Sunday, February 11, 2007

Update on Sister Karima

From a letter of a friend who visited her:

Assalamu Alaikum Everyone
I visited Karima on Friday evening. She is no longer in CCU, she is in the rehab part of Swedish Hospital on the 6th floor. Yes she did have a stroke and she is partially paralyzed. She was sitting in the wheelchair when I was there, which is very good. She is aware and is able to speak 1 or 2 words at a time. She recognized me and overall seemed to be okay, given the circumstances. 1 sister went to see her another day and said that she asked her if Karima knew who she was and she shook her head and said no. This is a sister who Karima is close to, so it seems that at times there are some memory lapses, but it was not the case when I went. She has some depression from time to time. Her eyes fill with tears if anyone mentions her kids. Though she is not able to verbalize her worry for her kids, it is obvious in her expressions. We must keep her in our prayers.
For those of you sisters who are still in Denver, we have coordinated food to take to her children each week. Alhamdulillah we have been able to cover everyday, since we started several weeks ago. If you are interested in cooking, please let me know. We want it coordinated so that they don't have too much food on one day and then end up with nothing on another day. Karima's sister is living at the house with the boys, but she is very busy working and going to the hospital, we want to at least be able to provide the food for them so no one has to worry about that. I told Karima that everyone has been so helpful and so many people have asked in what way they can help and that everyone is praying for her. I also mentioned to her sister that any help that is needed to let us know. So far, it has just been the food once a week and someone has needed to take Javad to his basketball games, remain there and bring him back home. Alhamdulillah Sis Azadeh has been doing that once a week. As a community we must be willing to help Karima and her family in any way which we can.
Perhaps we may have to form teams who could work with her later on for her rehabilbitation. She is going to need a lot of physical therapy and it would be good if we could take turns helping to work with her, but we have to wait and see what happens and what she and her family wants us to do. For those of you who want to go and see her, I really don't know what to say. On the one hand, I think it is good that she is not alone and we go to see her regularly. On the other hand, sometimes I think that she is embarrassed to have people see her after the stroke. So I can't really say. Whatever you think is best, just do it. May Allah help our sister and her family and guide all of us to the path.

If anyone can help her and her kids, I do have a postal address available upon request. Please pray for her. I really feel for what difficulty she is suffering right now, for herself and her kids.

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