The Misunderstood Preemie
when she was still a week old, and in NICU, one of her doctors told me that she’d be mentally re- (boy i can’t even say that word) due to IntraVentricular Hemorrhage (bleeding in the brain) at stage 2 . i was offended of course and especially when that doctor told me to pull off her ventilation and let her ‘go’. of course, i told her NO. let God do His miracle on her.
anyway, she seems to be learning some simple words. although she doesn’t say it but her reactions tell us that she understands.
-when i say “kiss”, she’d gladly lean closer to my face with her tiny mouth wide open and give me a kiss. either on the mouth or cheeks.
-when i say “clap your hands”, she’d clap eagerly. and her Erb’s hand is moving together to clap though the movements are minimal. i’m just glad to see that there is an improvement. whenever we got on the bus, after i picked her up from the babysitter’s, people would ask me if she’s a lefty because she’s using her left hand more. i’d just nod.
-when i praised her, saying “clever girl”, she’d clap her hands and show me her two front teeth.
and even her therapist told me that her cognitive development should be okay (he dare not say more, i understand). i hated that doctor for thinking negatively and saying bad things about my kid. no moral support from her whatsoever.
right now, i’m just happy with the achievements that Fateha is showing me. be it slower than normal. i don’t care. she will get there!