Thursday, March 25, 2010

Lankui's Appointment in Tennessee

Lankui's appointments went well yesterday. We saw Dr. Kevin Kelly in the morning, then went to pre-op, then had a CT scan before lunch. Her MRI was around seven at night. It was a long day, but she did very well and stayed happy through it all. Dr. Kelly said it shouldn't be hard to fix her jaw. We all presume her jaw was broken and not set right. He said this is not an uncommon situation.

She held very still for her 10 min. CT scan and her 2+ hr. MRI. She got to watch Alvin and the Chipmunks during the MRI and was concerned she might have messed things up when she laughed at the movie!

We'll go back to see Dr. Kelly on March 31. He will have looked at the MRI and CT scans by that time, then he can get a plan going and set the surgery date. Lankui is a wonderful, brave girl. She said she was only nervous a little bit before the MRI, but she did a great job. I showed her the newest letter from Gary Headrick while we waited for the MRI. She was so happy to get it!

She's eating everything and keeping happy! She called Peter and her friends at the center the other day and will call them again this weekend. She wrote a letter for them.

Love you all,

March 24, 2010

Monday, March 1, 2010

Grand Opening of New Kitchen & Dining Room

The new kitchen and dining room at John Connor Brown is ready. The children will have their first lunch in the new building on March 2nd, 2010.

Ronald is pleased that he has accomplished the construction of a good facility as his first major construction project in China. The new building is spacious and very serviceable for the staff and children. Most women would love to have such a kitchen.

We know the difficulties an American has working in China but even with language barriers and differences in construction concepts, it has come together to be a very beautiful place for the children to enjoy their meals. Most of all, it is a clean place that is easily washable and easy to keep clean. There are ceiling fans for comfort, floor drains for mopping floors and spilled water and more than adequate cooking equipment.

Ronald is threatening the kitchen workers with their lives if they let it get back to be a rat's den. He said he will tell them he will be back to see it and it better be kept in good order. He's proud of it so he's getting tough!

Way to go, Ronald! We are proud of the good work you are doing for our foundation but especially for the children!