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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Please Pray

We got some slightly disturbing news about Ellie yesterday. She has a PDA. I did a search on the internet to get a better idea of what that means. Basically, as far as I understand, a PDA is a connection between the pulmonary artery and the aorta that did not close itself off soon after birth. If left untreated it can result in congestive heart failure when a baby gets older. The doctor told us it isn't something to be overly concerned with at this time. Ellie is not exhibiting any symptoms (difficulty breathing, problems with weight gain, among others) so at this point they are just going to continue monitoring her and hopefully it will close on its own and we won't have to look at other methods of treatment. PDA is fairly common in premature babies and while they don't like to administer too many medications or perform any kind of surgery on babies so small, they do it quite frequently. We are asking for your prayers for our little girl once again. I have seen the wonderful things God does when you take your troubles and lay them at His feet. That is what Dave and I are trying to do right now. All the prayers that have been offered on our behalf have definitely been heard. God has helped us through some tough and scary times in the recent past and we know it is due to the fact that so many people have remembered our family in your prayers. We are confident that God is taking care of Ellie and that she is going to be OK.

(Here is a link to Wikipedia if you are interested in reading more about PDA.)

7 comments:

The Dodson Family said...

Congrats! We are so happy both your girls are here and will be praying for all of you, especially Ellie.

M Holly said...

Dave & Julia,

Our family has been keeping up with you and your journey and our prayers are with you (especially Ellie). God has truly blessed you and he will continue to do so. Our daughter, Sara, adopted a little girl (age 2) from China. She arrived with a significant hole in her heart, had surgery in July and hasn't slowed down a bit. We know what wonders God can perform! Give your parents our regards, Dave.

Holly McRae(from Denton, but now from Midlothian!)

Nathan, Kathy, and Elizabeth Phillips said...

Hi Julia!! Congratulations on the babies!!! I am saddened to hear of your scary news, but will continue to pray for you and your very precious babies!!!

Alyson said...

You have been in my prayers. You look great and so do the girls. We are so excited for you and your growing family. By the way, I found more maternity clothes that I need to put in with the church clothes. They just keep coming out of my closet!

MereMoore said...

Oh Julia! I had no idea you had the girls-I am SOOO behind on the blogging lately! (as far as reading them)
We have a SnapNGo from BabiesRUS-it was my sisters from her twins but it is super easy.
Please Email me with ANY questions! I don't have ANY of the right answers but I promise it helps to talk to someone who has been there and has twins b/c it is TOTALLY different than just having one baby! I will send you my phone # too ... my email is brad.mere@gmail.com
Good Luck-get as much rest NOW before they come home to get stronger and don't worry too much about the PDA-very common and Garrett had that! It is easily resolved even if you have to try all the measures.
Can't wait to talk!

Jill said...

How is sweet baby Ellie doing? I miss the girls (including you) and can't wait to see yall!

Suzanne said...

hey julia...how is baby ellie? i do not want to minimize the fear of your precious little baby at all--just take comfort in knowing that PDA is VERY common--especially among preemies--almost expected (i know you know this)... i'm praying for the indocin to work on the VERY first try! and should ellie need the procedure- it is very quick and easy and done right at the bedside. i know this doesn't make it any easier though...especially when it is your OWN little girl! many prayers and lots of love!