Apprehensive Excitement

Rimas had her cath today, it was earlier in the day than we expected so I arrived just before she was wheeled out of the operating room. Grandma was sullen and apprehensive while waiting, but the moment Rimas came out, her whole countenance changed and she was beaming with excitement. After about 20 minutes, I went up to Rimas’s sleeping form and gently said, “Rimas, Bayani Bash!” (Good morning in Kurdish). She immediately sat bolt upright, ripped off her oxygen mask, and grabbed onto mine and her Grandma’s hands with a fierce grip. After being wheeled over to the ward, she quickly started to eat and drink despite her sore throat and nausea from the intubation. It was nice to see her face light up when she got to video call her mom and dad in Kurdistan.

I’m excited to see what the coming months bring for this fiery and passionate little girl.