Tireless during the waiting
Our sweet Aya went to Sheba Hospital again today for follow-up treatment. It was a busy day in the clinic. The medical staff had so much to do and so many people were waiting to be examined. But for Aya and how she says it herself in English, it was, ” No problem!” The expression is so cute coming from her.
During all the waiting time she found things to do, whether it was running around, speaking to me in Kurdish, being curious about everything, taking me by the hand and pulling me to show me something. Such tirelessness!
After a long waiting for the blood test, we could finally go to the treatment room where the nurse was preparing everything for the blood withdrawal. In this moment, Aya was sad. Her mother reminded Aya that she was really good and brave in the past and can be for this procedure as well. She received a small box with sweets, which encouraged and made her so happy.
The appointment of X-ray didn’t take much time. Thank God, we did not wait long for it. Before we knew it, we were enjoying the van ride home to Jaffa, listening to music along the way which Aya enjoys. So the treatments are done for today and we will wait for results from the doctors.
Thank you so much for all your support in prayers. We pray for wisdom for the doctors to plan the next right therapy for our beloved Aya.
Not a boring moment with Aya
Almost one month after her open-heart surgery, our big girl Aya was again in the Sheba Hospital today. She had a control-echo of her heart. The doctor was very caring over Aya and answered every question from her mother. The echo showed Aya’s heart works very well and she can fly back home to Kurdistan.
We were not long waiting for the echo appointment. Nevertheless, Aya is so full of energy now, she couldn’t sit quietly. She was playing with another Kurdish baby who came today with co-worker Sabrina and I to the hospital. There wasn’t a boring moment with Aya. Praise the Lord, she doesn’t have any pain in her leg anymore either. So she could run and jump around.
Thank you so much for all your prayers! This beautiful girl can happily return home. What a wonderful experience! All glory to our Heavenly Father!
It was so good to see Aya today in the secondary ICU. You need only look at her to see that she is recovering well. She enjoyed seeing co-worker Georgia today. I showed her videos and pictures of our community dog, Shevie, whom she loves, and told her that Shevie was waiting for her to come back.
For me, the best part of visiting Aya was seeing that she is once again her pre-operation self; the same spark in her personality is still there. I’m so happy for this because the experience of open-heart surgery is often a traumatic one for older children, and they all respond differently after it. This doesn’t mean that it hasn’t been extremely difficult for them both.
Please pray this week, that they would be able to come back to Jaffa community home again to help soothe their hearts and minds.
We love this sweet girl, and look forward to having her back with us soon.
It was a big day today for our lovely Aya. She was almost six hours in her heart surgery at Sheba Medical Centre. Her lovely mother was worried for her daughter and by Aya’s side all the time until she had to leave her with the doctors.
The Lord knows and He gives us in His perfect time whatever we need sometimes before we even ask. During the long hours of surgery, there was a lovely woman coming out of nowhere and she told us, that her son had gone through three surgeries in the last year and is doing very well now. It was the heavenly comfort from a mother’s heart to another mother’s heart! Then the doctors came out twice to us to tell us the surgery was going well.
Thank God the surgery went so fast and successfully. After surgery, she was moved to Pediatric Cardiac ICU and hopefully our lovely Aya will recover well. Please keep praying for this wonderful girl!
Aya’s mum has been earnestly asking about the outcome of Aya’s CT scan. Today, the answer arrived. Early in the morning, we received notification that the hospital would like to invite Aya in for an echo, and admit her for a surgery tomorrow.
Aya and mum have been in Jerusalem for a couple of weeks staying at our Shevet Guest House there. They returned to our Jaffa house on Wednesday. It had been lovely to have them back with us. Aya is so full of life, she enjoys the beach and going out with “Shevie,” our community dog. Her mum is so much fun, as well as an excellent cook, and made a huge platter of the Kurdish speciality, “Dolma” for our Shabbat dinner on the weekend. We all loved it.
It was really nice to be able to spend a long time with them both today, waiting for the admission process which included an Echo and a Corona test. Aya’s mum is worried about the surgery for Aya, as she knows it’s a big surgery, involving problems with two of the valves in Aya’s heart. Aya, on the other hand, is fairly excited about the surgery, as she is hoping for an iPad afterwards. Or it is possible that perhaps she is hoping to be able to take Shevie home to Kurdistan.
They are speaking to Aya’s dad often; Aya is the only child and they seem like a really lovely family.
Despite a very long wait to know the result of the corona test, we saw a lot of kindness and patience from the staff in the hospital today, to ensure that we were comfortable in our waiting circumstances.
Please pray for Aya and her mum as they are spending tonight in the ICU, next door to three of our other Kurdish families in Sheba hospital at the moment. We’re asking for God’s blessing for the surgery tomorrow.
When Aya and her mother went with me to Sheba for a CT scan today, I was amazed when she started dancing and singing in the waiting room. She showed a lot of courage while doing so, in front of a lot of strangers, but most of all despite her anxiety for the echo. Waking up from the sedation was a bit scary for her, but her mother’s loving care comforted her.
You gain a lot of strength while not bowing down to fear, and her reward came on our way home. We went by train from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and she was so thrilled about it. This was her first trip by train, and I could almost touch her excitement. I’m so happy and proud on her behalf, because in her age you are aware of what’s going on, even if you don’t fully understand it. This is a brave little girl, and she deserved a reward.
Please pray for her to continue to sing and dance to gain strength in life, and pray for the medical staff to make good decisions about her up-r>coming operation.
Aya braved a blood test today! It will help prepare for her upcoming CT scan.