Friday, November 17, 2006

Answering Mr. Dixon

I slept another 11 hours last night.

Tracy, my physiotherapist, worked on my shoulder a bit, then decided to try to help me with my headache. She used her fingers on my neck muscles near the skull attachments, in a way I can describe as either deep massage, pressure-point acupuncture, or plain old poking. She reduced the severity of the headache, but tension headaches are muscle-based after all.

I took some ibuprofen at night and was feeling good by bedtime, but the tension headache was back when I woke up. More ibuprofen banished it again.

Will Dixon asked in a comment to my last post if I've tried Zomig. I haven't, but I do have a prescription for the similar drug, Imitrex. I use the nasal spray delivery, but I didn't try it yesterday because of my cold. In hindsight, I should have.

(Zomig claims an efficiency of only 6% over placebo in the first ten minutes, rising to 40% better after two hours. Those are better response rates than Imitrex claims. Might be time to switch.)

Mr. Dixon also asks if there's anything to be done about brilliant, disruptive children. I'll limit my suggestions to practical solutions - one one one teaching would work well, but I can't pay for it, nor do I have the patience to home-school.

In Child Three's case, the disruption is a clamouring for attention, we think. He's the youngest of three and I've noticed that he has usually had to be loud and repetitive to be noticed. I'm of the school that thinks the behaviour pattern is primarily ingrained rather than learned, but reinforcing the behaviour can't help.

The strategy we're going to try is to try to get Child Three to appreciate that he can get attention with results. I don't think there's a way to restrict his quest for attention, so the correct tactic is to target it in a more productive manner. It boils down to ignoring behaviour we deem unacceptable - not punishing it, but ignoring it - and awarding acceptable behaviour with attention.

In my e-mail sig, I quote the character Grandma Woody from "Northern Exposure": "All we are, basically, are monkeys with car keys." I believe that profoundly. We are the way we are because our genes dictate that. We can learn to change, but our nurture is only the veneer on our nature.

I have to admit that part of me says do nothing. The disruption only harms the other children and thus gives the disrupter a competitive advantage. But that's just the Darwinist in me talking.

Bonus point for house:

Sometime yesterday, our water heater started to hemorrhage - wait, that's not accurate. It started to aquarrhage from its base seal. We rent our heater, which is financially inefficient but should mean that when we have problems, they are fixed promptly.

We'll be buying our next heater, elsewhere. And moving up from 40 gallons to 60 gallons, so we can stop rationing shower times when we have houseguests. Should we go for 80 gallons?

Bonus bonus:

Kudos to the Gazette for the subhead on the story of the company that owns Victoria's Secret buying local lingerie company La Senza.

The story, on the front page of the Business section, continues on page 2 of the section with this subhead:

LA SENZA Bras helped bring two sides together



Blogger wcdixon said...


November 18, 2006 10:52 AM  
Blogger Naila J. said...


I want some of that La Senza action!!!

Also - "aquarrhage"...


November 18, 2006 11:25 AM  

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