Lana was found strolling around the cardiac ward today, healing up quickly and a beautiful pink color.
Yesterday brought some disappointing news that Lana has a bacteria in her bloodstream, causing fever and weakness. Today, it’s obvious that the antibiotics have begun working, even as we know that this infection will require a course of strong intravenous antibiotics.
Lana and her mom are much less anxious and much more peaceful. Lana’s mom even tried to cheer up Musa today, as he desperately waited for a discharge delayed by more testing. A spirit of peace and hope now rests on Lana and mom, as they recognize the visible healing that is taking place.
To be honest, it wasn’t a nice experience to visit Lana today. I commiserate with her so much. After her second surgery, she had been extubated yesterday in the afternoon. The nurse said she is doing well but she needs time now to recover. I couldn’t tell who looked more exhausted: Lana or her mum.
As Milly and I were standing next to Lana’s bed we prayed for her. Meanwhile the line of a song came to my mind: “Oh, your mercy rushing through me. Oh, how beautiful, how beautiful…”. I sang it quietly, praying for healing over Lana’s body. I smiled at her but she didn’t have the strength to return the smile. She just gazed at me, having no emotion on her face. Suddenly Lana asked her mum with a weak voice if she could sit up a little bit and then she vomited (The mum had given her some water to drink too early on).
Lana’s mum was very worried asking us many questions. Such as “Why does my daughter has these three chest tubes?” (they are completely normal, every child needs them after surgery). She showed us some videos she made yesterday of Lana being in pain, moving her head back and forth, whining something incomprehensible. Thank you God, that Lana and her mum don’t have to go through this alone, because you are with them! Please pray for Lana to recover quickly and for her mum to have peace and be patiently.
Lana had her cath today. She was a little bit sick from her sore throat but finally today was the day of the echo. Taman’s mother and Margarita spent time with her during the procedure; she was really nervous and crying sometimes.
We were able to see Lana after the cath but was still under the effect of the anesthesia. The nurse gave us basic information that I translated to her mother; sometimes it’s not easy to find the doctor after surgery because they may be resting or starting a new operation. The nurse explained that Lana could not eat or drink anything and that we should just wait for her to wake up then the medical staff will be in charge. Please keep praying for Lana and her mother. Hopefully our hospital team will get more updates on her.