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Monday, May 17, 2010

Broviac Line Is In!!!!

Sorry...no pictures tonight as I am in the hospital tonight and haven't found a way to do that yet.. Ella's surgery to put her permanent central line in was successful and uneventful. This line will allow access to a vein to be used for administering of drugs as well as for blood draws so that they won't have to do anymore needle sticks....hopefully!!! Poor Ella had to go all day without food. Her surgery was scheduled for 3pm which meant no food since her bedtime bottle the night before. Unfortunately, the surgery didn't actually occur until 5pm so her first bottle of the day was actually dinner!! I was waiting in the waiting room when the anesthesiologist came to get me. I had to laugh when we were walking back to recovery and I asked him if she was awake yet...he said "OH YES SHE IS"!!! Apparently, she was causing quite a raucous back there. That's my girl!!! She seems to have recovered fairly quickly and aside from being tired and hungry, looks pretty good! She is soundly sleeping now and I am praying that she stays that way all night!!

I have a request of all of Ella's little friends. I was thinking that it would be fun to decorate Ella's hospital room with pics of her friends. I am hoping that everyone could send me a picture of their little kiddos. If you are interested, please email me at adjvollmer@aol.com so I can email you my address (I don't have the guts to post it on here....sorry!). Thanks for your help and thanks for all of your continued prayers and comments....I just love them!!

27 comments:

Heather said...

You should be asleep!!After 11,you need your rest,which I so hope you both get tonight.

The Broviac,like Zoey's Portacath,we of course hate for it's purpose but life with that,for Ella,will be so much easier.Meds,blood,platelets,hydration and chemo ... all through it,means no more pokes for the sweet one.

"Hoping" counts are beginning to fall.Quicker to zero and then back up, means home for a re-charge.How great will that be?

Love to you all.Kisses to the warrior girl.

The Lehnick Family said...

LOVES and kisses to ELLA! Hope you both have a good nights sleep! I would love to send a pic of Brayden! ((((HUGS!)))

mandd3 said...

I'm so glad the surgery went well. I joke all the time about how uneventful used to mean boring - now it means a great deal more. Ella is on my mind and heart many times throughout the day and I continue to lift her and your whole family in prayer.

Kristen's mom said...

The very first thing to go in for Kristen is always the broviac. I love it. This is her fourth one, one for each time she was diagnosed with leukemia. This last time one doc tried to talk me into the portacath, he thought she would like to not worry about the bath and getting wet thing. I said, heck no! I want the broviak so there will be NO pokes to access. The only pokes is an occasional peg shot in her leg. Her line has never caused a problem. She does not mind her dressing changes, and I always watch when the nurses come in and flush it or hook her up, some are not as sanitary as they should be and I always call them on it. It is an open line to her blood stream. Hope you both can find some sleep.

Lacey said...

the broviac will be so nice! Under the shirt and forgotten! Love you guys!

Kelly said...

So happy that everything went well!! That's our Ella, that little spitfire causing a raucus.....LOVE her:) Landon would love to send Ella a pic for her room! Lacey was kind enough to get us your address as Landon is already sending sweet Ella a little something!! Rest well Denise!!

To Love Endlessly said...

I just e-mailed you. I think that's a fantastic idea. That's great she was causing a raucous in the back. haha, super cute.

Kristin said...

Just catching up on blogs...
Oh her sweet little face with her latest warrior markings. So glad for no more pokes for her. Now that we're back in town, trying to get a package in the mail for Ella this week!
...and Happy Anniversary (a few days late).

Lori said...

I am glad that is over!
Now, fight, Ella, fight, fight, Fight!...sounds kind of like a college fight song =)
A few quick questions...How long are you expected to be in the hospital? And, then do you have to go back for more chemo treatments? Sorry - I am not up on the routine.

Heidi said...

So glad her broviac line is in!! Poor girl not being able to eat all day.

We enjoyed our visit with you so much and I will for sure send you a picture of Caleb and Joel when we get back! My e-mail address is Heidi_Peterson@telus.net.

Rochelle said...

So glad she did well through surgery. Sorry it took all day to do it. I bet she was famished! Thanks for taking the time to keep us up to date.

hugs

Googsmom said...

{{{{{HUGS}}}}} for Ella today!

Sweet Pea's Mommy said...

I'm so happy that the surgery went smooth! I can't wait to see you on Thursday and I'll bring a picture of Sweet Pea to add to the collection. I think that sounds like a fun way to decorate. Happy faces full of love and support always watching over Ella sounds perfect!

Kelli said...

So glad to hear that everything went well with the line :) HUGS!

Melissa M said...

I'm SO glad the surgery went well, and love the idea of decorating her room with all her friends. I'll send you an email. :)

Nora's dad said...

Prayers and advice to Ella Grace's mom and dad. I pray that God will give you the strength and insight to continue to be Ella's best advocates in regards to all the medical procedures. Question and research everything to the best of your ablility. May God give you patience and understanding throughout this journey no matter how long it may be. My wife and I spent 6 1/2 weeks in the hospital last year with our precious Nora Grace, in the middle of it we just wanted get out of the hospital as soon as we could, in hindsight it was our last days that we would be with her. Stay as positive as you can! Sing to her, kiss her, hold her as much as you can, no matter how tired you get! Your love will help Ella Grace get thru this.

Nana said...

Colin's Nana said, Sweet Ella, I hope you start feeling better soon! It sounds like the procedure went well!! What a brave and adorable little girl!!

stephanie said...

So glad the surgery went well!
Will get a picture of Ella's soul sister off to you!
Love and hugs and prayers!!

Emily said...

I am so happy all went well! I e-mailed your for your address. We will get his picture out asap! LOVE you guys to pieces!

Terrence said...

The Branley family sends their prayers, thoughts and soon...their pictures for Ella's room.

Anderson Family said...

So glad the line is in - that sounds like a great thing to have to spare her from all the pokes and blood draws. Prayers still being sent from us here. I have your address from the Christmas card so I will work on getting a picture to you. That is going to be the best looking wall in the entire hospital - how could it not be with all those cute kids on it? Love the idea!

Mommy to those Special Ks said...

Hey! So sorry I haven't signed in! I have been praying for you and Ella so much and have been spiraling down a tunnel and away from bloggy land. I HAVE been thinking about you every day though!! Just wanted to stop in and let you know I am here... and you're never far from my heart.

Cory said...

Aww! Bless her heart! I just pray for her and your family as well. Sweet little thing and all that she has to endure. :-) Can't be easy for a mama to watch!

Tina said...

So glad things went off well. I have all of you in my prayers.

Have sent you an email, Saira is going to be on that wall as well....hopefully soon :)

Asz said...

my love & prayers to Ella ... hugs!

Anne and Whitney: Up, Down and All Around said...

so happy all went well with putting in ella's broviac line! glad she seems to have recovered fairly quickly and is causing quite a "raucous" :)

Rafael Aleman - Nanichi said...

Hi!! God bless!! My name is Jan. I can relate to what you are going through because my dear cousin, that is 26 now, went through all of this. I took care of her a lot in the hospital. She was only 9 months old. I trust in the Lord and know that Baby Elle will overcome this. Please feel free to email me at janjon0817@hotmail.com. God bless and keep in touch. I will be praying for you!