Sunday, August 16, 2009

The dreaded TB test

This morning after breakfast was the dreaded reading of the TB skin test. As you can see in the picture, I knew that Max had reacted some to his skin test. But, I didn't have anything to measure his reaction with so we were a bit unsure if he would measure as positive. He did. I had suspected this would happen since he had the BCG vaccine, but even so when it did I got a huge knot of nerves in my stomach.

For those not in the adoption community you may not understand why, so here is a brief explanation. Just this summer new rules have been put in place that all children over two years of age must have a TB skin test prior to entering the USA. If it is positive, it is followed by a chest x-ray. If this is negative, no problem. If there is any sign of active TB the child must remain in China for the entirety of the six months of treatment. At this point, Max has been adopted by us which means that one of us would need to stay here with him for six months. Clearly, this would be difficult to swing with a job and a mortgage and another child. Also, there is some uncertainty about who would pay for his treatment while he was here, but probably it would be us paying for six months of living expenses plus TB treatment out of our pockets.

Thankfully, they were able to do Max's chest x-ray right away and it was NEGATIVE!!!!! NO TB!!!!! You can bet I was in the other room scrutinizing it for any signs, but all was well. This should be the last big hurdle in this adoption. We have the rest of our paperwork and money ready to go to the American Consulate on Wednesday, but our guide doesn't expect any problems with that. We'll know for sure by 11:30am China time on Wednesday. Until then, it's more waiting. After that, it's more waiting. This is really kind of a slow week for us. That's okay, we can use some down time, but at this point we're all getting the itch to head home.


  1. Oh, thank goodness! I had been waiting to hear!

  2. Praise God! We are rejoicing with you guys!

  3. Oh, thank heavens!! You have gotten through so many hurdles. It just dawned on me last night to check your blog. We have been wondering, worrying, and missing you guys terribly. I'm so glad I thought of your blog! I have to say that when Tino and I read through everything last night, I had so many tears of joy for you and Jason. We are anxious for all of you to get back home safely! We love you guys sooo much. Tina

  4. I have been thinking about you a lot and hoping everything was going well for you guys. I am very happy to see your pictures. Your family is beautiful. I got tears of joy in my eyes looking at the new pics.
    Biopsy was benign. Thank God!
    Wishing you and your family a safe trip home.

  5. I'm so excited to meet Max! I just found out about your blog yesterday when I was at mom and dad's, and have loved looking at all the pictures and reading about your adventure! Love you all!