Bad Mama

Science is Fun!
September 29, 2008, 10:23 pm
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One of the things I have found most frustrating about talking with people about my daughter’s congenital condition is that so many people just can’t understand it very well. They don’t know about anatomy, they don’t know about genetics, and they don’t understand about the causes of birth defects. I don’t blame them, necessarily. I happen to love medicine and wanted to be a doctor my whole life (why I am not is a long story), but not everyone reads books on disease processes in their spare time. And science education being what it is in this country, most students get told about the scientific method early on but don’t get an explanation as to why it is actually important to understand how science works even if they aren’t planning on working in science.  It gets frustrating to explain why I am quite sure that the one dose of cold medicine I took when I had the flu at six months along was not the cause of Peanut’s AMC (not just because she already had it by then).

Anyway, if you are one of those people who really found science and statistics incredibly boring and immaterial to your world way back when, you might find this article in the New York Times, A Primer on Medical Studies, at least useful. We all have to become informed consumers of medical and health information now, not just those of us that regularly read medical journal articles and debate with orthopedic surgeons about outcomes of various approaches to pelvic reshaping.

Also, L’Shanah Tova!


Things my baby has eaten off the floor just this morning
September 22, 2008, 7:35 am
Filed under: Parenting, Squirt
  1. A tortilla chip
  2. A blob of Smart Balance butter spread
  3. A wad of pet hair

And it’s only 7:30 am. Looks like today’s gonna be a winner!

Wait, what?
September 16, 2008, 8:19 am
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I had to re-read this a couple of times, and check the original, to make sure I saw what I thought I saw:

Karl Rove lambasted the Obama campaign on Fox News Sunday for its recent ad criticizing Sen. John McCain for his supposed inability to use a computer.

Asked by Chris Wallace to comment on negative campaigning by Sen. Obama, Rove said that McCain’s injuries suffered in a Vietnamese prison camp were responsible for his computer illiteracy.

“But they then say he doesn’t …send e-mail. Well, this is because his war injuries keep him from being able to use a keyboard. He can’t type. You know, it’s like saying he can’t do jumping jacks,” Rove said. “There’s a reason he can’t raise his arms above his head. There’s a reason he doesn’t have the nimbleness in his fingers.”

Seriously? Anyone still thinking that a McCain administration would be good for people with disabilities? The man doesn’t know there are assistive devices. The fact that he doesn’t is something that I find disturbing. How, exactly, will he be an advocate for the disabled if he doesn’t even know what they need? Furthermore, if he is portrayed as not being able to use a computer at his level of disability, it just reinforces the notion that to be disabled is to be incapable.

The other possibility, considering this is Karl Rove here, is that this reasoning is a lie . That McCain does know about them, and chooses not to use them.

I think it is interesting that so much has been made of Sarah Palin parenting her son, meaning she will somehow be an advocate for the disabled, yet McCain himself is disabled. I saw the speech Gov. Patterson of New York gave at the Dem. convention about being disabled (he’s blind) and how lacking in employment and other opportunities people with disabilities are in this country. And I notice how neither one of them wants to use assistive devices (Patterson won’t use a white cane, McCain apparently won’t use computer assitive devices), certainly not publicly. And it just demonstrates how we all still have a long way to go in understanding that to use such devices does not make a person “weak.”

No specific reason, just a general response to the daily news
September 5, 2008, 6:56 am
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Funny. When I signed up to be a liberal, I didn’t see anything in the handbook that required me to believe that any political thought or policy, no matter how ill-informed, biased, or downright ridiculous, was worthy of equal importance to all others. While my overall goal is tolerance, some decisions on what is right and wrong have to be made, and just because I decide you are wrong doesn’t mean I’m intolerant. It usually just means you’re wrong.

Visitor from Melbourne, Australia
September 2, 2008, 10:43 pm
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Squirt and her Uncle Ben

Squirt and her Uncle Ben

Just wondering
September 1, 2008, 9:19 am
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Can I ask a small question? Can anybody tell me how cancelling speeches by congressmen from Utah or Senators from South Carolina (or wherever, I don’t know who got the hook), is of benefit to the people affected by Gustav? Other than freeing up more media to get blown around in the wind on Bourbon Street?

Perhaps the relative lack of bloviating will be a comfort to the displaced. I suppose it really is for me.