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!
Posted by Derek