Monday, November 30, 2009
i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you
here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)
Friday, November 27, 2009
NPR even had a story a week ago about what a breakthrough this was on helping people manage their pain. Um, ok. If I'm discussing pain with a doctor, it's at least a 5, or I'd be at home, drinking tea on the couch. Anyone who says 10 is either addicted to painkillers (and hoping to score more) or lacking in imagination.Let's take that old standard, childbirth, as a ten. Well, what if you were giving birth and someone started stabbing you repeatedly in the foot? While splashing boiling water on you? And pulling out chunks of your hair? You'd feel silly then, wouldn't you. You'd already self-reported your pain at the top of the scale.
So, under the premise that "It could always be worse" (my personal rallying cry), let's just save 9 and 10 for wartime and torture. So we've now shrunk the useable part of the pain scale from 5-8. That's not much of a range.
All this to say I have pleurisy. After my usual hemming and hawing, I gave it a 6.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Yeah, the problem with giving free tote bags to people when you give crap service is that they might, I dunno, change them. And carry them all over town. A lot. (previous post on UHC saga with advice)
So, UHC lied and said they paid those 3 speech therapy sessions from November 2008. As in, a year ago. The last several times I talked to them they said, "You no longer have coverage with us." And I said, "No shit. I'm still trying to get you to pay for something that every person I've spoken with at UHC says we should be covered for under our gap exception FROM LAST YEAR."
So I heard a rumor that the insurance companies hate it when you file a complaint with the state's Department of Insurance (Illinois). I hear there's loads of paperwork. So tomorrow is my last call to UHC.
Thanks to the power of Twitter, here's just a few of the dates when I've tried to get these claims fixed:
- I'm on hold with United F'ing HealthCare.
7:10 AM Jul 27th
9:28 AM Jul 30th
11:59 AM Sep 4th
10:05 AM Sep 14th
9:52 AM Sep 21st
We've had BCBS for a year now. It's been fantastic.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
For January, it's The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I've heard good things -- looking forward to it.
There are many remarkable things about our group. My favorite one, though, is that none of us scrapbook. That's probably why we get along so well.
Friday, November 13, 2009
The example given was, don't point to a picture of an apple and ask the child, "What is this?" and they go off and find the button and press "Apple". Instead, ask questions around that picture that uses core vocabulary as the answers. So I decided immediately that I had to experiment with Nea and her talker. I went home and asked her to tell me everything she knows about penguins.
What color are they? (black, white)
What do they eat? (goldfish crackers - har! and fish)
What do they like to do? (swim)
What would you wear if you were visiting them? (swimsuit)
Then we found the penguin button, too, but we'd used the talker so much before we even did that. It was fun, and she enjoyed it, and I hope doing activities like this will help her realize that the whole world is pretty much in that box. She just needs to learn how to use it more.
Because, you see, the talker is difficult in many ways, but the hardest for us is that Nea can talk a little. It's hard for her to decide to go through the effort of figuring out how to say something on the talker when she might be able to get her point across to us by speaking. This will resolve itself in one of two ways, of course. Either her speaking will improve to the point where she doesn't need a talker. Or her talker skills will increase to the point where it's not such an effort to say something.
Today I took some online training with the woman who developed the software we are using, WordPower. The most useful part of today's session was seeing how powerful the Vantage Lite can be once Nea is more literate. The word prediction is especially helpful. If you know how to read.
A couple links:
- Aac.languagelab.com - resouces like lesson plans
- Teaching.prentrom.com - teaching materials, online training
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Many Sprüngli locations, but only in Switzerland. Big big sigh....Now I'm just torturing myself. Ugh, so awful! Wah boo hoo, no more Luxemburgerli.
Monday, November 9, 2009
things i do not like
Chrissie Hynde's voice
things I do like
movies, especially with popcorn
all food, really, just about*
Ira Glass's voice
*cottage cheese is not food
Monday, November 2, 2009
Oooo! Free candy from strangers! I think all they heard was "blah blah blah candy! Blah candy blah blah!"