Today we took Macy to the doctor for her 18 month check-up.  I had a lot to be thankful for:

  • We could just get in a car and go to a doctor that practices Western medicine.
  • They divided the waiting room into three sections – infants, well children, and sick children.  Genius.  Although Macy kept wanting to go in the baby room (and the babies were sleeping).
  • Our nurse was extremely patient.  She took about 10-15 minutes figuring out all of Macy’s immunizations and records.  Not only were the dates recorded differently that we do in the States (many Asian doctors use the British system i.e. day, month, year), she had to convert kilograms to pounds and centimeters to inches.  After this, she typed us up a full immunization record “American style” so that we would have it on hand.  I wanted to give her a big hug.
  • The exam began with tons of questions about Macy’s development – and although a bit of a handful, Macy is developing quite normally…which I am the most thankful for.
  • Macy was given four shots (ouch) – all one at a time, mind you – and still blew the nurse a kiss and said bye-bye before we left.
  • Mom had cookies in her purse to give Macy after her shots.

This may not sound like a lot, but to me it means a lot.  When you live in a place where medical care is…just okay – you will never take for granted the blessing of Western medicine.  And we are blessed to have a healthy, beautiful daughter.  Who can even manage a kiss through her tears.


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