Most days, we left our hotel around 7am and walked a short 10-15 minutes to the orphanage. Here is what our walk looked like. The side walks weren't concrete they were this interesting colored tile that got extremely slick when it rained. Also, the "side walks" actually doubled as parking lots because there are NO parking lots in China, you just pull up on the curb and park it right there. Kinda crazy, especially when the cars are stacked in there several deep. (Would hate to be the one parked at the back and need to get out. Guess you're just outta luck if that happens.)
This is what the orphanage looks like. We wore matching shirts to get into the building but once there and in a clean/sterile environment, we'd change into our scrubs.
You often hear of these babies being left "in boxes". This is "the box" that the government established as a safe place to leave children as opposed to just leaving them near a dumpster or in a remote place where they won't be found. There's no video surveillance or cameras of any kind so they can rest assured they will never be found out. People check the box regularly and more often then not, find little children there. It seems unfathomable, but unfortunately its true.
We, the "Little Rock Ladies" (consisting of five women from several different churches) made up the first shift, we'd take report (from the night shift) at 7:30 and get our updates on the kids. After that we'd make a list (numbered 1-9) of who to feed first then based on that we'd start bath time, changing clothes, dressing wounds, changing colostomy bags, then begin prepping bottles for breakfast/mid morning snacks. The morning time was a frenzy of activity. Babies were waking up and lots of meds had to be given, it was always high speed and before we knew it we were almost to lunch time. This is where we spent a lot of our days.
I so wish that I could include pictures of all the sweet children we got to know and take care of in our time there but for the safety of the orphanage, the Special Care Room, and of course the children, I cannot post any pictures of us with them. Boo! There were nine precious little faces in the SCR when we arrived. We saw everything from Bladder Exstrophy (where the bladder forms outside the body), Imperforate Anus (where the children have colostomy bags), Down Syndrome, Hydrocephalus, all kinds of heart defects, some were on oxygen and others on feeding tubes or both at the same time. I had a grandmother who had colon cancer and had a colostomy bag and I've spent a little time in the CVICU (with Ava Jane) so I was not real shocked by what all I saw, but I must say actually having to care for them, change the bandages, the "wafers" (the part of a colostomy bag that actually adheres to the body) and all the other things we did was truly overwhelming for the first couple of days. The two SCR nannies (per shift) who do this day in and day out are A-MAZ-ING! I have NO idea how they do all that they do except for Jesus' strength.
This was the bottle making room with all the different formulas, bottles, sterilizers, etc. It was extremely organized in the SCR and thankfully so. Everything was labeled with each child's number on it so as to have no chance of sharing bottles, nipples, tooth brushes, vitamin drops, etc.
At around 11:30 we would start putting all the kids down for naps then start our daily chores of dusting, windex-ing, keeping up with the laundry, and bottle washing and sterilizing for the next round of feedings. We would bring something for lunch each day or have something delivered but one day Lydia went out to one of the fruit stands for us and brought back all these amazing fresh fruit and veggies. Here we were are all getting introduced to passion fruit. I'd never had it before but I must say I did enjoy the crunch of the seeds.
We spent some of our down time (during naps) cleaning out the clothes drawers from wintery to summery things. I loved finding all these totes full of some brand new onesies and sleepers. It was like going shopping but without spending any money, that's always fun! And those babies looked so sweet in their new outfits.
The second day we were there we got to see this little girl, who has a severe heart condition, united with her forever family. What a treat to be able to witness the love of a forever family and the excitement that they had for Lybbi Shu Fang. This week is a very big week for this precious little girl. She will be having a heart cath done tomorrow morning at 9:00am. Would you join me and thousands of people who are praying for there to be no Pulmonary Hypertension and that they'd be able to correct all that is wrong with her heart? If you'd like to follow Lybbi's story you can click on the link. Her story is chocked full of God sized miracles, why should He stop now?! (Below is a picture of us praying for her family and her safety as they began their crazy travel home to the states!) On this next link, you can read the moment by moment thoughts from the doctor who traveled with them from Hong Kong to the states, its phenomenal! This family is amazing, what a gift they have given this precious little girl, I cannot wait to hear what the Lord is going to do next in the story He is writing for them!
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