Thursday, June 18, 2009

MRI and CT Scan

First of all, I want to thank everyone for your prayers, phone calls, texts and emails yesterday, it meant so much to us. We felt very blessed by all of your encouragement and prayers for Ella and felt at peace yesterday during her appointment. I want to also say a big thank you to our sweet families for being here this week and taking care of everything for us so that we could focus on getting through Ella's MRI. THANK YOU!! By the way, Suzanne H., the cinnamon rolls and casserole were AMAZING, just the comfort food we were needing. Thank you! :)

Who's excited to be up and at 'em at 6am? Anyone...anyone?

Ella stylin' in her hospital gown.

So here is a brief update about yesterday. The day went very smoothly so we are so thankful that everything went as it should and there were no hang-ups or complications. We got to the hospital around 6:45 am and they got Ella right into her room. We just played and talked while the nurses took blood pressure, hooked up the monitor, filled out paper work etc. Ella was of course in a great mood since she had'nt eaten anything since 10:30 pm the night before. The nurses were commenting on how good she was being and saying how most kids are fussy because they're hungry. Ha! Not little Ella, she just has the time of her life when she's not being fed so she was just as happy as can be. Amazing.

Ella adores her Daddy!

Just reading some books with Mommy before the MRI. Ignore the fact that I have about 4 chins in this picture. Cool.

Anyway, they took her back to start anesthesia around 8:00 so we had to hand her over for the morning. Not a fun thing for me but I did fine and didn't cry. :) I wanted to cheer myself up and go get some freshly popped popcorn in the lobby but Rick looked at me like I was crazy for wanting popcorn at 8:30 in the morning. I mean what's weird about that? So I decided to pace myself and wait until 9:15. Ain't nuthin' wrong with a little popcorn and an ice cold coke at 9 in the morning, know what I'm sayin'? Shoot. My parents and Ann were there to entertain us so that helped pass the time.

Ann and my Mom living it up at the Shadow Wall. Seriously, we're never going to grow up. Love it! I'm telling you Scottish Rite is the coolest hospital, so many fun things to see and do.

Anyway, they added a CT scan after the MRI so the whole thing took between 3-3 1/2 hours. We didn't know they were going to do a CT scan until yesterday morning but we are very glad they added it on because it will give them an even better view of blood flow in her shoulder and better pictures of bones, etc. They called us back around 11:30 and said Ella was in her room so we went back to get her. Poor baby had a little hoarse cry and seemed a little scared but after spending some time with Mommy and Daddy she relaxed and after about an hour we felt like she was doing well enough to go so we packed up and headed out and got home around 1:30. I don't have any pictures post-MRI because Ella was a little sensitive and it was just too hectic to pull out the camera for a photo-op. Ella did well once we got home, just a little groggy but after a few good feedings and naps she started acting like herself again and today she has been back to all-smiles.

It was a long day but it went well and we are just thankful that it's done and the process is started. We didn't get any results or talk with any of the surgeons yesterday so we are hoping that will happen soon. Hopefully by the beginning of next week we will know when we will meet and get the results. We are anxious for that so as soon as we know something we'll give an update. So for now, more waiting.

Again, thank you so much for all the prayers, we definitely felt them. Love you all!


Jodi said...

I am SO glad things went well for her... and for you. Looking forward to great news from doctors and perfect plans from surgeons! She is just SO darn adorable....

And no. Ain't NOTHIN' wrong with coke and popcorn at ANY time of the day or night. :)

Anonymous said...

I absolutely agree with the popcorn, iced cold coke (except I want diet) any time of the day.

So glad the day went well. I appreciate the fact that you are never going to grow up. I haven't yet and have no intentions of it until I die. Then I think heaven will be a great playground.

Good to hear Ella did okay through it all and you did too. You all remain daily in my prayers. Jeanene

Ann said...

I mean really? You had to put a picture of me playing on the shadow wall? Wow. Thanks for that. :)

Ella is so precious. You and Rick are amazing parents and I'm always so blessed by watching you two care for your girls. Love you both so very much.

Always praying for my little Ella.....

Nancy Giurlanda said...

I am very glad to hear things went so well yesterday and that Ella did great through it were all in my thoughts and prayers. I am glad your mom and dad and Ann were there for encouragement and entertainment..good job Ann!! As always I love the pictures, that sweet Ella just smiles and smiles, she is just so precious. We will be praying for great test results for Ella.

Honey, you go ahead and eat popcorn whenever you want to :) Just picturing you eating your popcorn and drinking pop while watching Ann play on the shadow wall brings a huge smile to me face!!! I love you all very much.

DCVol said...

Soooo thankful that the MRI went well~ I mean how adorable can that baby girl be!??! Her smile just melts my heart. Ann's shadow puppets rock as well~ love it. We are praying that the docs come up with a good plan of action and that you guys continue to be covered in peace. We love you!!! KJS

Jamie Ridgell said...

I'm so thankful to hear that everything went well. We were praying for her and you and Rick to get through the day smoothly. Loved the cute pics of Ella and really loved the pictures of Ann playing on the shadow wall - real cool Ann :) Love you guys!

Shanta said...

Amy, I'm sooo thankful everything went well during the tests. I can't imagine how restless you must have felt! Nothing like Ann and a shadow wall to keep you distracted. You should ask her about all the stories she told on you at my house last weekend.... :) Makes me want to get my oil changed at Just Brakes.

We are praying for good test results, wise interpretations of the information, and a manageable plan from here on out. We love you so much and you are never far from our thoughts.

Summer said...

Just wanted to say thank you for ALL of the encouragement and prayers in the past week. You and Rick are amazing to be such prayer warriors for Eydie. She is doing so much better.

We have been continuing to pray for the doctors who are coming up with a plan for Ella's surgery. So glad the MRI went well. She's so stinkin' cute, and is such a little trooper!

Please let us know when you hear anything new. . .
We lift you up in prayer daily, praying for peace, strength, wisdom, patience and perseverance for you and Rick as well as healing and eating for Ella!

Sorry I haven't responded sooner to all of the texts. We have been setting up for our VBS this week too, so I don't know if I'm coming or going!

Love you,

Monica said...

Little Ella is one of the cutest little girls ever!! Both your girls are just beautiful. I love her big blue eyes. She really wears her helmet well too!! Praying for your answers on Monday.