"Many things can wait,
the child cannot. To her we cannot say tomorrow.
Her name is today."
following is a letter I received from A Romanian List-Serve. It is from
a mother of an adopted Romanian orphan.
It is GOOD NEWS but also shows
the struggles and these children must overcome.
ROMANIA'S BEST AMBASSADORS
On a day when all of the
news I'm reading and hearing about Romanian children continues to be so
sad and horrifying, I thought I'd write in to give some positive news
about a Romanian child.
On Friday, my 8 year old
adopted daughter, Laura, was given her elementary school's "Leadership
Award". This is the second year in a row she was given this honor and
all of us who know and love her are extremely proud. Laura struggles
each day with auditory processing and sensory intergation disorders and
is receiving "special services" (speech and language, occupational
therapy, and academic assistance) while in her second grade class.
Nevertheless, she is tenatious, loves learning, and always has a smile.
Recently, after undergoing the Berard auditory retraining program
outside of school, she jumped 5 book levels in reading and is showing
improvement in Math. Needless to say, her self-confidence has zoomed.
Having tested to have an above average IQ, her inability to retrieve and
process information quickly (the manifestation of the auditory
processing disorder) has always been a source of frustration to her and
yet she never gives up trying.
Laura was adopted at the
age of 2 years, 8 months and came home 2 weeks before the moratorium on
ICA in 2001. In the last 5 years she has had surgery to remove her
adenoids, found to need glasses, and diagnosed with the above. In the
last several months I discovered that Laura has Sever's disease - severe
inflammation in both heels - due to her right leg overcompensating for
her left when she walks or runs. Her left leg was found to be a 1/2
shorter than her right due to her having either being dropped when she
was a baby or the result of a bad fall when she was a young toddler in
Romania. We know it happened in Romania as I had immediately noticed her
left leg appeared shorter while changing her pull-ups/diapers after we
arrived home. Her pediatrician and an orthopedist at the time thought it
was because she was extremely pigeon-toed, but didn't do any
measurements. After complaining of severe pains in her ankles for a few
weeks in December, I took her to an orthopedist who had x-rays taken and
saw the inflammation in her heels. He then sent us to a physical
therapist who took measurements of her legs. She is now undergoing
physical therapy twice a week to lengthen her left leg and readjust the
hip sockets. I no sooner had her in physical therapy when she began
complaining of stomach pains and feeling like she wanted to vomit.
Another doctor and a gastic reflux diagnosis.
I tell you all this to
illustrate that even with her learning disabilities and frequent
physical pain, Laura perservered and never gave up and always did her
best, like so many of the children we have adopted. She continues to
inspire me every day to fight for the abandoned children left behind.
Something I will never stop doing until they have the right, as she did,
for a permanent family.
For the Children SOS