Tyler & I had a doctor's appointmen this morning to get our Russian adoption medical records filled out. Our normal PCM (PA C) isn't an MD and we needed an MD to sign our records for them to be recognized by Russia, so we met with Dr D. If you recall, he was the rude doctor we met with a while ago who wouldn't sign off on our first set of medical forms because he deemed me unable to care for more children since I"m overweight. Well, it was apparent that he didn't remember us. However, he was incredibly rude about my weight (kept pushing me to get gastric bypass). He asked me if I was "aware" that I'm overweight. Gee, no, I had no idea. Thanks for sharing, buddy. And then he shared a story about a 3 year old girl who was adopted from Romania who turned out to be severely mentally retarded - the family wasn't aware of her mental challenges prior to adoption, according to Dr D. He then went on to complain that now our state taxes have to pay "thousands of dollars" for this child to be in an institution (she's now an adult) who isn't "even an American citizen". I was highly offended. How could someone not view a life as more important than tax money??? Honestly! And when an American citizen adopts a child - that child becomes an American citizen!!!! I tried to keep my cool, since we desperately needed those documents filled out to proceed wih our adoption. And yet I did make sure to emphasize that when we adopted Keith, he was in the mental state of a newborn at the age of 4 1/2 years old. We didn't know if he'd ever talk, walk, chew food, etc. And he's made such amazing progress. I added that we never know the potential of a child, but all life is valuable. Who knows if it made a difference?
We did get the documents and a copy of his medical license (all for the dossier) plus pediatics called and they have the medical forms for the 3 kids, which is good. We're just plugging away on our paperwork. :)