Friday, January 04, 2008

New Years - Updated

UPDATE

Okay, I've found some pictures and have them up now.
We went to the doctor today and had her TB test results read and it all appears A-OK! The bloodwork that they did already was enough for four tests, I think and they all came back great! Her final one and yes, they were able to do a finger stick was for HIV and I'm sure she doesn't have that so we are in the clear. We had her first round of shots this morning. Three in one leg and two in the other. One was for a flu shot but they only gave her 1/2 a dose and then said to come back in a month for the second half. I'm thinking we may just skip that one. They wouldn't schedule an appt because they might be out of the vaccine by then. The nurse that was there this time did a fabulous job. She did them as quickly as she could, boom, boom, boom and we were done. Glad to have that done for now. I was glad to have Matt with me this time, Even though it wasn't as bad as the blood being drawn, he was such a help for me. We're now good for another two months and we'll need to do this all over again with her second set.

One more thing, she went down for her nap without so much as a whimper! Yeah!!






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Okay, so I'm super late in this but that seems to be my life lately. HA!

New Years Eve, we gathered up the munchkin and headed South to Lisa and Eammon's where we celebrated on London's time. (Eammon is from London)(7:00PM here) We rang in the new year with them and all the kiddies. We had a wonderful time and Chani was able to meet a few more people. We were home and in bed by a reasonable hour. That was fabulous! Thank you Lisa and Eammon for having us!

Jan 2nd - We had her first doctor visit. It was supposed to be a nice visit so just she and I went, leaving Matt at home. That was a huge mistake because the visit was horrible. She first had to have her belly poked and pushed against and it hurt. She didn't like that too well. Then, they had to do a TB test and she didn't much care for that either. Her little face was so red and wet from crying. She was so upset. Then, the worst part was the drawing of the blood. They missed the vein in the first arm so they had to try the other one. By this time, she was in a full blown panic and so upset, crying, screaming, and thrashing about. They had me holding her down and talking to her to try to comfort her. They pulled a small amount out but not quite enough. Oh, before they did this, they stuck a bag on her to collect her urine, hoping she would go quickly. Well, they took the blood that they did get and then left her to me to comfort her and try to calm her down. I then went to fix her a bottle and waited in the waiting room with tons of people, hoping that she would fill the bag so we could go. I waited and waited but by this time, I was the one who was upset and really just wanted out of there. I'd bring back the bag later. I told the lab we were leaving and they gave me a bag to put on her myself. It just sticks on so it seems like it would be fairly easy to put on. They gave me two, just in case. We'll see how well it works once she wakes up this morning.

Yesterday, my friend Susan and her girls Sarah and Joy along with Mary, a friend of Joy's came for a visit and to meet Chani. The girls really had a great time playing with all the toys and Chani really enjoyed watching them play. After they left, she promptly went down for her nap. Thank you again Susan for coming.

We need to return to the doctor today to get more blood but they said they might be able to just do a finger prick for it. I really hope so. They will also read the TB results and hopefully that will be all. I hope she isn't too traumatized by the whole deal.

She usually gets 11-13 hours of sleep every night. Sometimes she wakes up which she did last night and was screaming for a good hour. We go in right away to comfort her for two minutes and then leave for five minutes. If she's still awake, we go back in for another two and then leave for ten. Repeating this until 15 minutes and then we stick with that until she is asleep. It really helped us get into a routine and at last she is sleeping. She still cries a bit when we put her down but it's much better than the way it was. Last night, Matt had to get her up to change her and then later when she wouldn't fall asleep, he gave her about 1/2 a bottle. We don't give her a bottle to go to sleep. We only gave her one last night because we missed giving it to her before her bedtime routine.

I can't seem to get to my pictures this morning so I'll try to post them later today when we get back. Wish us luck today!

7 comments:

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy said...

Hope all goes well today and they get the right amount of blood and only poke her once...
Sounds like you have been busy..
But Chani is doing really well on her sleeping..
Give Chani hugs for me...
and Hugs to you both too..
Can't wait for the pictures...

Lisa~~ said...

So glad that you could join us, it was fun. Hope that her 2nd appointment goes easier than the first.

jon-n-tracey said...

we had quite a few blood draws, i think 4 times in 5 weeks. and a urine bags, too. the biggest help was when we went to the Children's clinic (across the street from the Children's hospital) for the blood draw, instead of the local hospital lab. The staff was so much better since they ONLY have little kids there. the plus side of it is that through all of the crying and distress, it actually adds a positive note, because it 'forces' bonding and stronger attachment when she goes to you for comfort. hang in there - (we just had some more 'forced bonding' with a fever of 101-102 this past week).

jon-n-tracey said...

oh and btw, we weren't giving her a bottle to go to sleep either, until about 2 weeks after we came home, we realized this was how she went down when she was at the orphanage (basically her whole life, right?) so we swtiched to give her a bottle, and we felt that we were adding alot of stress to her, by making her go to sleep without her bottle - basically making her go to sleep "hungry," even though she has been fed all day!

Briana's Mom said...

Oh Kathy! So sorry the appointment was so tough. Doug and I tackled the first few appointments together. Briana did well and didn't cry until the blood draw. And then they warned us they weren't sure if they got enough blood and they may have to do it again. Thank goodness they got enough. They actually forgot to do the urine sample on her first appointment, which I think was a blessing now!

It was so great seeing you on New Year's Eve!!

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy said...

Glad things were better today...
LOVE the pictures...
Did you make those ladybug clips that were Chani's hair in China????
How exciting that she went right down on her nap...
Sounds like she is doing GREAT on sleeping...
Hugs to you girly..

Jackie said...

So glad things went more smoothly at the doctor's office today! One more big stress out of the way. Sounds like you're all doing pretty well with the sleep stuff. It must be overwhelming with so many new things all at once. But that sweet little face makes it all worth it, huh?! :)