Thanks to all of you who commented on my good news of the day! I don't even know what to say. I have just felt like dropping on my knees to Praise Him all day long! And when I say I can breath again, I'm speaking literally. The stress of the last month really got to me to the point that my doc gave me a med to take for anxiety attacks. Every day at about midday (hmmm...5pm Ghana time) my heart rate would spike and I'd get dizzy and couldn't catch my breath. Today I could breath again!
I had a friend who got a good piece of adoption news last week. I told her to take a day and just bask in the glory of the good news before she started thinking about the next step. Yeah right. That's just almost impossible with personalities like she and I have. I can feel great all day about the good news while at the same time planning my next move for this adoption.
It does feel like we're finally getting there though. Just one more step and she's home. Ah heck. I'm just going to say it. Let come what will. Most of you have already figured it out anyway. KENDI IS HIV+. There. I said it. It's official. Family that didn't know...we're going to have a meeting to put your minds at ease. Church...same deal.
So NOW I can talk about the last hurdle. Kendi's visa is going to be denied, because HIV+ people are not allowed to immigration into the United States. However, there is a WAIVER that can be turned in, showing evidence that this particular HIV+ person has a family and a plan in the United States. This particular HIV+ has medical care lined up and won't be a burden on society. After Kendi's visa is denied, we will turn in all of this additional documentation showing why she should be given a waiver and be allowed to immigrate. We have NO worries that they won't approve the waiver. It's just a matter of timing. In ET, where they do much more HIV+ adoptions, they've got it down to 10 days, and sometimes less!! My DREAM for Ghana would be for it to be done in 10 days, but I'm preparing myself for 4-6 weeks. Ghana hasn't done many of these. They just don't have the experience to process them as quickly (boy do I hope I'm wrong)!
So that's the story. Kendi really does have one really big hurdle left to get over. But she will. It's just a timing thing. If the weeks drag on I'll turn into weary Anita again, I am sure. But today is a day for new hope, so right now I am going to HOPE for a 10 day turn around so that my baby can be with me by the end of August!