Friday, April 15, 2011

A new man

The Fontan has given Joshua energy he has never know. He's loving it. We're loving it. He runs in circles around the kitchen island, time after time - just because he can.
On Saturday we went on a five mile hike.  We brought the double jogger because we figured the boys would ride the majority of the time. Wrong. Josh walked probably close to 3 miles of our hike.  I use the term 'walk' loosely, because he was like a hound dog darting from one point to the next, checking everything out along the way!
When I think back to pre-Fontan, I am filled with gratitude that he's doing so well now. He couldn't walk more than 20 yards without losing his breath, climbing the stairs was a challenge & though he liked independence, he preferred riding in a stroller to walking because he didn't have the strength. It's a miracle that his heart can keep up with his legs finally!
Today he is 6 weeks post-op.  He's officially hit the recovery mark - and he's a new man!
(taking a water break on our hike - wouldn't you know, the one time the boys both look at the camera the girls are day dreaming:)

9 comments:

Jenny Lincoln said...

That's so great! I'm so happy to hear it! We're having the same energy happenings over here to- bedtime has been extended at least an hour every night since we got home. :)

Lindsay said...

That is so cool! I'm so happy that he's doing so well. How wonderful for a little boy to have more energy. Watch out mom!

The Dolloff Family said...

Hooray!

I like that all the kids are wearing cargo shorts. Too cute!

The Simmons Family said...

That is so amazing!!! I can only PRAY that Owen will feel close to that great post Fontan! Way to go Josh!

The Smith's said...

I love reading this! I'm so glad he's doing so well!

Hetrick family said...

I've been waiting for THIS post!! So amazing!! :) Congratulations Joshie...you sure have earned it! xoxo

Tara said...

Great news!! So glad he is just going all over the place =)

Carolina Carters said...

That's so wonderful!! It gives me lots of hope for our little man (...although I can't IMAGINE more energy! :) The lack of breathlessness will be a welcome change though. Yay for Joshua and being able to R~U~N!!

Amy Bennett said...

I LOVE this post!!! Gives me such hope for our little guy! :-)