Anyhow, Reni is 9yo. She is delayed but not too much. Most of it orphanage delays. Though I know some of it is academic. Reni is very motivated to learn English. Whereas her brother was not, in Bulgaria, she was soaking it up from us and really wanting to learn new words. Proud of everyone of them. She has slipped right into the family. She and Alyona are great friends and sisters. Though some times there is posession on whose clothes are whose. They have to share as both are in identical sizes. 7/8 girls. Both in the same size shoe too. Two peas in a pod. Reni loves to help out and adores being praised.
Reni has some medical issues we are working on. They were not able to obtain enough blood so have to redo some bloodwork and get an x-ray for that positive TB test last week. Logan already had his x-ray...negative. Reni needs a plastic surgeon for whatever it is on her nose. We think rocks may still be embedded in her. Before her orphanage in Shumen, she was in another orphanage. There, a boy beat her with a rock in the face. Don't know the why of it but she was definitely younger than 7 just based on transfer records. We got this info from her brother as it was being translated from the doctor on our first summer visit. I will be making that appointment in the near future but want to find a good surgeon. Someone on here already recommended one that we'll be checking out soon. Knowing how teens are, this will help her I do believe. Reni recently received glasses that she has been without for quite some time. We tried to buy some for her in June when we went but that did not work out. She went to a specialist the Monday after we got home(Friday). He said she has alternating strambismus which is great b/c she can use both eyes. She is a +5 in both eyes but he gave her a +4.25 script. She could SEE! She wouldn't be falling any more. This would correct for the most part, all her vision issues.
Besides some medical stuff, there is some mental distress going on. Reni is a very hurt child. I don't know if it is solely from the rock incident or not. Example, the other day I went to reach for something above Reni's head. She ducked and covered like I was going to beat her. Same thing in Bulgaria when you go near her, she'd flinch like crazy. I went to brush her hair one day and she moves like a foot away. It's hard as these are signs that she has suffered something tragic yet we dont' know what it is. Maybe she'll be able to tell us in time. For now, we must make her feel safe and secure. She's getting there. There is less flinching if someone from the family approaches her or attempts to brush her hair. Don't get me wrong, still flinching but much less noticeable. Once she gains more language, we will be able to ask her questions and maybe help her further in her healing. A child should never have to worry about feeling unsafe in their own environment. Reni is very nervous about many things. Got over the airplane fear though. She's still working on her fear of dogs. Took her awhile to even want to navigate the house alone. And that's okay. She is to go at her own pace and feel comfortable. I think she is getting there. Here is what she drew the other day: