Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Three Weeks and Counting...

Well, I really didnt think we would get to the three week mark...but we are just forced to roll with it. They said the longest time between PA and LOA is 3.5 weeks and that once the TA hits withen 1 to 4 weeks they have seen families leave in 3 days...as soon as 3 days. They just have to stick you in the soonest possible CA date they get.

Of course the hold up...the only potential hold up in all of this is the home study addendum from our social worker. If that isn't in the system as fast as it needs to be and processed by the INS because we sat here waiting for a few weeks to get into to talk to the social worker, it has the potential to majorly delay us. Not thrilled with the potential for that either.

Talked to an incredible CI Therapist today who gave me a ton of information on using CI vs. signing vs. hearing aids...and how to approach each one. Pro's, Con's, things to consider for each.
Looks like our journey once we get back to Huntsville will actually begin in Birmingham at the Children's Hear Center. As soon as possible we will get a full work up to include an ABR, OAE, Pure Tone Testing and CT Scan. Once we have those results we will really begin to have an idea of where she stands and be able to consider our options.

On a less scientific note, we have sent Molly and her foster mom a care package. This will include a doll ( ironically the doll is very American looking...I have been buying Asian looking dolls for the past three years), a blanket, a photo album of the people she will see either in China when we pick her up or immediatley upon getting home, a letter to the foster mother with a locket that has a picture of Molly in it, several disposible cameras so that they can take TONS of pictures of Molly for her to have once she is older and so that we can get a look at how she has been living from day to day, and a self addressed stamped envelope for Molly's foster mom to contact us. ( I really hope she decides too!).

If Molly is anything like me, she will immediately throw the doll away and disassemble the camera to see how to make it do something completely different like make french fries.

Crossing our fingers for a phone call today from the agency! Trying to stay positive!

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