It's been an interesting couple of weeks in our household. Two weeks ago we ALL had the flu. We all got over it after two or three days except for Nadya, our exchange student from Russia. Her temperature kept spiking, even one time to 104.7 degrees. Scary! We took her to the emergency room at our local hospital. They sent her home with some meds. Uggh! We had hoped they would do more, but unfortunately didn't. When she was even worse the next day we took her back. They did a chest x-ray and discovered she had pneumonia. During the course of three days here in the hospital it got worse. They transferred her to Cardinal Glennon in St. Louis. Despite the ride down there in the midst of all the snow last Wednesday night, the rest of the experience was very positive. They were able to get her on the road to recovery and by Saturday we were heading home. She's on a seriously strong antibiotic that has to administered through a picc line. That's been fun, especially the one at 3:30am every morning. Oh well, we're glad she's on the mend, and we're very thankful for the prayers of family and friends.
While we were all down with flu, we received our little guy's medical, but it was still in Russian. Nadya took a stab at it and did a pretty good job of translating it, aside from some of the big medical terms. A couple of days later they sent us an English translation. He has the usual developmental delays and some other minor issues, but nothing earth shattering. Thanks be to God. Now we just pray that the next couple of months fly by so we can go meet him. Paperwork hasn't been too bad. It's nice to have another family using the same agency as us as well as the same home study agency. The dilemmas that they solved in the past couple of months with paperwork have helped us get things done the right way the first time (or second time). Anyway, we certainly don't wish paperwork hassles on anyone, but the frustrations and hard work of others often prove fruitful to other families who are trailing them in the paperwork stage. So thanks to Justin and Heather! Their paperwork dramas have helped us avoid dramas, at least we hope. Please keep them in your prayers as they await news of a court date! Blessings to you all.
Joel, Clarion, Slav, Sergei & Nadya