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Response to article about Heather from America’s Next Top Model in the NY TIMES

Is it good that Asperger Syndrome is getting a very public face these days?

I suppose so because if it didn’t people would still think other things about people who have the neurological condition like myself. They would not understand us aspies thinking that we are people that need to be institutionalized. The main idea is that people on the Autism spectrum like myself do not need to be institutionalized because we are great creatures from g-d just like the neurotypical people.

Our quarks may seem odd and eccentric, but I feel that neurotypical people are odd and eccentric as well in their own ways. They may know social cues better and make eye contact all the time, but there livlihood is not so much better than an Aspies livlihood. An aspies livlihood is to try and make just like anyone else in the world that is neurotypical. Most neurotypicals don’t understand. An aspie takes their life as it is now, like Heather Kuzmich and tries to transform it to be as accepting to others as they can be.

Most neurotypicals look at aspies behaviour like mine as standing out, odd, eccentric, or not motivating or trying to be like them. Yes there are times that I tend to get into the aspie mode and repeat words and phrases without thinking about it, pacing and rocking back and forth. Or better yet, get adamant about something that makes me not do the things I am supposed to do like organize my personal and business work, or frankly just draw pictures of anatomical hearts and blood vessels on paper regurgitating things I know about ultrasound so that I don’t get anxious.

Ultrasound is a good outlet for me to satisfy myself and not get so much anxiety that I start thinking about what I did wrong or what will I say to the next person I am about to talk to.

Conferences are expensive especially when George has his conference or when I go to an echo conference, that is why I want to create my own society where I can meet with people in the area and discuss things that will be beneficial to my special interest and not get anxious over anything that comes my way.

There is still a lot for me to prove to the world though since everyone’s whole existance is to prove something to the world especially for an aspie like me or even Heather who was on America’s Next Top Model.

I still have to prove to the world that I don’t have to feel anxious when I see a whole big mess and do one thing at time where eventually I will succeed. Success takes baby steps to get to and once you achieve the success, you have made it to the top of the sand dune and can say I did it.

I admire George, the man I interviewed because even though I think he is already successful he wants to succeed more.

Asperger Syndrome is a difference in lifestyle, but it doesn’t mean that it should impound anyone that has it, it just means that we must try harder than others to get where we are at. Life is a lot like respecting other people like George who is neurotypical and Aspies that want the same things as other people yet must try harder than other people to get where they want to be at.

If there were one thing in life I can have, but I don’t have it is to be a doctor with the greatest respect a man or woman can have. I know now that I can not have that for myself so I strive for the second best thing and that is being a Technologist.

To be a technologist is different than being a technician in that a technician just takes pictures and pushes buttons while a technologist thinks about what he is doing and analyzes what he is going to take a picture of. There are some people in this world that just take pictures without wondering what they are taking pictures of, while others take pictures knowing why they are taking a certain picture. They may be taking it for a specific reason to show the doctor progression of disease or on the other hand they may just want to emphasize the art in a particular scene when taking a picture or painting.

There are so many people that deserve the respect they must get because there are some people like George that should get the respect they deserve especially when they work hard at it. Respect is something that is earned not just given to you. So the next time you see someone who you know achieved something like George or an Aspie that is trying very hard to get where an NT (George) is at like me, instead of trampling over us, acknowledge us.

The article from the New YorkTimes today was very good and proved to the world how much people with Asperger Syndrome need to be acknowledged for our trial and errors to get where we want to be at.

By acknowledging people that are succeeding or trying their darndest to succeed, you are helping yourself and those that you are acknowledging. On this Chanukah season or for christians Christmas season, the eternal one will be happier to all that every one is at least respectful and loving of oneanother.

that’s what I had to say,

out, J

The Next President of the United States…

Whoever becomes the Next President of the United States is going to have to deal with so many different New and Old serious issues that are going on with our nation.

Not only is it going to deal with the big issue of the Iraq war which created a very destructive way of doing things by President Bush, but there is a whole lot more issues out there and not a lot of money to go about it. That is why there is called a Budget and even the Governments of the world including the United States have to budget.

Budgeting is very hard and very difficult to keep up even for an individual budgeting their own money.

It is true we cause our own problems when we don’t budget right, in fact even governments like the United States get themselves into jams because of poor budgeting.

I have the most difficult with it as well because there is a lot of tempting things to do with your money that you want, but not necessarily stuff you need.

Besides what is going on Internationally including the Iraq War, there are also a lot more domestic issues that need to be addressed. I feel that a president should first go through and help domestic issues before addressing international issues.

For Instance, there is an issue about Autism Spectrum Disorders that are on the rise and the government needs to fund organizations to help the increasing number of people who have an Autism Spectrum Disorder. It is NOT and epidemic, it is just a life that we need to deal with.

Also, Second issue number 2, is that colleagues all over in Ultrasound are suffering greatly especially in the community of Vascular Ultrasound. Why is that the government reimburses more money for an echocardiogram than for any of the other procedures involved in ultrasound. There are some procedures that people don’t even get paid at all in vein mappings. If you look at the statistics, an echocardiogram takes a much shorter amount of time to perform from a venous duplex to check for DVT or a noninvasive physiologic exam. The point is that the number of people getting older is increasing with the number of people who smoked and still smoke cigarettes. This fact also increases the fact that people are losing their circulation more in their arteries.

The government goes through a statistic that the # 1 killer in america is a heart attack. yes, that is true, but don’t decrease reimbursement in any of ultrasound especially in a noninvasive physiologic study or a venous duplex or even not paying for a vein mapping because their are many tech’s out there are breaking their backs trying to get tests done.

All of ultrasound should be untouched in reimbursement because work is being done and I feel that money should be cut given to government officials not cutting money to ultrasound, autism spectrum disorder issues especially with the adult population, and many many other issues domestically that people are suffering from within businesses. What happened to the hardworking american who got his money?

The question is: Who works harder and deserves the money more?

This is a very controversial issue involved in the domestic united states and even all over the world, Who works harder and deserves the money more?

Many people feel that they deserve the money more because they feel they are the ones working very hard. I will tell you this: Life is about working hard and being rewarded for that piece of work whether in money or rewarded by the eternal one when we die and go to the kingdom of heaven. So there should be no complaining because someday whether you are rewarded with money or rewarded in the kingdom of heaven, you will be rewarded. Anyone else who doesn’t do much will not be rewarded at all.

Anyway, sometimes we have to be patient with our own self-worth and in time be rewarded.

Gotta go,

out, J

article in the NY Times this past weekend

In EducationLife section of the New York Times this past weekend, there was an article called “Don’t Be Shy”

Basically its an article about how college students are taking a class called Speech Anxiety and it is required by all college students.

Rachel Aviv wrote the article for the New York Times and she is a college professor herself.

Ms. Aviv talks about how there are students that are very shy and stage frightened in social situations and need this class to get through college.

I feel that when talking there needs to be a way where everyone can be heard and no body is left out.

First of all,  this not only applies to college students, but every one in general since there are many people out there that graduated from college and still have problems with Speech Anxiety.

You either want and feel determined to do better at it or You choose not to do better and moll around complaining.

When you speak you must feel confident about yourself and confident in what your saying or about to say.  If you are not confident then you will feel anxiety from hell.

Most of the times, I or anybody else don’t speak up or talk because we are not confident with ourselves and with the projection of our voices from our voicebox.   We generally don’t want to seem like we are stupid when we are far from stupid.

Its just that we get nervous and that is a natural part of life.  When we get nervous one thing someone once told me was to hold a pen while talking because that always worked for him until the day he no longer had to hold a pen anymore and just talked.

Geez, that sounds so easy, just hold a pen in our hands twirl it like a wand and Vwala — We talk so natural and so confident and forget the anxiety all over.

Its just that we need to focus on something else besides the anxiety to get us going and talking.

Anyway, have a goodnight,

out, J