Monday, August 9, 2010

Finger Prints and Eye Exams

This morning I had two main things on my to do list; go to the eye doctor and get our fingerprints done for our FBI background check. Justin was off work this morning, so he and the boys dropped me off at my eye doctor appointment and then went across the street to buy a few groceries.

I had never been to the eye doctor until a few months ago. I started having blurry vision and wasn't sure what was going on, so my doctor referred me to an ophthalmologist. He discovered that I had inflammation of my eyes as well as fluid on my eyes. I had to have a steroid injection in my eye. Yes, a shot in my eyeball! He ordered for my family doctor to give me several blood tests, and they all came back normal. My eye started doing much better after the shot, but my doctor still wants to watch it to make sure it doesn't get any worse. Today he could see that I still have inflammation on my right eye, but no fluid. He said he could give me another shot today, but he didn't think it would be necessary. So, as you can probably guess I opted out on the shot in the eye. If the doctor doesn't think it's necessary, then neither do I. We are really praying that God will heal my eyes completely. We can not find a cause for the inflammation and there really is no treatment besides the occasional steroid shot when it gets bad. I don't think it is a coincidence that this all started right as we began the adoption process, so we are praying hard that is goes away just as quickly as it came.

Anyway, Justin has to drive after my appointments, because I can't see well when my eyes are dilated. I don't know if it affects everyone this way, but I can not see anything close up. I could not even see any of the numbers or keys on my phone when I was trying to call Justin. I was a little nervous about going to the sheriff's office for our fingerprinting with my limited sight. We had to park on the street and walk in the Bright son to the court house annex. I realized that maybe I should invest in a pair of better sunglasses than the $5 ones I purchased from a vendor on Bourbon Street.

The fingerprinting was actually a fun experience. Everyone was really nice and helpful. The guy who did my fingerprints laughed with me (or maybe at me) as I explained that he would just have to take my hand and place it where it needed to go, because I couldn't see a thing. It turns out thats what you have to do anyway, so it was perfect. I tried to take a picture of Justin getting his finger prints done, but I couldn't tell until now just how bad of a pic it was.
Oh, well! I was determined to document this event. We are planning to send these off tomorrow to West Virginia. It can take up to 13 weeks to get the results back, but we are praying it doesn't take that long. It is also possible that the prints could be unreadable meaning that we would have to do it all over again. Please, pray with us that this doesn't happen and that we will have the results back soon.
The boys found the candy jar as soon as we walked into the office. They sat down and quietly ate their candy while Justin and I had our fingerprints taken. When the officer finished he gave the boys police badges. They were so proud!
We will also be mailing information tomorrow to get our passports renewed. We were happy to discover that we can both renew them through the mail. It is always nice to check things off the to do list. Thursday I have our dossier run through call with our new case worker. I am looking forward to "meeting" her and about learning the best way to tackle the dossier. There is a lot to do, but everyday that passes and everything we check off our list gets us "one day closer" to bringing home our little girl.


  1. Yay! So glad ya'll are getting this checked off the list! We have been waiting for 7 1/2 weeks for ours to come back...praying they come back soon!!

  2. We just had our fingerprints taken last week as well. We are adopting from South Korea. I am really looking forward to sending our dossier off!! I do have to agree with you on the timing of your medical need--it is amazing the things that pop up during an adoption. There is definite spiritual warfare that wants to keep these (our) children from coming home. Praise God greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world.