The Dreaded Medical…

First thing this morning we headed over to the international healthcare center to get baby J’s medical checkup done. When little M had this done, it was in a different building, but they’ve moved and changed the procedure a little…

One new thing is that they have a wine vending machine in the lobby…just in case? Maybe some people feel like they need it after their children are traumatized, ha.

First baby J got his picture… he was already not a fan of being here

He was not pleased about the whole process, even though it is a VERY simple checkup.

They took his weight, height, measurements…

They checked his hearing by squeezing a squeaky toy to one side of his head and watching to see if he looked… Little M proclaimed it to be “so, so loud!”

They looked in his ears, and listened to his heart. This was the only time he cracked a smile.

Then it was time for the blood test. When little M had this done, you held you child, they took their arm, and did the test that goes under the skin on the forearm, and you went back in two days to have it checked. Now they do a blood test. It’s nice, because you don’t have to go back, but it’s sad, because they have decided that parents coming into the room with their children takes too long. Now they take the child in alone, traumatize them, and return them. Ugh, poor baby J was miserable. And mad. I got spit on. Twice. Then he fell asleep in the carrier while we were shopping, and we laid him down when we got back to the hotel. He slept for three and a half hours this afternoon…poor traumatized baby.
Glad that’s over! Only non-traumatic things, now!


  1. Musings from Kim K. on April 13, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Yippee! I'm so glad the worst part is over. It was such a horrible experience for Josie. I remember being in tears with her. Have a fantastic time in Guangzhou! Shop, shop, shop!!!

  2. Annie on April 13, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Love that smile he finally cracked! What a precious little guy! Oh! I remember our visit for the check up all too well. My little Katie Grace Hua Hua threw one of her finest tantrums ever. Every Chinese person waiting in there kept staring at us and several of them came over to try to entertain her. None of it worked! Even if it was hectic, every memory from China is so dear to me! I wish I could do it again!

  3. dawn on April 13, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    That is just horrid, I don't understand the need to traumatize them even more. So glad you all survived. He is so lovely so is Little M….no more trauma allowed!They asked us if we knew Rosie was special needs and when we said yes, they said, do you still want her? When we answered yes to that they ran, really fast, from the room LOL.

  4. Paula on April 13, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    What a bizarre way of doing it! Glad it's over. Keira didn't have a blood test but my, did she throw a lovely temper tantrum. Too many people, everything took too long and she got to a point where she'd had enough and she decided to let everyone know it! With your medical out of the way, looking forward to more of baby J's smiles. They are precious!

  5. Debbie Sauer on April 14, 2013 at 12:19 am

    Poor little guy! Sometimes, they do the dumbest things and don't really think about how it affects the kids. So glad he has you there for cuddling. Blessings

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