Wednesday, July 22, 2009
The phone call with Dr Tzeng was very enlightening. His child was born 36 years ago to himself and his young wife. There were no indications they would have a DS child and no family history. I'm finding more and more women in their 20's, like Dr Tzeng and his wife, who are having babies with DS. To make a long story short, he and his wife pushed for early nutritional intervention, stimulation and education. He fought hard to keep his son in the mainstream classroom. His IQ is about 85. He graduated from high school when he was 21 and went to two years of community college. When he got out of college he went to work for the Daily News. He works on computers. Not at computers. On them. He makes them work. He lives in an apartment of his own, not community or assisted living. He takes the bus to and from work and goes on outings with his friends. He does his own laundry, pays his own bills, and prepares simple meals. I thanked Dr Tzeng profusely. He said to remember early nutrition, stimulation and education, and to fight until I win for my child's right to be in a typical classroom with contact with as many typical children as possible. He avoided using the words "normal" or "special." He also said to keep his phone number, that I could call him whenever I wanted during my pregnancy and afterward. It gives me hope!