My qualifications for working with the Starchild Skull
At the age of 16 I stared working at the hospital in Alpine TX. It had 56 beds and a small nursery. I worked the 3-ll nursing aide that was in charge of the nursery. We had one RN in charge of the all of the patients yet I was delegated to the nursery.
While working in that capacity I did assessment of all the infants born during my shift and the infants after birth until they went home. On occasion we had severely ill infants that required more critical care than this staff was qualified to care for. So these infant required to be medivaced to El Paso hospitals with a Neonatal ICU (NICU) and specialized nursing care and specialized physicians.
After graduation from high school I started my nursing education. I choose to go to Methodist School of Nursing (now call Covent School of Nursing). This is a three-year program, not an Associate Degree nor a Bachelor of Science. The difference was that we spent more hands on patient care; one week in the class room the one 40 week in the hospital doing patient care. Since I wanted to be a nurse was to take care of people and not be tied down with administrative duties. This was why I choose to go this route.
After graduation I move to El Paso TX to work at Providence Memorial Hospital. This is the hospital that we sent our sick babies to from Alpine when I was in high school. Following my dream.
My first assignment was to start a new step down nursery unit. This was where the infants from NICU went before going home. The main goal was to teach the families how to care for their special needs child at home and to watch for setbacks in the infants conditions
After intense training and more classroom instruction I move over to NICU. While working there I worked with many premature infant and very ill full term infants. The diseases and disorders ranged from low blood sugar to conjoined twins and everything in-between.
From there I went to work at the county hospital which is associated with Texas Tech Medical School. Working at a teaching hospital comes with a faster pace and more critical patients. So needless to say I saw more patients per day and they were sicker. We had more infants with exotic congenital abnormalities, syndromes, and birth effects.
When I left nursing to go into massage I learned Cranial-Sacral Therapy, taught by Dr. John Upledger. This technique works with the cerebral spinal fluid and it pulse by manipulating the bones in the skull. You can actually reshape the skull. One of my patients had a closed head injury where a 2x4 piece of work went through his head and left a 4inch indention in his skull and permeant brain damage. After 10 -15 session, you see the indention becoming less deep.
With all this background and knowledge, I feel I am qualified to make educated observation and come up with reasonable conclusions.
The first thing first I have never really studied the skull of an infant/ child, so all I had to work with was my knowledge of the adult skull.
1. I noticed was the large head bulging of the paritial area that was symmetrical. Something I have not seen previously.
2. The shallow eye sockets. I did notice that many of the bones were broken or missing completely. Making it hard to visualize the actual face.
3. The check bone were missing but I could tell where it would be. This made it seem that the chewing muscles were very small.
4.The ear canal was low set.
5. The face was very small (like that of a premature infant)
6. The face was low set on the skull.
7. The skull was very light.
8. The foremen magnum wasn’t in the right place. It was further back that normal.
9. The occiput was flatten and wider than normal.
10. I didn’t see the external occipital protuberance, this is where the neck and trapeze muscle attach. In a normal person there is at least 2 inches of muscle tissue covering the base of the skull. They are what holds you head on straight.