I’m angry!

Okay time for a little venting. *rolls up her sleeves* Here I go.

(Oh and keep in mind I still maintain a smile on my face throughout my venting. :) I’m a joking venter. And since I haven’t been on here for awhile I’ll just give  you one rage-filled snippet for every month.)  

October: I’m mad  about insensitive comments in public places. Like these  moms at the pediatrician’s office. They (three of ‘em!) sat around watching their one-year-olds run around. We were all in for our kids’ first year shots around Lali’s birthday meaning that  all these kiddos are roughly the same age. So we’re all waiting for our appointments with the scary needles and the moms start commenting on “the walking age”: what it is and when to “appropriately” hit it. They complained about their  kids not learning to run and jump fast enough! Another kid  entered the room  and one mom actually said, “See look at that little boy. You should be walking good like him!” And she was serious! God forbid she turn around and say, “See that little girl in the stroller? Don’t walk like her, she can’t do it!” I wanted to scream, STOP COMPLAINING YOU FUSSY, OVER-CRITICAL CRAZY LADIES! THEY ARE ONLY ONE-YEAR-OLDS FOR GOD’S SAKE! THEY WALK FINE AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE PROFICIENT AT IT FOR MANY YEARS!!! SOME KIDS CAN’T!!!

*pant pant*

Okay I feel better. :)

November: I’m also mad about rude people who can’t apologize when they’ve screwed up my daughter’s medical schedule. I’m talking  about Audre Walkins. (Yeah I got a name all right!)  I called Shriners before Thanksgiving to see where my application was at. They said they would set up an appointment with me after they processed it and that it would take like three weeks or so right? (No, I didn’t get a name of the person who said that.)  So how come it has been a few months? We  had bought tickets to  be there for Thanksgiving and needed to see a specific doctor for a second opinion. Well  Audre… Audre  Walkins that is (see the name I got!),  was so rude! She practically informed me that I had never contacted them in the first place! Then she guaranteed me  in  short, crisp  words  that this doctor was booked through the next year and implied that it was my fault for not following up with them. When I asked what we could do now, she repeated (REPEATED!) the same things she had just said, only slower and more pronounced. So I asked what happened to my application? And you know what she did? She repeated (REPEATED!) the  same (SAME!) exact thing she had just repeated twice now about how I wasn’t going to see the doctor until after the new year in that same  you’re-an-idiot speed. So  I hung up on her! I’ve *never* hung up on anyone! (Okay maybe with Charley… while we were dating… um, that one time :) But like practically never.) … (And he had it coming!) *sigh* It’s not like I wasn’t willing to work with the delay, the bad news, the scheduling nightmare that is the medical field, but come on now! Bad lady! *scolding*  And lets get one thing straight,  missy, (And by  “missy” I mean AUDRE WALKINS!!! Who I hope has a boss who reads random blogs like mine!)  I’m not the inconvenience to your work day. I’m a p-a-r-e-n-t!  A  parent of a special needs child who it might behove you to be nice to!!!  (Now let me repeat that slower a few times for you.)

December: Okay last beef with the world: YouTube. Now I love YouTube (besides the occasional sick/crazy person finding me on there), but does  it have to put up  links to other YouTube videos after  my video is done? And it puts up  links to other videos that are “similar” to mine, meaning ones with a similar title for instance.  And guess what genius named her child, Laelia, and posted pictures of her daughter on YouTube? Me? Guess again! And what is this other little Laelia doing right now? WALKING! So let me  take you through the process:  One of my daughter’s cute videos is done, okay, awwww and all that,  and the next thing you see flashing up on the screen is another video of  different  little girl (who looks a bit like mine)  with the caption, “Laelia walking!” Seriously I cried my eyes out the first time I saw that! My next reaction (which still lingers with me and I like much better) was complete and utter rage. How dare you name your child something that I came up with! That no other child has!  A name I associate with arthrogryposis because a laelia  is an orchid with curly petals just as my child has curly limbs (at birth)! Then you  post videos of your child  (who by the way  is not half as cute as mine) where she is walking around? *continues whining and stops her foot* Take them all down RIGHT NOW and rename your child Betty!!!

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Okay I feel better now. :) Thanks for letting me vent.  I’m hoping January doesn’t have a doosey of an anger-evoking surprise in store for me. If it does, I hope I  still have my good humor, if not a good attitude.

3 Responses to “I’m angry!”

  1. Manda says:

    I know you’re ranting, but it’s KILLING me not commenting you on this.

    Laelia is NOT something you came up with. It may not be a common name, but it’s not your creation. Just look around on a bunch of different name websites and you’ll see Laelia is listed under almost all of them as a female name. It’s from a Roman name. I’ve even seen somewhere that it’s a name from Ancient Rome.

    If you came up with it, I guess I’m copying you, because a book character of mine is named “Laelia.” And fact is…I’ve never seen you on YouTube, and I’ve never seen this website until now.

    It seems awfully fishy that someone has pretty much the same video, with the same named child in it, but you did not create the name Laelia.

  2. admin says:

    I know. Hehe. :) Just ranting. I “created” the name out of thin air throwing random letters together… then my hubby Googled it and spoiled all my fun when he found out it was a name already. I was sure disappointed. But you’d have had to read my blogs from a loooooooooong time ago to know all that. :)

  3. admin says:

    Okay I have gotten a couple emails about this so let me clarify.

    Point is: Laelia=rare name. So I don’t like that my Laelia (who doctors say will never walk) is linked via YouTube ads to another Laelia (walking obviously). And my heart jumped the first time I saw “LAELIA WALKING!” right after a video of Laelia (barely moving) played. My brain went, “Oh she’s walking! Wait, I’m being crazy; that’s not her!” And that’s not a fun feeling.

    I’m sure the other Laelia is perfectly adorable and loveable.

    And for those of you commenting or emailing who don’t know, my daughter was born with arthrogryposis (joint contractures) and a condition related to arthrogryposis called amyoplasia (lack of muscle) which left her muscles weak, not actively growing, and in some cases, like her biceps, just simply not there. If you want to research arthrogryposis (AMC) please try http://www.wikipedia.org or amcsupport.org. Please spread awareness!

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