Tuesday, May 25, 2010

8 Doctor Medical D-O-N-E!!!

And how completely painless!!  This was the first time our agency has used this particular clinic, and I have to highly recommend the process.  As most adoptive parents know, the 8 doctor medical is pretty much a formality.  For some, it is painful, for others... not so much.  It all depends on where you get it done.  So here's how it went down, for those that are interested.

We drove to the wrong place a couple of times.  Like I mentioned, this was the first time they had used this place and they weren't sure exactly where it was.  Once we found it, we went into a big conference-type room and sat down to wait.  We were joined by three other families and their coordinators.  One by one the different doctors (all women) drifted in the room.  They began shuffling everyone's paperwork and x-rays around and making notes.  At one point they got everyone's stuff all tangled up and confused, but it all got straightened out, thank Heaven!

Apparently HIPPA rules don't apply here, they just went around the room asking questions of each family. Had we ever sustained a head injury?  Had our parents ever sustained a head injury - like that matters?  The neurologist made us look at her little hammer then tapped our wrists and knees.  That was the neuro exam.  We got asked very generally and almost in passing if we drank alcohol or smoked cigarettes.  Had we had any surgeries ever seen a dermatologist for anything.

Then we did the dance behind the little curtain.  With our shirts off, they listened to our lungs and checked our blood pressure.  One poor woman forgot where she was and walked back out without her shirt on.  We all laughed a little and that was that.  Over and done.

I really have no idea who was who, and the whole process lasted just under two hours.  We never left the conference room, just paid up and left.  Out of all of them, only three of them asked us any questions.

One more thing down... one left to go.  We get to see the boys again tomorrow, then court at 10:30 on Thursday.

That is all the news that is news around here....


  1. Glad it went so smoothly! Good Luck at court! Can't wait to hear all about it!

  2. Good for you to have such a painless 8 dr medical! So lucky! I'm looking forward to reading about your successful court hearing and can't wait to see your boys! :)

  3. Wow, I hope they use them when we finally travel. Thank goodness that's over for you guys. Another think down, and one step closer. And thanks for all the updates. I am totally stalking your blog!

  4. Hopefully your court hearing will be as painless as your medicals! Good luck!

  5. Wow -- that's so much easier than having to do it stateside here in CA like our region required!

    Best wishes at court ~ looking forward to hearing the good news and seeing photos!

    Laura :)

  6. Yay - one more thing checked-off the list!
    Best wishes for court tomorrow!

  7. We did ours at a clinic too and we were thrilled when we were done over how painless it was. We got a lot of questions fired at us, but it wasn't anything we couldn't handle. It sounds like yours was a lot like ours! Our driver had trouble finding the building so he told a guy at the gate he had "Americans" with him and they opened the gate right up - it was so funny at the time - at least the driver thought it was hilarious!