Saturday, September 19, 2009

Sept. 19 - Guangzhou

Let me get this off my chest - it is STINKING 100 degrees here and humidity that you just can't cut through. Ok - I won't mention that again but had to get it out there. Joe wants to go out and take pictures - walk around - and I am thinking - bum leg, slow going, NO WAY!!! I hate to be a party pooper, but oh my word! That said, we are still enjoying ourselves - the best part of Guangzhou are all the families - you can talk to people again - you feel more normal and don't get stared at all the time. Guangzhou is very different this time though - there are SO many special needs children - not just all babies like last time. I sat at breakfast this morning and literally cried. I can not believe the children that are set aside because they are imperfect. Just breaks my heart - I can only help one, but I am so grateful for these other families that have seen fit to help others. What big hearts people have.

We went and had our shots today and medical check. Jada had to have 7 shots - more than any others in our group - I have no clue why, but that girl was SO tough. She sat there and watched about 4 of them - not making a peep - then for the last 3 she just lost it. Enough was enough and I don't blame her. It is ridiculous really - and most of these will have to be redone in the U.S. So sad. And our guide reminded us - this isn't China's rule - this is the U.S.'s rule. Some big guy needs to come here and see what a joke this is and then decide if it is really necessary. There are just hundreds of families packed into one building. You have to go through 4 or 5 stations - you wait forever and babies are screaming - I'm sure you get the point. All for a one-eyed lady (yes, the same one here 4 years ago) to shine a flashlight in their eyes and another doctor to shake a rattle by their ears - don't worry though - if they don't turn to the sound - the doctor will move their head to the sound! They all pass!! :) It sounds so cynical - but it is amazing - we just shake our heads and say - even if one was sick - no one would ever find it. In fact, the one-eyed lady got reprimanded for not finding Jada's eye problem - she didn't write it on the sheet and her boss just chewed her out. Our guide told us all of this - she actually passed Jada and would have moved her on. There goes her raise!! Oh dear. But we made it - came back and made Jada some noodles and had a banana and now she is napping. She is SO consistent with her schedule - last night she got in bed late and this morning she was almost impossible to get up. She LIKES her sleep - but hey, so does her momma!! :)

Joe is out shopping at the moment - don't let him tell you that I spent all the Yuan! Nope - he's out today! We plan to meet some travel mates for dinner at Lucy's and not sure what else - Guangzhou is a great landing place - we enjoy it here and it really caters to the westerners. Now if it would just COOL DOWN!!!

We find out on Monday about the TB - our guide says it is NOT good if it is positive - very hard to convince the U.S. - we know that - we've followed stories that could scare a person. But we are praying - God knows and He has us in the palm of His hand.Check out all those bandaids - 2 in each arm, 1 in each leg (with one leg with 2), plus the TB in the arm as well. And these weren't given like at home - three nurses at one time - nope, they are one by one here.People keep asking us - they do not believe she's only 3 - poor thing - they don't believe she's a girl - now they don't believe she's 3!!! She is VERY tall. And look at her little legs - COVERED in bug bites - it scared us at first, but that is what they are - each little leg is just covered.


Faith, Hope, and Love said...

Poor baby! I can't believe she had to take all those shots!!! Praying for good results on the TB test!!!


Carol said...

She is just so sweet! Will pray for good results. :) So what's this about a bum leg? Love you.

hollym. said...

Praying for normal TB test! Jada sure looks happy in her pics.:)
I think it's way time for you all to come home!!!!
Take care,Becky and Joe

Kim K. said...

Poor little thing...all those nasty shots. I'm praying for a normal TB test. Enjoy Guangzhou! ((hugs))

LaLa said...

Poor baby...praying for good test results. Glad you made it safely to Guangzhou. Hope it cools down enough to enjoy. Eat something yummy at Cow and Bridge for me : )

Sue said...

oh Becky, poor brave little girl. We will be praying about the tb test!

Whitty's Four said...

Every medical establisment I take Caeleigh into, her first question is,"do I have to get a shot?"Being totally reimmunized is hard because they are not 2, 4 or 6 months old and they remember...and it's scary for them!!!One at a time would have been impossible.What a tough little cookie she is.
She is so sweet!! But what is sweeter is the love ya'll have for her. It just comes out in your writing.God is so good.
Today is the birthday party, so hopefully the girls will have fun.
We continue to pray.

Carrie said...

Thank you God for going before the Bilby's each and evey moment of their time together in China. Thank you for making them a family and putting this love in their hearts for you and the things that break your heart as well. I pray for protection and peace and your provision over their union and know that you will not forsake them or Jada.

Becky the love that you and Joe are showing Jada will be the key to unlock all that has been shut off in her heart and mind. I will be praying through the weekend for your strength and peace over this all.

Andy, Charity, Noah, Heath and Elijah said...

Poor little thing. I can't even imagine her being so brave after even just one shot, but 4 - wow she's tough. Praying that the TB is negative. Speaking of, have you seen RQ since you've been there? It looks like the CDC is changing their minds on some of the requirements for kiddos under 10.
Praying for a cool down.

3 Peanuts said...

Oh I am so sorry she had to go through al of that! Congratulations...Jada is adorable and she looks so joyful!!!!!

Sophia and Avah's Mommy and Daddy said...

Becky!! Just now catching up with your posts. We had people look at Avah and ask us if she was 2 or 3? They were surprised to hear us say she was FOUR!

Almost at the end of your time in China! Enjoy your last days there!!

When you are harvesting your crops and forget to bring in a bundle of grain from your field, don't go back to get it. Leave it for the foreigners, orphans and widows. Then the LORD your God will bless you in all you do.
~Deuteronomy 24:19

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