Dec 21, 2012

Medical Exam Day!

Trip 2, Day 2:

Today we woke up and met the other couple from our agency for breakfast. We really like them and have enjoyed getting to know them and having other people to talk with. They're adopting their first child from the same orphanage and he's just a little older than A. We feel a little impatient since they have waited now for almost 16 years to have their first child. They we were really nervous about their child not remembering them but we were able to ease some of their fears by reminding them that even if he doesn't remember them, that they already know what he likes/doesn't like. 

We woke up to our hotel view of rooftops covered in about 3 inches of snow! It's definitely cold today. We left for the orphanage around 10 am and arrived about 5-10 minutes later. We were put in the same big room as before with the other couple. A was brought in first since he lives in that building but the other couple had to wait a few minutes since their son lives in the other building. A came in and was a little upset but slowly walked up to Mr.Slick. He let him pick him up and hold him for a few minutes until he calmed down and was ready to play. 

He seems to love his new photo album we brought him of his house, us, him, etc. and would walk around the room with it and his puppy dog. Those two things never were far from him. He and the other little boy kicked a ball back and forth together - it was nice to see how he interacted with another child. He was very interested in them and wanted to watch them but he always stayed close to us and wanted to be in our laps. 

We brought him new clothes today and changed him into these since he was wearing the same clothes as yesterday. He didn't seem to be as upset when we changed his clothes this time as last trip but maybe that's because we knew how to go about doing it. He even wanted to put his pants on by himself and helped me get his shirt and shoes on. He's still not talking much but he will say dog in Russian when he sees pictures of Gunner. He did also say bye to us in Russian when he left today for lunch as he waved and blew kisses again. 

We just got back from our medical examinations and it was crazy! We walked there from the hotel in the cold but we made it. The clinic is in a 200 year old, beautiful building. Every room has ornate floor tiles or wood and chandeliers. It used to be the home of a rich family but it's still mostly in its original condition and in need of some work. We were told this process would be very easy and it would only take about 10-15 minutes. And that was mostly true. But...when one of the doctors was examining Mr.Slick's x-ray (right before we were to get our blood pressure mind you) she found something on the x-ray that there was a problem. Needless to say, our blood pressure shot through the roof! We were no longer calm and were worried. It turned out to be no big deal and she just saw what was likely an old rib injury. We then were taken to the exam room where several doctors looked us over and asked us questions, all at one time and in broken English. It was very hectic and we had no clue what was going on. One doctor asked me, "Do you have children?" so I answered, "No." He then got a funny look on his face and said, "Why no children?" so I explained. Then Mrs.P came to the rescue and said he was asking why we wanted to adopt. So we got that cleared up and we were then taken to see a few other doctors who asked us a few questions and we were cleared! In retrospect it would have been easy if we knew what to expect and if we hadn't been worried about the x-ray issue. 

Mrs.P gave us some notes to study for court, so that's what we're doing now. Tomorrow we go see A again and we hope the weather will be nice enough to go outside. We'd love to see him play out there and get him in some fresh air. 

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