Saturday, January 16, 2010

Have arrived in Krasnoyarsk

I survived the 8 Doctor medical exam. For those of you who don't know--in Russia, all adoptive parents must undergo an exam by 8 medical specialists and have all of them sign off on a form that you take to court with you. The exam was pretty non intrusive--I did have to take my top off for a couple doctors but that was it--otherwise they all just talked to you and asked questions. When we got to the clinic, their elevator was broken so we had to walk up four flights to the first doctor. The first thing he did was check my blood pressure and declared that I was on the high side of normal--do you think that the combination of being very nervous about this process and just walking up four flights could have something to do with that?? At least, he still declared me healthy. I was at the clinic about 4 hours but only about one hour or so was spent with doctors--the rest was just waiting in between times.
After the medical, we went to a mall for dinner and then off to the airport.

I am now in Krasnoyarsk. It sort of felt like coming back home after being in Moscow. The hotel is familiar and I know where some things are. I walked to the grocery store today and got my fridge stocked with diet coke, water, and yogurt. Also bought bananas and crossaints so that I can have breakfast in my room without having to go to a restaurant. To have some reminders of home I also picked up cheetohs and M&M's.

It is Saturday here. Tomorrow I get to go on an excursion to see the city and then Monday I finally get to go to the orphanage and see my daughter--one of the moments I have been waiting for.
Tuesday is my day in court and hopefully after that she will legally be my daughter and I can give out more information about her.

It is quite cold here but not horrible--it was okay walking around today but I did have my cuddle duds on. As you can see by my side bar, they are considerably warmer than last week which is fine by me! It feels about like home right now.
The area in front of my hotel is still all festive from the New Year and Orthodox Christmas (Jan. 7). It kind of reminds me of the St. Paul winter carnival--there are lots of ice sculptures and ice slides which the kids were having a great time with. There are horse drawn sleigh rides--one with Santa as the driver. There is a smaller sleigh for kids that is pulled by a real live reindeer--very cute.


JaneMM said...

You are so close. Don't you just love how you have to jump through hoops to finally become a family. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with you.


Cameron and Kyle said...

Wow, you will be hugging your daughter again very soon. So happy for you. Can't wait to hear her name and see that face.

Aaron and Julie said...

Glad the medical exam is over. Enjoy your excursion - and M&Ms. Something about M&Ms/chocolate in foreign lands makes it so much better :) Monday is only a day away!!!!

Gretchen said...

Congrats on passing the exam. I know that is a large part of the stress on this adventure. Have a great time tomorrow and good luck! I can't wait until you can post more!

Baby Kaz Moore said...

Whew!!!!!! Glad that's all over. Those medical exams would freak me. Gosh, less than 48 hours!! sending you best wishes from sunny Austin. Susan

Kelly and Sne said...

Glad to hear that you survived the poking and prodding! Sometimes they do ask the strangest things! Sounds like a winter wonderland there. Best of success in court!

lisa said...

by 8 doctors! wow, it sounds like you passed...yeah! Can't wait to hear when you are reunited with your little one!


Lou Ann said...

Thanks for explaining about the 8 doctors. Now that is taking adoption to a new level. But I'm sure it will be just a memory when you're holding your sweet baby in your arms on Tues. Enjoy the love!

Lou Ann & Lexie too

Kim said...

Would you do the exam again? I said to David after all the stress leading up, the exam part was a breeze and I would do it 100 more times!