All kids are cute. It’s a fact of life.
But some kids have the ability to steal your heart. Meet Jasem, the captor of my heart. I had the pleasure of getting to spend time with him as he waited for his catheterization.
Now, pre-op can be a rather boring place. It usually entails an hour or more of just waiting around for the doctors to finish their current case so they can move on to the next child. But in Jasem’s case, we kept things interesting.
When I first came to hang out with Jasem, he had his shirt on and was coloring a picture quietly on his bed. He was a little hard to engage, but adorable nevertheless. I would talk to him, he would look at me, and then he would go back to his coloring. Apparently I’m not as funny as I think I am.
The second time I hung out with him, he had his shirt off and had managed to procure a marker from one of the nurses. And, doing what all 6 year-old boys seem to do well, he colored on himself, which only upped the adorableness factor. We bonded some more over his artistic endeavors, bubbles, and the pictures of him on my camera’s display screen.
Before we knew it, Jasem’s turn for catheterization came. So into the operating room he want, and an hour and a half later he came out with his heart completely healed!
As he lay sleeping in recovery, I couldn’t help but feel overwhelmingly happy. Here was a little boy who had spent his life restricted by his heart defect, and although he didn’t know it yet, he was healed. He can now run, jump, and play with the best of them, and I got to be there to see him through it all!
Aras’ surgery was postponed until tomorrow because of an emergency which required his slot. This time they did not look so disappointed, and in fact seemed accepting because of the reason things were happening this way. Aras’ mother was also attempting to encourage Mustafa’s mother when she approached and began to shed tears as she talked about Mustafa’s condition. This good natured boy must be getting anxious about all the times he’s had to go through the pre-op essentials, and fast from foods after midnight. We will update you tomorrow about the status of Aras after his surgery.
We found Hussein and his mother in the children’s ward today when we arrived to be with Delir’s mother during his surgery. Hussein was undergoing pre-op tests because his surgery is rescheduled for tomorrow morning. Hussein’s mother was both relieved and anxious over this reality. I accompanied her and Hussein to his blood test because I knew it would be traumatic for him, since he is fearful of all the tests even when they do not hurt. There was a small bird’s nest with birds inside on a ledge near the bed where Hussein was undergoing his test, and this soothed him because he likes birds. After his tests he was a happy camper when I saw him in the ward. His mother was showing a bit of anxiety, but I assured her I’d be there with her to sit with her.