We will always remember Ellie for her love for others, her creativity, sensitivity, and delight in life! Ellie's light has spread far and wide... may it continue to shine in our hearts.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Please pray

Sarah has asked me (Kim) to pass on the latest information to you all. Ellie went in to surgery this afternoon at 2:30 with the doctors planning on removing her old broviac and replacing it with a new one. They had trouble geting her stabilized enough to do that, but were finally successful. When the new broviac was put in, it caused some internal bleeding. This caused the cascade of events that followed. Around 4:00, Ellie went into septic shock and was given Dopamine to try to raise her blood pressure. An hour or so later, Ellie had to be "aggressively resuscitated", but is now "holding her own". The family there can tell that she is fighting with everything that she has. She has been sedated and is on a ventilator and will remain like that until her systems normalize. When she is stable enough, they will move her to the ICU. Please pray for Ellie and all the family.
"When peace like a river attendeth my way
When sorrows like sea billows roll.
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say
It is well, it is well, with my soul."


At 6:25 PM, Anonymous AlexWiser said...

Hello Skees family,

I've yet to post to this site; however, I've been reading for some time now. I was sent Ellie's site from my niece and nephew who attend New Tribes Mission School in Jackson, Michigan. I have been so touched by your story, and have been praying for your faith to remain strong during this entire ordeal, and for Ellie's continued peace, and healing. After reading today's post, I am particularly moved. I know you may not have the chance to read our son's carepage (www.carepages.com)right now, however, please know, we have been in this nearly exact situation just a few months ago. Our son, Alex Wiser (20 months), was dx with JMML (rare form of luekemia) last year. He underwent a bone marrow transplant in the summer. In the fall, after many complications, Alex was also septic and admitted to ICU for five weeks. God granted us wisdom, strength, peace, and comfort during this difficult time. Through our carepages, you can also see how God carried us through and how the astounding amount of prayers for our son encouraged and blessed us. If you get the chance to read it, I pray it will encourage you. God gives peace and love wrapped in His arms that can come from no other source. What an amazing God He alone is. Tonight we prayed for God's miraculous healing of your precious Ellie. We prayed for strength and peace to surround your room, and for God to grant you the strength you need to walk through this valley.
Praying earnestly for you in Michigan,
Love, the Wiser Family
Scott, Jennifer, Audra, and Alex

At 6:53 PM, Blogger Robyn said...

Oh my, I have been away for a couple of days and reading what has been happening for Ellie is such a shock. I will be praying hard for the whole family. I hope the next update is a good one.

At 7:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All I know to pray are things that human eyes can imagine...so I am praying that God will wrap His arms around all of you together with Ellie, and that you will feel His loving presence and know He does all things well. And I am praying for His healing power in Ellie's body. And since He can do more than I can ask or think, I am asking Him to do that also.

Alice Corbett
Gorham NH

At 7:49 PM, Anonymous Kristina said...

We are praying.
- Kristina

At 8:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ellie Sarah and John
We have been following your journal nightly. I am just sick to my stomach about all that you guys are having to go through. I am so sorry we are really praying hard for your family. We know in our hearts GOD will take care of you. I sure miss talking to you guys. Things are so different here in Gainsville. Love always
Tiffany Pete and Carson

At 8:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You don't know me..but know there are prayers being said.

At 8:36 PM, Blogger RainyD's said...

Oh dear ones... There are no words, just prayers. Prayers for the drs to stabilize Ellie, prayers for strength for the family and prayers for little Miss Ellie to beat this disease completely.

I know you all don't know me, but I wanted to say I am praying for your family.



At 10:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for updating. There are so many people pulling for Ellie and the family. I am honored and humbled to witness such faith, courage and love.
With prayers, - Diana P.

At 11:34 PM, Blogger BreezieGirl said...

You've got my prayers!! Stay strong Ellie!

At 12:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My husband and I attended the event for Ellie at Walk On Water a while back. It was only after receiving an email by mistake that I knew about Ellie. I was able to speak with your sister or maybe your or sister in-law about Ellie that night. My husband gave her his business card to give to John if he ever needed any help. At any rate... ever since that night, we have been following along and praying for all of you. Ellie has become a familiar name here in our home. It was just yesterday that my husband asked me...how is Ellie? I just wanted you to know that you are always in our thoughts and prayers. Your family truly is an inspiration. Heather

At 6:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

John & Sarah, Ellie is blessed to have you two as parents. We send our love and are praying.
Love, Kim D.

At 7:17 AM, Blogger Mrs said...

All prayers and love for the Skees family. God is our strength. God is the healer!

At 8:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Skees family,

We are all praying for Ellie and for all of you. Many of us you will never know, but you are in our hearts!

At 10:10 AM, Blogger Rachel Bates said...

You are all in my prayers!
Rachel Bates Bellefeuille

At 10:11 AM, Blogger Rachel Bates said...

You all continue to be in my prayers!
Rachel Bates Bellefeuille

At 11:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We, the Mussers, are praying and caring for each of your hearts.

We are members of the Sumrall's church in North Carolina.


At 2:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yet this I call to mind
Therefore I have hope:
Because of the Lord's great
love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail...
I say to myself, "The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him."
The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him,
to the one who seeks him.

(Lamentations 3:21-22, 24-25)

At 3:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How frightening this must be for you. Know that you are not alone...Ellie and your family are being lifted up in prayer by believers all around the world.

Beth Anne

At 4:10 PM, Anonymous Mike - NJ said...

What an adorable young girl. I have prayed and will continue to pray for your family. Our God is a mighty God. She is in His care. In these desert days, look to Him for strength. He will provide. Also, please keep us posted on your family.
The Stark Family, Blairstown, NJ

At 7:05 PM, Blogger Robyn said...

Just wanted you to know that I'm still praying hard.

At 7:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

praying night and day for all of you

At 1:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Skees Clan,

I am praying for Ellie and the whole family. That God would strengthen and encourage your hearts. That God's peace that passes all understanding will guard your hearts and minds. Continue to look to the Lord for your comfort, who has wrapped up the waters in his cloak, who has established all the ends of the earth? (Proverbs 30:4)

At 8:53 PM, Blogger Lisa said...

Hello, My name is Lisa am a friend of Kim's and my family is praying for Ellie and your family. May God give you the strength you need for each new day and heal Ellie. Oh Lord we ask for a miracle that you would touch this sweet little girl and make her well again. In Jesus name,


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