Still out in Cambodia and visiting ill in-laws
It was a bit of a break from the usual as we were going out to visit some elderly in-laws out in the sticks and when I say that I'm not joking either. The house was a very humble abode indeed (it was pretty much a large wooden shack) and from what I could gather it was a farming community. Apparently the grandmother was ill although she seemed to be in good spirits. Conversation was difficult although I reckon they may have been initially unnecessarily insulted by my not being able communicate in various ways with it being something I wasn't accustomed to and in having no idea what to do. In any case everything sort of seemed to pan out as the day went on. There was also a sufferer of down syndrome with all the distinctive physical features and behavioral traits amongst the siblings who very much so came across as being quite articulate. There was also a chap with a missing arm, it was just a well random sight, but I was gagging to take a picture however I reckon it just would have been highly inappropriate. Neurology and the pain that comes phantom limbs came to mind and how the simple use of a mirror and visual feedback from it could help to stop the pain. I wanted to ask if it hurt or if he suffered from phantom limb pains but it would have just been highly inappropriate.


Random thought but kind of fitting:

We knew the reality of illness and pain long before we created and used science to figure out the why's from which psychology also branched amongst the many other disciplines in an attempt to understand and quantify the mind. But obviously it hasn't proven as clear cut as science would maybe have liked psychology to be which is where I guess neurology has pretty much stepped up to fulfill that criteria. We can only deal with what's happened as best we can but as ever as we learn things, perfectly implementable simple none aggressive prevention is usually one good way (amongst others) to go about things given the knowledge we have these days. I think medical science tells us why we don't do certain things as there's actual quantative data to support certain claims with the risk of undesirable abnormal mutations that inversely affect health increasing when doing certain things where reproductive genetics are concerned. Even when removing that risk factor there's still a potential margin for things to go wrong in reproduction at the genetic level.
Although admittedly when taking into account more modern studies you have to be a lot more skeptical about what apparently is supposed to be scientific fact and what's been spun in such a way to miss-lead despite there maybe being elements of truth to it. Its often the case some things might have been presented out of context or certain element of a larger set of data is obviously cherry picked.
Typical characteristic traits of down syndrome people:
- Fully capable of the same emotions and feelings as any other mentally and physically able person despite varying degrees of mental retardation in terms of severity that hampers the process of higher level brain functions in mental cognitive ability.
- Genuinely have simpler and less complex motives for doing things (less likely to be ulterior and deeply cunning).
- Known to be highly affectionate
- Generally extremely loyal
- Generally express their moods without pretence
- Often comply when asked to do something with little dispute at all amongst people they trust (mood permitting)
- However this trait could also be used to easily manipulated and lead them astray like a young child
- Constant supervision is also required although this didn't appear to be the more severe kind that I'd previously seen in other down syndrome people.
- This particular individual had an excellent native grasp of Khmer and was also learning English.
- This particular individual was also a little more capable then others I'd come across in the past in being able to observe and discretely signal other people in the group using signs when certain behavioral traits were exhibited and observed in others.

From observing a general exchange in conversation its apparently quite a frequent occurrence here although I haven't seen too many others with the condition nor do I have any figures as to its frequency in these parts despite the generic reference of "there are a lot" being used. I definitely wasn't about to go knocking on doors to conduct a survey about it. But assuming that the statement is true common sense would suggest that it would be a good idea to reduce the risk and probability of any potential complications by as much as possible as far as any potential offspring are concerned.

Obviously I don't aspire to the condition of down syndrome. I just like how they're not so devious to any great extent of their own volition and I can't even begin to imagine how much hard work it is looking after individuals with the condition.