When we were in process to adopt Jonathan and Josiah, we knew that Jonathan would probably need some sort of leg amputation and prosthetic leg. During the wait and the wondering, I came across someone's blog who had just experienced this process with her 4 year old daughter. It was so helpful to know what to expect or to have at least an idea.
I have wanted to update Jonathan's progress here in hopes of encouraging someone else. If you are considering adoption, do not limit yourself or think that a special needs adoption would be too hard.
I mean, aren't we meant for hard things anyway? For Believers, we should never expect the easy road, nor do I think we should look for it. Serving Christ involves dying to self and walking the road less traveled. It also involves serving others and considering them better than ourselves. I assure you that adding children to your family, especially through special needs adoption, gives you plenty of opportunity for "washing feet" and a few other things, too. ;)
Our experience has proven to at least us that while, yes, we may be on that less traveled road, but we aren't on it alone. God has used many to encourage us to press on. And if all had detoured from the road or overlooked it altogether, He is guiding us each and everyday. And He is definitely using this particular path to refine us travelers.
And what about Jonathan's progress?
We are very amazed.
October 3, 2011, Jonathan underwent a knee disarticulation. The doctor did a great job, and the care at the hospital was commendable. He experienced a lot of pain, but considering the procedure, Jonathan was quite a trooper!
October 18, 2011, Jonathan's incision "dehissed," or opened.
Jonathan received his prosthetic leg on December 9, 2011!
Of course, had we not had complications with his incision, he would have been on his new leg much sooner. But we are so amazed when we consider the timeline and compare the pictures of his wound. The Lord seemed to definitely accelerate his healing those last few weeks.
Not only have we been super pleased with the orthopedic doctor and staff, we have also been very thankful for the prosthetic company, Biotech. Our specialist has been great and very careful to fit Jonathan well. Jonathan loves his new leg. We bought some Cars fabric, and Biotech laminated it onto the socket of his leg. Wow, does he love that!!! He calls his prosthesis his "Cars leg." Awesome.
So we started out as big-time amateurs in this particular special need experience. But we have definitely learned a lot along the way. And Jonathan has had a whole new world opened up to him. For that, we couldn't be more thankful.