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  1. Let her parent her son. He has a habit of leaving it on the floor - he's been repeatedly told to NOT leave it on the floor. He left it on the floor at your house. he choose to bring it to your house, and he choose to leave it on the floor. go head and offer to pay half for repair/replacement - but then let it go and accept how she chooses to parent her son (unless it's abusive. this isn't.)
    17 points
  2. I do not think there is a magic bullet. Y’all just move from one to another (some of y’all). For goodness sake look into it properly, but quit accusing those of us slogging our guts out, trying to save these people, of all these crazy conspiracy theories! Have you ever even seen a really sick Covid patient? It is a dreadful, horrible disease, and if I have to hear, one more time, how one person, someone knows, took xy or z and got better, I feel like I will scream. For goodness sake, have mercy. Wait until there is actual good evidence before declaring something a miracle drug.
    15 points
  3. I think the above IS what the current message is. I don't think experts are "underselling" the vaccine at all, I think they are accurately representing the data we currently have. Fauci and every other expert I've heard have all said that an efficacy rate of 95% is extraordinarily good news, and that even if it turns out to be somewhat lower than that in the real world, that is still an extremely effective vaccine. But we still need to mask and distance until a large percentage of the population is vaccinated, and there are still concerns about some of the new variants and how effective the va
    10 points
  4. NIH most recent statement on Ivermectin. The COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines Panel (the Panel) has determined that currently there are insufficient data to recommend either for or against the use of ivermectin for the treatment of COVID-19. and However, most of the studies reported to date had incomplete information and significant methodological limitations, which make it difficult to exclude common causes of bias. The quality of the data regarding ivermectin is very poor.
    9 points
  5. Underselling the Vaccine - The New York Times (nytimes.com) Good morning. We explain why the vaccine news is better than you may think. Early in the pandemic, many health experts — in the U.S. and around the world — decided that the public could not be trusted to hear the truth about masks. Instead, the experts spread a misleading message, discouraging the use of masks. Their motivation was mostly good. It sprung from a concern that people would rush to buy high-grade medical masks, leaving too few for doctors and nurses. The experts were also unsure how much ordinary masks woul
    9 points
  6. This Bernie Sanders dolly pattern (Etsy) made me smile (I don't crochet. Maybe I should learn)
    8 points
  7. No one is suggesting that ivermectin and other drugs shouldn't be studied — exactly the opposite. People are just saying that we should wait for the results of those double-blind placebo-controlled studies instead of making claims based on anecdotal information. As I listed above, there are a multitude of RCTs on ivermectin currently underway. If those studies show solid evidence of efficacy, I'm sure everyone here will rejoice in the availability of a cheap, effective treatment for covid.
    8 points
  8. There is ZERO evidence that the vaccine can cause infertility. That claim was pushed by anti-vaxxers Wodarg & Yeardon, who have made numerous completely false claims about covid, and it's been widely debunked by reputable scientists: "Virology professor Ian Jones at the University of Reading told Full Fact, via the Science Media Centre, that the spike protein and syncytin-1 don’t look similar enough for the same antibodies that the body would create as an immune response to the vaccine, to bind to and attack syncytin. He said syncytin-1 is “completely unrelated to the SARS [spike] pro
    8 points
  9. I think I was a bit heated in my response on this thread last night. I broke my rule of not posting right after a 12 hour shift at work. For me it seems that these claims are often coupled with the suggestion that any dr, who doesn’t immediately leap in and start using them, is automatically assumed to be part of a huge conspiracy to withhold the true cure. That is just so unjust. Everyone I work with is trying, and has been trying for months, to do everything we can to help. The insinuation that people in healthcare are deliberately keeping a “wonder drug” away from patients cuts to the qu
    7 points
  10. lol. Back in the summer, DH was thinking of a covid-related alphabet book done in the style of Edward Gorey's The Gashlycrumb Tinies -- it was the "N is for Neville who died of ennui" that felt like the pandemic-shut-down and inspired him. He got this far before succumbing to ennui (lol): A is for Agnes who ate her way through the fridge, B is for Blake, barricaded in place with a drawbridge. ... E is for Eglantine who grabbed the last carton of eggs. F is for Fergus, trapped under his stash of beer kegs. ... L is for Liston, insistent about not staying distant, who c
    7 points
  11. Why don't you just register them for school and then withdraw them if you need to? IMO, there is till too much unknown to determine what things will be like in eight or nine months.
    7 points
  12. Happy Sunday, dear hearts. I’m looking forward to next week and beginning our adventure, reading the novel The Count of Monte Cristo written by Alexandre Dumas. “Life is a storm, my young friend. You will bask in the sunlight one moment, be shattered on the rocks the next. What makes you a man is what you do when that storm comes.” ― Alexandre Dumas Book Synopsis: "Thrown in prison for a crime he has not committed, Edmond Dantes is confined to the grim fortress of If. There he learns of a great hoard of treasure hidden on the Isle of Monte Cristo and he becomes det
    6 points
  13. These are a couple of my favorite recent ones. I have a bunch of older ones on Pinterest.
    6 points
  14. The statement that the AMA "reversed" its stance on HCQ, as claimed by Rush Limbaugh and widely reported in RW media, is FALSE. The resolution you refer to was proposed by a delegate from Georgia, but it was rejected by the AMA. Their original position, that there is no scientific evidence for the benefit of HCQ as a treatment for covid, still stands: [quote]"Limbaugh accused the AMA of "knowingly lying about hydroxychloroquine." But as the Poynter Institute reported, the AMA never retracted its statement on the drug. The Published Reporter and other websites that spread similar claims h
    6 points
  15. This is my experience too. Very few suicide attempts, noticeably fewer than usual, thank goodness. And yet I can remember so many of the Covid down players, months ago, repeatedly insisting there were more suicides.
    6 points
  16. My mom told me coffee cake is to *go with* coffee. Not made out of coffee. Coke cake, on the other hand, has Coke in it. I was SO confused by this as a child. Edit: according to my mom — it’s not that you have to drink coffee. But it would be a snack served at a gathering, often mid-morning, when coffee would also be available, and most people would drink a cup of coffee and eat a piece of coffee cake. Not that these are rules — just a common time and way to have a coffee cake.
    6 points
  17. This matches with what I am seeing on the ground in the ED: Fewer mental health presentations - fewer suicide attempts, fewer patient presenting with self-harming behaviours, fewer patients presenting in crisis. Also, not related to mental health, many fewer pediatric patients (especially respiratory illness - notably less asthma, bronchiolitis, croup, flu etc), and fewer injuries in general. (With the notable exception of tobogganing injuries; those are off the charts this year.)
    6 points
  18. It’s a scare tactic from the anti-vax nutballs.
    6 points
  19. You are describing a program that is rigorous and challenging ideally to an advanced standard BUT you don't want your kids to put in lots of work, time, or be frustrated, and you don't want to put in a lot of time or prep as a teacher. In my 8 years of experience teaching grammar stage math...no, that doesn't exist. Not for your average child and your average teacher. Rigorous math will sometimes be frusterating. It doesn't mean it's not working, it just means they are working on their problem solving muscles and tolerance. Kids under 9/10 will not consistently be able to work
    5 points
  20. Everyone here is so creative that I thought I would love to see how you would write this song describing your 12 months of Covid. For reference here is a link to the cartoon from today. I have tried all morning to write it tailored to our family, but have hit a wall. I am just not as creative as you guys. https://www.gocomics.com/pearlsbeforeswine/2021/01/24
    5 points
  21. Thank you @Robin Mfor the read-along and inspiration even though I am not participating! I read it some years ago - 2014 according to Goodreads! - and while it could stand a re-read, I am sticking with War and Peace as my big chunkster right now. Still, I look forward to reading peoples' thoughts. @brehondon't sell yourself short; you will likely have opinions and thoughts and this is the place to share them! I didn't finish anything this week. Still moving slowly through W&P but also some other things. I just got Fire and Rain: The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor,
    5 points
  22. Thank you, Robin! I’ve had this book [CMC] on my shelf for years, it’s a favorite of my eldest. I’ve wanted to read it, but haven’t. I will attempt it with this group! So far my 2021 reading is still going slow. I picked up what I thought was another Jessica Brody YA, to help prime the pump. Turns out it’s actually middle grade fiction. It has short chapters and I went through a few thinking they were presenting the characters in younger years, but they haven’t grown up yet! I’ll probably read it through because it’s not a little book. I think I need to also grab the next Mrs Pollifax jus
    5 points
  23. I agree with everyone else, and with the friend's mom. If he's old enough to leave the house with it, he's old enough to take care of it. It's not like your dog dug through his bag and chewed it up or something....
    5 points
  24. I’m not sure why it would be insulting to anyone except people who want to be unscientific about it. My post makes clear that I think these drugs should be studied well. That statement was referring to people making wild claims about miracle cures and insisting in the same breath that the vaccine is dangerous and is a conspiracy. People who want to study these things to see what does and doesn’t work aren’t the ones I’m calling unscientific. Only the ones who want to make claims with no data to back them up. That’s not science, and saying that it isn’t science isn’t me stating an opinion, it’s
    5 points
  25. I am amazed both at the idea of not liking sour cream and also of not having coffee cake as the default baked good at bake sales and visits and whatnot. Clearly some of us grew up in very different foodways.
    5 points
  26. Honestly, I think the risk for kids will be about the same as it is now. They won't be able to get the vaccine yet. No way when the trials on kids aren't even done yet. So if you don't feel safe with activities now, given the slow rollout and how people will probably get more loose as they get the vaccine... I would say you won't feel safe in the fall either. I hate that, but there it is.
    5 points
  27. Meant to edit, but quoted by mistake. The decrease in mental health presentations has been especially notable for youth/young adults.
    5 points
  28. Sour cream is the nectar of the baking gods, my friend. Sour cream coffee cake! Crumb cake! Yes, it works like buttermilk, but better (i.e., richer).
    5 points
  29. I know Covid is awful but I’ve been happy with the attention the loss of taste and smell with a virus is getting. I’m really hoping something comes out of it that could possibly help me. I’ve had no taste/smell and the weird phantom smells for almost seven years now. I was just told it happens but now it seems many are trying to figure out a way to help. I’m sorry for all you’ve been going through with it though.
    5 points
  30. Re colchicine: Interpret with caution. The data have not been published yet. The press release stated, "The study results have shown that colchicine has reduced by 21% the risk of death or hospitalizations in patients with COVID-19 compared to placebo. This result obtained for the global study population of 4488 patients approached statistical significance." Meaning that the results were not statistically significant. All that this press release tells us is that this drug holds promise and requires further study. This article on the risks of science by press release sums it
    5 points
  31. You'd be proud of me @wintermom, I changed my mind and went and skied after all 😊
    5 points
  32. There are a lot of ivermectin studies in progress, but few of them have completed and published results, and many have significant issues such as lack of placebo control (in some cases, ivermectin is compared to other drugs such as HCQ, but not to a placebo group), extremely small size, or they use a combination of drugs that make it difficult to tease out the effect of the ivermectin. For example, a tiny study in Spain with only 24 participants, split evenly between treatment and control groups, showed no significant difference in outcome. An even smaller "study" in Bagdad involved givin
    5 points
  33. And I was just about to post it's exactly one year since Australia confirmed its first Covid case. 909 deaths, over 28,000 cases. Because of this thread, I bought up hand sanitiser for my workplace before it all disappeared. And extra ventolin inhalers before they were rationed too.
    4 points
  34. I am listening to Pillars of the Earth right now. It’s a reread but it’s been awhile. After reading the new prequel, The Evening and the Morning, my renewed interest Kingsbridge got my reread going. So far I only remember small bits so a refresher was definately in order! I have been reading a series of Amish quilt shop mysteries before bed as they help me fall asleep. I’m on my last one but have checked out a few more similar books that will hopefully fill the role. https://www.goodreads.com/series/102467-amish-quilt-shop-mystery I am about halfway through Marion Lake and the Midnight
    4 points
  35. I’ve never joined in reading challenges or anything else before. However, I am looking forward to participating in the Dumas read-along. I probably won’t have much to say, though, as I’m not as learned as many here.
    4 points
  36. I finished Dragons of Dorcastle, the 1st book in the Pillars of Realty series by Jack Campbell. There was a lot of talk about dragons but nary a one to be seen until the next to last chapter and its presence was short lived. The focus was on the two young main characters: A young man raised as a Mage and taught to ignore all emotion and think of the rest of the world as an illusion, and people are shadows, nonexistent to his reality. And a young woman, the youngest Master Mechanic, also taught the Mechanics were better than everyone else, including the Mages, and the commons beneath their
    4 points
  37. But what parents and schools often call here “college” makes me roll my eyes. Our neighboring district is so proud of its dual enrollment. They have kids dual enrolled in precalculus. Somebody explain to me what is a difference between high school precalculus they are already teaching versus what they are now calling DE precalculus which is also taught at the high school at the same pace using the same textbook, but somehow the latter gets you credits. They have brought in a bunch of entry level courses inferior to APs into the high school and parents are on the moon that their high schoolers
    4 points
  38. Husband for word from his University that faculty, staff, and students were up to get shots on Wednesday night and to expect an email to sign up. Got that email on Thursday morning. He got his shot (Pfizer) Friday afternoon. He has had a sore upper arm since but nothing else. I won't lie; I'm jealous as heck.
    4 points
  39. DH had his second Moderna shot yesterday. He has a slightly sore arm, then he was a little achy, but he wondered if he was reading into it. At about 8 hours out, he took pain meds and had trouble being comfortable because of aches. Then he was really cold and shaky with aches. He took both Tylenol and ibuprofen, so we aren’t sure if he would’ve had a fever. The worst was only a few hours, but he said the aches were just like flu. He’s fine today, maybe a little muscle soreness from clenching while achey last night.
    4 points
  40. Hi guys. I need some motivation! I have some really boring work that I was supposed to do last night before sleeping. If I don't send it pretty soon to our data entry people, I will be in trouble. Ugh! I've been at my computer for like 2 hours finding any excuse to procrastinate! On the positive side, I think I've done more work this weekend than most weekends, and it's only Sunday morning.... Done: Woke up after sleeping 1 peaceful hour and 2-3 disturbed hours with alarms and anxious dreams. Working on coffee 1. Or is it coffee 2? Who cares? Caught up on ema
    4 points
  41. Well, we have tea cakes here, and they don't have tea in them. So it makes perfect sense!
    4 points
  42. If they do get it repaired, maybe she would let you pay half, but depending on the amount of damage, they may not do anything. My old iPad2 has had a crack on the screen for a good 8 years, and it would still be working fine except that it can’t be updated any more.
    4 points
  43. One of my NP friends says gabapentin is being used off label for this. I have an appointment Monday and I’m going to see if it’s something we can try.
    4 points
  44. Long walk with a friend today - it was 21' F + wind! Chicken noodle soup, hot tea to warm the hands, and chocolate hummus on whole wheat pita for dessert.
    4 points
  45. Will your vulnerable people be vaccinated before then? Personally, I am concerned enough about the possibility of longer-term effects that I would rather my children not get covid. This means we will be maintaining fairly stringent protocols to avoid infection even after the most vulnerable household member is vaccinated. I'm not going to relax until we all get the vaccine.
    4 points
  46. We do know that the vaccine will reduce transmission to some degree, we just don't know by how much because we don't have any data on that yet. That's science, not conspiracy. From what I've read, it seems like viral load plays a significant part — e.g. if someone who's been vaccinated is exposed to a low viral load, then the immune system may be able to knock it out completely and quickly before that person could pass it on, but in someone with a much larger viral load, it may take longer to fight it off, and in the meantime they could still potentially transmit it to other people. And w
    4 points
  47. I don’t have the article link but got this quote by an immunologist from a friend and found it encouraging. I’m a little nervous about the vaccine but really will be happy to have my turn to get it. “Theoretically, a vaccine should stop both the infection as well as the transmission and spread,” said Dr. Purvi Parikh, an immunologist with the nonprofit Allergy & Asthma Network and a co-investigator on the Pfizer vaccine trials. But we don’t know yet if that is true of the COVID-19 vaccines, she told me. That’s because the focus of the clinical trials was narrow. It had to be
    4 points
  48. "Some doctors in Europe" = 2 doctors on the fringes of the hoax/anti-vaxx camp. Wolfgang Wodarg has claimed that covid is just one of many coronaviruses that have been circulating for a long time and dismissed the concern as "hype." Micheal Yeardon claimed that most of the UK was already close to herd immunity last November and that although there might be "a small seasonal bump, along with four other potentially cross-reacting common cold-causing coronaviruses, there is no evidence that [covid] is rising. ... I am saying the pandemic is fundamentally over in the U.K.” Their claim that t
    4 points
  49. Hope you enjoyed it! I had a Norwegian colleague once who said, "Every day you can ski is a great day." He was slightly more fanatical about skiing than I am. 😉
    3 points
  50. Wow, interesting article linking altered gut bacteria to more severe covid issues. https://theconversation.com/a-healthy-microbiome-builds-a-strong-immune-system-that-could-help-defeat-covid-19-145668
    3 points
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