|Sneaking on his cap and gown a few|
|First final exam EVER! Just a little scared (carseat test)|
|Dr. Dad is trained in helping undergrads feel more prepared|
during finals week. Here he counsels his son on surviving
his first ever final. You can pass this test, buddy!
About his final exams:
Carseat -- could he sit up in the carseat for many hours without having an apnea or bradicardia event? Would he remember to have his heart beat and breath, even in such a strange position? If so, we knew he'd survive the trip home.
Monitor -- He was put on an event monitor for several days. It recorded every event he had (apnea and bradicardia episodes). Basically they wanted to know if he was breathing well and if his heart was beating okay. If he passed, we could go home without a monitor for him. I had heard that the home monitors often gave false alarms and kept already exhausted parents up much of the night re-positioning or rechecking, so we hoped that his central nervous system was enough developed that we didn't need one of these. Either way, we were glad we'd know for sure by the end of the week.
See, sometimes, to pass a final, all you've gotta do is breathe well and keep your heart beating. (Be inspired, oh college students... be inspired. You, too, can make it to the holidays.)
|Remember the duck from the summer? This shows how he's grown.|