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I am, temporarily, using Seth's Palm IIIxe. Though I don't particularly care for this model, it is definitely convincing me that I'm correct in wanting a PDA. And I think that a PDA Phone is probably the answer. Dealing with both phone and pda is annoying. Unfortunately, this probably means that I'm going to have to wait a while before I get it. Verizon is stupid about such things. I think I have another year before I can get another phone because they are bastages. Bleh.

I am very tired at work today, and fighting a really bad migraine. It's been a long time since I've left work because of a migraine, but I'm considering it. I've been typing this entry for 3 hours now, also, mostly because I can't focus enough to remember why I'm writing it. I had specific things to say and now I've forgotten.


Julian is being evaluated by an Occupational Therapist this tomorrow. She observed him in class (at the request of his teacher, and with my permission). They think he has "sensory integration issues." I wholeheartedly agree and it certainly explains a lot of his behaviours. This doesn't mean he's slow or stupid or anything like that. His teacher and the OT are both impressed by how intelligent he is. Though they could be saying that to make me feel better. ;) Anyway, it's a good thing. The bad thing will be when or if it comes to figuring out how to arrange therapy for him. Evaluation is tomorrow morning, so we will know more when she finishes her write-up.

Julian seems to have mostly gotten over his demon-child phase of November. Yes, he still has temper tantrums, but it used to be that temper tantrums were the baseline and calm moods were the exception. Now we're back to the more pleasant mode: happy is the baseline, tantrum is the exception. WHEW! We have funny conversations now. We used to have this conversation every morning:
Julian: Abba?
Eema: Abba went to work, sweetie.
Julian: Why?
Eema: Abba went to work so he can pay the mortgage so you have a place to live.
Julian: Okay.

Yesterday, however, we had a slight variation on the theme:
Julian: Eema! Where's Abba?
Eema: Abba went to work, sweetie.
Julian: Mortgage?
Eema: *stands there stunned* That's right!
Julian: Okay.
Then Julian walked away happily.

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fuzzface00 From: fuzzface00 Date: December 13th, 2005 08:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Verizon: How may we help you ?
Estherchaya: I lost my phone a few days ago. I need a replacement.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: December 13th, 2005 09:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
14 months ago I lost my phone. I went to Verizon to replace it. They were going to charge me an assinine amount of money to replace it because I couldn't get the promotional price until February. So what am I supposed to do in the meantime? I asked. They shrugged. "Pay full price or wait."

Four phone calls to customer service eventually waived that requirement and they allowed me to get a new phone a little early, providing I extended my contract another two years. Two weeks later I pretty severely damaged my phone, but it was still technically functional. I couldn't get it replaced because I had another 23.5 months left before I could upgrade my phone under my contract(see above).

Now my needs have changed but I still have another 10 months to go. Lather, rinse, repeat.

The bitch of it is that a week later I found my old phone, but it wasn't working anymore (not the service. I mean I couldn't get it to function properly).

marag From: marag Date: December 13th, 2005 08:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
::snort:: Oh I must tell Avi that one, he'll love it!
magid From: magid Date: December 13th, 2005 09:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love talking with little kids. Such great conversation :-).

I hope the evil-level migraine gets zapped by those migraine-control rays the humanitarian Martians are using nowadays after they signed onto the Geneva Convention (which outlaws the other kind of mind-zapping rays, of course :-).

I hope there are good therapies to help with sensory integration issues (whatever they are; I don't feel like Googling).
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: December 19th, 2005 08:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Don't know what the therapies are exactly. The more I learn about sensory integration issues the more skeptical I become, so who knows. I'm sure no harm will be done, and I guess that's what matters.

I laughed out loud at your humanitarian martian rays. :)
arosoff From: arosoff Date: December 13th, 2005 09:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
So far, PDA-phones aren't as good if you want full functionality. Husband has both a Palm Tungsten T3 and a Windows "smartphone" (Orange SPV500) and says the phone is just not good enough. Windows Mobile is terrible, it doesn't do half as much as the Palm, input is difficult. He hasn't tried a Palm based phone, though.

That said, by next year maybe they'll have worked some of this out. :)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: December 19th, 2005 08:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's why I was thinking the Palm-based phone (Treo) might be the solution, but I'm still skeptical.
From: spirit_o_fire Date: December 13th, 2005 09:23 pm (UTC) (Link)


Sorry that your are having a migraine. I hope that it goes away immediately. Good luck with the meds.

You are right. Verizon is a bunch of bastages. "PTPTPTPPTPTPTTPPPPS!!!" to them.

Wow... Julian just said mortgage... in relation as to why Seth was not home... Afte it was mentioned once... Wow... That is one bright kid.

Good to hear that happy moods are the baseline again and tantrums are the exception. That's really good to hear.

It's been a while and a bit too long. I've been a bit busy with school. But it's good to see you posting again. It seems like a while passed with too few posts from you.

I hope you, the family and the house are well. Let me know if and when you might need help again. I'll have more free time after December until classes start back up at the very end of January, if you need me.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: December 19th, 2005 09:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Howdy!

Migraines are sort of standard for me, but they still suck. Someday they'll go away. I hope.

We, too, are happy about good moods being the baseline. Constant temper tantrums are REALLY AGGRAVATING!

It has, indeed been a bit too long. And I've returned to being far too busy to post (as evidenced by how long it took to reply to your comment). Le Sigh. Life never stops does it?

Life is fine with all of us. Just busy, busy, busy. House is good. We just painted the living room/dining room and it looks fantastic. Thanks for the offer re: the house. We are in a holding pattern right now, waiting to get started on the basement bathroom. Not sure what we'll do after that, though my dreams of a finished kitchen seem like they'll never quite be realized... Ah well.

I hope all is well with you!
mamadeb From: mamadeb Date: December 13th, 2005 09:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
I use both a cellphone and a PDA. It works for me, but then I hardly use my cellphone and I use my PDA all the time.

Also, of course, the combination I'd use, a Treo, is not available for T-mobile users.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: December 19th, 2005 09:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
I use both OFTEN. Both for work and for personal use on both counts. But I'm still torn. We'll see.
galads_forest From: galads_forest Date: December 13th, 2005 10:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

indigodove From: indigodove Date: December 13th, 2005 10:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't need to tell you this, but I'll say it anyway. :-)

I am really glad you're getting help for him now. Early intervention makes a world of difference! Good luck to all of you with the scheduling hassles -- I know what a pain that is.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: December 19th, 2005 09:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, we'll work out the scheduling hassles as needed. But I'm all for getting him therapy particularly if it will be useful. The truth is, the more I learn about sensory integration theories, the more skeptical I become, but on the other hand, none of the therapy is going to harm him and he just thinks it's fun and games anyway. If he gets nothing other than fun out of it, that's cool too, and in a perfect world, he'll also get some help. More importantly, I'm hoping we'll learn ways to help him, particularly when he gets frustrated. It's good to have a context for his behavior. Not an excuse, but a context.

Thanks for the support.
leahmiriam From: leahmiriam Date: December 13th, 2005 10:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
If I didn't know better, I would swear that is my child, with the mortgage angle. He really is quite intelligent. When he isn't being a beast he is also a sweet little boy.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: December 19th, 2005 09:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
he's a cutie.
allah_sulu From: allah_sulu Date: December 14th, 2005 12:10 am (UTC) (Link)
Julian: Mortgage?

That is great!

I can't wait for Richard to talk. Even if we already know his first words are going to be "</a></b></a>greg is a dick."
caryabend From: caryabend Date: December 14th, 2005 03:58 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm terrified that our yet-to-be-born's first word will be quite obscene and rude. I'm even more terrified that he'll use it correctly. Ironically, the phone call home from the day-care facility promises to be staggeringly hilarious.

Day Care Worker: Hello, Mr. Abend? Your little boy used a very nasty phrase today, and we would like that the other children not learn it.

Me: I see. Did he use it correctly?

DCW: What?

Me: Did he use it correctly? I will be happy to teach him not to use that phrase again, but in order for him to learn why this is, I'll need to know the context in which he used it.

DCW: Well, he called the Facility Director a "M----- F------ C--- S------ B------" when he announced the new lunch menu.

Me: I've met the Director. He is a "M----- F------ C--- S------ B------." I'm sure that the new lunch menu menu must be spectacularly unappealing.

DCW: Liver, Artichoke and Brussels Sprout Puree. Served over Lima Beans. All week. Apparently it was on significant discount.

Me: I'll bet. I'll talk to the boy, and make sure that he brings a bagged lunch. Thanks for letting us know.
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torahumaddachic From: torahumaddachic Date: December 14th, 2005 12:43 am (UTC) (Link)
i had some sensory integration issues as a kid, my parents got me OT/PT help (which i thought was just extra-special and fun gym class at the time) and I turned out just fine :-)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: December 19th, 2005 09:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
yeah, I figured he'd just think it was fun and games, which is fine with me.
hannahsarah From: hannahsarah Date: December 14th, 2005 03:47 am (UTC) (Link)
I love it when kids surprise you with cute mini-adult moments.

Apparently, I talk to myself alot. The other day I was looking around for Rivka's pacifier, which she likes to stash in odd places.

As I'm poking around in the sofa and behind pillows, she's following me around going "Nope, not there! Nope, not there!" After about 15 minutes of searching, I stopped in the middle of the room to take a good look, and she stops, scratches her head, and says "Hmmm, weird." in this totally matter of fact, bemused sort of way.

It's like having a little tape recorder following you around. :-)

estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: December 19th, 2005 09:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Rivka sounds adorable.
jeannegrrl From: jeannegrrl Date: December 14th, 2005 04:50 am (UTC) (Link)
What a great conversation! Mortgage. heh.
ichur72 From: ichur72 Date: December 16th, 2005 11:10 am (UTC) (Link)
>> Julian: Mortgage?

*sputter* hahahahaha

mysticchyna From: mysticchyna Date: December 16th, 2005 11:12 am (UTC) (Link)
ya, just those conversations right there prove he is a bright child. yup.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: December 19th, 2005 09:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
yeah, he's pretty smart. And CUTE too!
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