Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Interesting Studies on Parents in the NICU and Post-Traumatic Stress

Here is a link to a recent article published on Parents in the NICU and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder:


It looks like there has been quite a bit of research on this topic.

Here is another link to a related article on parental stress of families with high risk babies in the NICU. There are a lot more, but there isn't a link I can post for the list, go to the end of this article, at the bottom there is a bar that says "Display" with a drop-down menu, click on the drop down and go to "related articles" it will pull up a lot more info. I know this is specific to infants in the NICU, but as I read on, I do get the sense that this could also apply to all parents of special needs children, feel free to read them and let me know what you think.


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Don't You Wish Everyone Would Just Grow Up?

I'm sorry I haven't posted lately, really things have been quiet and there has not been too much to post. I've seen in the news all kinds of info on the budget and the fighting that has been going on with the legislature. There's been arguing, walking out, and threats of lawsuits. I honestly have no idea what is going to happen nobody does, there has been talk that the government might just shut down if nobody can agree. My first reaction was great! Lets shut everything down, that will solve the problem! You'll show everyone who's boss won't you? Even if it is at the expense of the public you are supposed to serve.

It reminds me of my son sitting on the floor refusing to move and having a tantrum because he didn't get what he wanted, or two children fighting over the same toy.

It also reminds me of the car scenes in the movies when they would play "chicken" have two cars run full speed at each other, and the first one to turn the car out of the way was the "chicken".

I just hope someone turns before the state crashes.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Deadline for Public Comment is Today!

If you haven't already commented on the proposed changes to AZEIP program, the deadline is 4 PM today. If you haven't please submit your comments to:
Written comment may be submitted electronically to AllAzeip2@des.gov ; mail to 3839 North Third Street, Suite 304, Phoenix, AZ 85012; or faxed to (602) 200-9820 any time prior to 4PM

All comments are to be "considered" before any changes are made, I'm not too sure what they mean by "considered" but it is gratifying to know your opinions are on record and are supposed to be reviewed.

I'm hoping that they won't attempt to implement a Family Cost Participation policy as it stands, they have not done any of the leg work that they should have to ensure that it would even work if they implemented it. As it stands now, they would probably loose money if they could even get organized enough to implement it.

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