9/11 – First Day in Guangzhou, Shots

Posted On: Sunday, September 12th, 2010 at 12:51 am

Today was our first full day in Guangzhou.  We’re on Shamian Island, a tiny little island that seems to cater almost exclusively to adoptive parents.  We started our day with breakfast in the hotel and a short walk to the clinic for Jiao Jiao’s medical exam.  Every adopted child has to get a medical exam, and most have to get a bunch of shots. 🙁 

Eye exam.

The clinic was absolute madness!  I can’t count the number of families who were there, and the number of lines for different examination rooms running in every direction and criss crossing each other.  Parents, guides, doctors trying to squeeze their way in and out and around.  Babies crying, kids whining (because we were all waiting way to long).  It was craziness.  We just sat back and smiled.  What else are you going to do. 🙂

Luckily Jiao Jiao had a lot of her immunizations already.  She only had to get 4 shots, plus a small poke for her TB test.  (Some of the little ones, ages 2 and 3, were getting 5 and 6 shots plus the TB test!!)  She was one brave girl. We told her yesterday that she would see the doctor today, but we waited until breakfast to tell her about the shots.  She didn’t seem too terribly worried, especially considering she remembered getting shots before.  She winced a little with each one, but never made a peep.  Didn’t even tear up!  The nurses and our guide kept telling her how brave she was and how good she did (in Mandarin) and they really meant it.  I don’t know that I would have done as well as she did! 🙂  When we finished she read the characters on the sign just outside.  Translated, they said, “I don’t cry when I get my shots.”  And she didn’t!  She gave a little pep talk to a 5 year old boy who is also with our group.  I didn’t get to stay and watch, but I hope he did alright getting his shots.

We tried to relax for the rest of the day.  Todd did some laundry, signed some more papers, and then we all went to dinner at a Thai restaurant near the hotel.  The food was good–definitely Western-friendly flavors. 🙂  We’ve had lots of authentic Chinese food on this trip (imagine that) and tonight’s dinner didn’t have any of those “authentic” tastes.  🙂

New sunglasses--one of many items purchased!


After dinner we cleaned out a local shop. I don’t know how much we bought, but it was a lot! And I don’t know that we got that great a deal since they were giving us free gifts after we finalized our purchase. That’s probably not a good sign. 🙂 I won’t go into too many details since we purchased souvenirs for people back home. 🙂 We did buy some traditional Chinese dresses for the girls to wear for our red couch photo. Can’t believe we’re at the “red couch photo” stage of this trip! (For those who are not versed in Chinese adoption tradition, the “red couch” is exactly that. A red couch located at the White Swan Hotel here on Shamian Island. The White Swan is very popular with adoptive parents since it is very close to the consulate.)

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