Full speed ahead, is not a speed I'm comfortable with, nor do I function well at such velocity. Unfortunately- it's been necessary. The intensity leaves me single minded focused.. I will be the first to admit-- it has taken its toll.
Not only is my brain at max capacity and my emotions all over the map- but my body is beginning to rebel. I've had more headaches in 2 months than I've had in my life thus far. My stomach feels like the lava flows of Kilauea.
Remember that commercial: "This is your brain on drugs"?.. Well, my brain is functioning like a Scrambled Egg. Mrs. Reagan, I'm sorry to tell you, "Drugs" would be a vast improvement.
Shonna has been 9 months pregnant 4 times now. I can not begin imagine how she did it sans alcohol and caffeine?
FINALLY. F.I.N.A.L.L.Y!!! I've accomplished some of the "must do's" and reached a point that I can ssssllllooooowwwww down. (hopefully...)
Some quick updates that you may or may not be aware of:
-While he was hospitalized we got some new pictures of him. Here are a couple just to tease you. I'll also attach a couple so that you can print them out and take them home and sleep with them under your pillow (come on. You know you want to...!)
-Shortly after that his birth certificate was issued!! Wee hooo.
-In December, TC and I were showered with love at the Country Club. WOW! My sister, mom and I'm sure many elves planned a really really really really really nice party. Upon arriving I was most relieved to notice the bartender still on duty. (the perks of adopting... no alcohol or caffeine detox required.) I can't express enough- how much it means that many of you were there to celebrate. So many people have gone out of their way to be so generous throughout this process. Sometimes there just aren't words to fully capture the appreciation. So all i can say is- Thank you.
My sister the generous fantastic over the top party planner!
-Still no confirmation of a travel date. The last I knew we were 'tentatively' scheduled for the middle of January. Last week I learned that he had been scheduled for his embassy physical- but no one knew if that had been done or when the physical was actually supposed to happen. ??? (remember a long time ago- I told you that one of the things you need to get used to is "I don't know" as a legitimate answer) As long as his physical goes ok- we could be traveling anytime in the next 6 weeks. (in theory..) There are some 'issues' with the embassy right now- so our "advance notice" for travel is not expected to be really "advanced". But we will do the best we can to find reasonable flight schedules. January is also the high holidays in Ethiopia so that is making things "tight". But no sense worrying about it. We'll get there. (in theory...)
-I'm packed! I'm a little overweight (oh hush up. I talking about the luggage!!) So I may have some figuring or send some stuff to Ryan- but I think I'm close anyway. Typically we are allowed 2 pieces of checked luggage but one of my pieces is a tote full of donations for a family- warm clothes and medical supplies. (Thank you Ashlee & Ryan for the Med Supplies! Made 'em all fit!) Of, course.. there are a few more details I have yet to do and take care of in order to claim.. DONE PACKING... but... I'm done enough to ease the fretting. (in theory..)
-Remember a while ago I told you of my friends who switched agencies because they found their children waiting with another agency. They will be in Ethiopia to bring their 2 kiddos home over Christmas!! They are over the moon excited! As am I for them! Lisa, Nate, Ammanual and Mesret are a beautiful family!
JUST TO CLARIFY TWO THINGS:
Last email I mentioned TC's original diagnosis of Kwashiokor. Kwash is not something he still "has". It is just a state of being from malnourishment. He was treated, fed well, and is now ok. It is not like asthma or diabetes (when you get diagnosed you have it forever). It is more like pneumonia or rheumatic fever: (you had it- you heal- but it may have lasting effects so you have to be aware of it.)
The fundraiser that Tara did for Haiti (mentioned last update) was this past spring. Long before any of us ever knew about my little man TC- but precisely during the time he was suffering from the Kwash and could have benefited from something like a Medika Mamba treatment.