Asmaa, our beautiful new four year girl from Kurdistan, had her first assessment today at the Sheba Medical Center. She is very attached to her grandmother, so when I offered her the markers we brought to color with as we waited for the doctor, she took them only if I handed them to her grandmother first, who then gave them to her. Her large thoughtful eyes convey a deepness to her character, although she is so young.
During the echo she incessantly wept, and was not consoled by the things that have previously calmed children her age, such as baby shark videos or lollipops. The doctor would like to perform a diagnostic catheterization next week, although today’s visit did reiterate the diagnosis from Kurdistan, which is that she as an ASD secundum.
After the tests were done, she played with matching magnets on the metal table, and it was here that I saw for the first time a hint of a smile as she put them together. She quietly murmured to herself in Kurdish and let me help her with the different pieces. My prayer for her is that she leaves Shevet tasting the goodness of God, both her and her grandmother. “And I ask Him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:17-18)