The day after Lia's surgery
When I went to the ICU at Sheba hospital today to visit Lia and her mom, I found Lia was still intubated and sleeping due to medicine she is taking.
With a big smile on her face, Lia’s mother showed me Lia’s oxygen level which is very good now. The doctors told her that Lia is doing very well, but that it will take some time for Lia to recover from her surgery.
God willing, Lia is recovering step by step. Her mother is a very nice woman. She expressed today how good the doctors are at the hospital and that she is thankful for them. Thank you for your prayers for this cute girl and her lovely mother.
Early this morning, Lia was prepared for her surgery and one of the friendly nurses was washing her. She quite enjoyed this, laughing as it went on. Her lovely mother showed me the picture she took of Lia during this prep.
Afterwards, Lia was taken into surgery. Doctors wanted to close the VSD. When I arrived to the hospital, I joined Lia’s mother for the waiting time. She was praying and concerned for her daughter. She was happy when she saw me there, knowing she was not alone. The waiting time was spent a lot on the phone speaking with relatives whom she knew were also praying for her and of course they wanted to know how Lia was doing.
In between times, Lia’s lovely mother also cried a bit because she was worried. Then the doctor came out to tell us the surgery was going well so far. This update calmed Lia’s mother down a bit. So we continued to wait.
The surgery was quicker than expected. When the doctor came out again to tell us they finished the surgery and everything went as planned, and I explained that to her, she hugged me and was very happy. She was a changed woman. She immediately thanked God by getting down on her knees and praying. It was wonderful to see that she knows to whom she must give thanks.
After the doctor told us the good news of a successful surgery, it took them an additional hour to close her chest and bring her out of surgery. When she was finally rolled out, her mother was very happy to be close to Lia again. They brought her to the ICU on the 6th floor and when we went there, we still had to wait for some time because they were working on stabilizing Lia. For Lia’s mother, that wasn’t a problem at all. She said as long as Lia is good, she didn’t have a problem with waiting.
We were joined by some of our other Kurdish mothers in hospital. They were a pleasant comfort for Lia’s mother as they shared lovely community. Thank you for your prayers for the surgery. Please continue to keep this beautiful girl in your prayers, that she may recover well now.
This morning the hospital called and said Lia will be discharged today, just one day after her cath. So I went there to collect Lia and her mom.
When I arrived, both were already waiting, the papers were ready, the bags already packed, so we could leave immediately.
The driving was fine, all in all a very quick and smooth discharge. The nurse in the hospital told me that the cath yesterday was fine and that Lia is doing well, thank God! She will have a follow-up in one week, now she‘s staying with her mother in our house in Jaffa.
Catheterization day tomorrow
Little Lia was admitted to Sheba hospital today because she is having a cath tomorrow. When we arrived at the hospital, the first thing done for her was an Echo and ECG.
After the Echo and the ECG, we had to wait until the room for Lia was ready. She is admitted to the intermediate pediatric ICU and is having her cath tomorrow.
Her mother is doing fine and is familiar with the hospital already, since she has spent some time there. Thank you for your prayers for this precious little girl and for her mother, and the whole family.
Better enough to return to Jaffa
Lia was discharged today back to our shared home in Jaffa. It’s good to see her happy and feeling well again, and also to see her mother calm and no longer worried about Lia’s health.
The pair seem to have made an impression in the hospital, as when we departed. many people waved goodbye and wished them well. From what I have seen already, Lia’s mother is generous with her friendship, and keen to test out her English and Arabic skills, so I’m not surprised that she has connected with so many people in her short stay at Sheba.
Lia will return to hospital again later in the week, as she is scheduled for a diagnostic catheterisation on Thursday, which thankfully she now seems to be well enough to undergo.
Cath postponed due to cough
Two year old Lia came to the hospital today. She was scheduled for a cath tomorrow, so this day was to be her admission. After completing all of the pre-procedure tests, the doctor checked her and saw that she had a cough which puts her at risk in the cath, so it will now be at a later date. Her mum was so understanding and good natured about it.
First day at the hospital
Lia and her mum have a lovely relationship, and it was clear that her mum is both worried about Lia’s condition, and an expert in keeping her baby happy.
Lia’s echo was fairly long, but she coped very well, with her mother’s help. She met a few other Kurdish families during the waiting period.
The doctor said that Lia first needs to have a catheterisation to check the pulmonary pressure before a decision can be made about her suitability for surgery, so we will wait for this to be scheduled.