After our “Dalalusch” and her lovely mother enjoyed the last week in Jerusalem, they had to come back to Sheba Hospital today for Dalal’s Echo.
She was crying a lot during the echo and it was very difficult calming her down. We tried everything we could, videos, her dummy, milk, everything. Nothing worked very well. “Dalalusch” just stopped for a few seconds in between. Despite this, Dalal’s mother took loving care of Dalal when the Echo was done, clothed her again and took her in her arms. Then Dalal stopped crying immediately. This showed me again how close and lovely their relationship is.
The doctor said that Dalal is doing well, and for now there aren’t any changes in her medicine. They want to see her again in one week. Thank you for your prayers for our cute “Dalalusch” and her lovely mother.
Our sweet “Dalalusch,” as she is affectionately called by us, has recovered well after her surgery. Last weekend she was transferred to a normal ward at Sheba hospital and has continued to recover well there. Praise the Lord for this good recovery. Today she was discharged from the hospital. I had the opportunity to take Dalal and her loving mom out of the hospital.
Before “Dalalush” was in the hospital, she was very shy and it was rather difficult for to come to one of us without her crying and wanting to go back to her mommy. But the hospital has changed her and she is not so shy anymore. When we arrived at our Jerusalem guest house, the other mothers staying there greeted Dalal and her mom very lovingly and with joy. It is every time beautiful to be a witness to how much the mothers are happy for each other and support each other in everything.
One of the mothers speaks a bit of English which is very helpful. I needed translation support today as I had to explain to Dalal’s mother how to take the medicine and prepare the milk for Dalal. It is very important that she understands everything. Thank you for your prayers for this cute girl and her mother.
Dalal is still on medicine and needs to come back to the hospital in one week for another echo and follow-up appointments.
My favorite moment at Sheba hospital today was after Dalal had come out of her surgery. Her mother was speaking to a relative in Kurdistan saying, “Kena, na gri!” In Kurdish this means “smile, don’t cry.” She was lovingly encouraging her family to smile and not cry over Dalal. In fact, I think they were crying happy tears at the news that Dalal had come through a successful switch operation. One thing we did as we waited those six hours together, was to look at pictures from last year when Dalal was first born.
She was and is so thin; among the pictures were videos documenting her irregular breathing patterns. We see these children for months of treatment, but looking through these pictures of history and what was, I am reminded of the full picture which begins with two parents receiving the devastating news that their hoped-for and cherished child has a diagnosis akin to a death sentence. But today for Dalal, there was the reversal of that sentence.
Now there’s a hope. Dalal’s mother showed me the many messages of family and friends back in Kurdistan who were praying for Dalal particularly on this day. So while there were happy tears, there were also smiles to match, hugs from close friends and of course answered prayers.