Monday, December 08, 2008

Whew, Long Day

Olivia did great today!

We got up at 4am, no problem. Made it to the hospital in an hour with plenty of time to spare before her EEG appt at 8. Olivia got in shortly after 8 for her EEG. The hardest part both times she's had this done has been when they ask her to blow a pinwheel for 3 min. They want to see how the lack of oxygen to her brain affects it. After a min, it's hard to keep her going, but she did it!

As they were putting on the sensors she asked if I had my camera. I usually do now with the new one. It's so small I just carry it in my purse. So she asked if I'd take some pictures so she could see what she looked like. She was so funny!

We were done a about 9:40 and went to the other side of the large waiting area to let them know we were done with the EEG so Olivia could get in to her HIV clinic appt. I asked the receptionist if they had checked us in to both appts as I wasn't sure. It looked like she checked the computer, and then asked me to knock on the door and let a nurse know we were finished on the other side and ready. I did and sat to wait. An HOUR later (Extremely unusual for them) I went and knocked again, telling another nurse the same thing. She came out right after and said that we weren't checked in! So we had to check in on that side, and the person said, "Do you know your appt was at 10?"
Ummmm... yes! I was holding back tears like you wouldn't believe. I was frustrated, but more than anything I was extremely tired, as I knew Olivia was as well. And we were hungry.
Finally another HOUR later, and with our social worker now having spoken to us and hearing how they had made a mistake, they got us in to a makeshift room as there were no rooms still available. They checked her out and then gave us vouchers for the cafeteria due to our wait, so nice of them! We made our way to the lab for her blood draw, and finally were on our way out at 1pm!!! Wow. 6 hours at the hospital! :(
We then headed to EAT, we were so hungry! :) And while we were "up north" we went to two thrift shops. I have a new giveaway I will try to post soon!!! We got GREAT deals today!!! :) And we should hear the EEG results in 5-7 days. Hopefully nothing new, just checking on her status.

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I am a single mom to four amazing kids; each of whom just happen to have been adopted. The first three were adopted through foster care, and we just completed an international adoption from Haiti. Our family has grown through adoption and I am all the more blessed to know each of my children. I worship a mighty God, teach Special Ed, love bargains, and am inspired by Pinterest... come along with us for the ride!

Olivia - 14

Olivia - 14

Braeden - 11

Braeden - 11

Liam - 9

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• Every 14 seconds a child is orphaned by AIDS
• 16,000,000 have been orphaned by AIDS
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Little did I know that the road would be so rocky
Little did I know that the trip would take so long
Little did I know that my heart could hurt so much
Little did I know that God is never wrong

Little did I know that love could be so powerful
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Little did I know that God would place the right ones
Little did I know that my heart, so large, could grow

Little did I know that a dream has it’s own timing
Little did I know that this day would finally come
Little did I know that four souls would be sent to guide me
Little did I know that they would choose to call me mom

But God knew all along and He had a plan to follow
God knew all along that my dream would soon come true
God knew all along that we five should be together
God knew all along that I’d share it all with you