Amy’s Life in Brief

Flu Epidemic??
April 24, 2009, 9:33 pm
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This story has me a little worried, especially since I work in a hospital. I’m thinking the story was breaking during my work day today. They mentioned nothing about it at work, no news bulletins, nothing. I am hoping our hospital will have some sort of response to this potential threat on Monday.

I worry about this sort of epidemic happening in tough economic times. They have made the recommendation that people exhibiting flu like symptoms to stay home from work. Are people who are living on the edge going to stay home for flu like symptoms? I doubt it. Obviously some of the victims of this virus were beyond going in to work, but maybe not in the early stages.

I also wonder how I would handle my job if there was a widespread epidemic of this nature. A few months ago, before the husband was laid off, my answer would have been simple. I would not go into work, at a hospital, and put my family at a higher risk for exposure to a virus such as this one. Now, that I’m the primary bread winner, the answer is not so simple.

Hopefully, it won’t come to that, but you never know. They’ve been saying for awhile that we’re due for an global flu epidemic.

Early Intervention….

The D had his evaluation with the Early Intervention specialists today. We met with a child development specialist and a Speech/Language pathologist. Developmentally, the D is doing just fine. Of course, I wasn’t concerned about that. The main reason we were there was for a Speech/Language evaluation.

He passed the language portion of the evaluation. He didn’t demonstrate any evidence of disfluencies during the 45 minutes to one hour we spent at the evaluation. Because of the symptoms I reported (ie, the D saying things like “I can’t talk!” when having a lot of trouble with stuttering, having a great deal of tension in his neck when stuttering, and no air passage when stuttering) they want to do another evaluation. So, they will becoming to the house in a couple of weeks to see him in a different setting. So, I won’t be present for that and they also wanted the G to be there so they can see how that affects his speech.

The Speech/Language pathologist wanted to qualify us for Early Intervention services but was not sure if she could just based on a parent report. She said she would like to see him followed by a Speech/Language therapist for awhile to maybe break the cycle he has of stuttering for a period of time and then getting better and regressing. So, we’ll see how he does in a couple of weeks.