Echo today; still some fluid
Today, we went to Sheba Medical Center for an echo with Ahmed and his mother. When we left our community house, he was already crying, because he knew exactly that we were heading towards the hospital. He doesn’t like the hospital most likely because of a lifetime of assessments and procedures.
He had an echo. In consideration of little Ahmed however, the echo was brief, only five minutes or so. The doctor checked for fluid around the heart and lungs. There is again a little bit of fluid there.
Ahmed also had an ECG done.
Other than that, the doctor scheduled a CT scan for little Ahmed in one week to find out more about his narrow artery. This result will show if Ahmed needs a cath.
Ahmed’s mother started crying I’m sure for many reasons. She misses her family very much and hopes she and Ahmed can go back to Kurdistan very soon.
It was nice to see how the doctor cared about both Ahmed and his mother. Please pray for patience for Ahmed’s mother and for a good result after the CT scan.
This morning, coworker Nour and I found Ahmed taking a stroll around the Pediatric ICU of Sheba Hospital with his mother. He still has a chest tube to drain fluid, but overall he is doing well.
Ahmed is normally a very active little boy, and his mom says he doesn’t like being stuck in the hospital room all the time. It’s good to see him feeling well enough to show his feisty personality, and we pray his chest tube can be removed soon so he can slowly get back to normal.
Ahmed went in to surgery today early in the morning. The condition of his heart is an L-TGA. The surgery was very complicated, and due to this, the wait for Ahmed was quite long. The doctors said it was successful though.
The next 48 hours are still crucial, so please be praying for Ahmed’s recovery. His mother had the company of the mother of Mohammed, and the mother of Yano. The mother of Yano was such a huge help today graciously helping with translation.
Ahmed was admitted to Sheba Medical Center today for a surgery tomorrow. His mother was so thankful that Ahmed is receiving surgery tomorrow, that she kept saying no problem about the many steps for getting admitted.
Zakaria needed to have a Corona test, an echo, and an ECG upon his entry to the hospital.
Please keep praying that God’s hand would be over the surgery and with the doctors tomorrow.
After a long wait, Ahmed’s CT scan appointment at Sheba hospital came up today. Ahmed had to fast 2:00 a.m. which caused him to be very hungry and unsettled in the morning while waiting in the CT scan area.
But we are very happy that he could have it.
They are here for the third time now in Israel and hoping for a surgery this time, so the doctors’ decision for the surgery is very important. Please pray for doctors to have God’s wisdom and to make the right decision for Ahmed whatever that will be, and for peace and trust in God for Ahmed’s mother.
Ahmed's first Sheba appointment
Today was the first appointment for Ahmed at the Sheba Medical Center. We drove from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv, because they have been visiting in our Jerusalem Guest House. Ahmed’s mother was ready to leave for hospital an hour before the departure.
Ahmed began today with an echocardiogram.
The doctor recorded Ahmed’s weight and oxygen level. It‘s very hard for Ahmed to get used to these appointments however, and he cried a lot. Please pray that it‘s getting better. In one room is a little car, and Ahmed was impressed. He sat in the car as a reward after the assignment.
Co-worker Julio came along and was able to translate from English to Kurdish. He explained to Ahmed’s mother that the Doctor wants Ahmed to do a CT-Scan and they will decide afterwards about the next steps. If Ahmed’s heart is in the right condition, they would do a surgery. Otherwise the doctor prefers a catheterization.
His mother was also told that Ahmed is growing well and that he should continue taking the medicine which he has been taking during this past year. Before we went back to Jerusalem, Ahmed had an X-Ray.
At the end of this visit, Ahmed was more calm walked through the floor with his mom, watched some videos and slept. A mother who was also waiting for an assignment, talked to the mother of Ahmed. I think it was very nice for Ahmed‘s mother to feel comfortable in the new surroundings at the Sheba hospital. She could also meet some volunteers and parents she knew from the Shevet Achim community house.