Day 14: Thursday, February 19th
With only 5 children, our days are becoming much less chaotic. This morning I worked with Delia for a bit, and we did some pretend play with the kitchen. Usually she just likes to move things around, but today we pretended to have a tea party complete with the imaginary cookies and cakes that we baked. She picked it up very quickly and got really into it. At snack I showed her how she could ‘hold’ the spoon to help me (she just put her little arm on the spoon and moved with it as I fed her). I’m confident that she could feed herself if we could make her a spoon that could be secured around her arm. She takes such pride in being independent and assisting people with things.
We went to the placement center this morning. We’re not allowed to take pictures, but it’s a great facility. There’s a main building with all of the therapies, and 6 houses. The houses are where the children live and each is set up like an actual home. There’s a living room, kitchen, bathrooms, and bedrooms. The unfortunate part is that they are so understaffed that many children spend a lot of the time in their cribs. They had to close one of the houses and consolidate the children to other houses causing them to become crowded.
After our break we went to visit the high school for the second time. Mihaela’s students had so many questions the first time that they asked us to come back. They are so enthusiastic and are very curious about everything.
This afternoon I brought some slinkys to the kids and Luciana, Delia, and Ionut were pretty entertained by them.
Delia and I walked into one of the play rooms to see a giant green teddy bear and she loved it!
She was singing to it and danced with it a little bit. I posted a video of her.
Luciana’s walking has already improved even without her special shoes (which will hopefully be arriving within the next month). She’s getting some physical therapy, and we’re working with her to encourage her to use her legs.
Tomorrow is going to be hard. Not even bittersweet, just bitter. These children deserve all that the world has to offer, and I hope someday they get to experience it.