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  2. My mom’s RA year was negative for two years after symptoms started. Her rheumatologist said it’s quite common to have a negative for a year or two even with symptoms. If OP wants to try food source while deciding on supplements, salmon fillet baked with turmeric, black pepper and ginger is not bad (yummy and nutritious).
  3. One load of laundry folded and put away. Some more work done on ds' room. One load washed and now in the dryer. One load in the washing machine. Put away dishes from the morning dishwasher load and have rebooted it again. Reminder to myself - salmon, rice and green beans for supper.
  4. No, we have no used BF in the past although I have used pieces of it in the past with other siblings (the geography program and read thru most of the character/moral books). Here are the first two questions: What does nine-year-old Jethro Creighton think of the prospect of war in Chapter 1? How does Wilse Graham response to Uncle Matt's comment that separation would leave them two "puny pieces" of nation? So, the word puny would have been a game changer but once we discussed that he still was a deer-in-headlights with nothing to offer that I could help expand upon. He is such a gentle soul and easily hurt so I'm treading very lightly. He shared that he has read other books (fiction and nonfiction) and understood those but when he is reading something that he has no interest in or is worried that he will need to produce an answer of some sort he just shuts down. He said after about 2 pages of the book being read aloud (or him reading) that he just shut down. I'm not sure what all this means, if anything. What I've decided to do is pull out my Truthquest guides, find a good resource for a timeline and some notebooking pages (he's probably beyond the lapbook! ;-)) and work through history this way instead of killing it slowly. I do need to focus, I think, on comprehension skills - unless this is achieved through reading and working through narration (spoken and written). There is just a lot of immaturity in his development but also a lot of growth (he has definitely passed his older brother with ASD in maturity but it appears to be a slow process in my home with all of my boys - but this is also typical of adhd, too). I guess I was looking at Sonlight because I like to have a guide (that gives me questions/answers) but I'm going to have work beyond that comfort zone and be grateful that I'm only teaching one - I can do this!
  5. Yes!!! I do like teaching elementary science, but it's probably my 3rd fave. Ha! I wanted to poke my eyes out with a stick listening to C ... A ... T ... over and over and over again with every.single. CVC word until it sunk in LOL I'm glad some people like it and I agree that the end result is rewarding, but getting there is not so fun for me
  6. BeachGal

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    Melatonin is pretty incredible! There's still a lot to learn about it. Light suppresses its production so that's why a dark room is recommended.
  7. Ok, I sent invites to all of you. If it doesn't show up, please let me know, I may have mistyped. Also, if your name hasn't been quoted, and you haven't gotten an invitation, pm me and I'll invite you.
  8. I would like to join, I have 2 in that age range. Thanks!
  9. Thank you! I may try it for me for various reasons!
  10. No, not too much. I don't take that much now, but it is what I started out taking. (Now I take a maintenance dose of 1 capsule 1 x a day).
  11. A couple of weeks ago, my 13 year old DS was doing such a great job getting his work done. So I decided to take the opportunity to tell him that I was really impressed that he was getting his work done quickly and without complaining. With a totally straight face, he says: I realized that if I get my work done quicker, I can do the other things I want to do. I had to walk away before I said something like: Oh, is that how it works? Actually, I've been telling you that multiple times a day for 13 YEARS!!!!
  12. I have to pee in a bottle over the course of 24 hours so the lab can test me for too much protein. I've been having visual disturbances and a mild but persistent headache, so there's some concern about preeclampsia even though I have normal/borderline low blood pressure. I admit, I don't fully understand all of it, but I'm doing what I'm told. I'm only 28 weeks, so I'm just trying to not freak out unnecessarily. My doc also told me it's imperative that I reduce stress as much as possible. With 4 kids under ten, three of whom are students this year and one of whom is a toddler, and working part time, I just kind of goggled at her. But I am giving myself permission to lay on the couch and hang out here more often, so that's reducing stress, right? 🤣🤣🤣
  13. This sounds awesome! Tell her great job!
  14. I would appreciate an invite. I has two 21 yos and an 18 yo to contribute.
  15. Jean, do you think 2 capsules 2 x a day is too much? I'm not reading anything that would make it a bad thing. He is on medications though...
  16. We've had several threads on turmeric, and I'm a bit short on time today, so I'm going to point you towards those for some of my longer posts. 1. Most turmeric consumed as food is not bioavailable enough to do much of anything. 2. If you take a supplement, you want to take a version with a highly concentrated compound called C-95. (C for curcumin = turmeric). There are a lot of supplements that use that patented compound, doesn't matter which you use, but I like Jarrow and take a separate supplement that helps boost its power. If you choose a version with black pepper or ginger, so much the better, but those are usually $45/bottle and you can get the Jarrow for $17 and add a separate $8 supplement. 3. Turmeric and fish oil alone don't do much for my overall inflammation. I do continue to take them because of turmeric has hepatic-protective qualities. So @Pawz4me, if you are on MTX, you may want to consider staying on tumeric for the hepato-protective qualities. 🙂 If you're just doing biologics, you aren't trashing your organs as much, but a lot of us are on combo therapies and there IS good evidence from studies that tumeric will help protect your liver and kidneys. 4. I take 1000mg per day per recommendation of my rheumy. I take it with food. You want a good quality fat going on at the same time (which is part of the reason I keep with my fish oil also). 5. Definitely look at the possibility of sero negative arthritis. If your body is showing inflammation on the markers, I highly recommend aggressive treatment early on. Search for my threads on early arthritis or go dig around for similar information. The outcomes are WAY better long-term in terms of maintained mobility and % of damaged joints. The fact that you're talking about hands and feet makes it way more likely that you're dealing with autoimmune/RA issues. Sorry, that's a bummer.....but osteoarthritis tends to be larger joints.
  17. We have never used this before, and I want my son to use the Physics videos to help with understanding of his physics course. I am noticing that there are both videos and then what looks like textbook pages for concepts. If he is a video kind of guy, will watching the videos alone help...or does he need to read the textbook pages too? Any tips or tricks for us using this would be useful. thanks so much!
  18. My niece who was stranded/waiting it out at a gas station is attempting to get home now. DH's uncle who had water in his home in I think all of the last Houston floods has water again now, and lost his back fence to the weather earlier. We told him let us know when things calm down if he needs help. DH has 2 employees/co-workers who currently can't get home from work; I've instructed him to invite them here (thus far the route from work to us is clear/safe, and should hopefully remain so.....). We'll see if he does/if they accept the offer. Haven't heard anything from other family members in hard hit areas......hopefully that's good news.
  19. Tanaqui

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    Just remember to get plenty of rest and plenty of water. *hugs* You'll pull through.
  20. I'm in the UK. Looks like we could have a no-deal Brexit for Halloween. All tricks no treats.
  21. BeachGal

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    Good. I think you're on the mend but whatever you got is a doozy!
  22. I'll be in Toronto so I'm going to eat black and purple ice cream at iHalo Crunch or maybe the iHalloween cone if they have it -- black and orange. https://www.ihalokrunch.com/menu
  23. It does sound similar. Without getting into too much personal detail, an adult housemate's personality is an impediment to applying the recommended parenting strategies. I do believe my kids can learn to deal with her, just like I did; but it requires rational thought, which is sometimes in short supply.
  24. I got that for my daughter thanks to your recommendation on a thread, and she and I have loved it and the sequel.
  25. Terabith

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    Yes, but it’s not as bad as it was.
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