We are home.
Max had an imaging test on the morning of Valentines Day...after that we were free to go home. Results? Negative for Hirshsprungs disease, negative for celiac, negative for pretty much everything.
Everything except for protein energy malnutrition and giardia. My anger and disappointment regarding the care he has received over the past four years is rising, particularly since the orphanage director wanted me to donate money for reupholstering some sofas. No joke.
Well, now Max is home and we are dealing. Having him hospitalized was the very best way to have him seen by many different specialists right away, but now he has a half dozen follow-up appointments over the next few months.
For now, we are just feeding him and loving him. He has chosen a seat at the table. He goes to sit at the table when he wants to eat...which is often! He doesn't want to sit anywhere else. My goal is to get 1000 calories into him each day. I'll have his weight checked next week to see if we are making any progress. He is so painfully thin...it hurts me to look at his poor little legs...it hurts my heart to change his diaper.
The good news is that everyone loves Max! So far, he is easy to care for and fun to be around. Not really what I would have guessed an eight year old child would be like, but I'll take it!
Saturday, February 16, 2013
We are home.