3:45pm - Just had another little time with Ella. We mostly sat & looked at her, talked to her & spoke with each other a lot so she could hear our voices & hopefully feel "at home". This morning we got to do a few fun things like take her temperature & clean off some crusties from around her mouth. Nice to feel a bit more like normal parental units...
On to medical stuff. Latest Echo-Gram again showed an increase in blood flow through the Aorta (or something to that effect), which is a nice sign. But there is still no improvement in the actual muscular function of the left ventricle. Again, this is the main issue that the cardiologist said would need a miracle to heal on its own & become viable. But it is also causing secondary problems in other organs (originally lungs, lately kidneys). However, Ella - being the fighter that she is - seems to continually overcome these. Her lungs are functioning great & she has been outputting fluids (a.k.a. peeing) better than she ever has. Her kidneys are the next thing that they have been treating & monitoring so hopefully we'll see some results soon.
If her heart doesn't begin to gain strength it will be necessary for the rest of her organs & systems to be stable & properly functioning in order for us to even consider any surgical options (which apparently aren't even very good options, but might end up being all we have).
So continue to pray for a miracle that her heart would be healed. But also for little improvements each day, as those give us amazing hope & encouragement. And thanks again for all your love.
-Erik & Christa