Ashlyn's oldest sister, Mariah, couldn't sleep last night. She overheard us talking about the surgery while she was laying in bed. She stumbled out of the darkness, squinting her eyes from the bright light.
I asked Mariah what she was feeling. She said she was sad and mad about Ashlyn's surgery.
She is mad at the doctors because they are going to hurt Ashlyn and "cut her head open." I explained to her that the doctors are helping Ashlyn, but that is difficult for an 8 year old to comprehend.
Mariah is still sad that they have to shave some of Ashlyn's hair, so I said that is will be ok and the hair will grow back.
This whole experience is difficult for a child to understand.
After we received news about the surgery about a month ago, we explained to the two older girls that Ashlyn's brain is too low and the doctors need to help fix it. We showed the girls the MRI to help explain Ashlyn's condition.
This journey has been tough on the older girls as well since all three girls are so close. Love, love, love my girls.