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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Exit medical exam done

Amanda saw the doctor today, I got a height and weight, but it does not convert correctly, because if it does, my 3 year old weighs 10 pounds? I don't think so. She is tiny though, very very little, but not 10 pounds. 4.7 kilos, that is what the doctor said.

She has been ill one time, with a respiratory infection, and that was in 2005.

She needs 3 vaccinations, so her exit medicals will be $200. Exactly what I put aside, so I am pleased, it could have been so much more. We do have to go back next Wednesday the vaccines however, as they were out of one of them. We still need to exchange our USD for kroons. I will need 1996.00 kroon for the medical exam.



She still has a VSD and has not had any surgeries. It does not appear to cause her issues, the cardiologist who had seen her earlier this year did not want to follow up for 3 years with her, so I am hoping it is small. First thing to do once home is set up an appointment with her pediatrician and cardiologist.

Something that always struck me about her pictures was the size of her pupils when exposed to light, they remained very dilated, since she has been here they have gradually begun to react more normally, they do not constrict to a pinpoint, but you can see more of her pretty blue irises. May have been allergy meds she was on, she appears to have some allergic responses, sneezing, runny nose.

Her ears are clogged with wax, so we need to go to the drug store and buy something called REMOWAX to get it out, the doctor cannot see her eardrums. I noticed the gunk in her ears when I was editing pictures of her and saw it there. She is feisty, this will not be pretty.

She has perked up, a little more playful, and enjoying exploring our two rooms. She has played with a toy (threw it everywhere, but progress) and she is coming to me to be picked up. She came to me and smiled, put her arms up, I picked her up and was rewarded with a hug. She is learning I will take care of her, and that feels good. It shows she can attach to another person.

Self soothing behaviors abound with our sweet Amanda. Teeth grinding, blowing air from her nose forcefully (watch those boogies fly) making wheezy sounds, like Darth Vader, yes, exactly like that, but when he was dying. (sorry to be graphic, but it is exaclty how she sounds)Her lungs are fine though, a little mucous, but the doc said she is OK. She does these behaviors in sequence, and it is how I know she is feeling overwhelmed.

Then there are the raspberries, the mama, uhm uhm, and the finger on the lips and bebebebe. LOL. She does these when she is happy.

13 comments:

Meredith said...

Glad to hear things are going well. Amanda is beautiful! Micah does the weird nasally sound as well and at first we were concerned that he might have tracheamalacia but now we've figured out it's just entertaining. We've been home 3 1/2 months and it's GREATLY lessened. Enjoy your time with her!

Meredith

Rich, Andrea, Reece & Owen said...

She has a whole new life ahead of her Kris!!! THANK YOU for your gift of life and family.---Andrea Roberts, Reece's Rainbow DS Adoption Ministry

GoldenAngelsWorks said...

That is so wonderful. I am so happy to hear things are getting done and she sounds like she is doing wonderful. Horray... will be no time and you all will be home loving each other.

THE CAMPBELL FAMILY said...

KRIS, AMANDA IS BEAUTIFUL!!!! THAT IS NEAT SHEIS YOUR EIGHT CHILD. WE WILL HAVE EIGHT CHILDREN WHEN OUR BELLA COMES HOME. PEOPLE THINK WE ARE CRAZY. WE JUST LOVE A HOUSE FULL OF KIDDOS. HAVE A FUN TIME GETTING TO KNOW YOUR DAUGHTER. JODY

carol said...

Kris,
I am so glad to hear that Amandas Dr aappointment went well. One thing you can cross off your list.
Has Tom left?
Take care of yourself and Amanda. Cant wait to have you all home as a family. The hugg you both will be getting.
carol n

The Balsis Family said...

I'm so happy for you guys! I did the conversion of 4.7 kilos here online and it too is saying 10 pounds. Hopefully the measurement was wrong. Can't wait til you can come home!

schoolmother said...

Thanks Kris for keeping us all updated. Amanda is a cutie-bug and she is already making progress in playing and bonding. Good news!
Joy

melonie thompson said...

AWWWWW, She is all that and more:):)
We think you guys are awsome...
Hugs, Melonie

Charlotte said...

Doesn't look 10 lbs to me, lol !
My three year old who came home from China about 7 months ago is 31 lbs, she's bigger than Amanda though ! They fed her good in China, lol ! She is the albino one !

Can't wait to go to Estonia for my girl !

Charlotte and crew

June Berger said...

Oh my goodness, she is soooo beautiful! I'm afraid I'd be kissing her all day! (My poor kids, that's all I did when they were little and let me, lol).
Jonathan does the teeth grinding and the nasal noise as well! But much less since we've been home six months. It is worse when he is ill or stressed. Congratulations on your new daughter, what a blessing she is!

Kathryn said...

That measurement must be wrong because the conversion (2.2 x 4.7)is a little over 10 lbs but your angel looks more substantial than that. I'm glad the apartment is working out so well for you. Prayers for you all.

Anonymous said...

Oh she's adorable! I love the pink! This is so exciting.

-Debrah in Tucson, Arizona.

kristynewb said...

Kris,
She is so beautiful!!! Have fun spending time with her and give her a big kiss from all of her RR aunties. She's adorable!

Saying prayers for a safe time in Estonia and safe trip home.

Kristy

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