Everytime I go to the dentist, I always think about Lauren. I always think about the inevitable question that is asked "are you flossing? How often?". In a previous post I remarked how this was equivalent to taking Lauren to therapy and having the therapist ask "did you do the exercises? How often?". Both are a dread. Winding string around your fingers till their blue and see sawing it inbetween your teeth is one thing, but to try and get Lauren to stand with her back against a wall, put objects in a container and to use her spoon purposefully is even more dreadful.
The dentist said I have healthy teeth and gums. So even without daily flossing, I am not seeing tooth decay and gum disease. The dentist told me that other folks, who with brushing and flossing 3x a day, still get cavities and gum disease because genetically, they have bad teeth and gums to begin with. Since genetically my teeth and gums are healthy, if I flossed, I'd be able to bring them to their fullest potential. The dentist actually told me this!
I always hate hearing the word "genetics". Because it always reminds me of Lauren and her genes and how they are not "right". Her analogy would therefore lead me to draw the conclusion that even with all the therapy we are doing with Lauren, this may not impact or change the genetically pre-disposition outcome, whatever that may be. That her potential is already set by the genes and try as we may, what may come will come.
Of course being a engineering geek doesn't help either - I'm the typical engineer, rooted in science and hard facts, a belief of nature over nurture.
It be interesting if we had two of Lauren - one engulfed in the world of early intervention and treatment, and another one, just left alone to develop on her own - how differently would they turn out? Well since we only have 1 of Lauren, and even when I try and leave her alone she always comes crawling and clings on to me like no tomorrow, she is doing therapy with my fingers crossed for a better tomorrow.