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.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Epic Battle...

I am talking to John this morning, he stayed the night with Ellie. We were trying to find an adjective to describe the struggle that they have been going through, especially our little Ellie and our precious Sarah. John said it reminded him of an "epic battle". We are trying to let Sarah sleep - she has had so little over the past 7 days.

Just briefly said, they have placed Ellie into a drug induced coma. She is on the ventilator again, for the third time. It is hard to tell her state. She showed signs of "fighting" the ventilator again, as she did the first two times. We just hope and pray that there will be some peace in her mind through this sedation and drug induced paralysis.

So far today, the doctors have not done Rounds, but John reports they are planning a CT Scan of the head and an endoscopic look into the lungs. There appeared to be some bleeding issues last night just before she was intubated - i.e. she vomitted a little blood and they suctioned some blood from her lungs. We are confident the doctors are doing everything they know to do to try to help Ellie. It appears they are on a search for the cause of her high blood pressures and excessively high breathing rate.

We will try to keep you posted as best we can today. "Thank you" seems like such an inadequate thing to say for all the concern and kindness coming our way and especially for all the prayers being lifted to Heaven on Ellie's behalf. I can tell you it is a heart felt feeling from all of us.



At 7:37 AM, Anonymous The Walkers said...

Isaiah 40:28-31
28 Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting
the Creator of the ends of the
He will not grow tired or
and his understanding no one
can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of
the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and
and young men stumble and
31 but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings
like eagles;
they will run and not grow
they will walk and not be

We are praying for all of you. Trusting God to sustain each of you.
Know that you are in our hearts and thoughts constantly.

Much love,
Roger, Debbie & Kaeli

At 7:49 AM, Blogger Valarie said...

Praying for you today. Asking God to keep showering His grace and strength.

At 7:49 AM, Blogger Valarie said...

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At 7:50 AM, Anonymous Suzanne said...

We are continuing to pray and lift you all up.

At 8:20 AM, Anonymous the gentiles said...

Lamentations 3:22-23
22 The Lord's lovingkindesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail.
23 Thy are new every morning; GREAT is Your faithfulness.

We continue to pray for Ellie and her incredible family. We love you!
Nick and Heather

At 8:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

my heart hurts for you. as a father i can't imagine what you are going through but praise be to God to see the grace that He has given you for a time like this. we can all learn a lot about trusting God from your family. as brothers and sisters in Christ please know we all will carry this burden with you by constantly lifting up your little girl to our heavenly Father.don't give up and always remember that she is precious in His sight.

At 9:20 AM, Blogger c.g. said...

O Lord thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.

Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine Hand upon me.

How precious also are Thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with Thee.

In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God; He heard my voice out of His temple, and my cry came before Him, even into His ears.

In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul.

I need thee every hour,
Most gracious Lord;
No tender voice like thine
Can peace afford.

I need thee, O I need thee;
Every hour I need thee;
O bless me now, my Saviour,
I come to thee.

At 9:39 AM, Anonymous Janet said...

I want to encourage you with the FACT that Jesus is praying for you today!!!!!!

Love and prayers,

Mark and Janet Case

At 10:05 AM, Blogger Adam said...

Just got wind of this from a friend and I'm lifting you up today. May God's best blessings and rich peace be with your family and Ellie today. I pray that the healing virtue of Christ would flow into her room in this moment and minister miraculous healing to her body. In Jesus' Name. Amen...

At 10:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard the song “Why” this morning by Nicole Nordeman and thought of Ellie and how great His love is for her… that He would have His Son die for her healing. Below are some of the lyrics (sorry it’s a long post).

We rode into town the other day, just me and my daddy…

We heard a crowd of people shouting and so we stopped to find out why. And there was that man that my dad said he loved but today there was fear in his eyes. So I said daddy why are they screaming? Why are the faces of some of them beaming? Why is he dressed in that bright purple robe? I'll bet that crown hurts him more then he shows. Daddy please can't you do something? He looks as though he's gonna cry. You said he was stronger then all of those guys, Daddy please tell me why? Why does everyone want him to die?

I heard a voice come from the cross. And it said, father why are they screaming? Why are the faces of some of them beaming? Why are they casting their lots for my clothes? This crown of thorns hurts me more then it shows. Father please can't you do something? I know that you must hear my cry's. I thought I could handle a cross of this size. Father remind me why? Why does everyone want me to die? When will I understand why?

My precious son I hear them screaming. I'm watching the face of the enemy beaming. But soon I will clothe you in robes of my own. Jesus this hurts me much more then you know. But this dark hour, I must do nothing. Though I've heard your unbearable cries. The power in your blood, destroys all of the lies. Soon you'll see past their unmerciful cries. Look there below see the child trembling, by her father's side...

Now I can tell you why…She is why you must die.

At 10:24 AM, Anonymous Eric said...

Today my heart cries out to God on your behalf. We have such a sure hope and confidence in our God because of Jesus Christ! If we know that this is out of our hands and all we can do is pray, we can be confident in knowing that you all and Ellie are in the hands of our faithful and loving God.
He knows the thoughts and plans He has for us. Jer. 29:11-14a

At 10:32 AM, Blogger Trisha Hamm said...

We have been thinking about you and praying for you constantly. You're in our hearts.

At 10:39 AM, Anonymous Stan and Frieda said...

May you feel our Heavenly Father's great, strong arms around you all today. We're praying for you, your family and for the medical team that surrounds you at all times.

At 10:58 AM, Blogger Michelle Ugarte said...

Just wanted to stop by to let you know that I am praying for your little Ellie.

May God Bless your family.

The Ugarte Family

At 11:10 AM, Blogger Julie said...

Sarah and John, We are praying! I have sent out updates to our Sunday School class and many are holding you and Ellie up to the Savior. We love you guys. Joe, Julie and Matthew

Job 33:4 The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.

Romans 11:33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!

At 11:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My name is Angie and I am an Orange County Firefighter. Belinda sent me to this site and I just want you to know that little Ellie and her family are in my prayers. She is my daughter Maggie's age and I just can't imagine what everyone is experiencing. My heart is heavy and I am lifting Ellie up to Him in my prayers.

At 11:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Philippians 4:7
And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

We are praying continually for you Ellie. You are such an inspiration to people you haven't even met!!

><> God Bless <><

At 12:26 PM, Anonymous Theresa said...

Thank you so much for keeping us updated during this time. We continue to pray for little Ellie, John & Sarah and or course all the rest of the family.

Love and Prayers!
The Gustafson Family

At 2:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know you, but I have family who does. And I just wanted to tell tell you I'm praying. I haven't been in this exact situation, but I know what it's like to live at the ICU, waiting, hoping, and praying for some one you love. I just wanted to tell you that I am praying right now for God's grace and peace to be with you all.
He is good, and His love endures forever.

"...Blessed be your name
When the sun's shining down on me
When the world's all as it should be
Blessed be your name

Blessed be your name
On the road marked with suffering
Though there's pain in the offering
Blessed be your name...

Blessed be the name of the Lord..."

(by Tree63)


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