Sophie had her evaluation at Shriners Hospital on Wednesday, and it was SO WORTH the 2 and 1/2 hour drive to get there! The day turned into SO much more than I expected...I just have to share.
To start, I have to rewind a bit. Sophie talks very freely about her life in China, which I am so happy about! A few days ago while I was putting her to bed, China was on her mind. As we talked, I asked her what she missed most about China and she said 'the China kids'. She's been missing her friends at New Day. She asks if she will ever see any of them again, I could only answer with the fact that I sure hope so. I remember my heart saying a prayer that God would fill the yearning for China Sophie was feeling in her heart.
A couple days before Sophie's appointment, I emailed a fellow ND mom, Carolyn who adopted 'Esther' from New Day back in 2007. Esther is now Christina. While waiting to bring Sophie home, Carolyn had shared with me the orthopedic issues Christina has, along with her enthusiasm over, and positive experiences with Shriners' care. As our appointment approached I decided to email Carolyn just to let her know that Sophie's first appointment was coming up, and on the OFF CHANCE that Christina was going to be there (yeah, right;-)...maybe we could meet...ya know, do lunch...LOL...like what are the chances, right ???!! WELL, Carolyn emails me back and informs me that Christina DOES have an appt the very same morning as Sophie!!!!! What are the chances of that???
HE definitely provides.
We spent the morning there together with our girls, getting to know each other...talking face to face...and Sophie was able to connect with a fellow New Day child. Christina and Sophie are only 1 month apart in age, and although Christina was leaving with her family right around the time Sophie was arriving at New day...I could see in Sophie's face, that just knowing Christina spent time in the same place she did, God provided just what Sophie needed....a connection to New Day; to China, and in His orchestration, God gave us both a big hug!
If all that wasn't enough, as I was walking into the hospital that morning, I heard a voice call out to me from a car. My first though was, "who knows me here??" I turned to see who it was, and I was so surprised to see our good family friends, Dick and Lucille who were neighbors of my family as I grew up!! Dick is also the Shriner who sponsors Sophie!! Although you don't need a sponsor to go to Shriners, members still take great pride in sponsoring children:-). Turns out Dick and Lucille were up visiting their daughter who lives about 30 minutes from the hospital. As Sophie's sponsor they get updates and are notified of her appointment dates. They decided to surprise us, and of course they couldn't miss an opportunity to spend time with Miss Sophie. Love you Dick and Lucille!!!
As far as Shriner's Hospital...well, from the moment we walked through the door, it was apparent it is ALL about the kids there. Everyone was so warm, and while they are very efficient (we were seen right on time), we never felt rushed. Sophie was seen by the Chief of Orthopedics and I was totally impressed. Dr D. had a wonderful bedside manner and even more importantly, he was very experienced and knowledgeable in cases such as Sophie's. He did a thorough exam and explained our options. I left in peace; confident in knowing Sophie would be in excellent hands.
Prayers answered...thank you, Lord.
After her medical evaluation, Sophie and I moved on to orthotics where they replaced the old velcro on her brace with new PINK velcro. Woo hoo! A little thing...but Oh, if you could have seen the smile!! A cushion was added to an area inside the brace to minimize chaffing, and after an adjustment to her brace, Sophie now doesn't need a lift anymore on her other shoe!! All this free of charge. I can't tell you how happy Sophie is with the fact that we can go to a store, buy a pair of shoes, and she can just wear them. Needless to say she has a new pair of sneakers, shoes, and boots for the winter.
Miss Sophie is very proud of her brace...and hey, a girl can't have too many shoes, right?
As always, God is good!