Josiah’s Story

I think I will tell how my life began. You see my mom at the time already had a son. His name was Nathaniel.  He just got married last month by the way. She heard that twins were expected to be born. She was happy of course. They did an echo on her stomach a few  weeks before the due date. And the doctor told her we got to get  the little guy out or he’s going to die. Oh by the way my twin brother is Brandon.  We were both born on December 4 1995. But the little guy who was a very sick as a baby was me.  I almost died in the womb but the Lord Jesus saved me. My parents decided to call me Josiah. Which means God will heal and protect. And he has protected me and healed me in more ways than I could ever know.  I was 2 pounds and 6 ounces when I was born. It was only 2 months after I was born and I was scheduled to have a heart surgery. I forget what it was for but it was  successful. My twin brother and I are the same age. He’s a minute older than me though.

4 thoughts on “Josiah’s Story

  1. I love how you tell this part about your beginnings, Josiah. I want to “set the record straight” on a point or two though,

    That Ultrasound where the Doctor said “We got to get the little guy out before he dies” was on Friday December 1…they scheduled your birth the next Monday. Honestly, I think if I’d seen the doctor on Thursday you might have been born on Friday! You guys were a month and a half Premature, born at 33 1/2 weeks of gestation (a “normal” pregnancy has 40 weeks)…

    Your first Heart Surgery was when you were 2 months old & just 4 pounds. You hadn’t been growing well in the NICU at your birth hospital & a visiting Heart Doctor from U of M stopped at the NICU to see you because the head of NICU asked him to. Just by listening to your heart with a stethoscope he said you needed Open Heart Surgery. So they transferred you via ambulance in a high-tech NICU bed with one of the NICU nurses accompanying you to U of M Hospital. I think you had the surgery in another day or so…that time is a bit of a blur to me too.

    Your first heart surgery was to repair a VSD (Ventricular Septal Defect), a decent size hole in the wall between the two lower chambers of the heart. Because your VSD was pretty big they put a Gortex Patch over the hole. You also had a small hole between the upper chambers of your heart, an ASD (Atrial Septal Defect) but I don’t think they repaired that…it just closed eventually on its own as you grew. You had developed Congestive Heart Failure (a build up of fluids around your heart) before surgery and had to take some special medications, Lasix and Aldactone at least, to help clear up this fluid. You were so tiny that we had to use a 1 milliliter syringe to give you these meds…I think one of the doses was just 0.1 ml…a drop.

    Those were intense & scary days and very overwhelming for your family…but you & Brandon & Nathaniel were well cared for by your parents, grandparents, and the doctors & nurses when needed. God has brought us all a Very Long Way since then!!!

    Awesome job sharing here…I LOVE Your Unique Voice & way of telling a story!
    Blessings,
    Mom/Valerie

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