|Theo's CT scan (February 2008)|
|Waiting for Theo to rouse from anaesthetic (May 2008)|
He has never been actively sick (other than the occasional cold), but he still needs a yearly kidney ultrasound and blood tests to make sure that everything is working at full capacity. We are hoping to extend our Canadian medical coverage for a year so the kids and I have the option of coming back next summer for a week or so to visit family and see all of his doctors. I will at least have 10 months after we arrive in Japan to explore the medical system and determine exactly how much it would cost for Theo's various appointments and tests. I am almost sure that it will be cheaper than the cost of plane tickets back to Canada, but we will see how desperate I am to visit family by June of next year. Though William is lower maintenance than Theo medically, he will only be 5 months old when we arrive and will have quite a few check ups ahead of him for vaccinations and such (more on vaccinations next time).
|Sleeping after Theo's last and hopefully final|
surgery (December 2010)
I am hovering in a strange balance between being daunted at having to dive into a new medical system and deal with Japanese doctors when I will speak practically no Japanese and being excited by the challenge.
I am impressed with your courage and excitement! I'm also going to Japan with JET this year. And I'm certainly excited & daunted by the prospect of buying milk and navigating the trains and talking with doctors all in a language I'm not fluent in, but taking children to the doctor with an ear infection or finding a school sounds like another level of adventure! I'm sure you both will find so much adventure and grow a lot from these challenges.
Thanks for the encouragement! I think it helps that I won't be working when we get to Japan. I should be able to dedicate a bit more time to figuring out all these little details. It might just be downright impossible otherwise!
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