Archive for May, 2010

It was about 3 years ago.  Los Angeles.  A day that will sit with me forever, but also a day that will wane in memory a little based on news of today.  A little over 3 years ago, our pediatrician diagnosed our oldest son Shane with autism.  A devastating bit of news for any parent to shoulder.  Thoughts race through your mind; feelings of failure, disgust, hopelessness, sorrow, etc.  Our pediatrician was wrong. 

To this day, I am thankful she made the diagnosis as incorrect as it was as it made his mother and I start reaching out for services immediately.  We went to UCLA medical center to gain a 2nd opinion, a private neurologist for a 3rd opinion, the LAUSD (LA School district) for a 4th opinion, and all said this was not Autism, but rather simply a speech delay.  A collective sigh, but it still meant there was work to be done.  Hundreds of hours of services, appointments, changing of diet, a private tutor, and dozens of meetings with school districts/powers that be, those with the purse strings in control of what services your child gets.

Upon moving from LA back to Georgia for six months, we had all but lost services all together.  It’s a shame.  We knew we were only staying a few short months and could use our California IEP to get services in New York.  Had we stayed in Atlanta however, we’d likely have not gotten anything.  Sad.  But upon getting into NY, we immediately were given services for Shane and he really took well to both pre-school and eventually kindergarten.

Well, today, they dropped his eligibility.  This is a good thing.  It’s bitter-sweet because we know he could still benefit from future help, but I suppose there had to come a day.  We were quite simply not thinking it would come this early.  We’re proud of him and his progress.  It’s been a nice ending and new beginning and now he’ll enter 1st grade in the fall on the same level playing field as his peers. 

Work begins on Evan still as at age 22 months no words have developed.  We’ve started speech for him and have started to hear his voice for the first time.  It’s literally music to a parent’s ears…


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2-5NL game, moderately conservative game.  I button straddle for $10.  SB folds, BB calls the extra $5.  Three other callers, then I look down at 9,9.  I raise $50 on top.  BB instantly makes it $150.  All fold to me.  Button straddle has been rarely straddling.  Range of hands here, but I put him in the 10’s-Q’s, AQ, AK range.  I opt to call.

Flop – J, 10, 4 rainbow.

He checks, I check.  My thought.  He could have flopped set of 10’s, J’s, or gut shot with his AQ/AK.  He could be worried about my having an overpair like Q’s, K’s and hopefully he’d like to see a free card with AK?  Turn, an 8 giving me a pair and open ended.  He goes all in for $180 more.  There’s already $350 in the pot.  I don’t think very long and call….


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