Thursday, February 24, 2011

Getting Stronger

I was so happy to hear that Ella is getting stronger and stronger each day. She is eating more, playing and taking small steps. She is definitely moving in the right direction and our family is so grateful that she is making great progress. We continue praying for her to regain all her strength and for her lung to clear up. While scans have shown a pocket of air in her lung, the doctors believe this is something that can resolve on its own. She is out of the pediatric ICU and in a regular patient room. This is great news. This experience has definitely been a wake up call for all of us on how dangerous pneumonia can be for a little baby. We thank God for her medical team and for everyone who prayed for our little Ella to get better. Your prayers were answered and we will all continue to cover Ella in prayer as she continues to get better. I'm not sure when she'll be discharged but at the rate she is going it'll probably be sooner than later..God-willing. Will continue to post updates as I get them.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Ella continues to fight

Ella remains in the hospital battling a really bad pneumonia. I never knew that pneumonia could get this serious. She had a blood transfusion yesterday so I am hoping and praying that has helped some with her blood levels. I heard her xrays show there is some air below her lung. The hope is that it will resolve soon. She is still on antibiotics and her fever is still pretty high. Its difficult for her parents to see their baby like this but with all the prayers and support at least they know they are not walking this journey alone. I've learned that its so easy to have faith when things are going well, but the real test comes when you are walking through a storm. I continue to pray for God's healing hand to touch our precious Ella. I know that the Lord sees things that the doctors can't see and heals in His own timing, not ours. He is the Physician of all Physicians and he's on call 24/7. Please continue to lift Ella up in prayer. I'll be sure to keep everyone posted on her progress.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Baby Ella

Ahhhh...(long sigh)...where to begin. So much for keeping my blog updated. I admit I've been distracted by facebook and other daily happenings in the Bolanos household. Life just rolls by and before you know it 3 months, 6 months, a year has gone by busy moms know how it is...I don't think I need to say much more. Life can just get plain crazy.

Last week I learned my little 2 year old niece Ella is fighting a terrible bout of pneumonia. What started out as a cold turned into a nightmare for the whole family, especially her parents Shafi and Chris. Both nurses, they've been at her bedside day and night, praying and basically devoting all their time and energy to Ella. Family and friends have bonded together in prayer and we are looking forward to seeing Ella running around with her little sister again. The Lord is moving in her and through her medical team. Her doctors and nurses are working hard to treat this awful bacteria. But despite the fact that she is on oxygen and morphine, I see a lot of fight in her. She sat on her mother's lap today for 2 hours which is a very big deal given the rough week she's had. How does a little baby get handed such a full plate? Only God know why. We just wait for His grace to preside over Ella and her parents.

My visits are short as I know her parents are focused on getting her well again. When I see Ella I can't help but notice her fighting spirit and her strong will despite having a chest tube placed. There is a tug in my heart that makes me want to embrace her little body and cup her little face in my hands and kiss that sweet little forehead. Her parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and of course her little sister Sammie are all looking forward to when she can leave the hospital. Our hope and prayer is that she will not need surgery of any kind. Please continue to lift Ella and her parents up in prayer. We are asking the Lord to heal Ella and to bless her medical team with the wisdom and skill to treat this terrible pneumonia. We pray for her parents strength and courage throughout this ordeal and for wisdom in making decisions in regards to their daughter's care. Thank you everyone and God Bless.