Medical exam

Well, this morning we got up having slept better than any night so far on this trip. While the beds here are still harder than I am used to, they were better than our previous hotels and the air conditioning is Great!

We had breakfast in the hotel and the met the two other families traveling with our agency in this part of the trip. There is a nice family from VA that adopted a 7 year old boy. He is their 6th child and 4th adoption from China. There is also another couple who adopted a 6 yr old girl in a wheel chair. She is terrified of everything and they have spent all their time so far in the room.

We went to the clinic and had 4 tests done. First was height, weight & temp, then an eye, nose throat check, then a physical and finally the skin test for tb. When it was Lily’s turn she started screaming as soon as she saw them holding a needle. It took three nurses to hold her for the test. Clearly, getting her vaccinated is going to be painful for me and her. We will find out the results on Monday. I pray they are negative or we may not be able to re-enter the US until the waiting period has passed.

Finally after we finished all our exams my guide gave me Lily’s passport which had been delivered by another family. Thank god!

While we were waiting between medical tests, our guide Elsie came over and explained to Lily what her new English name will be. At first she said no and started to cry, but the clever guide kept talking and explained that the Lily is one of China’s most beautiful flowers and only special little girls can have such a pretty name. Since that time we have had no objections to her new name. 🙂

When we got back to the hotel, everyone decided to walk to the Friendship store to get some water and supplies. It was an interesting store in that it had designer department store merchandise on 7 floors but had a supermarket in the middle of it.

To get to the market we had to walk through the largest designer shoe department I have every seen in my life. They had ever designer you could think of. I believe this would be my niece, Caroline’s version of heaven. I managed to snap a few photos before the shoe police accosted me and said no photos allowed. What? Did they think I was a rogue shoe designer who was going to copy their product with a teenager and toddler in tow? Not exactly your typical vision for corporate espionage.

Anyway, we got back to the room and Julia was not feeling well. I took her temperature and she was running a fever. So, I gave her Tylenol and everyone took a nap.

When we woke up, we walked to a local restaurant called Oggie’s. It had the best Italian spaghetti I have ever had! Who knew you needed to go to China for great Italian?

We then came back I gave Lily a bath in the giant bath tub. She clearly loves water and had fun playing in the water and makes faces at herself in the mirror.

Anyway, today I am including some hotel pictures, some shots at the medical facility and of course my illegally snapped shoe shots. Enjoy!













2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Barbara Krautkramer
    Jul 14, 2012 @ 09:18:02

    glad your sleeping better and even happier that you have passport. Also happy Lily likes her name. Love mom and Dad.


  2. Kris Seymour
    Jul 14, 2012 @ 17:16:15

    Shoes. Shoes. And more shoes. I’m not sure Caroline would have ever left. What a wonderful adventure. I hope you keep all these posts and create a scrapbook for your daughter. I hope J is feeling better. Can’t wait for you to be home.


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