A tough day with a happy ending
This morning while visiting Sineor and his mom at Sheba Hospital, there were a lot of doctors gathering in Sineor’s room, doing an examination on him to see if he is ready to be taken off the ECMO today. Later in the afternoon, Sineor was finally taken into surgery while coworker Elise and I were waiting with his mom in the waiting area.
During the whole procedure, his mom was really worried. We heard that in the surgery, doctors wanted to give Sineor a permanent pacemaker because his heartbeat was a bit abnormal. During almost the whole waiting time, Sineor’s mom was praying and praying, hoping for her boy to be well and safe. Because of her worries for Sineor, she didn’t eat so much the past few days, so I was really glad when she wanted to go with me to get some food.
We were even more glad when we finally heard after only five hours of surgery, that the surgery went well and Sineor is doing well off the ECMO and with his chest closed. Suddenly Sineor’s mom was so relieved and could finally smile again. The doctor also told us they managed to repair one of Sineor’s valves. And when Sineor finally came back to his room in the ICU, all the doctors who were there welcomed him with a big applause and cheering.
Praise to God our father for everything that he has done for Sineor and his mom today! Still the next 24 to 48 hours after the surgery are really important in his recovery process, and please continue to pray for him. Because he just had his surgery, he is still in a critical condition, but we hope and pray that everything will go well for him and his mom. Thank God for God’s love and mercy, again and again.
When coworker Elise and I met the mother of Sineor today in the Pediatric ICU at Hadassah Hospital, she didn’t look so good. She was crying and couldn’t even stay in Sineor‘s room which is why she was sitting in front of his room the whole time. Also the doctors realized that she is not feeling so well and needs some time to sleep. So when I asked them if it’s okay to leave Sineor alone for some time, they we’re totally okay with it and assured that one of them will always be in his room. Because he is on ECMO, one of the doctors or nurses has to be in his room 24/7. They were so friendly to us and especially to Sineor’s mom; they even offered their help to her if she needed anything or if she needed something done for her.
We are thankful that Sineor is a little better than yesterday but still in a difficult condition. His doctor explained that a lot of patience is required until Sineor will be okay. We would say in Arabic, “Shuai shaui” which means step by step or a little at a time.
Please pray for Sineor and his good recovery. Please also pray that God will be with his mother and give her courage to face these next days of waiting.
Chubby one-year-old Sineor is charming everyone he meets. He is learning to walk, though he doesn’t yet have enough confidence to go more than a few steps on his own. However, he will run off at great speeds while holding onto my finger. He really enjoys going up and down (and up and down again) the three stairs between the kitchen and the livingroom in our Jerusalem Guesthouse.
He is learning to talk a little bit, so when I start counting the stairs in Kurdish: “Yek, Do…” he will triumphantly finish, “Sey!” And then he wants to do it all over again. When he gets tired of the stairs, he will play with duplos – or with my glasses – or explore all the drawers and cabinets in the kitchen.
Today when we went to the old city, he was scared by the crowds. A young Muslim woman gave him a candy to cheer him up, and he held onto it for the rest of the day, becoming very upset whenever he dropped it. We love this sweet boy!
The surgeon at Hadassah hospital is on vacation for two weeks, so Sineor can’t have his surgery until he returns. However, I’m definitely not going to complain about having this cute boy in our house for a little longer! Please be praying when he does have surgery that all will go well, and that he’ll remain stable until then.
On his first day in Israel, Sineor had a diagnostic echo at Hadassah Hospital.
After a few hours of sleep in the Shevet Guesthouse Jerusalem, Sineor and his mother needed to go to the hospital for his appointment.
As soon as we arrived there, at the desk, the person in charge needed to create an internal profile for Sineor.
The echo takes more time than the Mom was expecting, so she started to ask if everything was fine, because two more doctors entered to the echo area to check Sineor’s heart. They were pretty curious about Sineor’s heart,since because his oxygen rate was 90-95.
After the echo, Sineor’s mother was asking if her son will have surgery soon, to which the doctor replied yes, he will be admitted at some point in the very near future to the hospital to make his surgery.