Archive for August, 2008

Saturday I made a post concerning coming to terms the changes and evolution of Sesame Street by using the Kübler-Ross stages of grief.

The post was spawned on after getting to a point where you can only see the sardonic and subversive, politically incorrect humour potential in the show. That comprised the second half of the post. I note that it was the second half of the post because the first half of the post got posted to LJ’s metaquotes

As of this posting it now has 212 comments. Making it the 3rd most popular thread of the month.

Granted most of the thread is (as Robin Williams put it so well in “Dead Poet’s Society”) a trip down ‘Amnesia Lane’

Nostalgia is running rampant on the threads discussing what sections and pieces of Sesame Street that they miss the most.

I am so happily amused at this. When I tuned into Sesame Street in my early 20s (let’s say late 80’s into the early 90’s) it felt NOTHING like the show I’d grown up on. I hated it. Grover had been replaced with Elmo (who so sorely needed to die), Kermit and Ernie were gone. The show just felt wrong.

Now the beauty right now is not just seeing the number of posts on the metaquote thread who happily support my views. What makes me giddy is the number of them from people who are currently about 24-28. Let’s do the math. 24 years ago is 1984. Peak age for Sesame Street is 4-8.. So that’d be about 1988-1992.

That’s right.. the people who absolute agree with me today about how much the show isn’t Sesame Street (and let me tell you I’ve had two declarations of love for me for my post)… are making their judgement based on the airings of the show that were not my Sesame Street.

It’s amazing to contemplate that the importance of my post wasn’t so much the anathema and anger towards the changes but towards the path to accepting why the show must inevitably change and it’s okay.

Well, not that I mind becoming the target of affection for disliking the show at one time.

At Least Doctor Who has been improving with age 🙂

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Toddler status

Aiden in the hospital
Aiden in the hospital
Aiden in the hospital about 1.5 weeks before his second birthday for something between a virus and asthma.

He is mostly enjoying his stay

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Aiden Update

While we have Aiden’s breathing improved. He’s still labouring. We’ve also got him on treatments that tend to race the heart a little. That’s right… vibrating toddler. So much fun.

The Doctor’s opinion is that Aiden is going to be getting a room at Chez-Healthmart tonight.

That way we can monitor how things are doing for him.

I will post a phone number on a fairly tight filter. I can also be reached via cell and IM this evening.

More as we know more.

Thank you for the well wishes

Some of you may notice, I’m not performing Mass today as planned.

aiden_freeman had a very bad night with his breathing. Coughing throughout the night and a lot of laboured breathing.

Our standard routine for this is to bring him into the hospital for evaluation. They give him a stronger treatment of Albuterol… Do X-Rays to check for Pneumonia, and then discharge him once the treatment has started to kick in.

The usual procedure is to continue the Albuterol and apprise his pediatrician if things get worse. Normally, this does the trick.

Today however, the treatment began to wear off as we were leaving the hospital. It’s not supposed to do that.
Within an hour he was back to the state he was in this morning. Heavy wheezing, laboured breathing… and now there was a fever.

We headed back to the hospital and I put the call into the pediatrician. We also pulled jonah777 who’d been on standby since the first hospital alert this morning.

Hospital clocked him in at 101º F. Which is enough to have us doing more to check.

He’s since been given more Albuterol. And some Tylenol and some steroid. This may take 4-6 hours.

Current prognosis is that he may get himself his first overnight stay at the hospital.

We’ll keep people posted… And I’ll be online via the usual mechanisms.