The ward is pink and bright- although fans only...so very hot! Susan and I are very spoiled in our "therapy room" in the hospital- we have air conditioning. The parent's would never utter a word of complaint! Never!
JOHN MICHAEL AND RICA (ABOVE) WERE BOTH THRILLED TO GET THE WORLD ATLAS FOR THEIR BOOK! WE POINTED OUT AND MARKED WHERE THEY LIVED AND WHERE WE LIVED! WHEN THEY WEREN'T READING THE BOOKS, WE WOULD CATCH THEIR PARENTS OR OLDER BROTHERS AND SISTERS READING THE BOOK! THE BOOKS WERE DONATED BY FAMILIES AT MY OFFICE AND FROM MY SISTER MARY! SUSAN BOUGHT MANY BOOKS WITH HER (THAT MEANT SHE HAD TO TRANSPORT THEM IN HER LUGGAGE THROUGH CHINA- WHERE SHE WAS FOR 2 WEEKS PRIOR TO THE MISSION) AND THESE WERE DISTRIBUTED ON SCREENING DAY AND SOME USED FOR SPEECH THERAPY!
RICA (THE LITTLE GIRL ABOVE) WOULD NOT SMILE OR GIVE US EYE CONTACT WHEN WE VISITED HER THE NIGHT BEFORE HER PALATE SURGERY. ALTHOUGH IT'S ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO TELL SHE HAD A REPAIRED CLEFT LIP IN THE PICTURE...I'M SURE SHE REMEMBERS THAT SURGERY AND WASN'T HAPPY TO BE BACK FOR HER PALATE REPAIR. WE PLAYED "MEMORY" WITH HER, GAVE HER THE BOOK AND STICKERS, AND SHE WAS ALL SMILES! BY THE TIME WE LEFT, SHE WAS PLAYING MEMORY WITH JOHN MICHAEL (TWO PICTURES ABOVE) AND THEY WERE LAUGHING AND SMILING!
TODAY I SAW HER IN THE WAITING AREA TO BE TAKEN TO SURGERY AND SHE WAVED AND SMILED AT ME! WHAT A TREAT TO HAVE MADE HER FEEL A LITTLE BETTER