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    There once was a girl with a tiny little curl, right in the middle of her forehead...
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    Old school photography, botany, horticulture, neuropsychopharmaceuticals
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    #1: Mommy. #2: Researcher, Crazymeds.us
  1. asta

    Studying in Germany

    Hi Nan! A
  2. asta

    Studying in Germany

    I think that article is misleading - especially regarding TUM. The article subtly focuses on Masters programs, which are, indeed, primarily taught in English. Baccalaureate programs however, are not primarily in English - especially at TUM. Are scientific terms basically universal? Of course. Yet the entrance requirements (as Regentrude will attest) are either a 3/3 or (holy crimeny) a 4/4 in the Language. (a 4 is native fluency). It has always been my suspicion that they do this specifically to weed out students who are not capable of assimilating into the workforce upon graduation (in order to pay the government back, so to speak). I am not simply speaking of Americans, either. I know of Ukrainians who have had to take very intensive German courses to enroll in Masters programs - in technical fields that one would assume would be in English. There is a university in northern Germany (the name escapes me at the moment) that is entirely in English, but that is only one university. Also, the intensive German courses are not "free"; they cost around 500 euro per semester at a university or 100 euro at a state run center (aimed at immigrants - doesn't move as quickly). Finally, nothing is "free" in this world; we should all know this. The price of healthcare may be low for these students, but the cost is long waiting times for appointments and sitting in waiting rooms watching everyone with private insurance (even someone who has arrived without an appointment!) be seen before them. Sadly this happens in the ER as well. Rent may appear low, but in major cities, it is very hard for students to 1. find someone to rent to them and 2. find a place remotely near the university that is anything more than a room that fits a twin size bed and small desk. So that $400 is actually pretty expensive on a sq ft basis. Again: I've met these people. Are there exceptions? Of course! But student housing, and housing in general is not viewed the same as it is in the states. My .02 Asta
  3. Pathological liars, narcissists, sociopaths - they all fall under the the Axis 2 umbrella of "personality disorders". Autism spectrum disorders fall under... wait for it... Autism spectrum disorders. The former is exactly what it says: a disorder of someone's personality. Anything from a 'crack' that can be mended (people who have been abused may fall into this category) to someone who is completely, utterly broken (mentally) from society's point of view. These folks will never be 'fixed' by medication or therapy; they are simply not on the same operational plane as the rest of the humans they are walking amongst. ASD folks are, to the best of modern medicine's knowledge, simply wired differently. Their personalities et al are completely intact (I'm speaking in Jungian terms), they have emotional responses to stimuli (albeit sometimes over the top or completely reserved and/or withdrawn), and they form relationships. Unfortunately, ASD folks are often portrayed in the media as completely incommunicative people unable to interact on any level. While there is a very small subset of people who are so withdrawn that they are unable to communicate in any manner (verbal, pictures, computer, etc.), and are so subject to sensory overload that interaction is all but impossible, the VAST majority of ASD folks *are* able to communicate in some manner and *do* make adjustments for their sensory issues. I think it would be a wonderful thing if the media would step up and do a NON sensationalist piece about the actual life of an ASD person. Better yet - many ASD people. Sure, show the bullying. But also show the desire to just fit in, just fade into the walls and go about one's day like everyone else seems to be able to do. People with severe personality disorders have no problems with this - other people's opinions of them mean nothing. There is a distinct difference, and I think it would be a good thing for the public to see. I have to agree with ASD being the "diagnosis du jour". The other thing I wish would occur is that more people would spend some of their mindless internet browsing time just looking at pictures of various genetic conditions. Most "well known" genetic conditions have very distinct physical traits. After you've seen a few pictures, you can recognize things as you walk down the street and watch the TV. I'm not saying that people have this condition or that, but people carry traits all of the time and don't even know it. I actually met someone once with Williams Syndrome. And he really did look just like an Elf. People want to jump to the Dx du jour; they never stop to think about genetics. a
  4. My mom was great about that. All my inlaws wanted to do was spirit the baby away (I specifically told DH they couldn't come after seeing what they did with SIL). My mom showed up, made me high fat food, and told me everything would be fine (even though I had no milk). Then she gave me a beer, promised not to give the (screeching, dehydrated) baby a bottle, and put me to bed. I *know* that woman gave DS a bottle. She's not stupid. I slept forever, woke up to a clean house, a sleeping baby - and MILK! She did nothing but cook and let me nap. It was perfect. I hope to emulate her some day. (When my inlaws showed up 2 weeks later, it was awful...) a
  5. This is why WE have the babies: we can do anything. Mama-props to Martha! a
  6. BTW, Martha - I've been counting months, and I was starting to wonder if you'd gone off and had that baby in secret! Keep off your feet and order everyone around. a
  7. My dad performed one of these in the 70s. The woman had a pathological fear of anesthesia. I don't know how much people know about fear on that level, but it can raise your heartrate and blood pressure (even in your sleep / under sedation) to such a degree that you can literally "mentally kill yourself" by undergoing the process - simply because you are so afraid of it. He found someone who was skilled in hypnosis (he was as well, come to think of it...) and had a perfect outcome for baby and mother. I'd never heard of it being done anywhere else! asta
  8. When we agree, we agree.

  9. Go to the FlavoRx site, click on pediatric, then on FAQ, and there will be a "Locate Pharmacy" green button at the bottom. They should be able to add in a flavor that will mask the bitterness for you. a (in the future, I'd ask about having her medicine compounded into a form she can take, like a dissolvable wafer or a lolly pop or something)
  10. Hats off to you in the maligned bikini thread. (Or would that bikini tops off to you, lol?)

     

    Fab post!

     

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  11. I'm sorry, that was not what I meant, or how I meant it.

     

    I'm sorry.

  12. Great post regarding developmental readiness not equating to "brightness."

  13. OK, my avatar has now changed to the original Asta - the famous dog from the Thin Man movies with William Powell and Myrna Loy.

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