I do want to let Katya's friends and supporters know that she has had an apparent set-back. Evidently a surgical plate in her skull slipped or popped loose on this past Tuesday. About an hour or so after it happened, she vomited. It took a few hours till her plastic surgeon was out of surgery and could call me back--actually, it was just after midnight when he was able to--those were some long hours waiting.
He said it does sound as though there were issues with the plate, he believes the vomiting was connected, and he wants to see Katya on Thursday to try to assess the damage. He said that it's entirely too risky to even contemplate surgery any time in the near future so if more surgery is needed, it will be at a later date.
Please continue to pray for Katya and our family. This has felt like a bit of a blow coming so soon on the heels of such good news at her other appointment, and none of us are thrilled about dragging back up there again this week. It is hard to have her Doctors so far away from us, but it is what it is, and we will do whatever it takes to get her the care she needs.
In happier notes, we added up this past week how many signs Katya now uses to communicate with us fairly easily. She has right around FIFTY signs plus her alphabet and numbers 1 to 10, and then a handful more signs she knows but doesn't tend to use without prompting. How fabulous and amazing is that when a year ago she had NOTHING except the start of learing how to sign "more"? The last while Katya has just really been taking off with using her signs to communicate, and she is even telling us now when she is scared or happy! Today during lunch she signed several times to me with a faint smile that she was "happy! happy!" When I would say, "oh, are you happy, Katya?!" she would look satisfied and go back to eating.
And . . . Kayta helped Kristina shell peas on Friday, and a good job she did too! I have proof!
Then she enjoyed eating them in the salad we had for lunch! Oh it was good to have fresh peas again! Sadly, due to the extremely dry weather we are having, our garden is not giving us much, but we are still thankful for all that it is. And I'm glad that it gives Katya the chance to learn new skills, as well as a greater understanding about the process of food growing, harvesting, and preparing.