We woke up, had breakfast; yep, more pink/red sausage and eggs…with instant coffee and s&p on our eggs. 😉
Today, we hoped to hear from our lawyer, Isaac, that he might have the ruling & order from the judge, and Lucas’ passport in his hands! He said it would be Monday that the judge would sign the ruling & order, but that was all the way in Mbarara, so I knew it would be Monday evening or Tuesday before Isaac had it in his hands. So, I have wishful thinking for the day, I know. But at least we go to the IOM medical clinic again so they can read Lucas TB test, and then they send that on to the Embassy-one more step closer to getting that Visa! The IOM medical exam and TB results have to be sent to the Embassy as one of their requirements to leave the country (aka: getting the visa). It didn’t look like his TB skin test was reacting to me, so I knew that he wasn’t positive for it, which is a huge blessing. I can’t imagine how long we would have had to stay in the country trying to treat active TB before we would be allowed to come home, sometimes it takes many months to treat. Thankfully, it was negative. Yay! We were in and out of the IOM clinic within 10 min. Awesome! There was a huge wait, and tons of other adoptive couples waiting to be seen. I am so thankful we were able to get our exam and appointment in on Friday instead of our original scheduled day of today. We would have been there all day waiting. We just slipped right in, they read the test, and we slipped right out…awesome! The security guards at the front even recognize us we had been there so much! Adios IOM!
We went to the Kampala Garden City Mall, we are told that this is where the “rich” people in Uganda shop, as well as all the Mzungu’s. Oh, ok. Well I guess what they consider “rich”. As suspected, it was nothing like a “mall” you think of in America. It was a big building, with a ramp to walk up and down the 3 levels of in the middle of the building, it was actually quite nice for Uganda! Inside, there is a nice little grocery store, a food court (awesome!), and some shops to buy crafts in that were way overpriced, and a playground at the top of the building! We spent quite a bit of time at Garden City during our stay in Kampala. While we were there today we got some bottled water to take back to the guesthouse, and we went by the “pharmacy”-no prescriptions needed. Definitely different. I had been a bit concerned about Lucas because he started developing quite the cough, and runny nose over the past few days. I suspected he picked it up from the orphanage when we visited there. They were all so happy to see him, and were passing him around, I tried my best to just keep him with me, but it was so hard, I didn’t want to be rude, after all this was their final goodbye. Ugh. So yep, sure as I feared, he got sick. I’m just hoping it’s just a cold or something. The cough just kept getting worse and worse, especially at night and it would keep us both up all night. The pharmacy gave us some antibiotics, and I hoped they were ligit and would help. Here we are inside Garden City mall (picture below), this is what we looked like every day we were there. They said this carrier is great for bonding too, it really was a big help. Because his hips/legs never developed properly, and he has never been active in playing, running, etc. and mainly in a basin and crib most of his life, he has a hard time walking long distances, so the carrier was really handy. For those of you considering a stroller to take to Uganda, don’t even worry about it. Find a great carrier instead. He was scared of the stroller first of all, they don’t use them there, he had never seen one before, and was scared of it. He also hated being strapped in by the buckles in the stroller because they don’t have car seats or anything really they strap kids into there (he loved the carrier though because I was “carrying” him). Plus, the roads are so bumpy, and there are no sidewalks. The only place I even used the stroller was in the airport, and that wasn’t even to push Lucas around in, but my bags without wheels. He was only wanting me to “carry” him in the carrier. So find a good carrier, and ditch the stroller until you are back in the states, and gradually get them used to it when you’re back home. No need to have a stroller in Uganda. 🙂
For those of you wondering about our carrier, it is a “BabyHawk: Oh Snap”, it carries up to 50 lbs. No joke! They are pretty expensive (around $150, but I found mine for about $80 on Amazon), and it has been worth every penny! Lucas is 38 lbs and HEAVY, and this carrier was comfy and distributed his weight evenly on my back, and mostly across my hips so it didn’t feel like I was carrying anywhere close to 38 lbs! It is honestly an awesome carrier. I highly recommend this carrier for any child, all the way up to 50lbs!!!!
This is the outside of Garden City mall in Kampala, at the very top is the playground, which was actually really nice! It was pretty much like an American playground. I’m also pretty sure this is the ONLY playground like this in all of Uganda.