Wednesday, October 05, 2011

A Shot in the Arm

Today, Val and I went to the travel clinic to get our shots.  Its hard to believe that at this time last year we had just started talking about adoption.  We had talked about it, Val being more serious about it than myself, but neither of us knew very much about it.  So many questions arise in that initial stage. Are we capable of raising more children? Can we afford the process right now? Domestic or international? What if our adopted child has special needs?  How difficult will it be raising a multi racial family?  It would take a couple more months of major prayer and a tonne of research before we would commit to doing this.  
The year has flown by, and the shots today reminded me of how fast this process up to date has been and how soon we might be traveling! (maybe November or December)  A year might sound long to some of you, but many international adoptions take three years, depending on the country.
The list of vaccinations and oral medication we had to take today was quite extensive.  Yellow fever, Typhoid, Tetanus, Malaria, Cholera, and Hepatitis A and B.  I already had the Hep shots years ago because of my occupation, so I had three needles whereas Val  had 4.  My shoulder is killing me right now, apparently from the yellow fever shot, so I imagine Val, having an extra needle and being quite petit, must be pretty sore!

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Jen said...

This post made me laugh (in an empathetic type of way of course!). I love that both of you post entries on this blog. I still can hardly believe you guys are so close to the end of this process. I can't wait to see/meet the child God has waiting for you :).

Mark and Beth said...

so exciting!

Greg Slingerland said...

Good to hear that you're ready for anything - both physically (i.e. Ebola) or in a familial sense!