Saturday, April 5, 2008

How I Managed To Get In Neurobiology Lesson With Heavy Reliance on the Word "Dude..."

Also: I think that wins for "Longest Title Ever."

Today, while taking LMNOB back to school after the longest OT excursion ever* we had a conversation that I will remember for a long time. LMNOB will likely also retain it for generations, explaining what a whack job, albeit an entertaining and fun one, her Mama was.

* Note....So, with crazy grant season upon us, I called the other day to reschedule LMNOB's OT sessions this month to times more conducive to my obligations. All but this week's appointment remained on Thursdays, but were moved to the morning. Yesterday's appointment was moved to today. It was all written down in my planner...mostly correctly. When we arrived at 11:00am and the receptionist said, "Uhm, but you're not scheduled until 12:45," I felt like a ginormous moron. No matter, it just gave opportunity to snag a Mommy and Me lunch and some window shopping...easy enough.

Back to the story...

LMNOB was talking about her new tooth moving forward, into the holes afforded by the recently pulled baby teeth, when she asked me why the dentist had had to give her a shot in the mouth.

" was to make your nerves fall asleep, so that it wouldn't hurt when the teeth were pulled out."

"What are nerves?"

"Uhhh, well it's like this. Nerves are like little messengers in our bodies. They're in our eyes, ears, skin, tongue...they're everywhere. So let's say your eyes look out at the sky. The nerves in your eyes race to your brain and say, "Duuuuuuude, like that sky is totally BLUUUUUUUUUUUUUUE," but they do it so fast, 'cause nerves are wicked fast like lightning, that your brain doesn't really realize that it's these little messengers doing all its work. The brain is a bit cocky like that, but really, without the nerves your brain wouldn't know what was going on. Now at the dentist, if he hadn't given you that shot, you would have had craziness going on inside you. Some nerves would be all, "Duuude, brain, man this frickin' hurts, dude. Oh, dude, you seriously must send some saltwater to those eye folks, dude. And dude, you really better leap up outta this chair, so that dentist dude can stop that crap right now. Duuuuude!"

LMNOB was busting up in the back seat.

"But, the dentist knows how those nervies work, and so he had that shot to make them go to sleep. They didn't know what was going on, so they had no message to give your brain, and you didn't feel a thing, which meant you were perfectly still and it went over," I switched over into that Cali surfer nerve persona, "like, totally awesome, dude!"

A light bulb went off shortly thereafter.

"Know what else?"

The now hysterically laughing LMNOB paused for a minute, "No, what?"

"Like with touch and stuff, some of your nerves are not as focused as they should be - like if I touch you they're all, 'Ok dude, something's up,' to your brain, but really your brain is wanting more, so you had some issues...and that's why we do the heavy work and other sensory stuff, b/c it makes your nerves go, "Oh, duuuuuuuuude, we are sooooooo happy.."

More laughing.

Later tonight, I was squeezing her hand, as I often do to give her some input when we're in public, and she got that playful sassy look on her face and said, "Oh duuuuuuuuude, that's perrrrrfect!"


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  1. Duuuuuuuuude that's the cutest dang story!

  2. You are such a kool mom, dude! :)

  3. Duuuuuuuude, she's so lucky to have a mom like you!! I'da been howling in the back seat along with her!

  4. I'm like totally loving this post dude!