‘Bashtra,’ Kurdish for ‘better’

Our beautiful Samaa had another echo today to determine how the new medicine is treating the pericardial effusion. Her doctor wanted to learn a new Kurdish word, so when he looked at the echo and saw that indeed the liquid around her heart had decreased, I told him the Kurdish for ‘better,’ is ‘bashtra!’

Samaa’s mother was pleased with this news and we had a fun time going between Kurdish and Arabic. As a result, she is being weaned from this medicine with the hope to stop it by next week!