In Septemeber 2008, I traveled 6000 miles to Haiti's Kenscoff mountains. My mission: to care for some of the orphaned and abandoned, the sick, malnourished and premature infants of this beautiful but beleagured Caribbean nation.

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Glowing With Pride

There are some exceptional children in my nurseries. Although I all ready knew this, my instincts were confirmed this week by assessments that were performed by a Doctor of clinical psychology. Among her findings:

Kelly, a NICU baby who has struggled with anemia since his premature birth, is developing better than expected, considering his level of prematurity.

Baby Sarah, born 5 weeks prematurely, and growth-retarded in the womb, battled pneumonia, possible septicemia, and electrolyte abnormalities in her first weeks of life... the word superior was used to describe some areas of her development for her age. We expected that it would take several months for Sarah to catch-up with other babies, her age.

That same adjective, 'superior', was used to describe baby Frantz, who, at not even a month old, was holding his head up, smiling and and batting toys with his arms.

Whoever said I was a biased judge where these little ones are concerned may have had a point. The psychological reports seem to suggest though, that my assessments are also accurate, valid and reliable, despite the bias. :-D

I am very excited to watch these babies grow and develop but I am equally excited by their personalities and unique strengths here and now.

I am also glowing with pride, and I don't believe that there is anything wrong with that.

1 comment:

Elizabeth Rogers said...

Susan, you bless every one of these children by "glowing with pride" over their strengths. And to add to your list of superlatives, our pediatrician deemed Ken "developmentally advanced" at his first visit here in Nashville!