Wednesday, October 24, 2007

The Weight of the Wait

No news on PBJ. Arghhhh!!! No medical update, no case update, nothing. I did hear from the agency, but all they could tell me was nothing yet.

I took this picture on the last day I was there. I was trying to see how she would react to being on her stomach. In July, she HATED her stomache and would yell and roll over immediately. This time she just laid there. I pushed her little knee up to see if she could use her leg to push a little, but nothing. She wasn't happy but she just fussed a little. I am using these things as benchmarks. Later, as she regains these functions we will be able to celebrate how far she has come and rejoice.

Yesterday I got to see a baby that had suffered an extremely serious bleed in her brain right after birth. The original prognosis from the doctors was grim to say the least. Today, at 6 months old, she is a bright eyed, happy, laughing, gorgeous little baby. You would never know by looking at her that she had endured such a rough start. The infant brain is amazing. Little Samantha is amazing. Her parents are amazing. I have more hope than I have since this ordeal began. So PBJ, you have some competition up here. It's time to get chunked up and healthy and show us what you're made of!!!

In other news, we are paying for Ahren's DNA test today. We had already paid the old agency way back on 3/21/06 for this, but they never credited it to the test. Now if we want it done, and want our son, we have to pay again. Add that to the extra foster fees they charged us, the extra they over-charged us for his surgery and the extra $3,000.00 they asked us to pay but never sent on to the facilitator, and it adds up to a lot. I have documentation for every one of those charges, plus their e-mails witht he false claims. Oh, I bet I never mentioned that while I was in Guatemala this month, the judge ruled that there is enough evidence to hold them over for trial on the federal charges. Wahoo!!


Bobbi said...

You are holding up so well. This must be exhausting.

Praying for PBJ, but also Ahren. Two children with such awful cases. And, an agency that is crooked to boot. UGH!!

Hang in there!

Sarah said...

You are an amazing mom... and have such foresight. I will pray that PBJ far surpasses all those hurdles that lay ahead of her. She will be strong because she will have a wonderful family making sure she is getting all the care she needs.

Many prayers for Ahren's DNA... I am appalled that you have had to go through such agony to get your children home. I hope that your old agency is held accountable for their deception.

Sarah and Sophie

julie said...


The brain is an amazing thing! My MIL had a massive stroke almost 20 years ago. She could not tell you what a spoon was. Now, she is totally normal. She has trouble sequencing, so getting all the dinner on the table at the same time is a bit of an issue. But you should see the feasts she prepares! I digress. Anyway, PBJ should recover quickly from much of her trauma once she gets home to you and you can work with her one-on-one.

Sorry you had to pay for DNA again, but HURRAY! You're doing DNA! Praying for both kids cases to zip through from this point on.


BB said...

News flash: Joe and Simone, the owners of Waiting Angels, have an arraignment on October 29, 2007 at 1:30 PM at the Macomb County MI courthouse.

I emailed you the court web page with the info. I hope it cheers you up.

Lucinda Naia said...

Thanks for the update! I wondered what had happened with Ahren so it was good to know there's progress. It shouldn't have to be this way though.

Still praying for you & your family

ManyBlessings said...

Oh shoot Wendy! I guess I'd been holding out hope that you were getting ready to leave. So much for their so-called "speed" huh? Still praying they get a move on.