A festering problem. A huge problem. My wife and I have been connected with/helping people with learning disabilities for 40 years, now.
My wife, kind hearted soul; that she is, was a case manager in San Francisco and later in New Mexico.
In San Francisco, she had a client who lived with a family. But there was a big festering problem: The young lady worked at a job and was taught to take the bus to work every day. My wife had arranged the ‘family home’ for her and the job.The family often prepared ham sandwiches with a slice of cheese on it , for her lunch.
The young lady didn’t like cheese and thought the solution was for my wife to contact the family and tell them not to put a slice of cheese in her ham sandwich. She wrote a formal letter to my wife asking her to correct this unbearable situation. In a sense, it was an example of her asserting her place, in society.
My dear sweet wife did. The family was happy to make the young lady’s ham sandwich without cheese.
All was well….
Little did I know that I would, later need my wife’s help and that I would be in worse shape than the young lady with the ‘cheese slice’ problem.
I worked at a think tank, in Germany when I was 19. I was selected from thousands of applicants and had special NATO Security Clearance. The Secretary of State wrote me a letter of praise for the work that I had done with 119 phd’s and myself, in a locked and guarded think tank. I had worked on the design and had constructed a electronic trigger for a laser satellite that measured the amount of Ozone present at various levels, in the upper atmosphere. That is only one of Dozens of intellectual accomplishments that I had received prior to becoming poisoned; while crawling 1 1/2 miles under the 911 rubble…while it was still on fire. I became severely poisoned. The descriptive list of toxins, in my body, at up to 5,000 times normal max, is 35 pages long. I have enough lead inside of me for 492 people to legally qualify for compensation under the laws of the city of New York (12 parts per million vs 5,904 parts per million). At one time, I had exponential amounts of 33 different poisons that cause brain dysfunction.
Although still very sick ( 4 DR visits, last week and 14 simultaneous medical problems, at my best and 47 simultaneous medical problems, at my worst) I am a ‘million times’ better than I was during the first year following 911.
My IQ had gone from 164 down to 70 ( it took 3 months of preparation and treatment for me to score, as high as 70). I was legally incompetent. My primary Care Dr made a joke that I could legally ‘rob a bank’ and not be held responsible; however, I was so ‘messed-up’ that I wouldn’t know that I was supposed to ‘run away’ after getting the money. We both laughed…..because it was true. I wouldn’t know to run away. I wouldn’t know what to do.
My wife had to teach me how to take a shower. Did you know that there are 14 steps involved in actually taking a shower?
Harder than working at the think tank, being honored as UNX-051 ( United Nations Expert 51), numerous inventions and honors from many sources……. was calculating 2+5=7. I tried with all of my heart , all my will and ‘sweated’ to accomplish this.
I am up to 140 IQ, now but am alive , grateful and appreciative of people, like my wife, who help people who cannot help themselves or need a little help to lead a better life.
Little did I know…the twists and turns of life and the ‘good and evil’ people are capable of.
God Bless all good people who help people with LD.