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Tales Of An Educated Debutante

on life, loss and the joy that rules the day.


 
 
 
 
 




 
The future is far away and scary, but today is lovely.

Adrian H. Wood, PhD


School Picture Day

Tuesday, March 01, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
School Picture Day

Let's just go over these details. Last night when I saw I had a "missed call" from the familiar school number, I was a teensy bit hopeful that maybe we would have a kind one hour delay. Not for the weather as much, but just because it was Monday and we were all tired from the rude awakening of the time change. The springing forward was inevitable, but it's' excruciating pain forgotten year to year. Of course I did not answer the call as I was in an AIG meeting and plainly forgot to listen t ..

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Dear BCBS

Tuesday, March 01, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Dear BCBS

Do you remember me? I'm the one that has cursed you, written emails and letters, sent faxes, called you too many times to count, spent endless hours on the phone talking, crying, asking, telling and pleading for help. Just yesterday I received a letter telling me Amos was denied for an augmentative communication device. Because I had actually only requested an evaluation for a device, I sighed, cried, stomped around and then dialed the stamped number on the manufactured letter you sent me.  ..

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Five Reasons Why Root Canals are Wonderful

Tuesday, March 01, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Five Reasons Why Root Canals are Wonderful

Seriously. I am trying to remind myself to look for the good in all things and what better challenge than the dreaded root canal. In my case, two at one time. 1. I had lots of alone time in the car this week. Two travel days without any of my sidekicks enabled me to talk on the phone, think, and listen to music that doesn't make one want to consume copious amounts of alcohol. Also, the second day, I had a great uninterrupted visit with my chauffeur friend, lunch at Central Cafe in Rocky ..

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The Medicaid Plunge

Tuesday, March 01, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
The Medicaid Plunge

I had forgotten what routine doctor appointments entailed, we had not been for anything but sick visits and specialty appointments the last few months. This routine check up with our developmental pediatrician happens twice per year and we had not been in eight months. If anything, I was excited about this impending visit- the waiting room was well-set up for busy two year olds and our nice doctor was flexible and the last visit took place in the waiting room where Amos was happiest at the  ..

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To the Teachers at My Children's Schools

Tuesday, March 01, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
To the Teachers at My Children's Schools

I want to introduce myself again. My name, number of children, past work experience, where I grew up, went to high school, college, graduate school, husband, loss of brother, back to my children, usually ending up with my youngest who has extra special needs. Sometimes I may add my love of Bible Study, Atlantic beach and the fun of having lots of children. Sometimes I may wistfully admit how I miss working for pay, let my kids watch more TV than I should after my long days with a toddler an ..

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The Gift I Wouldn't Return

Tuesday, March 01, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
The Gift I Wouldn't Return

Truthfully, the concept of Amos as a "gift" has caused me great angst, annoyance even. I even have the beginning of a story in my notes with the many quotes that I have found offensive regarding Amos and his place in our family. I just tucked them there where I can ponder my role in the inflammation (my guilt in the matter acknowledged). My role is certainly the one that is problematic and I am very aware that I am the common denominator. I have come to a few conclusions. One, my child ..

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Why the Number Three Frightens Me

Tuesday, March 01, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Why the Number Three Frightens Me

He's not a baby anymore, though I notice we still call him one. All five of us, his family, the people that adore him most and want to protect him from the long glances at an unfamiliar playground or the rambunctious two year olds that seem to do circles around him. He has seemed blissfully unaware until the last couple weeks. Perhaps a change in location and exposure to a new crop of peers, but I notice him watching other children, his own age and often younger, scurry up the stairs and fl ..

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Week with my Parents- Part II

Tuesday, March 01, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Week with my Parents- Part II

1. My mother is a traveling doctor's office and since I have been coming down with a cold and laryngitis, she has offered me a z-pac four times. These people clearly are products of the days before penicillin and now wholeheartedly embrace access and frequent ingestion of modern day medicines. No more hot towels wrapped around your neck when you can throw back amoxicillin like tic tacs. 2. In keeping with that same vein, at what point do you suggest a hearing assessment? Watching televi ..

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My Child Rearing Views Prior to Having Children

Tuesday, March 01, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
My Child Rearing Views Prior to Having Children

1. My children would never watch television. Perhaps an educational show here and there when at a friend's house or maybe Sesame Street or Mr. Roger's Neighborhood. In my defense, we don't have cable. We do have YouTube and Netflix and so, television is a necessary evil in our household. How else would I clean up or be lazy myself? 2. My children would never have a video game system. Not in my house. My cousins had an Atari and that was good enough for me and would be fine for my chi ..

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A Low Point

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
A Low Point

If you do not want to get depressed then you better move on from this post. However, if you have hit a low point lately and need to know someone is in the pit with you, continue on with this heartfelt passage. I hit a rough spot last week, a whole weekend of cold rain with a sick non-verbal child. In case any of you are wondering how that child could be different from a typically developing child, I yell at the top of my lungs, "SOS!!!!". So very different, at least in my experience with th ..

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