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Friday, June 16, 2006

Using the internet like it's my bitch

I have a couple of questions and I figured there might be someone out there who might know.

1. What the fuck would cause a stabbing, searing pain in one's abdomen behind the ribs - almost like having a needle shoved into your side? Left side, by the way.

2. What are one's options when considering adoption? Have any of you adopted? How much did it cost you in total? Did you know the mother before hand? Was the adoption open or closed? Did you use an adoption attorney or go through an agency.

If you don't feel comfortable commenting, please just email me at Alexiecfo@cox.net. Thanks.

Elizabeth at 5:20 PM



at 5:57 PM Blogger Carrie said...

Hmmm, gas maybe? :)

Honestly, I don't know. I have heard that if you press your hand into your abdomen between the belly button and hip bone and feel all kinds of horrible pain when you release it, that means you have an appendix issue. but that's on the other side.

Shit. I'm no help at all.

at 7:40 PM Blogger Annejelynn said...

1. Gas

2. My dear friend went through Catholic Charities to adopt their son, now 1 yr old. They did know the birth mother and even went to lamaze classes with her and were there at the birth. Part of the contract provided the girl's OB visits and labor costs. The girl was 16, pregnant with a gang member's child. It cost them at least $10K, but I'm not exactly sure - just know it was at least $10K - but that's small potatoes compared to the $35K they spent in ONE YEAR trying infertility treatments. And they were doing treatments for 3 years - do the math.

She and I just had a convo about the adoption process last night... she said if she could do it over, they would have been testing for fertility issues after the 1st year of trying (they tried for 7 years) and would have discovered the issues right away...and she'd have 3 adoptive kids by now.

at 11:32 PM Blogger Nap Queen said...

I just sent you an email!

at 12:41 AM Blogger JD's Rose said...

Those questions are a lot harder than you'd think.

1. No idea.

2. The adoption laws are so different over here. Here it will cost you $30,000. Given Annejelynn's answer, I recommend staying there. Are you thinking about adopting?

at 1:53 AM Blogger suburban mom said...

sorry I can't help you.

Oh, maybe the answer to number 1 is gas??

I had bad gas once and I thought I was gonna die.

at 8:32 AM Blogger TBG said...

My cousin is currently adopting over seas and it is about $30,000 but at the end of it you have a baby here in the US you could pay 10- 2- 30 thousand and have no baby in the end. The laws protect the birth parents not the adoptive parents it is quite sad.

Email me if you want!

at 11:21 AM Blogger Kami said...

Gas. It can hurt like a mutha. Take some Gas-X.

No idea on the adoption.

at 10:36 PM Blogger Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

I supervised adoption services for 6 years when I was a county social services supervisor. We conducted “self study” classes where people who were considering adoption could obtain answers for their questions and evaluate their own desire to adopt in a safe, rational atmosphere. Perhaps you could locate one of these groups?

at 9:55 AM Blogger Tammy said...

Lol - Carrie. Gas.

Appendix? I know it's generally on the right side, but mine hurt all over. Try pushing on your tummmy and letting go. If it hurts, it's the appendix.

Adoption - no idea. Sorry. :)

at 8:18 AM Blogger Lisa said...

1. Gas, constipation, gallbladder?

2. My cousin adopted from China. It cost a freaking arm and a leg and they had to go over there for 2 weeks to finalize the adoption.

Some friends are adopting from Russia and it a little less money and they bring the babies to the US>

I dont know anyone who has done a private US adoption. Well except some foster parents at the agency I used to work for. But those werent babies by the time they were able to adopt them and most had come been severely neglected/abused.


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