What kind of a person is she? What does she like or hate? Who is she?
Elisa is funny & cheeky little git.
She has a wicked sense of humour.
Watch her, as she will try to cause havoc. She will try to pull the leads attached to her knowing you will come to tell her off, which she finds hilarious! In similar fashion she will try to flick her implants off her head knowing that you will soon appear to put them back on her.
She loves rough and tumble. She loves making a mess. She loves water: she loves swimming and splashing and playing with water. She loves sensory play and bright lights. She likes exploring with her sense of touch. She finds bubbles fascinating.
Elisa is happy 5-year-old.
She is a content little girl, who only cries when there is something terribly wrong. Crying is her last resort; if you hear it, you go running to her.
She cries if she is in pain. She cries, if you keep doing something she has tried to say “no” to numerous times and she cannot think any other way to get out.
Usually, you see Elisa smiling and laughing. That is her. A happy little soul.
Elisa loves Futurama.
TV has always mesmerised her. She could easily spend the whole day watching cartoons. Though she is picky! She will protest to Peppa Pig or anything too babyish. She used to love Frozen, but that does not take her fancy anymore.
She likes the films Moana, Coco and Angry Birds.
But she absolutely loves Futurama. Her favourite characters in it changes periodically. It used to be Dr Zoidberg, now it is Bender.
She cannot speak, but she won’t stop talking
Even though there is no language as such that she can use to communicate with, she expresses herself colourfully with facial expressions and body language and audible squeals.
She will make choices by smiling at the object she prefers and following it with her eyes. If she doesn’t really mind, she will not react either way to the presented choices.
She says yes with a smile.
She says no with a frown. Sometimes she closes her eyes and pretends to be asleep, which is another way of saying no.
Elisa does not like
heavy metal and/or rock music. She prefers clear melodic music with simple instruments that is easy to listen to with coclear implants. She loves Frank Sinatra’s voice!
being left alone. With her medical conditions it is vital she is not left alone anyway, but if she realises she is alone it terrifies her. She is happiest when someone is touching her, when she can sense someone’s attentiveness.
there are a couple of episodes of Futurama she does hate with passion. She will cry if you make her watch the whole episode of “Yo Leela Leela” (Season 6, Episode 19) – especially on the bit where the other TV shows are trialled on the orphans. Her absolute favourites are “Why Must I be a Crustacean in love?” (Season 2, Episode 9) – especially the bit where Dr Zoidberg lifts weights in a gym – and “Clockwork Origin” (Season 6 Episode 9), especially the bit where robo-dinosaurs are fighting and Fry is almost killed.
She hates being on her tummy. With poor head control, her face is pretty much squashed against the floor if she is put on to her tummy. She hates it.
She picks favourites.
Mummy used to be her favourite, but for years now she’s been a devoted Daddy’s girl. She picks favourites from all the people who care for her, from school to hospice and respite services. She reacts in bigger measure to people she likes more.
She will give me a nice smile – she will grin like a maniac to her father.
Elisa loves people and attention.
It is best if she can have as many people admiring her as possible. She’s never been shy, and unlike her mother, she loves being in the centre of the attention. She loves watching people’s reactions to her; she loves big smiles and expressive faces!
She understands tassels – a tactile body sign language which is used to let her know what happens next. Touch is important to her, not only in comforting way, but as a way of communication too.
She is interested in others and likes people watching. She gets entertained by watching kids running and jumping.
Traffic has always fascinated her: she is never bored at a bus stop if she is able to watch the cars go by.
She loves being out in fresh air, she adores the sunshine and wind on her face. The best place to be is being cuddled; though do not overheat her, she does not like being hot and sweaty.
Elisa is diagnosed with
- cerebral palsy, which makes her immobile. She cannot walk or sit unaided. Her cerebral palsy is described as dystonic and dyskinetic, meaning uncontrollable and involuntary movements of her limbs; also, she gets really stiff and suffers from cramps.
- deafness; she cannot hear a thing without her cochlear implants
- cerebral vision impairment: she is registered blind. She can see, but her brain muddles the visual sensory input a bit. Also, she’s short-sighted.
- reflux and unsafe swallow; Elisa is completely tube-fed.
But as you now know, she is not her diagnoses.
Who is she?
An outdoorsy little geek, who loves being in the spotlight of attention. A sassy girl, who likes a violent robot Bender and adores Frank Sinatra’s deep voice. She is my precious first-born, who is perfect just as she is.
PS. You might know her by a different name – read here why she carries a nickname here in the blog!