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  2. Oh, and they can use the same thing. That's fine. I just think they're different learners with slightly different needs. But if the same thing is right, that's fine.
  3. So, this is funny. Then I went and looked at Unlock... and I'm still thinking of yet another one. Drat. I don't know why I'm nervous about DO... but for BalletBoy, I think he'd actually do better with an online option. He really needs the immediate feedback. I think it stresses Mushroom out so DO might be perfect. But then again, maybe he could use it. I don't know.
  4. Ok, I'm laughing here. Did you see my other thread on being out of breath? https://forums.welltrainedmind.com/topic/686332-out-of-breath-with-exercise-asthma-something-else/ Yes, you did because you're the reason I got b12 testing! Well I'm waiting for the results, tick tock. But yeah, that's why I didn't buy it was something simple like saying I'm fat or out of shape. I'm working out enough that I should not sound like that. At least what I'm doing now with the VCD breathing is WORKING. Doing the VCD breathing, I was able to do the 2 miles with one brief break. I wouldn't have *had* to take that, but I did just as a point of caution. When I finished I was not panting but was on the edge. So the VCD breathing controlled it. Also that's with a b12 tablet in my system (I went ahead and started). I also started the PowerBreathe device, which strengthens inspiratory muscles and has some evidence for improving exercise-induced vocal cord dysfunction. So I'm going to get a bunch of variables at this point and make it hard to sort out, lol. The MIX seems to be working, as my recovery is better, fatigue better, and breathing status overall better. My oxygen and peak flow were always fine. So basically the question has just been what I'm fixing if it's working and whether I'm missing something dreadful. I spent a lot of time yesterday at the gym trying to feel my heart between sets. I really don't think I'm having pain. That's a good sign. And although we know I have interoception issues, I'm just saying I don't *think* I'm having heart pain. I'm really weepy with the b12. I'm concerned either I don't need it or the dose is too high or I'm destabilizing something else. Tick tock on the labs so I can actually have data, mercy. The PowerBreathe device is interesting. It makes my lungs feel very open, like I can really get a breath, and I like it. I'm now up to level 2 on the medium resistance device. I'm going at it in 3X40. They recommend 2X30 (a set of 30 twice a day), but I'm like hey, let's just go for this, lol. So far so good. It doesn't seem to exaccerabate anything or make anything worse. I'm a *little* sort of woozy/funky/lightheaded, but only a little. It passes in like 2 seconds and I don't have to sit down or alter activity. The first day or so I did, but not after that. And that has kind of surprised me, because I thought the PowerBreathe might somehow make it worse.
  5. Okay you have two separate things. One is — services. This means OT I think. This can mean handwriting help, OT exercises, help with typing, and help (or advice/suggestions) for accommodations. Two is — accommodations. This is things like special paper, less writing, oral answers, scribing. You have several things to think about. One, scores. Will you have private OT scores? Can you request an OT eval through school? Two, problems you are aware of from home. Is your child stressed or frustrated. Are you providing massive help at home. Is your child having trouble with assignments. Three, problems the teacher is seeing at school. Do you have any idea if the teacher has been seeing problems? Unfortunately teachers who don’t know as much about things will notice less, because they won’t be thinking “oh this could be because of this.” They will think it more when they have had previous experience with students. I think try to read about qualifying conditions for an IEP. Dysgraphia isn’t listed by name, I don’t know if that means it is an “OHI” or a “SLD.” Can you call the person who gave you the diagnosis and ask this? You can look at a book about IEPs from the library, there will be a section about qualifying for an IEP. However — depending on various things — you may be looking for accommodations more than services. I think this will depend on what OT testing shows.
  6. I hit my step goal before lunch today. I'm only halfway through my to-do list for today. Thank goodness I don't need to walk much tomorrow.
  7. Call the broker. The real estate agent typically works under a broker’s license (unless the agent is also the broker for her own real estate firm). Basically it’s like gong up the chain of command We have had to do that on two different occasions. One resulted in the dissolution of the listing agreement. Look carefully at your agreement, it’s possible that the terms of your contract have not been met in some way that gives you some leverage when stating your grievance. You might also want to have your husband get a little stern with the builder. Like really pepper him with questions and demand some firm dates from him, go up his company chain of command if there is one. I know you are a capable person, but I believe that construction is still a man’s world and they ridiculously don’t take always take women seriously - maddening but true, methinks.
  8. That’s true, and certainly having been adopted from China at age 2 brings RAD to mind. However, it isn’t clearly diagnostic that the child acts out more with parents. I think the evaluation is in part to determine if there’s something else (or several) other than RAD. Or in addition. There was an interesting This American Life program about a RAD boy , now grown and with more perspective, who thought mistakenly that the adopting parents were the same parents who had left him in the terrible orphanage.
  9. Called oral surgeon office - they are going to check dd out tomorrow just to make sure that things are going ok (Probably is but there is one tiny area of concern and I figure it's worth a quick look). My jaw and teeth ached for a good solid three hours after the dentist. Ugh. But we went out for our usual celebration of cavity free status to the frozen yogurt shop. The cold helped a lot. Then we did a very quick dash to Costco. We went in, grabbed one item and then dashed out. They now have some self check out stands so it really was miraculously quick. Dd then helped me with some fence demolition. We are all caught up on pulling nails out of boards and we got one more fence segment done. This is a very slow way to do it but as with most things I have to use the "slow but steady" approach. Now I get a bit of a rest. Time to watch some Midsomer Murders.
  10. There are no good tacos here. I did finally make it into the supermercado, though, and I can buy ingredients to make tacos. I haven't found a place to buy hot fresh tortillas, though, and I don't like the Costco frozen kind or making my own....because lazy. Dd wants to move back to TX so she can go to Six Flags every Saturday again, but if we go back, I'm going back for the tacos (and no income taxes).
  11. We don't have AC. When it gets into the 90's, I wish we did. But it never stays there for long, and we get very cool in the evenings no matter the daytime temp.
  12. We are leaving soon. DS8 is going between uncontrollable sobbing and stimming. I am not a dog person, but Riley has my heart. A few years ago, when DS8 was about 5, he started sleep walking. One night I was sleeping soundly and Riley came upstairs and insisted on getting me up. He was so persistent I followed him downstairs. DS5 had slept walked outside to the back deck and was asleep in the snow. The temperature was -10. Our other dog, also a golden retriever, followed him out and was covering him with her body. Riley came upstairs to get me. I know they’re dogs, but these Goldens are my angels. Riley has comforted DS8 through so many meltdowns and anxiety issues where I never could. He keeps asking if there’s anything we could do, but when Cornell says it’s too far advanced, there’s no other options. Now I’m crying, and I have to go put him in my car and go to the vet.
  13. Human care done pet care done medical care done called oral surgeon office - they are going to check dd out tomorrow just to make sure that things are going ok (Probably is but there is one tiny area of concern and I figure it's worth a quick look). algebra done and graded then I went to the dentist while dd got the rest of her school done on her own. So I will have double the grading to do tomorrow. I have no cavities but my jaw and teeth ached for a good solid three hours afterwards. Ugh. But we went out for our usual celebration of cavity free status to the frozen yogurt shop. The cold helped a lot. Then we did a very quick dash to Costco. We went in, grabbed one item and then dashed out. They now have some self check out stands so it really was miraculously quick. Dd then helped me with some fence demolition. We are all caught up on pulling nails out of boards and we got one more fence segment done. This is a very slow way to do it but as with most things I have to use the "slow but steady" approach. Now I get a bit of a rest. Time to watch some Midsomer Murders.
  14. But I just figured out that I can download a series from Netflix (Ken Burns "The West") and then listen to it via Bluetooth in my car! I commute about 45 min to an hour each way so I am always trying to find good books on tape without spending a ton of money. Now I can listen to documentaries that are on Netflix that I haven't had time to watch. I usually am doing something else while watching TV anyways, so listening without seeing pictures should be fine. I really hate my commute but I am excited about this!
  15. This makes me cry. You are in the land of good tacos, and you want Taco Bell? Are you going to the Ford Mariachi festival tomorrow or to Battle of the Flowers Friday? There's also free concerts all week at the Mercado. https://fiestasanantonio.org/official-fiesta-event-calendar/
  16. DBT is gold standard treatment for BPD. Group + individual therapy weekly. It is a highly stigmatised disorder, so be careful with whom you share such a diagnosis. It is absolutely treatable.
  17. Sorry to butt-in: are there universities that request ONLY SAT?
  18. This is really important. One of my parents is exactly as you describe - despite evidence of a long term affair (as in, everyone knew), as far as they’re concerned, there was no romantic relationship prior to the death of spouses. This denial is a primary wall and source of pain. It’s not how things *should* have been, to the point that this parent has decided to rewrite the history of it. So mourning the should-have is quite a real thing. However, that person’s many choices have left us kids with very limited possible ways to respond in these latter years. I have chosen forgiveness, though flares of great disappointment about the lost should-have do happen. My siblings, on the other hand, had pretty much cut ties years ago in the frustration of all the deceit. I can’t tell you which of us sleeps best at night. I just know that when I talk to God about it, it’s only my own self I’m responsible for. I’m not happy about the way things happened, but...it is well with my soul.
  19. I would mention it now in case the teacher wants to make note of a paper, etc. ds has given a particular teacher a heads up when he had his semester long class that he would need a recommendation come fall (so, a full 6 months after class was over, but that was the right teacher to ask for various reasons).
  20. I dunno, your kids tolerate cold pretty well lol. Yeah, it's probably that Alaska thing lol. Even having grown up in the midwest, the biggest problem I have is dressing for the morning AND the afternoon. When it goes from 45 to 75 in 12 hrs or less...I still get lost lol
  21. OMG MOCK TRIAL! My daughters participated in Mock Trial but after they re-entered school. It is such an amazing program: public speaking, logic, the art of the argument. They both said it was harder than an AP class they took and required much more work!
  22. Well, I am sure glad I didn't pursue them as an option when Educents shut down. I wonder what they see as the trend?
  23. It’s the “Arctic” part, I’m a weenie about heat and stickiness and live with people who tolerate it even less than me 🤣
  24. I've always tried to live by the philosophy of "When someone shows you who they are, believe them" I spent years trying to build a healthy relationship with my mother after she married my 3rd stepfather. The two of them were train wrecks who, once they met each other, really picked up their dysfunction. My stepfather's daughter cut him out of her life completely, while I tried to stay and work with them. In the end she was the one who missed all the tears, all the lies and all the betrayal they dished out. She was definitely the smarter one. If the father isn't changing his attitude, or taking responsibility for anything, then I would leave it alone.
  25. I've dealt with this with more than one child. Take it seriously, please (sounds like you are). Our psychiatrist was great for meds, but we found a different therapist to work with. She also guided me regarding what things to look at if they got worse.... Our children's hospital has an excellent partial-hospitalization program (Basically they're in-patient during the day and come home at night) We have a family history of depression and suicide, and I fear this will be a life long struggle for some of my kids.
  26. Has the one that tested positive been retested? Had an endoscopy? Either way, have this one checked over by a pediatric gastroenterologist, please. That's who you need to see.
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