As we were in the echo room today Bella’s mum and I both became aware that our high expectations of the outcome of the appointment today might not be met. There was a bit of hesitation during the echo from the doctor and then some phone calls made to colleagues to discuss next steps. This of course was all in Hebrew so mum and I looked to each other trying to work out what exactly was going on.
Bella has indication of stenosis. This is not particularly unexpected in Bella’s case and would not necessarily require immediate intervention if Bella lived in Israel. However, due to Bella hopefully returning to Kurdistan soon the medical team want to make sure that they have done all they can to help her heart as she will not be able to access the level care at home. Bella will now need to wait for a CT scan of her heart and may require catheterisation or a surgery prior to being discharged from hospital.
Please pray for mum today as she i s naturally very sad and disappointed. Please pray for Bella’s complete healing.
Today early in the morning we took our pretty Bella and her lovely mother for a follow-up appointment with her neurologist. After surgery she had seizures and for that reason she is taking medication. When we entered the exam room she cried a lot but with music and games she calmed down.
The doctor was very pleased with her progress. She has not had anymore seizures. Also, she can eat, play and walk without any problems, and her cranial nerve examination was good. She will need a follow-up again in Kurdistan. Also the medicine for her brain will be decreased and in one week stopped. Mom was very happy that everything is going well with her. Tomorrow she will have her second echo. Please pray for that, for good results so they can go home this week.
Discharged and Happy to Come Home
We were happy to collect Bella and her happy mum from the hospital today. Her mum is always so positive and today she was particularly pleased to point out Bella’s movements and use of her right arm and leg. She said how she is so happy for Bella to be finally doing so well. The anticipation for this moment is so huge.
Bella was sleepy and compliant with coming home in the car, and it was lovely to be able to deliver her home.
We are hoping and praying that Bella will make a good recovery at home, for her heart, and also in her brain.
Thank you Jesus for bringing her this far and showing her your healing power.
When I arrived at Bella’s “room” today she was actually eating something which is very encouraging. Then she had a few teaspoons-ful of water. Mum stood her up onto her feet and she held onto the end of the bed and stood there for a while. Then she settled down to sleep with some milk in a bottle.
The nurse said there’s no improvement in her side which is slightly weak, but mum can see an improvement and doctor confirmed that CT scan was fine. Mum has been massaging her.
Mum was her usual positive self and optimistic about things.
Please pray for Bella’s continued improvement and for mum to come closer to Jesus through this experience and her contact with the Shevet community.
God really guided the time at Hospital today to help us be with Bella at the time when we found out she was going for a head CT scan. A very scary time for mum, young Bella over the past day has presented with right sided weakness.
The scan was very quick and the doctor and nurse were so nice to mum and I as we accompanied Bella. She will find out her results later this evening or possibly tomorrow. I was able to spend some.time pray with mum for her and Bella. Grateful again that these two know our creator God. It was great to be able to share testimonies with Bella’ s mum about how in my time at Shevet I have seen God touch and heal the hearts and brains of many children.
Please continue to lift Bella up on prayer.