The doctor called this morning, Merone still has giardia. We started a second round of antibiotics today. I'm concerned about Henry who has some symptoms of giardia sooo we stopped by the doctors office to pick up another "sample" kit for Henry.
Merone had her two year old check-up. As we suspected, she is younger than two. (disclaimer- our agency told us up front they believed Merone was younger than the orphanage reported in their paperwork.) Merone's one year old molars are just breaking through and there are no signs of her two year old molars.
Some of you are wondering how could her age be in question. Most mothers in Ethiopia have their babies at home not in a hospital so there is no hospital record of the birth. Many mother's remember the season (rainy, planting, harvesting, etc) of the child's birth but maybe not the actual date. There is also an issue of the calendar. We use a Julian calendar and Ethiopia uses Ge'ez calendar which has 13 months. So, there could be an issue with the conversion of the date of birth. There is the case of when the child's parents have died or the child has been abandoned so a birth date must be created with the best guess.
The nurse at the doctor's office tried to take Merone's blood but she was unsuccessful. We will visit the hospital for her bloodwork. Henry was a "hard stick" too so we had to take him to the hospital for his blood work as well. I hope Mary is working when we take Merone in but I'll take the Goth guy too.