In the ICU and reintubated
Dina was brought into the ICU at Sheba hospital and reintubated yesterday evening. She had appeared to be recovering well, but then she developed a high fever. She has signs of infection, for which the doctors need to wait for some days to see what happens with the blood cultures.
It’s also possible that one of the valves in her heart is not working well. All in all, she is stable, but not very well. The doctors need more time to see the outcome of her assessments and the development of her condition, but it is possible that she may need another surgery.
Her mother is quite worried, especially to see Dina looking so tired and weak, especially after it had appeared that Dina was recovering well.
Admitted for surgery tomorrow
Dina was admitted to Sheba hospital tonight for her surgery tomorrow. She and her mother are just one room over from two other Kurdish mothers, who said that all of the hospital is Kurdish now!
Dina’s mother always uses the word “masboot” which is an Arabic loan word in Kurdish meaning ‘correct.’ She’ll often say ‘Hamu masboot,’ when she is explaining that she has cleaned the kitchen or helped us put away all of the groceries. As Dina’s surgery is fast approaching, I was thinking of how I hope by this time tomorrow, I can say to her ‘Hamu masboot legel’ Dina, or all is correct (or good) with Dina, after her operation.
May it be so.
Excellent care from doctors at Sheba
Dina has been one week in Israel, and her mother has concern her condition is worsening. As Dina has a cleft palate, she aspirates during most feedings. Because of this, she is constantly at risk of a chest infection and contracts them frequently.
We brought her to the Sheba’s ER to be seen by a doctor, and the staff did a full assessment on her.
Compared to her first appointment last week, there were not changes in Dina’s chest x-ray and echo. The ER doctor said something before we finished there, that I hoped was quite encouraging to Dina’s mother. He said that although they didn’t find anything new in Dina’s tests today, he still believed Dina’s mother when she said she thought her daughter has gotten worse.
Therefore, they will follow-up tomorrow with Dina’s doctor at the cardiac clinic. This is the kind of excellent care the doctors at Sheba routinely give. Here, these families are honored and taken seriously.