"We are going to focus on LIFE for Katya. I believe, one day, she will amaze the world."

Dr. Ben Carson on Katya Dueck

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Preparing for Surgery

On top of all the things like scheduling pre-op exams/labs, setting up child-care arrangements, and trying to get our 2011 taxes all wrapped up and many other things before we head out of town, we have worked with Katya's speech teacher to make a pre-op book for her to try to explain in a simple format what is going to happen.

We had already asked her to do that before a kind blog reader suggested it as well, sharing how well it works for her children. When I read her comment I was glad we already had that idea in the works!

Behold a few sample pages from the book! (there are more--just giving a few examples).


Interior pages, all nicely laminated!

I very much appreciate the hard work Katya's speech therapist put into this book.

And while it may seem very simple--maybe even TOO simple--this is the level Katya is at.

And of course, the all important GOING HOME! We don't want Katya to think she's stuck in the hospital forever!

Hopefully, between the multiple readings of this book, and the Russian interpreter at the hospital, we will be able to help Katya understand the basics and keep her fear down. We also are planning to put together a CD of some music that she likes and have that for the staff to play for her especially during recovery before we are allowed to be with her. (Break my heart . . . I think that at least one parent should be allowed as soon as they are out of surgery and moved to ICU but it doesn't work that way inspite of my groveling!!)

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