Hey everyone! It's Paige, Kristen's sister. Unfortunately blogger isn't available in China, so I will be helping Kristen send her updates to friends and family.
We are here!
We made it to Qingdao, China. Price was a complete stud and did so well on the 26 hours of traveling. He slept like a champ, unlike his mom, who is still quite jet-lagged. Today was our first full day at the hospital and we met with Price's doctor, physical therapist, and several of his nurses. He had his blood drawn this morning at 8am and the three Chinese nurses sang to him in harmony while taking his blood. He barely shed a tear. He has also completed an EKG and x-ray. We have a couple of translators that are showing us the ropes and have been so helpful and nice. We are probably such pesky Americans asking so many questions about Chinese culture. We just really love hearing about their lives here.
We ate our first meal out at none other than McDonald's, which if you know me makes me cringe a little. Price had his very first McDonald's cheeseburger and thoroughly enjoyed it. I must say it all tasted pretty darn good. We get lots of looks out in the town. Must be the cute boy with the blue eyes and blonde hair.
The doctors we met with were very positive and although they said that they can't give Price a diagnosis (I mean...who really can?), they said stem cells could possibly help. We have met several families (from South Africa, Scotland, and Maryland) already who are at different stages of treatment, and everyone's experience has been a positive one.
We will have the weekend off and then on Monday Price will have an IV stem cell injection. Hopefully, his little body will take well to the stem cells and then he can start the lumbar injections Wednesday or Thursday. He will have a busy schedule of physical and occupational therapy, accupuncture, and some electric wave therapy (which I need to learn a little more about).
I have to say the first night we got here I was a little sleep deprived and whiney but the morning brought so much joy. Thank you for your prayers. We have felt them.
"Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint." Isaiah 40:0-31