Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Hurry Up and Wait

It has been a month since my last post. We found out our LID (Log in date) is February 23rd. The LID is when your paper work is finally officially received by the Chinese government. Other than that we are simply waiting. At best we will hear further at the end of July. That is the earliest I guesstimate our referral will come. I don't even want to think about the latest it could come.

Deann and I had our first Hepatitis A and B shots yesterday in preparation for our trip to China. I asked the nurse if it would be OK to run afterwards and she assured me it would be fine. It wasn't. Immediately after my run my muscles began to cramp (all of my muscles). My head began to hurt and later I began to shiver. My temperature went as high as 102.5 and my heart began beating rapidly. I was very close to going to the hospital, but I stuck it out. I feel better today, but I still have a low temperature and my body aches. Evidently, this is extremely rare. It could be a coincidence that I have something, but I do not have your normal flu or infection symptoms, like a runny nose, sore throat etc. They are recommending I skip the next two doses. Deann had no adverse reaction.

The next four months could be very long as we wait to receive our referral. Everyone says it will be over before we know it, but it still seems like a long time.