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Monday, November 10, 2008

Update on Ella's Surgery


Spending time with Mommy and Daddy this morning before surgery


Getting ready to go in for surgery

After surgery...what a cutie!

Ella's surgery went very well today. Praise God! Thank you all for your prayers, phone calls, texts, and emails. We felt at peace today and surrounded by so much love from friends and family. We are constantly in awe of how God is carrying us through by using all of you and all you do for us. Thank you!

We are very glad today is behind us, it was a very long day. Ella's surgery was scheduled for 12:30 but it didn't start until close to 2 pm so needless to say things were running behind. They did the MRI after the surgery so things weren't done until around 6pm. We got a quick peek at her when they transported her back to the NICU at Harris and then we weren't able to actually get in to see her until after 8 pm tonight. So it has been a really long day but a good one. Dr. Black, her surgeon said that things went well and he was pleased with everything. Ella did great through it all! Tonight when we finally got to see her she seemed peaceful when she was asleep and when she was awake she was very alert and not fussy at all. We are so thankful for that. Dr. Black had talked about the possibility that he was going to close up her tummy from her omphalocele surgery during this G-button surgery but it has already healed so much on it's own that he just left it alone which is great news. Her tummy has really healed well and it looks so good. Yeah! We don't know anything about the MRI or what they found so hopefully tomorrow we will have more information on all of that. Please keep praying for that because we are anxious about what the news will be and what the road ahead will be like regarding surgeries, etc. for Ella. We'll know something soon!

Tomorrow morning they will start Ella back on her regular feeding schedule so please continue praying for her with her eating. The NG tube in her nose is gone so now whatever she doesn't eat they will put through her G-tube in her tummy. Even though she had to get the G-button we are hoping that she will really just start eating well and we won't have to use it very much. So please keep praying for feedings to improve. The good news is that hopefully if there are no other complications we are just one step closer to coming home. Thank you for your continued prayers and support for our family. I've got to go to bed and get some sleep. :)
We love you, The Carders

15 comments:

Nancy Giurlanda said...

I am thanking god that everything went well with Ella's surgery, she looks so precious in the pictures (and so do you!) Another milestone for sweet Ella! I just know that sweet, strong baby will be home very soon now. Stay strong mom and dad all of this will behind you before you know it. I love you guys very much. Please eat, eat, eat sweet little Ella.

Jennifer said...

Praise God! Still praying.

Chesley said...

I am so thankful everything went well!
Check out Ella looking your way as you take her picture. She is being carted off to surgery and she is posing for a photo op. She's a smart one that Ella!

...and you two make the prettiest babies!

Julia said...

Praise the Lord that everything went so well! We love you guys & baby Ella & will pray she gets to come home soon & as Emma prays every night, "That baby Ella will eat better" - we can't wait to meet that cutie!

Jamie Ridgell said...

We are so thankful that everything went so well yesterday. We have been praying and praying for that sweet Ella and all of you. We'll keep praying that she will eat, eat, eat! love the Ridgells

Summer and Jason said...

I'm so glad that everything went well - what a long day for you guys! She looks so great without any tubes on her face, yay! I pray that this just speeds things up for her to come home very soon. :-)

Calista said...

We are so happy that everything went well yesterday. I was thinking about you and sweet Ella all day. We are praying that she comes home soon. Love you guys and let us know if you need anything.

Tina Dingman said...

Amy, I'm so out of the loop. I just looked at Anne's blog randomly that I have saved in my favorites and saw her post about your little Ella! I didn't even know you had another baby!! O, boy! So, just wanted to say hello and that I'm praying for you guys. My goodness...she is absolutely beautiful - and in the palm of God's hands, as are you! Please send me a good email address for you. I can be reached at tinadingman@hotmail.com. Love you!
Tina

Summer said...

Great news! Ava asked me what I was looking at as I was reading your blog post. I told her that I was reading about Ella's surgery. "What about it?" she asked me. "Well it went well" I told her. "God really is listening" she said. That sums it up. Pretty good theology.

Chad (not Summer)

Shelly said...

So thankful for the good report on the surgery! Praying that the MRI results are even better! :)
Love you guys and I'm so happy that the surgery for the g-button is behind you! Praying. . .
Shelly and Tra

Giggi said...

So much to be thankful for! Praying for her continued progress and that you'll all be home together soon! Beautiful pictures of your precious family!

Summer said...

We are so thankful for the good news. A few days ago, Ava was in the car with Chad, just sitting there quietly. All of the sudden, she said, "A-men." He asked what she was doing and she said, "I'm just praying for Ella Hope." God is answering the prayers that are going up on her behalf! We love you guys.

DCVol said...

We love you, sweet Ella! So thankful that the surgery went well and we are PRAYING that you are home with your mommy and daddy and big sister very soon. Your little "G tube buddy" Bennett sends you a big kiss and hug! Love, the Specks

Jodi said...

I just realized I have read this post like 5 times and never left a comment! But know that we're still praying, and thanking God for bringing you guys to the other side of this surgery successfully! She is just so precious... we love you and will continue to pray as she is closer and closer to coming home!

Kedra said...

She is so beautiful! What a cutie~
I am so thankful for good news on the surgery. I pray that she will come home soon.
We love you & we will continue praying~