Chapter 8 - Going Home Esther stayed at the hospital for most of the 18 days Kika was in intensive care. I went back and forth during that time. They were long days, but they finally ended, and on September 1st we brought her home. It was a happy day! The kids were all excited and our room was all set up with a crib, baby clothes, diapers, medical supplies, etc. Everything we needed to continue her care. We began regular visits to the hospital for checkups and further treatment. Another thing Kika needed was to correct her clubfeet. From what we understood, the reason most children with spina bifida develop clubfeet is that while in the womb, they are unable to move their legs. So they stay all curled up which doesn't allow the legs to stretch and form normally. At the hospital, Kika got her first set of casts on her little legs. They were set in such a way that her feet almost looked like they were pointed in opposite directions. This would compensate for her feet being turned in and help them to straighten out. Oh yes! In the midst of all this medical stuff and explanations I have forgotten something. I have neglected to tell you about Kika, the person. She is so incredibly special! She has such a sweet, cheerful little personality. It's hard to explain. We have had other parents of children with spina bifida who have told us, "We, of course, would love for our child to be normal, but you know, there is something about them that makes us feel we wouldn't have them be any other way!" We believe that God gives such children extra gifts. Perhaps it is to compensate for the physical abilities that they do not possess. There is a special aura that surrounds Kika. She is so cheery and happy, that it is a joy to see her. This is not to say she is perfect or doesn't have her "moments," don't get me wrong. But she does have a special something that touches all she meets. < Previous - Next > Heaven's Special Child A meeting was held quite far from Earth It's time again for another birth. Said the angels to the Lord above, "This special child will need much love. "Her progress may be very slow Accomplishment she may not show And she'll require extra care From all the folks she meets down there. "She may not run or laugh or play; Her thoughts may seem quite far away, In many ways she won't adapt And she'll be known as handicapped. "So let's be careful where she's sent. We want her life to be content. Please, Lord, find the parents who Will do a special job for You! "They will not realize right away The leading role they're asked to play. But with this child sent from Above Comes stronger faith and richer love! "And soon they'll know the privilege given In caring for their gift from Heaven. Their precious charge so meek and mild Is Heaven's very special child!"  –Edna Massimilia