Next week will be a very important (and stressful) one for our family.
My beautiful niece will undergo surgery once more, this time on her other ear (you can read more about her story HERE). She will get a cochlear implant in her left ear too, in the hopes that her hearing will improve further. She already hears, but only from the one ear which is already implanted. This obviously means that she cannot always tell the direction sounds are coming from, so hopefully the second implant will help with that problem.
Her language skills are coming along nicely now. She understands almost everything and will try to communicate using her words as much as possible. When she is stuck, she makes sure to get her point across using gestures and won’t give up until she is fully understood. She’s one clever cookie that one.
She recently fell in love with a rag doll from an online seller. The problem is that these dolls are like George Clooney. We know they exist, but it’s near impossible to get one’s hands on them. They are sold by ballot, so you must be very lucky to be able to buy one.
Now, my sister is not one to be deterred easily. She bid for six different dolls, setting her alarm clock for 3am each time so she could attempt to buy a doll for her daughter when the ballot opened on the other side of the globe. All her attempts were futile.
If I had been in her shoes, I’d have looked elsewhere for a similar doll but what does my sister do? She buys some fabric and thread and makes her own doll, of course! She stayed up, hand-stitching, till the wee hours of the morning for two weeks till her little creation was ready. And please note that this was her first ever attempt at sewing anything!
I’ve already waxed lyrical about my sister’s talent as a cake decorator (you can see more of her creations on her Facebook page, Cakes by Xar), but I have to commend her for her determination in making her daughter’s wish come true. Her incredible talent for anything artistic is evident, so I won’t even try to comment on that!
Rose will be given to Miki when she comes out of the operating theatre, so it will be a surprise. I wish I could be there to see her reaction!
Meanwhile, please send your prayers and good thoughts my niece’s way. She will need every bit of positivity in the coming weeks.