Checking in at the Hosptial

First of all, Praise the Lord we got to Iasi and back without getting lost or any illegal u-turns!

Ok, so we got to the hospital on Monday morning around 10.  We had been an appointment to check in to the hospital by the doctor last Wednesday for any time on Monday morning.  The line at triage was long with folks waiting to check in to the recovery hospital.  We waited in line for about 30 mins or so, only to find out that because Lavinia was a neurology patient she needed to first check in with that unit.  So, we went to the other side of the waiting room and waited with the other neurology patients until there were enough patients to merit the neurology nurse coming down to check folks in.  So we waited another 40 mins. The nurse came and signed our paper and sent us back to triage to check in.  That line had gone down more, so we only had to wait about 20 mins.

After we got Lavinia checked in, we were sent to the bathroom around the corner and had to wait (20 mins) until Lavinia’s name was called.  She was then told to change into her pajamas and her street clothes were taken and put into a small trash bag.  Lavinia was given a ticket for them and the nurse put them away.  Patients are not allowed to have their street clothes because then they might escape the hospital.  (I’m so not making this up!)

We were then sent upstairs and waited only a couple mins to be told what room she was going into.  Lavinia chose the bed closest to the window.  There is a pretty church on the top of the hill and she has a clear view of it.  There are 5 beds in the room and 3 of them had older women in them; some with pretty serious problems.  I hated to leave Lavinia there. 

The nurse came in and started doing an evaluation.  The doctor came in too.  They were lovely.  They listened to Lavinia and didn’t mind when I added information that Lavinia was hesitant to share or just couldn’t remember.  The doctor questioned why her mother or another family member wasn’t there, but didn’t dwell on it.  She questioned why all the tests and such started last fall and not 10 years ago, but again, didn’t push it.  They showed real concern about Lavinia.  Lavinia had fallen recently and had a horribly skinned knee and ankle; the nurse made sure it was cleaned up nicely.  Ana and I were able to stay for the entire evaluation. During the evaluation, Ana and I both realized that Lavinia’s mobility problems are much worse than she ever let on.  She is in more pain than she says.  I have never heard her complain, NEVER.   I don’t know how she climbed the mountain at camp in June.  Lavinia is such a brave girl. 

Ana and I instantly liked the doctor and nurse.  I will tell you that the doctor looks just like Uncle Joe’s daughters!  I couldn’t get over that…Cousin Estelle…I have met your long-lost sister!  Seriously,  the nurse and doctor were very professional and were nice to Lavinia.  There were genuinely concerned about her.  The doctor promised she would have a diagnosis before Lavinia checks out…however, she couldn’t tell us when that would be.  She could be there for a week.  After speaking with the doctor and watching the interaction, both Ana and I, felt at peace leaving our girl there.  She is in good hands!   Pray for a quick diagnosis and healing!

In the hospital with Lavinia

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2 Responses

  1. Wow. I’m be praying for Lavinia…looking forward to reading your next update about her. So pleased that you felt so good about the doctors.

    We started school yesterday! Corrie Lee is a Kindergartner!!! Brock is 1st grade and Andy 4th grade. Daniel is practicing to be a Viking with all his shenanigans! We’ve had fun so far, and had to celebrate the 1st day of school by getting an icee at Rita’s! ((((Hugs)))) to you, Melissa!

  2. I too will be eager to hear updates on this dear girl. Melissa, no one will ever be able to count the number of lives you have impacted for Jesus in Romania but I know Lavinia will certainly be one of them. Does she know the Lord?
    As for the hospital, it looks better than the children’s hospital in Oradea. I will pray that she is well cared for during her stay. You know, I am sure it is hard for people to believe the stories of the health care in that country. They will almost have to experience it for themselves to get the full picture.
    Continued blessings to you.

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