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Elizabeth
Chicago, IL
I stepped off a career managing large IT programs for the joys being a freelance writer and homeschooling mom.
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My husband has ADD, moderate, and is on Adderall with no real side effects. Our son, who is 9, also has ADD to some extent. I don't know how much because the last time he was tested was in Kindergarten. I pulled him out of school after that and have been homeschooling him since. It's not often easy. But he's healthy, happy, learning, and even ahead of the curve in some areas. And it's because of parents like you - who warned me from the start not to go to medication with my child except as an absolute last resort. Thank you so much for your courage with this story. I'm so so sorry for what you have all been through - and that detox sounds like a terrifying experience. Like the previous commenter said - putting kids on medications is leaving a bridge half-built. Sometimes it can be a great tool as part of a bigger solution, but too often it becomes a problem itself.
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What a great post - love the "different ability" attitude, love that you cornered the coach!! Your sons seem like amazing kids - and athletes :)
Toggle Commented Nov 3, 2009 on Deaf on the Field at Chicago Moms Blog
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Thank you for the support! I was half-afraid of being flamed for this post, which was very hard to write and against my nature....
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Thanks - I really am :)
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I agree with geomom - this is a fantastic post, and many of us feel this way!
Toggle Commented Apr 4, 2009 on Goodbye City Sunday at Chicago Moms Blog
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What an awesome feat!! You've inspired me :)
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Thanks!! I'm still wincing, I admit, with emotion over the conversation. His follow-up email to me was 2 sentences. If it weren't unprofessional and bridge-burning, I might have called him on it. As it is, just letting it go. Or, well, trying to.
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It's funny, but I never noticed how much my mother was dismissed for being a SAHM - maybe because she was such a giant in my eyes, it didn't occur to me that others wouldn't view her the same way?
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Thanks, Alma. He does admit to liking me, but there is a part of me that is dismayed at how much what we DO determines how people judge us... (naive, naive, naive).
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What a great post....I have no idea what I would have done in your shoes. NICU's do so much to save lives, I've watched as 2 different ones saved 3 lives close to me by what seemed to be force of will and hope. But, as you say, they still get things WRONG. And what they DO get wrong, is just awful. (One new mom was told that kangarooing was too 'experimental' to allow). Thank you for writing this - we never know when it will be us, do we? And so so so happy that beautiful Clara is doing well:)
Toggle Commented Mar 31, 2009 on Navigating the NICU at Chicago Moms Blog
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Optimism begats optimism - or, to make a thing happen, one must first decide it should be so. Great post, Gillian!
Toggle Commented Mar 31, 2009 on Spread the Word to End the Word at Chicago Moms Blog
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Thank you so much for all your hard work on this... I appreciate your efforts so much.
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Janet, I'm not sure what you read, but nowhere in my post do I say the current economic situation hasn't affected me. I say the opposite. My anger is about the press taking up newscasts to argue about WHAT to call the economic situation and the overt bias towards reporting "doom". Reporting the facts of the matter is necessary and responsible. I want to see less "crystal balling" and more feet-on-the-ground actual reporting. I want to see both sides of the story. I want to see all possible futures. Especially, I would like to see the pessimism balanced by some optimism. There seems to be, for me, this sense that this country doesn't know how to survive hard times. Again, I believe the opposite is true.
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