Isaiah Blessing Jones made his debut into this world on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at 9:53 PM. He weighed 6 pounds 5 ounces and was 19 inches tall. The pregnancy was uneventful and there was no need for concern. I had a normal delivery, however shortly after his birth, the action began!
- When he was 2 days old, Isaiah was admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) because his blood sugar levels were low. I was told that I would have to leave the hospital without him and he would ONLY have to stay a few extra days. I had never been done this road before; never did it cross my mind that after giving birth I would have to leave my baby in the hospital. To say I was emotional would be an understatement. They began to feed him sugar water hoping to increase his blood sugar levels.
- After his first day in the NICU, Isaiah was not digesting his feedings which was a red flag. He was given IV fluids and feedings were put on hold.
- On Day 3 blood was found in his stool which was a great cause for alarm and his tummy was distended. In attempt to diagnose the problem, he had quite a few x-rays but all looked normal. The doctors were very puzzled but suggested that he might have an infection.
- On Day 4, his bilirubin levels were high so he had to go under the lights to help his levels return to normal. He stayed under the lights for 3 days and was eventually removed. His platelets levels began to drop and his white blood cell count was very low. They continued to do x-rays and draw his blood every few hours for testing.
- He still had blood in his stool on day 5 and had to have a platelet transfusion. The Dr. in the NICU was very concerned and called in a pediatric surgeon to take a look at Isaiah. After examining him, the surgeon concluded that he required immediate surgery.
- At 5 days old, Isaiah had to have surgery. Before surgery we were informed of all the risk involved, death being one of them. Everything was happening so fast and I just wondered how we got to this point. There were so many uncertainties concerning Isaiah. Tyrone had been holding up pretty well but the tears began to flow when he saw our new baby laying there helpless before surgery. Isaiah went into surgery at approximately 1:00PM and came out at 2:15PM. That day in the waiting room was one of the longest days of our lives. Tyrone and I sat there beside each other. We prayed and waited. The Dr. finally emerged to let us know that surgery had been successful. He was diagnosed with Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) and 4 inches of Isaiah’s small intestines that were dead was removed. He had an illesotomy and we were told that he would have the bag on anywhere from 6 months to 2 years. We were so thankful that after two and half months, the day after his Christening, Isaiah had a successful surgery to reconnect his intestines.
- We got pass surgery for his intestines and then on day 8 another bomb was dropped on us. We were told that Isaiah had a heart murmur and had to have a PDA ligation surgery. The PDA is a part of the heart. Most babies are born with the PDA open, but it typically closes shortly after birth. The surgery on his intestines created a lot of trauma to his little body so the PDA never closed.
- Isaiah had PDA ligation surgery on day 12. We were physically tired but not as emotional this time around. God had given us an overwhelming sense of peace and we were standing in faith believing all was well. Surgery was done in an hour and it was successful.
- After the 13th day in the hospital, Isaiah was taken off the ventilator, and they began to feed him my milk through a tube. Isaiah eventually began to tolerate more of his feedings and was taken off the ventilator. After a month, he was able to come home.
Isaiah had his third and final surgery around this time three years ago. I cannot help but to reflect and offer up praises to our God. Isaiah is well, praise God! Today I remember and celebrate what God has done for our tenacious boy!
About the Author
Hello there! I am Anika and I am definitely one of those. Passion oozes from every fiber of my being. I love to love. Sounds cheesy, I know, but I already told you that I am one of those kinds of people. Read on to find out some more interesting facts about me… 1. I love me some Jesus. I love to testify and if you hang around me long enough you may hear me bragging on the awesomeness of God, like how • He gave me a house I couldn't afford • Healed two of my children • Gave me a yes when I wanted to say no 2. I married a younger man…OK, not really. I was 23 while he was 22. My birthday is in April and his in August, but it’s our running joke. Nevertheless, after 13 years of marriage, I happen to love him deeply, and it still makes for a great story. 3. I have experienced the pain of two miscarriages and the joy of delivering 6 children (3 boys and 3 girls). I have both a bachelors and masters degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in Early Childhood Education, which I put to good use staying home with the kiddos. 4. I attend an awesome church where my husband is the Assistant Pastor. I am also a part of a not for profit organization that encourages women to walk in their God given purpose. 5. I am addicted to prayer. 6. I am considered nice by most, definitely extreme by design. I am politically incorrect. 7. I take the scenic route when telling a story, but I promise if you hang on long enough, I eventually get to the punch line. 8. I have great ideas but I sometimes procrastinate. Jesus and I are working on that one. 9. I am guilty of overthinking things (refer to number 8). 10. I am originally from Jamaica. Surprise…sunshine and coconuts are two of my favorite things. 11. I subscribe to the Paleo Diet and actually did a round of Whole 30. 12. I love to experiment in the kitchen. 13. I make an absolute mess when I cook. I try to clean as I go but get distracted with cooking. Go figure. (My family doesn't always enjoy my cooking but I make them eat it anyway.) 14. I love people and enjoy talking to them—even the weird ones. I tried being otherwise but found it doesn't suit me well, so I'm learning to be okay with being me. 15. I have traction alopecia and wear wigs and am crazy enough to believe God for restoring my hair follicles even though the doctors have said otherwise. 16. A movie is considered good only if it makes me cry...more than once. Sound of Music happens to be my all time favorite. 17. I really wish I sang well. I really don't. 18. Telling people about Jesus is my favorite past time. And if I'm not talking about Him, I'm talking about my family or some random health fact I learned on Google. 19. I love redemption stories and happy endings, that’s why I said yes to Jesus. Feel like you know me a little more? Well good! Please continue to stop by my little corner of cyber world. And do leave a comment. Remember I love to talk to people!