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Math Star for me!

I am not a “math person” – nope, not I.  And that’s been part of my identity for decades (could be an incredibly longlived case of rebellion against my father, or could be due to the year I spent with New Math:

or perhaps both?  or, as some would argue, bad teachers?)

Now, when I say I’m not a math person, what I really mean is that I don’t do incredibly complicated equations or fully understand calculus or geometry or algebra.  It doesn’t mean I’m innumerate!  I can balance my checkbook, ensure we are getting a good ROI on our database purchases, etc..  I can interpret statistics.  And, increasingly unnecessary, I can do manual double-entry bookkeeping.

The other day I was at my neuro-ophthalmologist’s and we were – yay! – adjusting my dosage of Prednisone.  He was trying to figure out how many pills I would need since I’d be halving the pills for a few weeks.  He started like this:   2.5 x 7 + 2 x 21 + 1.5 x 7  and got  2877.  Not implausible, but not quite accurate.  He tried again.  And then it hit me: he needed parentheses.  (2.5 x 7) + (2 x 21) + (1.5 x 7) = 70.  Much more reasonable.

When I got to work, I told two of my friends, both math teachers.  They gave me a star.  And you know what? Even at my age, a star for math is great.

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