Today marks one year since Jonah’s amputation. We are thrilled how well he has adapted and doesn’t even think about it. Sometimes I (DeAnna) feel so silly that I look at his hand thinking maybe his finger really is there, but the reality hits again.
Last year, making the decision to amputate was torturous and waiting in the outpatient waiting room was torturous. When we were called back to see him in recovery, his hand was wrapped in a way that there was no hiding what had just happened and that stung deep.
I’m so thankful that the bone infection was caught early. I’m so thankful that we were in the USA when the lesions grew on his badly damaged finger and we had modern medicine available to us. I’m so thankful he had wonderful hand therapists to help build his confidence that he can do and be whatever he wants. I was overwhelmed with joy when he went across monkey bars; that was his therapy goal.
I am so thankful you were able to be here with us. We pray you were encouraged, and I know we were as you walked through that valley. Thankfully, when we get through the valley, we come up to another mountain. God greets us there (just as He does when we are in the valley). Hard to believe it’s been a year. Where does the time go.
Can’t believe it’s been a year but what an amazing, strong young man! I know that was an unbelievable hard process and you were so strong as parents! We love you Jonah and we hope you can use some of those finger tricks on your friends!
He was so brave and had to wait a long time with an empty tummy whenever surgeries and medical procedure start times were delayed. Feed him a hamburger. Love you Jonah…Joshua, too!