Yusef is doing OK - has pain and is grumpy. I went to visit him in the hospital and he started to cry when I was getting ready to leave. It was hard not to start crying too. I spoke to the doctor this evening and he said that they will probably keep Yusef in the hospital till the end of the week - maybe they might let him out sooner. They want to make sure that he doesn't develop infection. He has a canula in his foot that they are using to give him his anti-biotics. Yusef says the needle in his foot bothers him and of course his arm hurts. He will just have to be patient.
Yusef wanted to know why his grandmother hadn't come to visit like she had the day before. He wanted to know if she was staying with his brothers and sisters. We lied and told him that she was at home with the kids because the stairs were too difficult (Yusef is on the 5th floor). That's so sad. Yusef knows that his grandmother would be sleeping over if it were one of his cousins and he expected that she would do the same for him too. I reminded Mustafa to make sure to tell his mother. . . sigh . . . when you are a foriegner married to a Libyan you don't always get the same treatment as if you were a Libyan woman. It doesn't bother me anymore - but it bothers my husband and the kids. . . sigh . . .
Ibrahim is jealous. He insisted that I take him to the toy store today and buy him something. He wanted a large remote control car. I told him no way - too many batteries and the thing was plastic and looked like it might last about 5 minutes (the batteries would probably outlast the car). We settled on some super huge lego style building blocks. He has been busy with them ever since. And they are shareable, so the other kids can play with them too.
In the meantime I am trying my best to get as much lesson plans done as possible so I won't get bogged down at work.