Don’t give up. Don’t you quit. You keep walking. You keep trying. There is help and happiness ahead. You keep your chin up. It will be all right in the end. Trust God and believe in good things to come. Some blessings come soon, some come late, and some don’t come until heaven; but for those who embrace the gospel of... Jesus Christ, they come. -Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
This afternoon we rode in our newly repaired car ($400 later...) to the on-base hospital for Keith & Kristina's physicals. The appointments were with different doctors and so Tyler took Kristina to her doctor and I took Keith to his.
Kristina's results: she is 4 & 1/2 years old & she is 2nd % in weight (she weighs 28 pounds), 1% in height. She got her immunization shots (5 shots total) her in thighs - poor little girl. She has a referral to see an opthamalogist for her strabismus (very common in orphans) and a psychologist.
Keith's results: he is also 4 & 1/2 years old & he weighs 23 pounds (tiny, people). The doctor said he is functioning at the level of a 6-9 month old child. The doctor brought in a specialist, Randy -who happens to be in our church, and he asked the other (younger) doctor to make a list. Randy listed at least 6 referrals for Keith of various areas, such as gastrointestinal, opthamalogy, hearing, dental, etc. I felt it was a miracle that Randy was brought in to help us with our kids and he showed extra interest and concern about them both.
Tyler wasn't too thrilled with Kristina's doctor and her expertise - so Randy transferred Kristina over to him and to Keith's doctor so they could work on both kids. As Randy named referral after referral, I felt overwhelmed and emotional at the thought that Keith will get the care that he needs to help him progress. It was as if Randy was our own angel helping us with our angel. God continues to bless us with miracles in this adoption journey.
We had an x-ray taken of Keith and the doctor called us back with the results - his tummy is really tight because he's backed up - more than the doctor said he's ever seen in a child. So we've been having fun (not really) with suppositories and enemas this evening. Already this little guy has purged 3 cups from his 23 pound body! (I wonder how much of his weight is his bowels?!) The doctor has labeled him as "ASAP" on all of his appointments, so Keith will see the GI doctor on monday for a "procedure" to clean him out. Poor guy. Also on monday he's due to have blood draws and his immunization shots. Hello Motrin!
Here are some pictures of our blessings:
Kristina eating macaroni & cheese for the very first time. She loved it.
Keith also eating mac'n'cheese & loving it, too. :o)
Keith watching a Christmas video. He leans his head way back to see the t.v.
Maggie - scared and curious of the two new kids. Anna doing homework - very important!
Keith playing with his favorite toy - thanks Valerie!
Kristina with her first cupcake - yeah, we thought it was important to introduce her to some healthy American snacks. ;o)