Yesterday we finally received a follow-up call from our international adoption doctor about the results of lab work from two weeks ago. The biggest thing that was of concern we already knew about; Zinashi has giardia. The health department called us last week to ask questions about where she might have gotten it, and when I said, “Ethiopia,” the woman seemed surprised. We weren’t, though; I have yet to meet a family whose toddler or older child adopted from Ethiopia that did not have it when tested upon arrival. The only other abnormality is that her hemoglobin is a little low, but not low enough to require a supplement. She’s just barely not anemic, which is good enough for us. I can just feed her some steaks for dinner, right?
The doctor called in the prescription for the giardia medication, we picked it up today, and after three days of strawberry flavored protazoa-killer, our girl should be good to go. This is the same girl that landed on the waiting child list due to a medical issue. That issue has resolved itself, and we are proud parents of a healthy, probably-three-year-old girl. And that’s something for which we can most certainly give thanks.
What will you be giving thanks for this holiday season?