Maggie Makes Four!

This journal started off documenting the adoption of our youngest daughter. It now follows the twist and turns of our lives as we raise these two amazing little creatures into the best women they can become.

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Success in the Lab

Today, Maggie was awake and ready for fun early. Little did she know, this was the day we were going back to the dreaded lab. Following the doctor's advice, I gave her the proper dose of benadryl and waited nervously to see if it worked. She fell asleep for her morning nap on time, but I could tell this was no normal nap. She was zonked. Therefore, it was show time.

It is a bad sign when you walk into a place and you hear the workers whispering. Maggie was quite notorious. The technicians at the check in counter if I had sedated Maggie and I swear the relief was audible when I said yes. There I sat waiting our turn with this sweet baby sleeping in my arms. All the other patients were admiring Maggie and patting her on the head. And under most conditions, she lives up to all those compliements, but never in the lab.

When they called Maggie's name, the nurses were ready for us. We were escorted into a private room in the back of the lab, the equipment was at the ready and the nurses had obviously discussed some strategy. The nurses had me lay Maggie down and hold her shoulders. Maggie woke up as soon as she felt the tourniquet. She screamed to high heaven, but didn't have the will to fight, thank goodness. In the end, the draw was uneventful. I swear the entire lab applauded when we walked out with all 5 vials full. The other patients had no idea why all of us were so excited.

What a relief to have that behind us. I hope this kid stays healthy, because no one wants to deal with her in the lab again!


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