Friday, September 25, 2009

We have been at the doctor every day this week and we aren't even sick.

Seriously...every day to the doctor for some adoption physical or testing.

MONDAY - Girls had their physicals and their arm test for TB (a requirement for the homestudy process).

TUESDAY - Chuck and I had our physicals and our arm test for TB.

WEDNESDAY - Back in to have the girls arms checked out for TB. Arms started to look like a positive result, scheduled to go back the next day to check again.

THURSDAY - Back to the doctor to have them look at the girls arms again. Sure looked positive for TB. Went over to a lab and had chest x-rays done to see if it was active TB. (It was NOT).

FRIDAY - Chuck and I went in for our blood work and had them look at our TB arm test. Those results all came out just fine. No worries.

So...all that to say, we have been to the doctor every day and we aren't sick. Of course sitting there in the waiting room as they mention that the arm TB test was positive made everyone there give you freaky looks. Like we are some kind of diseased family. Yep...I felt like I had to justify to everyone "We are not sick. We don't have TB, it just means we have been exposed to some TB sometime in our lives. We are not contagious."

As you can imagine, we were washing our hands every time we walked out of the waiting room.

On a positive note, we just got back from a fun play date at the park with other families in our area that have, or are in the process of adopting from Africa. I found out one of them lives in our neighborhood. How cool is that. What a neat area to be in and find such neat support. I love how God works out those details.

You will also notice, I have put up our adoption time line to help you get an idea of the process and how we are progressing. We just had our second and third (max of 4) homestudy meetings. And we have been really busy getting ready for a HUGE yard sale tomorrow as a adoption fundraiser. Please pray with us that it doesn't rain.


steffany said...

You are right on track!

Christine said...

Yeah! One step closer! I am still curious to know what country you are adopting from.:)

Christine said...

Oh, never mind. I saw that it was Ethiopia!

Leisa said...

You should have told the looky lous that, No it's not TB just swine flu ;)

Ginny said...

I remember this part! My sister and her husband are going through the homestudy process for the third time now in two years. They are in Georgia, and state law requires that everything be redone even when it's just an update. I can't imagine!

Tim and Susan said...

Hey we heard about the big garage sale from mom with a lot of people donating things....SO great. YEA. Hope it goes well and so glad that it isn't active TB.

That is really neat that God (in His total souverinty and blessings!!) have given you a neat support network of adopting from Africa families. Again, too cool.

DebiH. said...

Praying for no rain for you!!!

Anonymous said...

Sorry for all your troubles, and glad you're not sick! My Dad and I always react positively to the TB tests too- just means you have antibodies to the TB bacterium (but it sounds like you already know that).

How exciting that you live in an area with other families adopting (or that have adopted) from Africa. God placed you just in the right spot!

Thanks for listing your timeline. I like knowing.

Hope your yard sale was fantastic. I'm sure you had wonderful things! If we'd been there, JD would have wanted to buy some of your girls' old books.

K-Sue said...

Sounds like a Home Study is a full-time job. -- with great benefits!

Salzwedel Family said...

So nice to see your timeline up and running. It seems you are moving right along. Woo hoo!

Annie said...

I have to laugh when I think of all those TB tests - then all my kids come here TB positive - from receiving a live vaccine, which is how they do it in Russia. But, weirdly, even our doctors here got all bent out of shape by that. Sergei had to have a lung x-ray and they were going to make him go through a year's worth of "treatment". I finally said - ENOUGH! and sought out a Russian pediatrician. He just said, "Oh yes! My whole family tests positive!" and that was that. Over and over again it has been very helpful to have a physician "in the know"...