Monday, September 5, 2011
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Omar says "Momma, remember when..."
- "Mr. Puffer Bill goes to Pumkin Ridge and then back again. His ears get so cold." (a bedtime story Grandma read to him every night about trains).
- "The BIG MAN! He's HUGE!!" (Paul Bunyan Land)
- "Grandma, Grandpa, Auntie Laura, Auntie Sarah, Uncle Jason, Baby Grace. I love them all!"
- "Fireworks! Fireworks! Fireworks! They same BOOOOM, BOOOOM!"
- "My green truck. I go so fast...hahaha!"
- "Yeah, Sadie is with Grandma, Maggie is with Laura, Riley is with Sarah and Shiloh is with Jason" (the family dogs).
- "Swimming, swimming, swimming. I go swimming again?!"
- "Baby Grace, she is soooooo liiiiiitttttle! You have to be gentle."
- "Grandpa's boat, Jason's red boat, and the green boat!"
Aisha says her favorties are...
- "We were laughing soooooo really hard!" (When Mommy, Daddy and Omar went shopping and she stayed with Auntie Sarah, Baby Grace and Uncle Jason).
- "Baby Grace is so cute!"
- "Oooo La La Spa with Fancy Nancy" (Grandma Nancy's spa designed after Fancy Nancy books).
- "Fishing....I caught a fish Momma!"
- Riding on the boat, "Grandpa drives really fast! It's fun...hahaha!"
- "Jimmy Johns" (her new found favorite food that we don't have in Jordan and keeps asking for).
- "Going somewhere fun every day!"
- "Grandma is soooo fun!"
- "My Princess car. It's so pretty and I can drive it really good!"
For sure this is a short list and the kids continue to remember their times in Minnesota and tell me their "Remember when...."!
We had a wonderful time on vacation. Visiting family and friends is always great, but when you live so far away...the time is precious! Thank you to my parents, sisters, brother-in-law, family and friends for everything while we were home! Watching the kids play and grow with each of you was so much fun for Yanal and I as parents! We love you all!!
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Friday, May 20, 2011
As a Registered Nurse in the US, I had always heard of and sometimes witnessed the fear of immigrants recieving healthcare in the US. In nursing school, we learned a great deal about how American minorities were sceptical of equal care and immigrants were scared of different ideations on cultural norms presented in the delivery of care. As a lady married to an immigrant, whose non-English speaking Mother-on-law would come stay with us for months at a time, and someone who simply believes in all people...I always did my best to provide the best care to the non-English speaking patients, the immigrants, and the minorities.
Now, the table has turned. I am the immigrant. I am the minority. I am the non-Arabic speaking patient. I am seeking care for the delivery of my 3rd baby, here, in Jordan, a forgein country, a place I currently call home.
Fear you ask? I always feel fear of the unknowns of delivery. Fear of the cultural norms that are un-normal for me...fear, may not be the right word...yet I am nervous.
Intreged you ask? Definately. I am interested on a learning level of what the cultural norms actually are.
Surprised you ask? On many levels, yes. Yet, honestly, I feel farily certain they are similar norms to the US when lets say, my Mother labored her 3 children....30 years ago.
What have you learned so far, you ask? Here is a short list of the differences of labor and delivery in Jordan (generally speaking)...
1-Husbands are not allowed in the room during active labor.
2-You begin in a pre-delivery room where many women are in the same room, you then shift to privately deliver your baby, then to return to a post-delivery area for recovery in a room shared by many women.
3-Delivery by C-Section is done under General Anesthesia, not Spinal Anesthesia.
4-Just as baby is born, Mom is given an injection to 'put her to sleep' until after the placenta is delivered.
5-You do not meet your baby for a few hours...Mom is recovering, baby is bathing and being examined.
6-Baby does not 'room in' with Mom...Baby stays in a nursery and Mom relaxes.
7-You must pay the entire hospital bill before you are discharged...the day of discharge, the hospital keeps baby until you show proof of payment, then you recieve your baby.
8-Cost of deliverying a baby is anywhere from $150-$4500...depending on hospital, normal birth vs c-section, epidural, private room, days spent in the hospital.
What makes me nervous, you ask....
+Being in a room full of other women
+Not having my husband with me
+Other cultural norms that come up that I am not aware of prior.
What will I request to be different from the norms, you ask...
+Being put to sleep after delivery (WHAT is that all about?!)
+General anesthesia for Section (WHAT?!...Spinal is safer!)
What am I okay with as long as I know about ahead of time, you ask....
+Paying prior to leaving (this is required of all clinic, lab, hospital visit in Jordan)
+Baby does not 'room-in' with Mom (as long as I have to option to keep baby with me most of the time)
What are the positives, you ask?
+All Physicians and most Registered Nurses speak English well.
+Jordan has the best healthcare in the Middle East
+I really, really like my OB/GYN!!
I will start touring hospitals next week! I will let you know what I find out!