Hi everyone, I wanted to get away from the vastness of Facebook, and use something a little more personal….well, as personal as you can get on the internet. This way I don’t mind posting pictures of Ella as she makes her recovery. Our blog name “Wings of Redemption”, will be explained in a later post, but this will be our blog to keep in touch with us as we enter this next phase of life.
Ella is doing well. Her breathing tube came out yesterday (I’m sure there’s a more official name for it) which is a big milestone. Upon the tube coming out, her trachea became really tight, resulting in her wheezing and struggling for breath. It wasn’t nice to hear, and Jillian was certainly stronger than I was. Thankfully she received a steroid which relaxed her air way, and 4-6 hours later, her breathing was much better. She still has oxygen going to her nose, but it’s really just to help her. She had most of her lines removed today, and is really down to an IV to help her eat. She drank just a little bit of milk this morning, but is still extremely tired. I haven’t been able to get her to crack a smile yet, and you can just tell by looking in her eyes that the surgery took a lot out of her.
She still has quite a bit of fluid built up in her lungs, and will therefore remain in the ICU until Monday, receiving physiotherapy to help loosen it up. I can honestly say, I’m in no rush to leave. The nursing care has been incredible and we feel so blessed to live in a time and place such as this…there are many in the world without access to even basic health care.
For those of you praying alongside of us, and there are many (thank you), I have a couple quick prayer requests. First, that the fluid in her lung dissipates as she moves and breathes more. Please pray against any infection. Secondly, please pray that she would start eating well and get her strength back. Lastly, as a father, I’d love to see her smile soon, so please pray for her spirit to be filled with joy once again.
Jillian and I have felt God’s presence and clung to His precious promises through this entire time. And it’s hard to describe the increased love we have both for Him and for Ella, having all walked through this together.
Thank you again for praying, you prayers are being answered everyday.
“The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry” Psalm 34:15