Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Interesting video, and Ben's Thoughts on Bodily Emissions

You might want to check out this youtube video:


Make sure you watch it all the way through to the end. I won't comment more about it now, but I'll follow up later after some of you have had a chance to watch it and think about it.

The other day, as Neil was getting Ben up from his nap, Ben announced, "I don't want to poop, I just want to toot, that's the idea." (Ben had in fact pooped, and he was trying to clarify what his original intentions were.) When this was reported to my sister, it turns out that both she and I had the same mental reaction, namely to have a rather graphic reinterpretation of the Arlo Guthrie classic start a continuous loop in our brains.

Perhaps, as in some of Jess' memorable posts, I should've prefaced this with a warning that This Post Discusses Poop.


fethiye said...

I am crying now.

But I watched until the end of the video, as you suggested. I am glad you have suggested that.

Hard call.

All I am going to say is I am glad you went ahead with the decision you made.

leah said...

1. Ben's qualification on the status of his bodily emissions is hilarious!

2. That is a though provoking video, though I do think it over-simplifies the reasons parents choose to obtain a cochlear implant for their children. I know that if Nolan were ever to lose more hearing and end up in the "CI qualification range," we would elect to implant. Its not about us at all, but about the opportunities and choices we desire for him in life. If he ever decided he didn't want an implant, he could simply not wear it.

Waiting until the age of 18 does not afford choice, since there is a "window" in which spoken language can be learned, and it ends surprisingly early.

With that, we would always err toward the choice which would provide greater flexibility and opportunity for our son.

I do find it interesting that the deaf community doesn't object to hearing aids for deaf/hoh kids- Nolan's aids essentially take him from being unable to understand conversation to the normal hearing range. Why are hearing aids "OK," but the implant is not acceptable? Perhaps the perceived permanence of the implant is the real objection, though cochlear implants could be removed at a later date (if desired, which is not a common event).