Our first appointment was with a general Pediatrician. He was sweet and very gentle. Andy and I had come with a list of questions or small concerns that landed us to see several "ologists." We now have and MRI, swallow study, dermatologist appointment, an echo, and a rehabilitation doctor to see (we promised we would see our very own eye doctor.) That is a lot of appointments in the next month! Nina also had a huge amount of blood drawn, so much, that they could not take it all in one day for safety reasons, so they divided it in the 2 days and Nina had a really hard time. This blood test will check for everything from what vaccines she has had, to what things she has been exposed to.
Today we had an X-ray for Nina's hand and we saw the neurologist. As we talked about Nina's future and we asked if he thought she would ever walk his comment was, "I don't see a reason why she would not walk on her own." And you can imagine how encouraging it is to hear that!
There were some concerns we had regarding Nina when we would visit her at the orphanage based on her fears and behaviors she displayed. Some of those concerns became even more real once I had Nina with me. As we met with the doctor, before we brought up some of those concerns, the pediatrician noticed immediately.
The reality of life in an orphanage is very sad. Actually, it is heartbreaking. If you have ever felt a tug in your heart regarding adoption, let's talk. You will really be saving the life of a child!