We’ve had quite a few messages asking how Eira is- thank you, and sorry for not updating for a few days, we’ve just been re-settling after her second hospital admission. No news is good news- she is doing well and we took her to a cafe this morning to see much-loved friends who were on a stop in Bali during a Singapore-Australia cruise. She did great, is resting in bed this afternoon and will likely be tired tomorrow but it’s so good for her to do something ‘normal’, and to see her enjoying company. Our dear friends brought her a HUGE bag of arts and crafts and a new cuddly toy which is so lovely to have when she is spending so much time in the apartment.
She has finished her most recent course of antibiotics and is now just taking her ‘brain’ medicine- it is a nootropic to boost brain function which should help with her general recovery. She is having minimal painkillers, only when she asks for them and day to day appears kind of like she has a virus- kind of peaky and often tired and emotional but generally ‘OK’. She’s had some super emotional moments this week which are pretty heartbreaking but we’re just doing our best to see them as part of a process and supporting her through it.
We have got a hospital appointment on Tuesday for Eira with the neurosurgeon and paediatrician so I’ll update about what they say after that. It is exactly ten days until Eira can technically fly as long as everything remains the same, and exactly one month today until our booked flights- due to the stress the journey will put on Eira we are thinking to stick with our return date as the longer chance she has to gently recuperate here, the easier it will be on her.
We are pretty wiped out, keeping a positive mental attitude while simultaneously feeling the physical effects of everything- we’re not getting great sleep due to having disturbed sleep anyway after the accident, plus co-sleeping because of the kids being anxious after the accident and subsequent earthquakes. It has definitely helped the girls’ recovery, we are focusing on making sure they feel as secure as possible and that we are there for them 24/7. We are very thankful that we are able to do this, and at the same time aware that we need to do some self-care so that we have the mental resources to keep giving to them.
There was another earthquake today but it was further away from us than the Lombok ones and we only felt it very mildly, stood outside for a few minutes and then went back in when the locals did. Each one peaks a bit of an internal panic response as we had just thought/hoped the ‘set’ of earthquakes was over, but the kids dealt with this one really well and as far as we can tell Bali wasn’t affected negatively.
Thank you for all your messages and sorry that I can’t reply to all of them. We read them all and appreciate every single one, Eira has been one incredibly loved little girl and has love and kindness sent to her from all over the world- thank you.