“Even one voice can be heard loudly all over the world in this day and age.”
Monday is a fresh start, a new week, a chance to start from scratch and have a “bang-up” week. Monday is also too early in the week to do anything substantial.
I have difficulty coming up with deep thoughts, insightful posts, or creative ideas on a Monday morning. Here is my solution…
….“Monday Mini’s” are short blurbs about topics bouncing around in my head. Some of these topics will show up this week, some will disappear, and some are months away.
Your comments and feedback will help me decide whether to come back to these topics.
We took a little vacation last week – to Schlitterbahn waterpark in New Braunfels, Texas. Typically, I dread amusement and water parks. But Schlitterbahn surprised me – it was the best family waterpark I’d ever been to.
They don’t charge for parking, and there was plenty of it available. They didn’t charge us for inner tubes or rafts…if you found one, you used it. When you were done, you left it for someone else. The lines moved quick. The park was covered with trees, so even while waiting in long lines I stayed cool. The water was clean.
But the most important thing? It wasn’t Dallas. New Braunfels has a slow, easy, and friendly pace – something that Dallas is sorely lacking.
The night before Little Bird’s surgery to place tubes in his ears, Momma Bird and I cancelled the procedure. We needed to do some more research.
The whole idea behind tubes is that they help children with chronic ear infections or fluid in the middle ear to hear better, and thus have an easier time developing language skills.
One study we read showed a high correlation between exposure to anesthesia in children under 2 and language/speech developmental difficulties. Additionally, a recent New England Journal of Medicine study questioned whether ear tubes in children under 3 were worth the risk and cost.
We were left with the question: if a single exposure to anesthesia at 8 months exposed Little Bird to a 24% risk of developing language difficulties, and if tubes might not really be effective anyway, what value was Little Bird getting from the surgery?
In the end though, Momma Bird got right down to it: if Little Bird did not have Down’s Syndrome, we would not consider surgery for tubes at this stage. Were we about to treat Little Bird different because of Down Syndrome?
Every week, I take a break from blogging on Wednesdays – my post that day is Wordless Wednesday. Since I’d rather take Saturday off, I am going to move Wordless Wednesdays to Saturday, and call it Silent Saturday.
Same idea – one picture, no words. Just on Saturday.