Ashley's Story

She will leave fingerprints all over your heart


So many Blessings today.

Today has been a good day for Trish and Ash. A day full of changes and one of the more fun days on this roller coaster ride. Trish and Ash have officially made it out of the ICU and into one of the cooperative care rooms. Trish is so excited and thankful to be out of the ICU. Not that we didn't like it there, it is just hard to spend so much time in a hospital room with all the interuptions and all the extra wires and monitors attached to our Gherkin. I am certain one of the really great parts of the new room will be sleeping horizontal in a regular bed knowing that Ashley is in the same room. We loved our little blue chair, but we are not to saddened to leave it behind. Tonight will be the first night in 2 months that Trish and I will both be sleeping flat in a bed. Our next big goal will be to both sleep in the same one with the Gherkin beside us. Not only does Trish get a new bed, but Ash does too. She will be back in a crib for the first time in quite a while. Back to jail she goes. Doing time behind bars!

In this new setting Trish will be responsible for alot more of the daily care of Ash. She will be giving all the meds, doing blood draws, taking blood pressure, taking temperature, emptying ostomy bags, changing central line dressing and recording all the fluid inputs and outputs. She will maintain a daily chart much the same as the nurses did then that chart will be turned in daily and the doctors will interpret the data and make their changes and plans for the next day. I know she will do great at it.

Today's changes for Ash brought another increase in feeds. The vomiting issues have not really been solved, but they are going to continue to increase the feeds anyways. We are just going to manage the vomiting issues as they come. A Gherkins gotta eat if she plans on being a Mighty Dill.

There has been a little wrinkle thrown into our internet connectivity plans during this move but we hope to have it resolved soon. I will be putting out an A.P.B. for Rick as he may be able to help. We are also trying to locate Tori. So Rick and Tori if you read this please give Trish a call at the Nebraska House room 5714 or send me and email at and I will send you a number where you can reach her. We are trying to find you guys but no longer have your phone numbers. It would seem that Trish's cell phone got a little bored and was looking for a thrill ride. It found two rides. The first one was a kind of bubbling roaring rapids and then it quickly jumped into a superheated tumbling ride. It had a lot of fun but felt out of place when it realized it was the only Blue Cell Phone riding with a bunch of Pink Gherkin Jammies. Guess who will be shopping for a new phone tomorrow.

Please be with us in prayer that God will protect Trish and Ash through this big step forward. Please pray that they will get to stay in this room together and will not find there way back to the ICU anythime soon. Thank you all for keeping tabs on Ash and praying for my girls.

Thank you God for the progess you have shown us today.



At 9:44 PM , Anonymous Suzanne said...

WOW....go away for a few days & things are happening. Isn't GOD good!!! PRAISE ....PRAISE!!! First....sorry I was MIA for a few days....we were at Arkansas Childrens Hospital with Josh. But, we are back. I am thrilled with the move. Praying for the changes. I know it is more on you but ...I know you must be grateful to be out of the PICU. GO GOD!!!! GO!!! WHOOOOOO HOOOOOOO!!!!!!! Praying for the vomiting to subside....or a solution to that issue. My kids asked for the days we were gone for the baby Ash update. Josh & Lauren continued to join me in prayer for her & you guys. Josh prays for God to help her not to get sick with her feeds. (= His prayers are so sweet to hear in that tiny voice. I will have to tape it & send it to you. (= Anyway, Love you guys....praising our creator for the progress & we loved the pictures & video .... take care...check on you soon. Hugs...

At 10:19 PM , Blogger Sarah's In the Midst of It said...

Hooray! I'm so glad to hear that you're out of the ICU--I'm praying for her feeds to go well, and for you to be able to say goodbye to the ICU forever!!

At 10:26 PM , Blogger Fennell family said...

Wonderful news! Trish will probably feel like a new woman and Ashley will enjoy not seeing so many nurses all the time! We are continually praying for you all and that they vomitting will resolve itself. I know that Trish prefers to do things herself, anyway, so this is terrific news. We love you guys and can't wait to see Ash and Trish at home.

At 11:47 PM , Blogger Troy and Melanie said...

This has been such an amazing week for you guys....we are sorry that we haven't been able to post lately, but things are finally getting back on the road to normal....whatever that is. Know that our prayers are constant even when we aren't able to tell you so. We went shopping and found 3 more gherkin ornaments....we thought some of your family might also like to have one. I hope that everything continues to go well, especially with the move to the new room. We pray that God's blessings continue to rain down on you! We will be praying you through every step of the way. Much love and prayers.


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