Monday, February 14, 2011

Your Help Needed

I'm considering adding a page to the blog. I would like to make a page for families who have newly adopted or are considering adopting a child with HIV. I would like to talk about things that I've learned over the past 9 years such as how to get a child to practice swallowing pills so that they can go from liquid meds to pill form. Or how if you have a med that needs refrigeration, most amusement parks such as Dis*ney, have a first aid station where they will refrigerate your meds for you during the day. Or maybe answers to questions for those considering adopting a child with HIV.

So, here's where you come in. If you were thinking of adopting a child with HIV, what would you want to know? Or what questions do you have even as an "outsider"? What would you like to see on a page like this? Any help and/or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!


Megan said...

Very cool! I think that what I would be most interested in seeing is some cost estimates of medical expenses. We changed over to a high deductible plan and it would be nice to know medication costs, etc. Also- wondering if you disclose HIV to your child's school and why you chose to or not to and pros and cons of each. And while I'm at it- biggest joy and biggest challenge of raising a child with HIV. Thanks, Lisa!

Chantelle said...

Great idea. Would you be willing, also, to write a few 'articles' along those lines for PositivelyAdopted(dot)com? We could use a few details on those more 'practical' day-to-day aspects.

My daughter came to me already easily taking pills so I haven't had any experience with liq. meds, babies taking the meds, refrigeration, etc.

I would love to see a page like this! I'm open (and would love to) adopt an HIV+ child, but am waiting for my other half to get on board. I'm going to come up with some questions and shoot them over. Though Megan did ask a few questions I had (mainly the medical).

I just read your post about Braedon's medications, rages, etc. Thank you for sharing this. I know Victor needs something to help regulate his mood swings, short attention span, etc., but we don't know where to start. It's that fine line between "he does it because he's from an institution and it's to be expected" and "he has chemical imbalances and needs help."

*sigh* Thank you, Lisa, for all of your support and encouragement!! :)
xoxo, Kari

B and S said...

I'd love a page like this! We are open to adopting children with HIV and hear that HIV can be managed with medication, but I'm interested in what this actually means. What form is the medication (pills, injections, ???), how frequently is it normally given. I know this all may sound juvenile, but I feel pretty clueless going into this!

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