Hi. Here's a list of stuff that is going on. It is a long list, because I am sick and can't sleep. Typing makes me sleepy.
1. Sinus infection NUMBER TWO is being fought, with various amounts of success. Yes, that is right folks, two sinus infections in two months. I've basically been sick ever since I got a full-time job. Maybe the Victorians/Crazy Religious Conservatives were right. Maybe my delicate female frame is too weak to work outside the home. Okay, Victorians, you win. I'll order my fainting couch, oh, my husband will order my fainting couch off the internet right away. Also, could someone send some smelling salts?
2. The sinus infections sucks particularly bad because my sister's blessed day of wedded union is tomorrow. I'm excited, but cringe at knowing I'll be the one in the photos with the red nose and the puffy cheeks. Oh. It's not my wedding. Just kidding. I don't care.
3. It's the end of the term, and I'm behind on grading, and I have to write a test on Sunday, and sometimes teaching is hard. Scratch that. Teaching is hard all of the time. Sometimes you at least feel like you are doing a decent job of it, which makes you feel better about it being hard. Teaching: Do it only if you don't have a cushy desk job already lined up.
or Teaching: Is really fun and awesome.
Depends on the day, I guess.
I'll be honest though, there's been some breakdowns of confidence this week, and while I blame the insane amount of cough medicine/drugs I'm on, I'm hoping next week goes better.
4. I was lame and let myself continue a weird little e-feud I've been entertaining. If I feel like talking about my feelings on it, I will, but I will say I would feel exhausted if I had to feel responsible for somebody else sinning. Even just once. Or even if I could count the times I worried about the sins of someone else on one hand. I guess I just have so many of my own, and while I'm always willing to pawn my own mistakes off/trade them for less offensive ones, I'm not so sure I'd want to worry about someone else. So, backwards kudos, I guess, fellow e-feuder.
And, on my end, it is just as exhausting, and stupid, trying to justify your life to a stranger. Move sender to spam, and move on.
5. I'm super into the new show, Parenthood. I started watching it mostly because I had already re-watched all my Gilmore Girls DVDs this week (Lauren Graham/Loreli Gilmore is in the show,) but I really like it. And, perhaps because I have both personal and familial experience with ADHD and Aspergers spectrum disorders, watching the family cope with their newly diagnosed autistic kid made me weepy and heart-warmed.
6. Cute autistic kid on Parenthood reminded me that I recently attended a Professional Development seminar on teaching ADHD/Autism students which was totally offensive and annoying, because both disorders are complex and require a degree of delicacy. The instructor kept making broad and inaccurate generalizations such as "Children with ADD/ADHD NEVER form true friendships, because they do not understand social norms," and "Children with ADHD Autism can read, but NEVER comprehend what they read."
First, the two disorders are linked, but not the same.
Secondly, there is no such thing as NEVER.
Yes, sometimes these things happen. Sometimes to people with ADD or whatever spectrum disorder. Sometimes to normals.
Sometimes not at all.
I remember a pediatrician telling my mother I would never be able to comprehend anything I read, to which my mother told him I just received a 5 on my AP Literature exam.
And, I've made some friends, too.
And your kid can and will too.
And your kid, should he or she have any form of spectrum disorder, will also have many gifts that a "normal" person never will. They will be smart, creative, caring, and brilliant.
Don't let the debbie downers tell you otherwise. Get a new doctor/teacher/therapist and spend a lot of time realizing how cool your kid is.