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Tonight’s post is going to be brief because it’s been a very long day. My mom, one of my five-year-old sisters, and I have been at the “hostible” (as my sister calls it) since about 12:30pm. My sister was pretty sick over the past few days, and it has only gotten worse. Her oxygen levels aren’t stable, and her asthma was acting up, so she was admitted to the hospital overnight to be monitored.
Having a sick child can be extremely upsetting and frustrating, and it can make a parent’s life a nightmare. I think that having an adopted child puts a little more stress on a parent though. My mom has had to explain why my sister was brought in to the hospital to about 10 different people. And each and every time she talks to someone new, she also has to run through the story of my sister’s birth and explain that she was adopted. She was born at 26 weeks, she was born drug addicted, she’s a twin, she had heart surgery… the list goes on and on. And my mom wasn’t there for any of it! And then they want to know if she was born naturally or via C-section. My mom can’t remember, and we don’t have any paperwork with us. Every single person that we’ve talked to has “entered the information into the computer” which means that it’s in the system somewhere, so please, someone look up the information and stop asking my mom about stuff that she wasn’t there for! It’s hard enough to balance the talking with the doctors and rubbing my sister’s hand (because, come on, I’m just the sister…she wants her mommy), but why does she have to keep repeating this stuff and explaining that she doesn’t know if she was born via C-section or not. By the way, why does that even matter? Can anyone tell me that? I’d really like to know what that has to do with anything. Oh, and guess what? We’re at the hospital that the girls were born at, and their information was still in the system under their birth names, so it’s not like the information isn’t in the system. The first person my mom talked to even updated the files to have our information in it now. So someone just look in the dang computer!!
Well that’s about it. I’m exhausted and my mom and I need to figure out if either of us will be able to get some sleep tonight. I would just like to end by saying that the staff really is wonderful here, even if they keep asking the same questions twenty times.
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My family has been doing foster care since I was three years old. I'm the only biological child in my family, though I now have five permanent siblings. Having nineteen siblings over the course of my lifetime has been an incredible experience, and I'm hoping that by sharing some of the ups and downs of being the only bio kid in a foster family, other foster families or people looking into doing foster care will be able to learn a bit of what life can be like. I also like to share what life is like on my journey to becoming a published author, as well as where my schooling and career choice are taking me.