Baby Was Sick

Isabella was so sick on Saturday. I had to find a good pediatrician and lab to run some tests. Thankfully, there is a GREAT network of fostering moms down here in Antigua. They told me where to go to find a good pediatrician. My tuk-tuk driver, Solomon, arrived to pick us up at 7:30 am. He brought us to Dr. Juarez, to the lab and to the pharmacy. I was so thankful for his help. I was also SUPER glad that I speak Spanish, so that I could explain to everyone what I needed. That gave me more confidence to travel alone with a sick baby in a city and country I don't know very well. People are SO nice and helpful down here. This is a wonderful place to stay.

The lab confirmed that Isabella had Roto virus. I don't even know how to spell it correctly. Thankfully, she only had it for two days; and today she is back to 100%. Saturday was a rough one! I think she went through something like 17 diapers in a few hours. I had to buy diapers one size too big, plus a Pull-Up on top! Here's a picture of sweet girl when she was so sick. She still had smiles for her mama!

On a happier note...

2nd DNA arrived to the Embassy today at 3:30 PM! Yahoo!!! Now we wait for our PINK slip/email. It's actually not pink anymore from what I hear, since it's sent via email; but it's still called "pink". This email will tell us when our appointment at the U.S. Embassy will be. I called the Embassy today and all of our documents are in order. They just needed the official DNA results. The woman who processes the pink slips hopefully will be back tomorrow (Tues.). She is in Washington, D.C. finishing some training. I, of course, am praying that we'll be pink tomorrow. Come on! Pray with me!

Oh, guess who I spoke with at the Embassy? It was John Lowell. I had no idea with whom I was speaking! He was SO nice and easy to talk to. He said he could hear my baby cooing in the background and asked where I was living in Antigua. We talked for a few minutes, and I explained my situation. I Googled (Is that a verb?) him tonight, and Mr. Lowell is the Consul General of the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala. Holy Cow! I talked to the Big Cheese! I'm SO glad I didn't know that when I was speaking to him. I would have been a frozen ding-dong! We'll see what happens tomorrow with pink. Every day is a new adventure down here!


Gina & Tommy said...


You would never know from the picture that Bella Grace was that sick! She is so adorable. I am glad she is now well for your trip home. I am praying so hard for PINK this WEEK and HOME SWEET HOME next week!

Love and Prayers,

Our Adoption Journey said...

Glad to hear Isabella is feeling better. I can't imagine how I would react to a sick baby in a foreign country (I don't speak spanish)! Hoping you are seeing PINK soon!

Ferrick said...

Oh sweet Bella, that Roto Virus is NASTY! Glad she is doing better. All 3 of my boys went through that. Looks like we will be waiting on PINK together! OUr DNA arrived at the USE yesterday too! I seen a couple PINKS issued yesterday, so somebody is working on them! :) May the flood of PINKS come in. Glad your enjoying Antigua, looking forward to seeing you and Meghan sometime next week! Susie

The gFamily said...

I am so glad that baby is feeling better!! How precious that she still had a smile for her momma even when she was sick!

Praying for PINK to come SOON!! I heard that the wait from PINK to Embassy appt. is only a week now! You will be home soon!!!! YAY!!!

Jaimee said...

Yay, I'm so glad Isabela is feeling better. What a happy girl despite being sick. She's a trooper! That's awesome that you speak Spanish, I didn't know that. Also, cool that you got to speak to John Lowell. I hope your pink comes super duper fast!!!



Steph said...

Oh no!! So glad she is feeling better! Take care of yourself, too!


Shannon said...


Praise God that Bella had her mommy to take care of her when she was so very sick!!!! I am glad you found a great doctor as well. COME ON PINK!!!!


Suzanne and Jayme said...

I hope she is getting well. Can't wait to hear when you'll be bringing her home. Faith had Roto virus as well. Isabella will be fine

sj said...

I am sorry to hear Isabella has been sick! She looks very healthy in her pictures! She is so beautiful! I know you are having a great time with her. Take care. Praying for your pink. Stephanie

shayne moore said...

I read every word of your beautiful blog! I am so thrilled for you that this time has arrived! What a darling, sweet thing. I continue to pray for both of you! Can't wait to meet her!

Steve & Amy said...

Isabella is still a cutie when she is sick!!!! Glad to hear that she is doing better!