Beautiful Adam had another post-operative echo today at Sheba Medical Center. Because we have been delegating work to fixed teams of Shevet personnel, co-worker Georgia and I, who have been a hospital visit team, have not been allowed to visit the Shevet house that is home to our Kurdish and Syrian families for over a month now. So I haven’t been with Adam in a while, but it was so good today to be with this sweet boy.
I recently learned the term ‘xapa gyan,’ which is a Kurdish term of endearment, it doesn’t translate well to English as it literally means, ‘chubby of my life,’ but I heard his mother calling him this and for the rest of the day I often said it to him! He is so beautiful.
And the echo today was wonderful. His oxygen was 95, he has gained weight, and the doctor said his heart function is really good. He is cleared to return home to Kurdistan, after one last echo, which, hopefully, will be closer to when there are flights available! His mother asked for a celebratory picture with his cardiologist, too!
The doctors are a bit like celebrities sometimes, as the Kurdish families love taking pictures with them to commemorate their care of the their children. Praise God for this outstanding report for dear Adam!
We were at the hospital for a very short time today. But it was a nice short time! We got all the information we needed for little Adam very quickly. Then we had a nice phone call from Adam’s mother. She showed us the picture below of how hungry Adam is how much milk he’s drinking. Amazing to see this little fighter! And only one day after surgery, he is extubated. Praise the lord!
Punctually, at eight o’clock in the morning, our little friend Adam entered the operating room at Sheba Medical Center today. His mom brought him in. It was a very hard distance for her and fear overwhelmed her in the moment she exited and the door closed behind her. Great tears ran down her cheeks. My wife Anna and I didn’t know how to comfort her; our Kurdish is, after six weeks, very limited. We asked via Google translator if we can pray for her and the surgery. She said YES.
After this prayer we felt how God’s blessing came over the situation. At first, another Kurdish mother whose child is also being treated at Sheba, came outside the ICU and spent a lot of time with us. Together with the two mums, we started to learn some Kurdish and Arabic words and had a lot of fun.
Then Adam’s mum showed us some lovely pictures of Kurdistan and of Adam, she loves her latest son very much. Other Kurdish families came and sat down, so she was distracted from the sorrows about her son. The special thing was that during the waiting time, she get maybe two or three updates about Adam’s condition from doctors coming out of the operating area. That was something new for us. We want to bless the Lord, that after 4,5 hours, finally Dr. Katz came out with a thumbs up! Everything was ok! Surgery successful, no complications! Hallelujah!
Well, now her face lit up and she expressed her joy. We waited another hour for Adam’s stabilization and enjoyed a delicious lunch together. Then she could finally go back to her beloved baby. Thank you Lord, for this blessed day!
The doctors will plan his surgery, so please continue to pray for him and his mum during the waiting.
Adam had a cath procedure today. He was crying most of the time before the cath because of the lack of food. This worried his mother seeing her son so hungry. She worried and often cried with him all the way up to the procedure. She prayed for him every ten minutes, and often she’d ask me why this was happening to her son.
When the cath was finished, she was filled with much joy and happiness to know he was going to be OK. It was a very difficult time for her, but she is very happy now to see her son doing well. The exam from the procedure is being reviewed by the doctors to see what necessary steps should be taken next. Right now he is stable and doing well in recovery.
On the way to the hospital, I looked into the rear view mirror and saw the crinkles on Adam’s mum’s forehead. She looked so anxious. Probably she didn’t expect her son to be called in for a cath and have to leave so soon. I tried to buoy her up by saying that usually you just need to stay three days in the hospital for a catheterization.
Adam’s mum is so brave and is doing everything she can to stay strong for her sixth son. When we entered the hospital room where they would be staying, she breathed deeply in and out, trying not to cry. It was also so beautiful and remarkable to see during her short time there, fearful herself, Adam’s mum managed to comfort another mum who was crying a lot.
It was really difficult to leave Adam and his mum behind. Especially because he was so upset after the doctor had tried to put a cannula in unsuccessfully. Both mum and child were crying. Normally Adam stops crying as soon as you start to tickle him underneath his feet or in the palm of his hands (he loves that). But this time he didn’t.
Today was a very long and exhausting day for Adam and his mum. Please pray that both of them can rest tonight to be prepared for tomorrow’s diagnostic catheterization.