This one is going to get out to everyone a little late as I slept in. Sorry.
Status of Jacob:
Jacob woke up with a bit of a cough on Wednesday, a little later in the day he added a fever to the mix. The little boy who came from the same orphanage has the same symptoms. Jacob didn’t eat a lot yesterday, but he didn’t have any blow outs either…so we are unsure of the status of the diarrhea at this time. The cough, fever and general state of discomfort that goes with it made last night a little exciting. We have given him Tylenol and Motrin and when he gets those he seems to bounce back to his happy self. The night was still rough.
Our Day Yesterday:
Yesterday afternoon we had an appointment with the Notary in the town where Jacob’s orphanage is located. I don’t completely understand, but most of the orphanages represented in our group were able to have their documents notarized here in Zhengzhou, but the two little guys that came from Jiaozuo had to have theirs done there in Jiaozuo which is about an hour and a half away. That left us with the morning free.
There is a little ‘river walk’ kind of park that runs behind the Crowne Plaza. It runs along both sides of a river that runs through Zhengzhou and we decided to explore it a bit while it was still somewhat cool in the morning. While exploring we discovered a kind of adult exercise park. There were many pieces of playground equipment that adults (some very old) use. I will try to upload those pictures. There were also folks out with kids playing and some other folks doing tai-chi (sp?). Jacob had fun exploring the park and we got a lot of stares.
The afternoon was spent on the bus to Jiaozuo. Jacob took a nap on the bus and woke about the time we arrived. We spent about 45 minutes in the notary office waiting around and checking that the paperwork was correct. It was not very exciting. We did get to see a bit of Jiaozuo and found it to be a bigger city than we expected. We crossed over the Yellow River and got to see a bit of the “countryside” which was a breath of fresh air.
We spent the evening getting a bite to eat here at the hotel. There was a big rainstorm and we did not feel up to venturing out for food. Then it was back to the room, showers, baths, pajamas and bed. Another day together and another day closer to Home!