July 27, 2008

Happy 3 Months since Surgery

It’s been three months since Josie’s open-heart surgery for Tetralogy of Fallot. The change is amazing. No more blue toes, blue fingers and blue lips. No more squatting to relieve the pressure on her heart. No more flushed cheeks or heavy sweating. No more excessive breathing or panting during physical activity.

Watching her go through surgery only three weeks after we were home from China was the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life. She was a frightened little girl who didn’t understand what was going on and there was very little anyone could do to reassure her. Our family can’t thank the expertise of the Mott Children’s Hospital enough. We now have a happy healthy two year old that is catching up on all the physical limitations she experienced the first twenty months of her life.

Happy three months, Josie!



oh that smile melts my heart ...i may be calling on you in January when Maggie starts surgery .... I have no idea what to expect from her ... they have told us to expect to be in the hospital 7-14 days ... she has been through so much already i pray we can grow stronger through this and not set her back ...

praises for your sweet healthy Josie.... I will work on posting the new Cool Mama Machine !!!

Nicole said...

You look great, Josie!!!!!! I miss you and can't wait to see you again.

(posted by Katelyn's mommy)

Anonymous said...

Happy 3 months Josie!
We love you

Anna Grace`s Jie Jie said...

She is precious!! Love the last pix!

The Young's said...

I absolutely LOVE that picture of her at the bottom of the post. Don't you just love it when we get good pics like that?!?! I cannot believe it's already been three months. Where does the time go?!?! I know you are SO glad that is all behind you!!! Praise God!!! We are celebrating with you each milestone and Praise God for all He's done and is doing in your family!!! Next....we're believing for a smooth transition into the beginning of school!!! Have a GREAT week!
Love ya,

Mike and Barb said...

Wow, this is amazing.
You guys had a major marathon after you got home with the little Miss, and I'm so happy that the outcome is just perfect (Well, let's not mention the word "Sleep" here). What a blessings you are to this little girl, who has gotten a second chance with a wonderful family! God is good!
I can't believe it's been 3 months!!
That last picture is GORGEOUS!! Josie is such a little beauty!!
Love, Barb

redmaryjanes said...

Thank you for your comment on my blog. We are open to moderate heart conditions. I am soglad that your darling Josie is doing so well.
What a beautiful little girl!

Crazy Mama said...

Has it really been three months? Wow. From looking at her now, who would have ever guessed she has been through so much in her little life. She is an amazing girl.... with and amazing family. Blessings all the way around.
I hope her fever is gone and she is feeling better VERY soon.
Hugs =D

Anonymous said...

I came across your blog and wanted to say hello and let you know that I am a 36 year old Teralogy survivor in Virginia. Josie is a beautiful little girl and she is so blessed to have you all as her family. I will check back in on you all periodically and would be happy to answer any questions that you might have.

Heart Hugs,
Midlothian, Va.

Robin Miller said...

I can' believe it's been 3 months! Josie is an amazing little girl with a fighting spirit. She has a wonderful family.....and I think she knows it! I'll continue praying for you all.
Lots of hugs!

Nikki said...

Wow. Josie sure has come a looong way in such a short time. Amazing.
Her smile says it all!

Caroline said...

This post brings tear to my eyes! Congratulations, Josie! We love you! The Schaefer Family

Steffie B. said...

she is sooooo cute....I'm so glad things are better for her....her smile is just melts my heart! ;)

Livin' out loud said...

THAT smile is woth a 1,0000 trips to China on a cramped airplane!!