Tensions were higher than usual this morning as we pulled out of the driveway toward Sheba Medical Centre. Young Amina’s echo appointment was rescheduled abruptly the night before to an early time in the morning, and we didn’t find out until we rose for morning meeting. When the day begins with subverted expectations, one braces for what the rest of the day might hold.
Thankfully, dear Amina showed great progress in her echo and check up. The doctors are happy with her progress and recovery post surgery, so much so they are taking her off of another medication. Next Sunday, when she has her next appointment, so long as she remains as healthy as she is now, they will give her the official green light to go home! In the lobby, I wheeled Amina around the colorful train and playhouse. She was all smiles, a blessing to see after all of the surgery and recovery.
By the time we pulled out of the hospital to return to the Ashdod base, it was about the exact time Amina’s original appointment was scheduled. We were not only greatful for Amina’s remarkable progress post surgery, but also for the efficiency of the morning. Today was yet another reminder that though the day may start on a wobbly foot, God can still bring His perfect plans to fruition.
When the doctor came to talk about the echo results, Amina’s mother asked him if Amina was stable even though she was with fever a few days before. However, the doctor was happy with the echo results and decided to reduce one of Amina’s medications. He also scheduled a follow up appointment on Sunday for Amina.
But to be careful, and based on the report of fever, the doctor decided to order a blood test for Amina. The blood test results confirmed Amina’s health is good; she doesn’t have a virus or a bacteria. On Sunday, Amina will take only one medication, and will have to come back to the hospital for her follow up appointment.
Amina’s mother was happy with the news about her daughter moving to secondary and was confident in God’s timing. She was also excited because the nurses came and brushed Amina’s hair and with elastic bands, styled Amina’s hair. Amina is a little shy, but always enjoys spending time with new friends.
The doctors are finding fluids in Amina’s heart. They have scheduled an echo for her in a few days to see if the medicine they are giving her helps to decrease the fluids. Until now, she has had an improve-ment in her oxygen levels. Doctors want to continue to keep an eye on her and depending on her progress, she could be discharged soon.
Pray for Amina’s improvement and wisdom for her doctors.
Today, little Amina had a CT scan and the doctors scheduled her for surgery on Thursday.
Yesterday, Amina’s mother didn’t expect to stay in the hospital. So, coworker Bria and I brought her some clothes today. She was really happy to be visited and was eager to talk to me about how Amina is doing. It’s a rough time for them.
We pray that Amina can have her surgery and it will help her little heart. We just experienced it this week with another child who came to Israel and went directly to the hospital, had surgery and got discharged in one week. May it will also work out that well for Amina and her mother. The Lord bless them.
Amina and her mother are refugees from Syria. We figured out how we can talk with each other a little: Arabic, Kurdish, hands and feet. It was nice to spend some time with them, and to get to know them.
I never saw it that bad on the fingers of any child at Shevet before. We hope and pray that Amina and her mother will have a blessed time in Israel, and also will have a successful surgery or cath. Amina is a cute little girl. So thankful they came safely to us.