I got an disturbing email from our agency yesterday. It is all politically driven actions and frankly, I don't totally understand politics. The important parts were that due to some Executive Order, the President in Guatemala could be halting all adoptions indefinitely either beginning on October 1, 2006 or on January 1, 2007. Although we have been prepared for Hague Convention "stuff" to slow things down at some point next year, we were not in the least expecting to hear that there would be no more adoptions at all beginning processed immediately.
I am sure this would have hit hard at any point, but it hit really hard yesterday being that we have just got back from our trip to Guatemala to meet our son and we are so close (hopefully) to the end of this process.
After spending my day researching and hoping for good news, it finally came. The President has decided to withdraw the Executive Order. It seems that this was all some sort of threat, to the attorneys perhaps, that things are going to need to change in order for international adoptions to still take place. I think I can start breathing again. Maybe. Or maybe I will just keep holding my breath until Marcus is home with us forever.
Because of the title to this blog, I will mention two other crisises (is that a word?) that I didn't bother to mention. I didn't want to bring them up until we knew something for sure and now that we know things they both seem crazy.
We got some information in past medical reports that was of concern. One thing was that one of his eyes was smaller than the other. This was mentioned in 3 medical reports and looking at the pictures taken at that time it was evident. We spoke to our pediatrician about it and she felt that it was nothing, that one eye was just swollen perhaps from a cold. However after 3 months of dissimilar eyes we were getting concerned. Our pedi suggested having Marcus taken to a specialist to rule out any sort of neurological problems. We did so but never heard back the anyone was actually going to take him. Now, after receiving the latest medical report (no mention of the eye there) and seeing him in person, I am confident that it was nothing. He focuses his eyes. He stared me down in my eyes several times. All of his motor skills seem to be on track which definitely steers us away from the idea that it is something neurological. He is perfect.
The other little scare I got was with a mention and some photos of two blood blisters on a medical reports. One on his back and one under his hair. At first I thought, blood blisters are nothing! I emailed our pedi about it and waited over several days to hear from her. After nothing came and I got curious I made a fatal mistake. Never ever under any circumstances ever go to webmd to diagnose something. The only thing I found about blood blisters and infants told me that they were a sign of a fatal blood disease. I was so worried that our baby was going to die that I didn't even tell Greg because I didnt want him to worry too. After about 3 days of secretly worrying, I heard back from the pedi. They aren't really even blood blisters. They are these red bumps that I forget the name of. They are known the everyday person as birth marks. Yes, that is right. Marcus has two birth marks. I confessed to Greg what I thought at first. We got to see these birth marks in person last week. The one under his hair is only visible when his hair is wet since he has so much hair. It is actually a nice size lump but definitely not fatal. The one on his back is very distinguishing! It just reassures me that Marcus is really one in a billion.