Comments for MC Spoo Technical Brilliance? Fri, 26 Feb 2010 21:43:57 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on Confrontation and Confusion by Sarah K. Fri, 26 Feb 2010 21:43:57 +0000 I can see where this would be hard for you Michael. It’s kind of like facing yourself with this young boy hacking or doing whatever it is he was not suppose to be doing, knowing he meant no real harm…but was doing it just do it. Your struggle comes in as a now 38 year old professional who needs to do his job. I think it’s harder yet because of your hearing impairment, but also because at this age we still remember what it’s like to be his age. When the kid doesn’t listen….you feel like you need to be mean to make him realize you are serious. That can make you feel weird too! It’s like this weird balance that needs to be found. I felt the same way when I worked at SPL as a Youth Librarian sub. I would nicely tell a kids something and then they would act as if they were going to stop doing whatever it was they were doing–and I believed them. Then they went right back to the behavior and I felt like an idiot and had to go back and address the same behavior this time more harshly. It left me feeling weird too…angry, confused, etc. I’m not used to being a grown up and I think you are experiencing that same struggle.

Hang in there! You’re doing great.

Comment on Summary and Upheaval of Fabric by Jow Fri, 29 Jan 2010 00:09:53 +0000 Mike, I ran across this today browsing through Facebook and was a little surprised to see that is a real page.

This post reminds me of when I lost my mom back in 2004. The circumstances were different, but what is similar (and I think this is probably nearly universal) is the complete disruption of reality we experienced. I came home from helping a friend move to find my mom dead in bed and at that moment all of it, childhood memories good and bad and more, came flooding back in fast-forward and knocked me on my ass.

In an attempt to keep myself busy so that I couldn’t focus on what’d happened, I actually went back to work the next day. It didn’t work – I ended up making it about 1/3 through the day before I just started feeling too overwhelmed to function and went home. I’m honestly not sure when I found equilibrium again, but it took a while.

Everyone deals with these things in their own unique ways, Mike. I’m a firm believer, even during the best of times, that no one is going to take care of our needs like we ourselves can. Perhaps the last six months have been your psyche’s way of dealing with all of this, even if you feel it’s overcompensated in the other direction.

Whatever the case, be kind to yourself. You will get through this, and the people who really care about you will be there waiting… whether you occasionally tell them to sod off or not. :)

Comment on Still Deaf by mikey Sat, 10 Jan 2009 23:04:47 +0000 Hi Jessica, Thanks for the response. I never knew anyone else in the school district had hearing problems at all. I’m planning to get an ENT appointment and ask about them. I don’t think I have a choice anymore if I can’t wear hearing aids…

Comment on Still Deaf by Jessica Sat, 10 Jan 2009 22:13:25 +0000 Mike,

From my own experience, just ASK about the cochlear implant. I slowly went deaf starting from sometime in high school through my early 30s. I got the cochlear implant about 5 years ago and wouldn’t change a thing. outstanding results. Well worth checking into.

Jessica Potas (we knew each other from C-Ville)

Comment on Presidential Gauntlet by Sarah Sat, 02 Aug 2008 20:35:54 +0000 I hear ya Michael! Gotta choose the lesser of two evils.