Hi, I’m Geochick.

Welcome to my blog. What started out as a private blog to document our adoption journey has evolved into my journey through therapy and spiritual awakening. Without our struggles to build a family, I’m not sure I’d be waking up, and for that I’m grateful.

Education Shmeducation Take 2

We're exactly one hour and 4 minutes out of our education classes. It was a long 1.5 days of tons and tons and tons of information. More than can be processed right now and we even have more articles to read and review. The classes were definitely helpful and especially the medical talk. The only way adoptive parents have any control over anything in this process is to fill out our checklist.

When we first filled out the checklist we were faced with the daunting task of answering about 10 pages of questions regarding medical history of the child, the birthparents, the immediate family (i.e. birthparents parents), questions about ethnicity, how we were going to deal with child care, if the child is covered under our insurance, etc etc. The first round was painful to say the least. I don't know anything about bi-polar disorders or diabetes, or cancer, or sickle cell anemia, or huntington's disease, or muscular dystrophy, or the effects of drugs and alcohol. How to answer those questions? Wikipe. dia was an acceptable source at the time and we were somewhat conservative in our answers but really uncomfortable. Hearing the doctor's perspective and facts (who has adopted 3 children herself) made me far more comfortable about the checklist and some subsequent edits were made. The absolute most annoying kicker in all of the medical research that has been done is that alcohol is the absolute worst when it comes to lasting effects in the baby. I've known this for some time but to hear it and see the statistics really drove it home. I feel the most out of control when it comes to these things yet I have to be realistic about the probability of exposure.

I think that's all I have for now. I was warned about exhaustion after these classes and it is no joke. *sigh* The things we go through to become parents....

Oh yeah and we need to find a pediatrician right now. Why does that seem like such a daunting task to me?

Education Take 3

Education, Shmeducation