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.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Update from the Hospital

Well... the latest news is that it's possible that the TPN (IV nutrition) is making Ellie sick. We've started noticing a pattern. Every night, after the TPN goes up (it runs overnight for 12 hours) Ellie throws up and then she throws up again first thing in the morning. She is not nauseous during the day or even mostly at night - she just wakes up suddenly and has diarrhea and throws up as soon as we get her to the bathroom. Last night the TPN went up early and she threw up earlier than usual. Oddly enough she didn't do it this morning... but we are still going to discontinue the TPN. She still doesn't feel like eating, but we will keep working on it. We will stay one more night in the hospital and tomorrow she starts the radiation treatments to her legs. (Well, I'm not sure if it's just the setup for radiation tomorrow, but either way the ball starts rolling...)

Thanks so much for your faithfulness to love and pray for Ellie. Please keep praying that she eats. We really want her to be able to get good nutritious food in - and in enough quantity for her to gain weight. Ellie's current weight is 43 pounds. We are also hoping that the radiation does not make her nauseous - it did the last time. I will let you know how it goes!


At 11:10 AM, Blogger Sheila said...

I will be praying that she will eat enough, and that her weight would go up considerably. Poor little thing! May God bless you all,

At 12:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sarah -
We're praying for you today! We are praying especially that Ellie will eat - a lot!
Lots of love -

At 2:42 PM, Blogger c.g. said...

Praying for Ellie and that she will be able to eat more - gain some weight and strength.

Thank you, Sarah, for taking the time to keep us posted.

"The Lord is the one who travels
every mile of the wilderness way as our Leader, cheering us, supporting and supplying and fortifying us." - Elisabeth Elliot

At 3:56 PM, Blogger LindaSueBuhl said...

Praying for her appetite and strength..Please forgive me if you get too many suggestions - but my family member who had a hard time with radiation and chemo found huge relief with acupuncuture treatment. Sorry if that is unwanted advice - you are at one of the finest medical institutions in the world and they know much more - just know what worked for us. I tend toward holistic things beause there were fewer side effects. Green tea anything and acupuncture were our mainstays. Little 4 legged Ellie is being rowdy today - jumping on her mother and some of the other goats. Bless you Sarah and Ellie and alla Skees!

At 7:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

will pray for ellies appetite. continuing to pray for all of you. we pray for continued strength and of course healing for ellie. much love. simons family

At 9:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Sarah,
I am praying for you today Friend that you will have rest and encouragement. I love you! Vickie

At 4:27 PM, Anonymous Mike Stark said...

Our family will continue to pray for your lovely precious daughter. Ellie is a cutie pie, and it has been so wonderful to see her pictures with smiles. May our wonderful God continue to hold you and care for you, and bring you peace that passes all understanding. Blessings to your family - The Stark Family, Blairstown, NJ


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