Love and hugs, Great Uncle Gene and Gr. Aunt Marcia