Medical Expedite!

Posted On: Wednesday, May 30th, 2012 at 9:26 pm


I admit it.  I was a mess after those emails last Wednesday.  I got the first emails around 4:00, right as I was leaving the house for the evening.  I was shocked, and worried, and sad, and frustrated.  And I just wanted our boy home.  My emotions kept bubbling to the surface during the evening, but I kept pushing them back down.

After I got home, I put all the kids to bed, composed myself the best I could and called our agency.  (I had to wait until after 11pm to call.)  “I just want him home.”  They understood.  And they would look into expediting us.  I hung up the phone and everything spilled out.  I can’t remember the last time I sobbed myself to sleep.


Morning came, and I wasn’t doing much better.  I was still aching to know if our boy was okay.  There were still too many unknowns.  I needed  answers.  Our Chinese tutor came and I asked her if she could help me compose an email.  After talking for a few minutes she said, “If you have a phone number, why don’t I just call?”  So we called.  Here is what we found out from the ayi.

  • He CAN move his arm enough to eat, dress, write, etc.  Phew!
  • He can NOT lift it high, above the level of his shoulder.
  • He can write, but his handwriting is not like it was before the accident, and he tires quickly.
  • He is not attending school because boys can be…a little rough.  She wants to make sure he’s fully healed before sending him back.
  • He will need another surgery.
And then the ayi put Minyu on the phone.  “Mama!”
That one word rendered me speechless.  I finally managed, “Minyu…”  Then (in Chinese) I asked him if his arm is still hurting.  It isn’t!  “We all miss you very much, do you know that?”
“I know that.  I miss you all too.”
Well, that small conversation was enough to heal my heart, and put a smile on my face that lasted for the rest of the day.  (Not to mention, fan the fire in me to get him home ASAP!)
I handed the phone back to our Chinese tutor, and she talked to the ayi a bit more.  She told her we were going to try to expedite the process.  The ayi didn’t know that was even possible.  She gave a sincere offer to help, and said she would do whatever we needed to make that happen.  She seemed genuinely…excited? anxious? at the prospect of Minyu coming home sooner rather than later.  I think he needs to, and she knows it.
Our agency agreed to help us expedite the rest of the process!!!  This is GREAT news!  Without an expedite we would travel about 2 1/2 months (10 weeks) AFTER receiving our LOA (which we are still waiting for).  That’s mid-August.  With the expedite, we could travel in as little as 5 weeks–1st week of July.  WOW!!!  Of course, it could also be anywhere in between 5 and 10 weeks.  We won’t know until we complete each step of the process.  We will ask for an expedite with each step, and it will be given–or not.  No way to tell before hand.  Here are the final steps, and the estimated timeline:
  1. LOA: (Letter of Acceptance from China) still waiting, and have been for over 10 weeks.  Fortunately, we were allowed to do the next step without having to wait for this any longer!
  2. I800 approval:  15 days  (normally you can’t even apply for this until after you receive LOA).  Thankfully, we have already been waiting since May 25th!  We’ll hopefully receive approval sometime around June 11th.
  3. Cable: normally 8-10 days  (all these approvals gets sent to the consulate).  If they expedite it for us, it can be as quick as 1 day!
  4. Article 5:  normally 15-20 days.  Expedited can be as quick as a 1-2 days.
  5. Travel Approval: normally 2-3 weeks.  Expedited can be 5-14 days.
  6. Get Minyu!:  10-20 days after Travel Approval.  Let’s hope it’s 10!!
Our prayer for many, many months now has been to get Minyu home quickly–if that’s what he needs.  Well, after little delays all along the way, I was beginning to think getting him home quickly wasn’t part of the plan.  How quickly things have changed!  I feel like Minyu’s accident was a small miracle–injured enough that he needs to come home sooner, but nothing life threatening.  This has helped me remember that I’m not the one in control here.  I know that…but I forget.  It has helped me remember that there is an omniscient and loving Father who knows and loves this little boy in Puyang, who will bring him home exactly when it’s time.


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3 Responses to “Medical Expedite!”

  1. Megan Powell says:

    I think that I would have started crying the minute he said, “mama”. Jill, I am praying for your family and for Minyu, that all will work out the way that it should. I hope that means that he will become, officially, your son the beginning of July.

  2. Kate Ediger says:

    I started crying with “mama”. Praying that the things go as fast as possible!

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