Every time one turns on the TV, boots up the internets or picks up the paper there are stories and commercials regarding healthcare in America. It is so pervasive that my 8 year old and I have had discussions about healthcare, health insurance and a public option. One evening we were watching the news and she turned and said they are talking about healthcare everywhere on the TV now, why? We talked about health insurance, ours and about what happens to those without insurance. I explained to her how much we are paying a month for health insurance and how when we go to the doctor the insurance company helps foot the bill. The numbers of course don't add up in her mind. Then we discussed her grandmother, who lives with us and does not have any insurance.
There will not be any statistics in this diary; nor will I link to studies that illustrate my point. This is a non-scientific post written from a mother's perspective. I have two daughters, both have dyslexia, dysgraphia and are ADHD(though the form of ADHD differs in each child). Both of my daughters are considered twice gifted. This is a nice way to say they are bright, well above average IQ wise, but learning disabled. Each daughter went to elementary school in different cities in Texas and this is why I have become such a big proponent of early intervention when working with learning disabled children. My girls stories follow the fold.
Diaries abound today on the sensitive subject of abortion, due to the murder of Dr. Tiller. I have read a couple that have been written by women sharing their personal stories. I have in the past written about my late term procedure. I have also read a couple of diaries that have a problem with the language we use when discussing abortion and stances taken on this subject, mostly not caring for the term pro-life. Because of my history with abortion, a doctor who performed late term procedures and a very real desire to have a second child I come to the abortion debate with a very personal and thought out perspective on this language. I choose to embrace the language of life and choice.
I was surfing the internets this am; as is my morning routine, and I came upon this article in Newsweek: http://www.newsweek.com/... . Some of it is kinda neat. The original doctor in the practice came to your home. You scheduled your appointments on the net, and the doctors use email, im and video conferencing to meet with you. All that is pretty cool. But here come the big BUT, the doctor who founded this clinic refuses to deal with his patient's insurance companies.
I live in Fort Worth, home of the hysterical (per Maddow show guest last night) large school district closing. My kids are both in public school and yesterday was their first day home from school. My 8 year old began to run a fever yesterday afternoon and my mother in law didn't want to worry me so she didn't call. I got home at 8 pm to a child with a 101 degree fever. She was fine when I left for work at 11 am.
Sam passed away last night. Sam is a cat who changed my daughter's life. This story is in many ways more about the blogger who belonged to Sam than the cat himself, I am surprisingly saddened at the passing of a cat I never met in real life. Sam came to live with Ntodd in 2003 and my daughter and I began following him sometime later in the year. Ntodd's memorial to Sam is here: http://www.dohiyimir.org/...
I would title this post things that make you go hmm, but really right now it is just one thing that is causing me to sit and stare and my computer and TV Machine in absolute horror, wonder, disbelief and all of the above. WTF is the media doing reporting what Megan McCain writes about on her blog.
I am not a regular poster, I do not regularly comment either. Me, I am a everyday reader and have been for years. But, after yesterday, I felt a real need to write about my friend, my neighbor and her struggle.
Badonkkadonk! Lets have a look at our Center Left country today. Today is so much more than just a referendum on Bush or Obama, today is the result of the American people turning their back on the bankrupted ideas of the right.
I live in Fort Worth Texas, in a Democratic neighborhood, and I just stood in line for 30 minutes to vote.
Today, I hired my 15 year old daughter's boyfriend to rake up the leaves in my front yard. The boy is a Republican, raised by nice Republican parents. He is proud that my daughter has yet to convert him. He is respectful of our opinions though and of our Obama/Biden yard sign. So this afternoon, this nice but misguided young man was verbally assaulted by two racists in a pickup truck while he worked in our yard.
This is not the easiest diary to write. It is not a comfortable subject, nor a pleasant one. I do believe it needs to be written about. The Health exception in Abortion restriction legislation is very important, vitally important. Frequently these laws, as they are written, abolish procedures even after fetal demise, at least this is my understanding.
Now my story.
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