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#113401 Southern Ivy

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 06:17 PM

We are nearly done with lessons. Our house guests were fairly amused over the Iliad dramatization - particularly when the kids added additional drama. Whenever someone was killed they did a dramatic:

https://m.youtube.co...h?v=bW7Op86ox9g

And then when Penthesilea is slain by Achilles they broke out into:

https://m.youtube.co...h?v=8ZIOkbrX_uU

:D It's a wonder we can get through any of this material.

I need to have more kids so this can happen at our house in the future. 


ETA: It's a have-more-kids-to-create-your-own-theater-company BOOYAH!


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 06:18 PM

I want to join Susan's homeschool.


I know, right?
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Posted 13 September 2017 - 06:25 PM

My kids did well on QVAR--my kids went onto meds as toddlers. Eventually my most asthmatic kid had to switch to Advair, but QVAR was a huge blessing.

Heads up--sometimes QVAR can lead to mood swings for the first couple of weeks. It all settles down! Keep at it! No one warned me, and all of the escalation in tears was a challenge I hadn't girded myself for, iykwim. Only 1/3 out of my kids did that, so hopefully it will be smooth sailing for Riv.
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Posted 13 September 2017 - 06:35 PM

My kids did well on QVAR--my kids went onto meds as toddlers. Eventually my most asthmatic kid had to switch to Advair, but QVAR was a huge blessing.

Heads up--sometimes QVAR can lead to mood swings for the first couple of weeks. It all settles down! Keep at it! No one warned me, and all of the escalation in tears was a challenge I hadn't girded myself for, iykwim. Only 1/3 out of my kids did that, so hopefully it will be smooth sailing for Riv.

Good to know. Mine seems sensitive to meds, so I'll be on the lookout for that. (of course, with everything else she has, the emotional roller coaster is pretty much our norm, so I may not notice a difference. haha) 
Glad to know it worked for you all. She showed us before and after pics of lungs with Qvar and she talked to me about how it works. I was impressed. 
(I was on Advair for a long time, but I think that was long before Qvar.) 


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 06:50 PM

Do I have time to paint pumpkins tonight? Yes, yes I think I do. :001_smile:


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 06:59 PM

Oldest has been unloading groceries for 30 minutes....because it takes two carts to buy enough food for my family for a week.

 

 

I feel sorry for my SIL.  Two carts feeds her brood for maybe 3 days.  Maybe.

 

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 07:05 PM

You need one of those little ice cream freezers you keep in the deep freeze. Easy-peasy to make, and you can have ice cream anytime.

 

 

We have one, but I don't know where it is right now.   :leaving:

 

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 07:07 PM

:001_wub:

If ever I should run away from home and someone posts here looking for me, I am NOT at Susan's house.  That should be the LAST place someone goes to look for me.

 

 

Okay, we will make the circuit of all the ITTers, and visit Susan last when we look for you.  That will give us all time to descend upon her en masse.   :D


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 07:08 PM

I'm still at the hospital. But we have a plan. She has colitis, an infection and inflammation of her large intestine. They are admitting her and going to starting her on IV antibiotics when they get her upstairs. Then we will get her into rehab for some therapy, and that will set up for home health care.

This is the plan for now, at least.

Jean, I hope you are feeling better and got some rest.

Soft sugar cookies, chocolate and warm, soft hugs for everyone!

 

 

Thank goodness for a plan.  Hopefully her pain will abate quickly!   :grouphug:  :grouphug:


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 07:09 PM

I want to join Susan's homeschool.

 

 

Me, too.  I wanna be a student there and have fun, instead of a parent trying to pull it all together and pull it all off.


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 07:10 PM

I need to have more kids so this can happen at our house in the future. 


ETA: It's a have-more-kids-to-create-your-own-theater-company BOOYAH!

 

 

Nah, we will lend you ours!


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 07:11 PM

Do I have time to paint pumpkins tonight? Yes, yes I think I do. :001_smile:

 

 

Maybe I want to homeschool at Critter's house.  With field trips to Susan's.


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 07:14 PM

Driving to music lessons: about 30 minutes.

 

Driving home from music lessons: over an hour.   :svengo:

 

#curseyourushhourtrafficwithnoalternativeroutes

 

 

On the up-side: there's a clogging group that practices there while the girls have their music lessons.  The group practices for another hour after the girls' music lessons end, so if I decide to join we will hopefully be coming home PAST rush hour traffic and it won't take as long.

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 07:16 PM

I finished my birthday bottle of Irish cream, so I started on my birthday bottle of Mexican cream (has tequila).  Rather different flavors, both tasty.  I have to be careful with this stuff.

 

Due to the lateness of the hour when we got home I declared tonight scrounge night.  I'll make hash tomorrow.  Now, what am I going to eat?

 

 


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 07:20 PM

DH very kindly picked up my prescriptions this evening.  There were supposed to be 7, but there were 9.   :confused1:

 

I checked them.  Our Walgreen's is still recovering from flooding, so I went to a different Walgreen's.  That Walgreen's is slammed slammed slammed due to handling everything for both locations.  They filled a couple of my meds twice.  I now have a two-month supply of one, and a 4-month supply of another.  I usually get a 1-month supply of each.  

 

Managing refills automatically will be a bit tricky for a bit.

 

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#atleastIcangetallofmymeds

 


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 07:42 PM

Mold/Asthma update:

Well, those ducts were NASTY, but no mold. He sent me before and after pics of the ducts as he took them. But, he still went ahead and did a chemical fog to kill anything if he missed it.
So, not sure if mildew grew on that one lonely vent for whatever reason, but it seems like we're ok.

Riv on the other hand - like I suspected, she DOES have asthma. She got a prescription for Qvar and Albuterol (stronger than our NP gave us originally). I really like the NP at the asthma clinic. She was very informative and easy to talk to. Also, this probably solves the mystery of the perpetual cough that no allergy med or cough syrup could touch.


Glad you have answers. And yay for no mold!!
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Posted 13 September 2017 - 07:48 PM

:001_wub:

If ever I should run away from home and someone posts here looking for me, I am NOT at Susan's house.  That should be the LAST place someone goes to look for me.

  

I want to join Susan's homeschool.

  

Okay, we will make the circuit of all the ITTers, and visit Susan last when we look for you.  That will give us all time to descend upon her en masse.   :D


Yay! Iliad for Everyone! Will y'all bring some ice cream? I can't manage to get any into my house. (Don't forget vanilla for root beer floats.) ITT :wub:
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Posted 13 September 2017 - 07:50 PM

Not your home, right?


You are correct. Not MY home.
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Posted 13 September 2017 - 07:51 PM

I'm still at the hospital. But we have a plan. She has colitis, an infection and inflammation of her large intestine. They are admitting her and going to starting her on IV antibiotics when they get her upstairs. Then we will get her into rehab for some therapy, and that will set up for home health care.

This is the plan for now, at least.
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So glad they found the issue and she can get some care. (((Dawn)))
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Posted 13 September 2017 - 07:55 PM

I finished my birthday bottle of Irish cream, so I started on my birthday bottle of Mexican cream (has tequila).  Rather different flavors, both tasty.  I have to be careful with this stuff.

 

Due to the lateness of the hour when we got home I declared tonight scrounge night.  I'll make hash tomorrow.  Now, what am I going to eat?

Booze AND hash? Should be stage an intervention? 


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 08:02 PM

I'm finally home. Finally.

My right eyelid keeps twitching. It happened before we went on vacation. Then while on vacation, it stopped. Now it has started again. It is stress, isn't it?

I knew I should've stayed in Nashville. Or Birmingham. Or Florida.

Thanks for the huge and good wishes. :wub:
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Posted 13 September 2017 - 08:10 PM

I'm finally home. Finally.

My right eyelid keeps twitching. It happened before we went on vacation. Then while on vacation, it stopped. Now it has started again. It is stress, isn't it?

I knew I should've stayed in Nashville. Or Birmingham. Or Florida.

Thanks for the huge and good wishes. :wub:

 

:grouphug:   Sleep in tomorrow, okay?  Laundry and school or whatever can wait a few hours, a few days.  


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 08:35 PM

My dad used to dream in black and white.

One morning my mom was talking about a dream that she had had. My dad stopped her in the middle of the description and asked her how she knew that the man's jacket was brown.

He had no idea that it was possible to dream in color. He had always dreamed in black and white and never thought that it was possible to dream in color.

He dreams in color now. I don't know how long it took for him to "learn" how to do it.


I think I dream in emotions. Color/b&w never really stood out to me at all. I rarely have extensive plot dreams either. Just a senario or two that aren't typically well-connected and emotions like fear (missing a child) or embarrassment (naked in front of the classroom). On our honeymoon, a bad guy was chasing me down the street In a dream and I ran into a house and shoved the door shut. Poor dh. Apparently I shoved in real life because he awoke on the floor. πŸ˜…
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Posted 13 September 2017 - 08:39 PM

I have splashed some color on my pumpkins. Now I really want pumpkin pie.


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 08:56 PM

I just chased a dragonfly around my house.  That was fun.

 

The kids were amused.  I'm calling it science class.


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 09:02 PM

:grouphug: Sleep in tomorrow, okay? Laundry and school or whatever can wait a few hours, a few days.


Thank you, Lynn. I needed someone to tell me this.
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Posted 13 September 2017 - 09:09 PM

(((Dawn)))  (((Dawn's Mom)))  (((Riv))) (((Riv's Mom)))


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 09:35 PM

I'm finally home. Finally.

My right eyelid keeps twitching. It happened before we went on vacation. Then while on vacation, it stopped. Now it has started again. It is stress, isn't it?

I knew I should've stayed in Nashville. Or Birmingham. Or Florida.

Thanks for the huge and good wishes. :wub:

 

 

It could be.  My right eyelid has been twitching quite a bit of late, too.  Certain locales seem to trigger it, which causes me to wonder if it is chemical.  One place we frequent uses some cleaner or freshener I find a bit much.  My eyelid twitches a lot when I've been to that place.


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 09:37 PM

Thank you, Lynn. I needed someone to tell me this.


We expect a whole lotta loafing out of you tomorrow. :)
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Posted 13 September 2017 - 09:58 PM

We expect a whole lotta loafing out of you tomorrow. :)

 

I think the whole ITT should loaf tomorrow.  In solidarity.   :D


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 10:11 PM

My eyelids twitch when I need magnesium.


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 10:12 PM

So like DD16 at that age.  Sometimes all the brain can manage is what is the next step staring her in the face.  Simplifying doesn't stare, but plusses and minuses do.

 

So, since we all know that all kids are the same, at what age did she become better at this?

 

Realistically, I think just experience with this kind of problem will help - I'm sure he'll adjust to the new and different expectations after a little while. 

 

I can do soft foamy ones okay.  I like noise cancellation headphones, except they squeeze my head a bit much for prolonged wear.

 

 

IME, they don't do much for the noise they most need to block (but, I only tried them out in the store).


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 10:18 PM

I'm finally home. Finally.

My right eyelid keeps twitching. It happened before we went on vacation. Then while on vacation, it stopped. Now it has started again. It is stress, isn't it?

I knew I should've stayed in Nashville. Or Birmingham. Or Florida.

Thanks for the huge and good wishes. :wub:


Please, take care of you.
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Posted 13 September 2017 - 10:58 PM

Can I just say, y'all are a bunch of tough and inspirational ladies?
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Posted 13 September 2017 - 11:02 PM

Said the potato.


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 11:08 PM

Yay! Iliad for Everyone! Will y'all bring some ice cream? I can't manage to get any into my house. (Don't forget vanilla for root beer floats.) ITT :wub:

I will bring coconut icecream and pineapple Fanta for piΓ±a colada floats.

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 05:58 AM

Good Thursday Morning!  COFFEE!!!

 

 

 

I will bring coconut icecream and pineapple Fanta for piΓ±a colada floats.

 

Now this sounds like a party!  (I told you she was Martha Stewart!)


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Posted 14 September 2017 - 07:14 AM

My eyelids twitch when I need magnesium.


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Hmm, I'll have to look at how much I'm getting.  I had has a small dietary change recently, due to less time spent cooking....


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Posted 14 September 2017 - 07:35 AM

Morning! 


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Posted 14 September 2017 - 07:37 AM

I think the whole ITT should loaf tomorrow. In solidarity. :D


I'm in!
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Posted 14 September 2017 - 07:40 AM

Good morning!

I'm off to bring dd14 to tutorial. Dh's neice said she was an early riser, but I think we have different definitions of "early". :D

Coffee!
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Posted 14 September 2017 - 08:00 AM

So, since we all know that all kids are the same, at what age did she become better at this?

 

Realistically, I think just experience with this kind of problem will help - I'm sure he'll adjust to the new and different expectations after a little while. 

 

 

 

IME, they don't do much for the noise they most need to block (but, I only tried them out in the store).

 

 

The problem persists, but she has learned some ways of dealing with it and is learning more as she matures.  When she was younger I was the one determining a rest break (momentary or longer) was needed, and how that rest break would be spent.  ("Okay, sunshine break for 10 minutes, then we will try this again.  You can run around, swing, sit, whatever, but be in the sunshine and fresh air until I tell you 10 minutes is up."  Though sometimes I follow my gut and let them stay out a while longer if I thought it was doing them some good.  Or if I wanted more sunshine for myself.)  What worked best break-wise was at least 5 minutes of a complete change of scenery, requirements, and expectations.  Just for those break minutes.  And I didn't allow the break to be spent plugging oneself into a device.  It had to include some physical movement, though that movement didn't have to be strenuous or take up the whole 5 minutes.

 

I had to be the one to determine the need for a break when she was younger because she simply couldn't.  (Sometimes she still needs someone else to suggest she take a short break.)  She might request a break when faced with something she simply didn't want to do, but when she truly needed a break she couldn't think of doing this.  (Sometimes I granted requested breaks before tackling a tough task, but I kept them short so we wouldn't lose focus.)  She also found it especially distressing that her younger sister never seemed to struggle in the same way, which added further to her distress.

 

As she has gotten older and shown more inclination and ability to self-start on various things I have allowed her to drive her study schedule a bit more, with check-ins and some topics still driven by me.  It can still be a struggle for her, and I have to remind myself that she was diagnosed with a very short attention span (among other things), and she and I are working together to find ways for her to learn to eventually self-manage this on her own as an adult.  We take it in stages.  If a step we attempt is too hard to reach at the moment we look for a smaller step and keep going.

 

Exposure to new problems/things to learn and practice with them do help over time, but the trick, especially whenever faced with something new and daunting, is to find ways to get through it without it being so tortuous that she decides it's hopeless, worthless to try, and feels that she is simply stupid in this regard.  When that mindset sets in learning the stuff becomes impossible, and I find we have to step away from it for some weeks, at least, and try returning to it later.

 

One interesting thing I realized as I was reading through Fluent Forever was that the Spaced Repetition System he talks about in the book (not something the author "invented", SRS is widely used in a lot of fields of study) is actually something we have stumbled into in bits and pieces over the past few years.  As we work through this year and DD16 uses this in her French studies we can look at how it might help in other studies, too.  SRS may prove to be a very valuable study tool.  (The Anki Slashie keeps promoting is one digital application of SRS.  DD16 will be using Anki, Slashie!)

 

When we switched to homeschooling I realized I didn't know all of the subjects my kids would need to study, so I determined I would learn alongside them for such topics.  What I didn't realize is that the biggest part of my education is learning how each of my kids in particular learns best, what their strengths and weaknesses are.  I had to drop my expectations of how kids should learn because those were based upon my own memories of when I was a kid, how I learned best.  This simply didn't match DD16 at all, and while DD13 matches my style more closely she also has some distinct differences from me.

 

 

Hang in there.  Pay attention to what does work, and when something doesn't work as expected examine the situation to see if it simply requires a break to freshen brains or if a slight change in approach might help.  Every person is different, and kids' brains mature in stages.  Sometimes the stages of brain maturity don't always follow one set order, so it takes some discovery (largely through observation and trial & error) to figure out which segments of brain function are where maturity-wise.

 

Also remember that allergies and other environmental factors (barometric changes for me has always been a biggie) can affect performance, too, causing the brain either to leap forward on stuff on a particular day, or to seem to regress and forget stuff you thought was cemented.  Roll with it.  Alter the day's plan if needed, and focus on the stuff that is coming more readily.  If the brain can't work at all on studies it could be a good day to tackle physical work, perhaps decluttering clothing, books, toys (removing outgrown things) and generally cleaning up.

 

 

Sorry this is so long.  Every child is different, but there are some similarities at times, and sometimes hearing what someone did for their kid can give one ideas to try, things to think about when trying to help their own.  I hope the above contains something helpful for you, but even if it doesn't please know that I am rooting for you and your sons.  You'll figure it out, so hang in there.   :grouphug:


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Posted 14 September 2017 - 08:01 AM

Said the potato.

 

 

She's a really tough and astute tuber.


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Posted 14 September 2017 - 08:06 AM

Good morning. Caffeine.

I have art, then Latin, and Math, and then I can sort of loaf. I've got a chapter to edit, a plumber coming to fix a leak under the house, stew to make and a house to sweep.

 


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Posted 14 September 2017 - 08:15 AM

Good Morning!!!!!

COFFEE!!!β˜•οΈβ˜•οΈβ˜•οΈβ˜•οΈβ˜•οΈβ˜•οΈβ˜•οΈ

It's a tad bit chilly this morning!!πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹. Could it be that there is hope for comfortable weather?? Like, maybe autumn??πŸ‚πŸ‚πŸ

We're going on a field trip to the fire station today with our homeschool group. The firemen have a shiny new truck they are very proud of, so that should be fun!!
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Posted 14 September 2017 - 08:47 AM

Good morning. Caffeine.

I have art, then Latin, and Math, and then I can sort of loaf. I've got a chapter to edit, a plumber coming to fix a leak under the house, stew to make and a house to sweep.

 

This is not loafing.  This is not even sort of loafing. 


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Posted 14 September 2017 - 08:49 AM

Good morning.

 

I woke up with a terrible headache.  I ate, took some medicine, and went back to bed.

 

I'm up now.  The headache is gone, but it is lurking just at the edge.

 

 


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Posted 14 September 2017 - 09:05 AM

My eyelids twitch when I need magnesium.


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Thank you, Jean. I have started taking my multivitamin again. The eyelid twitching thing is so annoying.
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Posted 14 September 2017 - 09:11 AM

Good Morning!!!!!

COFFEE!!!β˜•οΈβ˜•οΈβ˜•οΈβ˜•οΈβ˜•οΈβ˜•οΈβ˜•οΈ

It's a tad bit chilly this morning!!πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹. Could it be that there is hope for comfortable weather?? Like, maybe autumn??πŸ‚πŸ‚πŸ

We're going on a field trip to the fire station today with our homeschool group. The firemen have a shiny new truck they are very proud of, so that should be fun!!

 

 

What fun!  Tell your firefighters Hi for us.  We like emergency response people.


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Posted 14 September 2017 - 09:11 AM

Good morning.

 

I woke up with a terrible headache.  I ate, took some medicine, and went back to bed.

 

I'm up now.  The headache is gone, but it is lurking just at the edge.

 

 

You need down-time.  I assign you to loaf about as much as you can manage today, for your head's sake.


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