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.)