Thursday, March 05, 2009

Is it Spring? And Melamine Poisoning

Today we went for a morning bagel at Panera.  The girls love the cinnamon bagel.  We sat across from a mother with twin 6 month olds.  We shared about our children.  It was great for Emma and Meilynn to see the babies.  They just love babies and are full of questions about when they were babies.  I told them that they were in China when they were six months old.  They love to talk about China and sometimes they will comment about what they had in China.  What comes out is mostly imagination.  They will say things like, "I  got my Hello Kitty Doll in China", even though we bought it for them here.  So I know that they are not always remembering things that happened in China even if I hope to see some glimpse of what their lives were like.  Meilynn probably remembers more since she was over 2 when she came to be part of our family.  They get confused about what happened in China and what happened here.  Meilynn will sometimes say something about her Nai Nai (Grandmother) in Chinese.  She was with an older foster mother to the best of our knowledge and she called her Nai, Nai.  Emma will then say something about her Nai, Nai.  We believe that Emma would have called her caretakers Aiya (Aunt).  She was in an orphanage and foster care.  So they get both of their stories mixed up.  Because there were the twin babies and my virtual twins everyone was stopping to talk to us.  The funny thing was that my girls looked more like twins than hers did.  Everyone just assumed that mine were twins too.
After bagels we went to Target.  Don't you just love the dollar section there?  We found these "Easter" hats and the girls fell in love.  Even though they have a dollar section, I have to be careful there.  It seems like it is very easy to drop a hundred dollars there every time I go in.  Here are some quick pictures I took just after getting home.
Emma- What a look! Meilynn my cute little dimple girl! Meilynn looking sweet Silly Sisters Mom! Not another picture Sweet Emma I love this one.  She was looking at a bird in the tree.
I am sure that you have all heard of the Melamine Poisoning in China in the formula.  I thought that we were safe from it but it turns out that it may have been given as early as 2005.  Since both the girls were in China in 2005-2006 and Meilynn even longer till 2007 we knew we had to have them tested.  The tests our Pediatrician did were a urine test which came back normal and a blood test that we put off until this week due to all that has been happening.  We know from the past experience with blood tests and with the recent trying to get the IV in Meilynn during her febrile seizure that her little veins are very tiny so I was not looking forward to this test.  I took the girls and they decided that Meilynn would go first.  It was terrible.  The first girl tried her left arm.  She poked and poked and could not find the vein.  So then she tried the right arm.  She poked a few times and then called another girl to come hold Meilynn and another girl to try to do the test.  Meilynn was screaming and Emma was screaming because of what they were doing to Meilynn.  The new girl tried the left arm again and I saw the needle go in an out several times.  I was crying and just about to tell them to stop when she found it.  She said that her vein just kept rolling away and that it was tiny.  It was a horrible experience.  Then Emma got hers and they found her vein with the first poke.  I felt so bad for both of the girls.  Meilynn because she was poked so many times.  She had bruises on both arms and Emma because she had to witness it all.  We are still waiting for the results, but that is something that I don't think I can do again.  Because I knew that it was going to be difficult for Meilynn I found tips from people on how to make it easier like being well hydrated and keeping the arm warm, but even these did not help.  If anyone has better tips in case I have to do this again please share.


Anonymous said...

Cripes Vicky, I don't know how you stood it!!! There is a topical cream (which is pronounced Em-u-la, not sure of the spelling) available by prescription from your Ped that you apply to the draw spot an hour or two before the draw which will prevent the pain...won't do anything for the fear and anticipation but the draw itself won't hurt. Tamara uses it for Meison and Gracyn and their draw go smoothly. Kiss the girls for me, I'm sorry it hurt.
Penny Richardson, Tamara's mom

Anonymous said...

I've been enjoying your blog since you got your last baby. What a great family! The girls are sooo cute!

Anonymous said...

I've been enjoying your blog since you got your last baby. What a great family. The girls are so cute!!

Anonymous said...

I have been enjoying your blog since you got your last baby. Your girls are so cute!!

rgshrs said...

Such sweet pictures!!! We have to get Julia tested too and I know I have been putting it off and just dread it. I really do need to make her an appointment for after we get back from our trip though. So sorry Meilynn had to go through that, I feel her pain, they always have such a hard time finding my veins too:(

Hope the results are good and the girls don't have to any more blood work for a LONG time!