Friday, December 11, 2009
Christmas concerts and hearts
Yesterday I took Han to see her gorgeous cardiac pediatrician. This man will always have a special place in the heart of our family. I first saw him when I was 22 weeks pregnant - and terrified. He was calm, reassuring and gentle and DH and I liked him immediately. Today he gave Han a clear bill - there is still a small mitral valve leak but as he repeated a few times it was a 'beautiful repair'.
That heart that keeps her on the go, the reason we can still have this gorgeous girl in our lives was on display today. I had to take her to work with me after the drs appointment (cos I had to leave work early as it was for the brat's preschool concert!) so with trepidation I took er with me to a meeting. Now I generally don't work on the days we have most of our meetings so if someone (and many have) been employed with us since 2004 - I probably don't know them - especially if they are in a different faculty. Anyhoo - one person I don't know was staring (or glaring?) at us for quite some time which was disconcerting!! I had Han on my lap drawing (I didn't have a key role in the meeting or anything). A 'young' man (30s!) was sitting next to me and after a few minutes he asked a little awkwardly "Is she Down Syndrome?" I affirmed his diagnosis - and the smile - Lordy! Turns out he has a sister (now mid 20s) who used to look 'just like Hannah'. He asked about her heart - yes he was clearly 'from the community' so to speak and he proceeded when he could to engage Han's attention - she just took to him - his ease was obvious and soon she was giggling and teasing him back - as he and I also kept an ear on the meeting and contributed as necessary (not much). I wonder if anyone complained? Oh well - it's called being 'family friendly' - not ideal but manageable. She wasn't disrupting everyone or being loud. I did however leave the meeting as early as I could.
Then we went to preschool for the twin's concert. It was wonderful. The teachers had done a great job - the kids sang and danced beautifully. Some of the parents had a tear in their eye - these kids have grown up so much. Hannah participated beautifully and was of course so cute. Today is their last day there - another door closes.