After months of ups and downs, sickness and health, Hudson was able to go to the same doctor that treated me when I was there, and in a bad way. Not the slicer-and-dicer man, but the kind, English-speaking, Indian doctor who was my safe haven after being treated quite roughly by the Conogolese docs and nurses at the first hospital. That being said, I did heal, and everything ended up fine, but I’m glad Dr. Sharrieff was able to lay eyes on him and run some tests.
Even though baby Hudson was well by the time he was able to see my fave DRC doctor, we went ahead and had some labwork drawn to see if we could get some answers as to why he has continued to get sick over and over. Everything came back normal, except for some slight anemia, which is expected with malnutrition. We were overjoyed! He apparently never had malaria, and has tested negative for many other chronic illnesses. We had been concerned about his vision because one of his eyelids droops down a bit, but the doctor feels his vision is normal at this point. Hallelujah!
Things are looking up! I will leave one week from today and get to put this little bundle in my arms for the first time. Leaving him again just a few short days later, will be torture. But I will leave him knowing that very soon, he will be ours forever and he’ll be home with his family.
Our kind friends, the Rutland’s, who we met in Congo while adopting Mila, were there for a second time, following almost the exact same path as us. They adopted a toddler last fall, and were there completing the adoption of their second Congolese child, just this month! Kim Rutland and her friend Darcy, became our fast friends, and we wish they would just come on down to Alabama and stay a while. 🙂 That probably won’t be happening, but across many miles, I have to put out a huge THANK YOU and an enormous hug to them for taking the time to get my baby to the best doctor in Congo, when I couldn’t. This is the video she sent me. Notice the Mommy-inflicted bandages on his hands from the lab draws. 😦 Sorry Buddy, I know it hurt, but it was what was best.
You’ll hear another baby chatting in the background, but don’t miss Hudson’s little coo towards the end… AND his grin, WITH dimples!!! OMGness, I can’t wait to get my hands on him.