Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Plans in the works

This morning Qavah's hematologist called and we talked about the problems with the infection Qavah has. By the end of the conversation the conclusion was that the port should be removed very soon. I gave her the name of a pediatric surgeon who came highly recommended to us. Her doctor said she would call him and pull some strings, and she sure did! In less than half an hour I got a call from the surgeon's office with a preliminary appointment for tomorrow. The port will not likely be be taken out tomorrow but the surgery date and time will be scheduled.

I also had confirmation from the State of Louisiana that Qavah's final paperwork is ready to be sent to our lawyer. We found a lawyer nearby that specializes in adoption and understands the workings of the Interstate Compact. This is a very special time for an adoptive family. The official legal documents make everything permanent and binding. That not only gives the child security, it does the same for the adoptive parents.

We have all of Qavah's medical records from earlier years and have read them. She has been neutropenic several times, so her little body has fought this battle before and won. The port she has now is her third one (the first two were replaced due to infection). We are not going to replace the port with another one at this time. We thank you for wanting to be a part of Qavah's life and praying her through this time.


  1. I'm SO GLAD Quavah's port is coming out soon! I didn't think she should wait till the white count was up, but get the thing out and then counter-act whatever infection there may be, without a counter-pull.

    Now, I want to tell you about someone who reads this blog ALL THE TIME, all the comments, and prays for you. She is Martha R., her father was a missionary doctor in Africa, who introduced me to my first experience in seeing patients in Africa. He also was a classmate at Seattle Pacific College (now university) with your Aunt Lois. I first knew her when she was 10-12, in 1966in Africa. The mission was located in a bush area, very close to an African game reserve. Sometimes we would go out in the bush looking for game in the late afternoon or eve. I sat on top of the VW van, holding on to the luggage rack, with Martha and her brother and sister. Once we approached a little copse of larger trees and startled a large elephant a few yards away, who lifted his trunk threateningly and trumpeted loudly! Even more startled, we pounded madly on the top of the van which meant "Danger, take off!!" We have stories of other such adventures we shared.

    Martha is our church secretary, our church treasure and everybody's helper. She puts in more extra hours without pay than you can imagine. Her husband Mike is of like caliber, a couple nearly indispensable to our church. I've urged Martha to write you a note, but she's reticent.. So Martha, here's your introduction! Write and tell this dear family of mine how they have inspired you! They will love it!

    Kathryn, I'm praying about your med taper and your final paper every day! God bless and encourage you! Love, Aunt Lil

  2. Jennifer BlugermanJanuary 24, 2008 at 9:33 AM

    Dawn and family,
    We are praying for Qavah and rejoicing with you that she will soon be officially a Campbell! She's a blessed little girl!

    Love you all,

  3. It's been awhile since I've left a comment, but I keep up with your blog often, and wanted you to know that you are often in our thoughts prayers! We are thrilled for you that Quavah's adoption will be final soon...that is SO exciting! I'm sure you are all counting the days :-) I also wanted to let Katy know that I have a stamping blog now that I thought she might like to check out for ideas seeing as how she likes checking things out on the computer, and enjoys stamping, and scrapbooking! The address is: . Hope you enjoy it! Have a wonderful weekend.~ Love, ~Kristin Dunker