Friday, February 11, 2011

3 year Glenniversary - CHD week

Three years ago today, Joshua had his 2nd open heart surgery. He was 5 months old.  He had a rough recovery, but as soon as he was 'out of the woods' he thrived & never looked back! I am amazed daily by how normal a life he leads. People are always surprised to learn about his heart defect (if they ever learn of it at all). In fact, think many people don't realize the severity of his defect because he's doing so well! 
We are incredibly blessed to have Joshua in our lives. He has changed our lives for the better. We have learned so many life lessons that we otherwise may not have. 
We found out of his heart defect during pregnancy. We had many worries about  his quality of life. We wondered if the majority of his life would be spent in pain, dealing with sickness, hospital stays, medications, learning delays, feeding issues, etc. While we've experienced all of the above in small doses, in general Josh has exceeded our expectations. Sure we've had hard times, but overall his life has been a really rewarding journey.
We would do it all over again in a second.  It isn't always easy, but it has always been worth it! 
On a side note - surgery is 3 weeks from today. I'll start requesting prayers now! :)


The Simmons Family said...

Josh is going to rock his fontan. I was so worried about how Owen would handle this surgery emotionally...would he be scared? He is blowing us away. He tells us when he wants pain meds and what hurts. He asks for everything he wants. He is comfortable and so mature. All my fears have been put to rest.

We'll start the prayers now.

Amy Bennett said...

Josh is SO cute - and has come SO far. Will start the prayers now for his Fontan!

Heidi McMillan said...

Can't believe it has been three years since we shared a hospital room and how very blessed we have been! we are starting to pray for Josh and your entire family. We know that he will do great!

The Fiscus Family said...

Josh sure has a way of making it look "easy", & so does his family! What an amazing inspiration. Thinking of you all in the upcoming weeks.

Mary said...

He's going to continue impressing all of us, just watch!

p.s. I can't believe it has been 3 years!