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  1. they are married it is all done. What a day, form bawling our eyes out about a lockdown at 11 am to all married this evening. we can have a nice lockdown instead of us all being stressed out and incredibly sad.
    48 points
  2. Thank you. To the power of the hive My Dd is getting married in 4 hours. We will have the reception after the lockdown
    48 points
  3. Right. I wear an n95 for up to 10 hours at a time. Some of that time is spent "working out", also known as CPR in full PPE. I have worked shifts where I have worn the same n95 continuously for 10 hours (no breaks). 02 sat is fine. It is true that the CO2 level inside the mask is well above the CO2 level in ambient air. But so is the CO2 level in the air in your natural respiratory anatomical dead space at the end of each breath (mouth, nose, trachea, bronchi) which you also rebreathe with each breath. The space inside of the mask basically acts as an extension of your own anatomical dead space. Healthy people's bodies do not have any trouble to adapting to that extra deadspace. The human respiratory system is very flexible and can cope with an extra 100cc or so of dead space just fine. Comparing N95 dead space CO2 concentrations with ambient workplace standards is a false comparison. Ambient workplace standards apply to the ambient air - air that comprises the entire breath, for every breath taken while in the environment. N95 dead space air, on the other hand , is a small volume, and the rest of the breath is comprised of normal ambient air that flows through the mask with each breath. For fun: Study of physiolgical effect of N95 during exercise. Result: 1) "There were no significant differences between FFR and control in the physiological variables, exertion scores, or comfort scores", and predictably 2)"FFR dead-space carbon dioxide and oxygen levels were significantly above and below, respectively, the ambient workplace standards" - which, as explained above, is not meaningful. Also: a very nice, through review article, Face Masks and the Cardiorespiratory Response to Physical activity in Health and Disease: "Although the body of literature directly evaluating this issue is evolving, for healthy individuals, the available data suggest that face masks, including N95 respirators, surgical masks, and cloth face masks, may increase dyspnea but have small and often difficult-to-detect effects on Wb, blood gases, and other physiological parameters during physical activity, even with heavy/maximal exercise" - subjects may feel subjectively short of breath, but their physiological markers change negligibly, if at all.
    18 points
  4. Interesting thread. When I started homeschooling in the 90's I thought there was a LOT of curricula. I couldn't afford most of it. It seemed like a lot to me, and it still does. I like to read old teachers manuals from the 1700's and 1800's and all of the 1900's through today. And even what the ancients wrote about teaching: Quintilian is interesting reading, especially the controversy about whether education should start at age 6 or 7. Nature schooling is just rewritten Waldorf with the gnomes taken out, and Waldorf is just earlier methods with the gnomes added in. Waldorf's discussion of whether school should start at 6 or 7 is at least as old as the Roman empire. Chalkboard, form-drawing, grain rotations, color theory: none of that was invented by Waldorf. Charlotte Mason may have written some nonsense about having a dream, but I think she just dreamed some stuff that she had already read, because I can find older teacher manuals that includes every one of her "new" ideas. The Principle approach was popular in the 90's. Far Above Rubies and Blessed is the Man were unit study curricula for teenagers. A LOT of people used American School Correspondence School for High school. It is still in business, but not the same at all. Digging up Robinson Curriculum threads is fun. LOL. Ruth Beechick, Mott Media, and Alpha Phonics were popular. Not everyone started with Abeka and BJU. They were expensive and refused to sell parents the TMs in the early days. People spent less money and less time and moms had less background education. I have never seen a study that shows homeschooling is more successful now than then. I have been around and around with my opinions of old books over the decades. Firstly, it is a BIG deal to me that they are copyright free. And secondly, the youth of any culture that completely ignore the advice and writings of the older generation, and only value the ideas of their young peers, make a fool of themselves. In the early 2000's, there was a single college textbook on the progymnasmata that is the foundation of all the later more expensive yearly progym workbooks. Around 2000, all the single books seemed to multiply like the Tribbles in Star Trek. I don't think we are doing better or are better than we were, despite all the time and money being spent, and despite how enlightened we believe ourselves to be. I think we are just too blind to see our faults, and I think part of that is a result of too much time immersed in the culture and ideas of our age peers and what they write. I have begun to embrace some older authors that I would have discarded years ago. I do not agree with everything they say and I cringe and even cry at some of it. But I take what the Bible says seriously, about taking the time to listen to my elders. I have adopted some authors and speakers as my adopted grandparents. When I listen to them go astray, I feel fear that in the years to come, what I am saying now will be seen for what it is: mess, mess, and more mess. We are human. Humans are messy. The more "advanced" and "enlightened" we get, the more our mess multiples exponentially. Like Tribbles.
    16 points
  5. ZERO seconds. She didn't call at all. 😜 Merry Christmas to me.
    16 points
  6. Yeah, DH has worn a mask (or two!) all day every day for 9 months now. It's not exactly fun, but it's not a big deal. All of his students, too. I just asked if he's felt like he's had any health effects from wearing a mask all the time and he scoffed and said, "yeah, I haven't had a sore throat all year. That kind of health effect?" I won't say the other things he said about that sort of question, because they're not very polite. From my perspective, the most important health effect is how he hasn't gotten covid despite teaching in full classrooms all year and multiple times with covid positive students.
    12 points
  7. One more example of the extreme lack of scientific understanding behind all these conspiracy theories.
    11 points
  8. I spent three days and nights in a KN95 at the hospital. Even slept in it. Took it off only when they took my temp, and when I was allowed to drink/eat about 2.5 days into the stay. My O2 was monitored the entire time, and was fine. Obviously, I was not working out, but I did not develop pneumonia or any other issues.
    10 points
  9. There are definitely some people pushing Insta Pots and Speed Queens.....interesting. 🙂
    9 points
  10. Awwwwww. Draw Me a Star when you get there, Mr Carle. What a life well lived. If anyone has a chance to visit the Eric Carle museum in Amherst MA... it's a wonder. With or without kids. In addition to great gobs of Carle's original collages for all the books, there are traveling exhibits of other children's illustrators and a wonderful open studio with materials for particular projects kinda-sorta loosely based on one of the current exhibits. And a wonderful children's bookstore. Next door to a yuge apple farm/farmers market with cider donuts and a great cafe.
    9 points
  11. I have a 9 year old with Down syndrome who is very sweet and a true delight to our family. However, he functions closer to 2 years old, is non-verbal, not potty trained and has complex medical issues. While we adore him, his extra needs have been stressful to our family. At our homeschool co-op this year, it was a little hard at times because I was teaching his age group but due to his developmental age, I put him in the preschool class. I've homeschooled my neurotypical kids for years but he was always in public school due to his profound disability. We kept him home this year and it has been challenging. His progress academically has been minimal. At least with my NT kids, I know that if we're consistent and diligent, they will learn. That hasn't happened with him. Thankfully, we were offered an ideal opportunity for him next year, in a center-based classroom with just 6 kids, all around the same level developmentally, at an excellent school. The teacher comes highly rated by other parents and we already know one of the kids in the class, possibly two.
    9 points
  12. No. I am giving my own opinions. No payments. I have some suspicions of people who may be paid influencers here, but may be as wrong about them as you are about me, and I am not going to accuse anyone. Could be there are none on WTM. Could be there are. I think being alert to possibility is probably wise. I think a lot of people who have been influenced by these campaigns don’t realize they have been the target of them. I wonder how many of the anti Covid vax people know how much of that is part of a Russian propaganda campaign. And does anyone think that was because Putin had benevolent reasons for not wanting people in the US to take the vaccination? In looking back through news coverage, it’s clear that pre-Covid, it was clear on all sides of the media representation that Russia was engaged in a malicious anti-vaccination effort that contributed to a lot of measles deaths in the UK, for example: https://www.foxnews.com/tech/russian-trolls-blamed-for-spreading-anti-vaccination-propaganda https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45294192
    8 points
  13. Dd#3 just finished six hours of driving with a driving instructor -- and she was required to wear a mask the whole time (with glasses). All the kids are.
    8 points
  14. This has never happened in real life to me, so it's going to sound a lot more combative than it actually is in my life. But if someone were to judge me or my daughter for our clothing and not our actual character, than I don't want those people in my life. I can wear "modest" clothing and can be flirty and give out "come hither" signals to men (even now as an overweight middle aged woman!) I can also wear clothing that shows my shoulders or abs or legs and can be modest in my demeanor. When my daughter was young, I chose all her clothes, though obviously I tried to get things that she liked. When she was a tween, I started to involve her even more in the conversation but did steer her away from things that would make her look older than she was partly because I didn't want her to accidentally be in situations that were beyond her capacity to handle. Once she was a teen, I didn't police her clothing choices. But she also never pushed the envelope (in my opinion - others might have had a different line and felt otherwise). Now full disclosure. I am a conservative Christian pastor's wife who allowed her teen aged daughter to go out in public (to the gym) in a sports bra and bike shorts. Gasp! Often she had a loose tank top on top but the sports bra (which covered everything very very well) was very visible. Wearing what in my area is acceptable exercise clothing did not cause her to have loose morals or to lead countless others astray (or even one other person as far as I know). To me, teaching her what the Bible says about sex and morality is important. (And no, I'm not going to go into all here.) Teaching her to choose interpersonal relationships that are based on mutual trust and respect is important. Teaching her to choose friends who aren't shallow or legalistic but who look at the heart is important. Note: because I think that character trumps clothing, I wouldn't write anyone off for wearing a prairie dress either. But in my experience, it's often those who are stricter about clothing who write the rest of us off, not the other way around.
    7 points
  15. A lot of the numbers you are tossing out are not correctly construed in that video. This might help give you some context. https://factcheck.afp.com/flawed-experiments-exaggerate-risk-co2-concentration-masks -"Bigtree is the founder of an anti-vaccine organization, but does not mention any medical or scientific credentials on his website." -"“They are using the wrong device and they are trying to compare the wrong numbers,” explained Hyo-Jick Choi, a researcher at the University of Alberta, who designed surgical masks and respirator filters that deactivate certain viral strains." -"There is no doubt that wearing a face mask will increase carbon dioxide levels,” Choi conceded. However, the researcher warned that Bigtree’s video misleads by presenting the 5,000 ppm mark as a definite marker of toxicity. Five thousand ppm is the highest recommended exposure for people working eight-hour days every day, particularly in closed spaces. The experiments further mislead by truncating the chart, making 5,000 ppm look like the highest mark, when in fact the real chart shows that 40,000 ppm and above is the level considered dangerous, even for short periods of time."
    7 points
  16. Check out this Wikipedia article: "Mystery Fiction", which lays out a brief history of the genre, and explains the main sub-genres within the genre. Below are ideas -- I was trying to cover a variety of time-span, including some "roots" of mystery genre, the "classic" mystery authors, as well as mystery as a way of exploring other cultures, and mystery intertwined with other genres. Be sure to cover literary elements that are heavily among the conventions of the mystery/detective genre: suspense, conflict, the theme of the moral order upended (with the solving of the crime and catching the criminal restoring the moral order) What a super-fun study you guys are going to have! 😄 Warmest regards, Lori D. __________________________ short stories 1841 - "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" -- Edgar Allen Poe; short story described as the first modern murder mystery 1843 - "The Gold Bug" (Poe) -- more of a puzzle-solving short story than a murder mystery 1910s - a Father Brown mystery (Chesterton) -- GK Chesterton was a huge driving force in mystery writing in Britain in the early 20th century; I'd suggest the first 3-4 stories in The Innocence of Father Brown, as they introduce the character AND are connected, while still being complete/separate stories 1931 - "Strychnine in the Soup" (Wodehouse) -- hilarious; a parody of a mystery/crime story; Wodehouse is a genius at humor, and it's fun to see that paired with mystery plays 1952 - The Mousetrap (Christie) -- classic whodunnit by the Grand Dame; see if you can watch a performance -- very fun! 1954 - Twelve Angry Men (Rose) -- the uncovering of the truth during a jury deliberation!; Henry Fonda stars in the classic film version novellas 1886 - The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Stevenson) -- part gothic, part speculative fiction; part mystery novels 1817 - Northanger Abbey (Austen) -- sort of a "roots of mystery" novel -- it is a parody of gothic novels of the 1700s (esp. The Mystery of Udolpho by Anne Radcliffe), with the heroine imagining there is a dark secret hanging over the household that she is visiting, that she feels she must solve 1868 - The Moonstone (Collins) -- considered the first mystery novel ever 1930s - Gaudy Night, or, Strong Poison (Sayers) -- definitely include the other British mystery Grand Dame and her Peter Wimsey character 1930s - The Big Sleep (Chandler), and/or, The Maltese Falcon (Hammett) -- classic American "hard boiled private eye novels -- then watch the film versions and compare 1938 - Rebecca (du Marier) -- atmospheric, modern gothic; protagonist tries to find out why her predecessor Rebecca died 1951 - The Daughter of Time (Tey) -- the "unknown" British mystery Grand Dame; unraveling of a 15th century mystery by a contemporary detective recovering in the hospital; Josephine Tey's writing is exquisite 1962 - Something Wicked This Way Comes (Bradbury) -- suspense, light horror, somewhat of a mystery as the characters try to figure out how to escape, and then expose, the evil carnival 1988 - A Thief of Time (Hillerman) -- (or other in the series) a wonderful glimpse into Native 4-Corners culture; adult content but not gratuitous; check out this article about the author, with excerpts from some of his books 2001 - The Eyre Affaire (Fforde) -- speculative fiction + adventure + mystery + humor; GREAT fun and very clever 2003 - The Full Cupboard of Life (Smith) -- 5th in the series, but it's a good jumping-in point, and stands-alone well; gentle, at times humorous, with the majority of crimes being non-violent, and stemming from human nature, with the common sense of the detective, Mma Ramatswe, restoring the moral order with her generous heart 2009 - Finding Nouf (Ferraris) -- adult/gritty, so PREVIEW; fascinating look at crime and police at work in the very fundamentalistic Islamic Saudi Arabia 2011 - The Night Circus (Morgenstern) -- fantastical/speculative fiction, with a main character trying to discover "what happened" -- another carnival setting, this would be good paired with Something Wicked...
    7 points
  17. Y'all! I found my chocolate bar I hid months ago to reward myself when I went to go clean up stuff! I had totally forgotten about it (as intended)!
    7 points
  18. Honestly the science has said outdoor activities were pretty darn safe, almost from the beginning.
    6 points
  19. No, this sounds perfect!!!
    6 points
  20. @Familia are you seeing a podiatrist specialized in ankles? I would not leave the interpretation of the MRI results to a family practitioner.
    6 points
  21. I said your numbers needed context. You should read this from Wathe, especially the bolded. You're numbers aren't incorrect, they lack context and don't mean what you think they mean. You know that saying "I know just enough to be dangerous", that's what your numbers are. A tiny bit of truth, taken fully out of context, shaded a bit, and made to look like something else entirely. I know you didn't create them of course, I'm not blaming you. You're just getting info from a shyster. This guy is a TV producer, not a doctor. He has no idea what he is talking about. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Del_Bigtree
    6 points
  22. I don't want to say I am a recovering Curriculum-aholic, but I nearly clicked on the link to go buy this, and then I remembered my ds is 21.... Oops. Moving along now... 😉
    6 points
  23. @Garga -- while a 1st-time poster who will probably never show up again (like the scads who have resurrected zombie threads, lol) revived your thread... What happened? Did you get the job? Did you end up *wanting* the job? Is it still in process? Inquiring minds want to know... 😉
    6 points
  24. Biden asked for the intelligence community to do a more "intense" investigation into the origins and get a report to him in 90 days, whatever intense means in this context. https://www.cnbc.com/2021/05/26/biden-orders-us-intelligence-to-intensify-investigation-into-covid-19-origins.html I know its asking too much, but I just do not understand why *any* of this is leading to anti-Asian violence. I understand that it is, I just don't understand the impulse. Even if it *was a bio weapon purposefully unleashed by China, the Asian lady at the grocery store or on the bus had nothing to do with it, let alone the third or fourth gen college or high school student, let alone that not every Asian in American even is Chinese. I don't feel the need to go throw rocks at every white guy after a school shooting, ya know? ugh.
    6 points
  25. Yes, I've been there. The last milestone that really surprised me for bringing up tough emotions was church confirmation for the group a year older than my disabled dd who would never be able to take that step. She cannot profess faith or anything else, cannot understand what any of it is about. It just hit me hard. And I can watch her now at 24, home throughout the pandemic because she can't mask, and she is now able to go to church again (fully vaccinated) and has such joy hearing the music and being in that familiar place, just rocking happily in her wheelchair, and I know that she and God have their own special relationship that is not like everyone else's. But yeah, it hurt when she was 12 and I could foresee all of the milestones that would be missed--never really graduate from high school, never go off to college, never marry. Throughout her childhood I assumed I would always be her caregiver. And I did miss my career--I would have dreams about teaching. Literally wake up in the morning after teaching in my old school in California all night. I have since learned that the world of available help changes dramatically when disabled people turn 18--it's not all on my shoulders anymore. The state is responsible to provide for the care of disabled adults--she now has access to a huge number of hours of paid care that allow me to be able to work. I'm just an Educational Assistant, but I'm hoping to be able to get a teaching job again. And if I don't, I love what I do (I just don't get paid much). Happy Birthday to your son. Hugs to you. Enjoy the incredible things this person brings to your life on this day. And have some cake!
    6 points
  26. I said “maybe” the mom was reacting to her own hang ups or “maybe” the, kid just needed to learn that families are different. Most of my 14 year old’s friends are single children with two working parents. Sometimes she asks me why we don’t go to Tahoe on the weekend. I explain that we chose to have 5 children with one parent working. We chose that because that is exactly what we want out of life, and she has certain advantages by having siblings. But other life choices have different advantages and she she grows up she might find one of those makes her happier. I don’t think her friends need to hide their vacation plans so we don’t have these discussions. Why would I want to pretend that families have the same values or resources, when it isn’t true. And no, the car scenario should not bother me at all. I’m not insecure about the decisions I make as a parent. I’m not hesitant to discuss my decisions with my kids, and I’m not too stubborn or proud to amend them when I find I’m in error or they no longer are beneficial for us. The last thing I would EVER want if my friends to walk on eggshells around us or hide the diversity of families because that is just too stagnant for growth.
    5 points
  27. As an advisor, I am usually seeing students act the opposite way and fight their placement test results in order to get into math courses they are not prepared for. I would view a student's decision to start with a lower level math at a new institution as prudent and cautious, and very smart. If he never completed precalculus at Baylor, I don't see what the issue is. I have students who completed calc AP AB in highschool and decide it is in their best interest not to accept the credit but to start with calc 1 again, which is often a wise choice. I am surprised the math placement is not mandatory. At our college, it is; students are welcome to start at a lower level than they are placed, but may absolutely not enroll in a course above their placement. ETA: A precalculus type course is the most common placement for students at my engineering school. They all had some kind of precalc in high school, yet their college algebra and trigonometry skills are so weak that many, many students, even of those who took calculus in high school, do not do well on the placement test. Really, taking precalc or a two semester calculus 1 sequence that has built-in precalc review is the best course of action for most of them. (Btw, anything below calculus won't give them credit towards any of the science and engineering majors.)
    5 points
  28. I’ll offer an totally different idea- homemade Chex mix. It’s super easy to throw together and then portion in baggies. And it’s good for people who might want something salty to go with their sweet stuff, or for someone who doesn’t eat a lot of sugar. And it stays fresh for a good while, unlike most baked good that have a few days at best.
    5 points
  29. I spent some time last winter taking some seminary classes and learning about seminary style academic writing. There are as many parallel prejudices in academic vs lay studies as there is among traditional schooling vs homeschooling. People that use older resources are accused of using "folk theology". People using readily available public domain resources are accused of using "devotional resources" and wikipedia is mocked and forbidden in many forum conversations. People are not allowed to contribute to the forum conversations unless they cite "appropriate" resources, which are only accessible to the rich and connected. Vernon McGee is a mess. LOL. But he is mine. I claim that man as my spiritual grandfather, including the worst of his mess. I have his complete Thru the Bible radio series on a solar powered player, and when the power surges are rippling through the neighborhood and I need to keep everything unplugged, I lay in the dark and listen to him. I really liked taking sociology class in college. When we can participate in multiple cultures and observe the patterns of how humans behave, we see each individual culture more clearly. It is not so much which older homeschool and literature writers that we each claim as our own, but more the attitude. We must teach our children to trust their elders and seek their wisdom. We must teach our children humility as they listen to mess, instead of arrogance. A culture that is taught to hate their elders is a culture that will cease to exist.
    5 points
  30. But maybe this is exactly what needs to happen. Maybe the other child needs the discussion to start understand how different families have different rules or that life isn’t fair. Maybe the mom needs the discussion to realize she is being too controlling because of her own hang ups, and she needs to back off and let her kid be her own person. Who know, but in our family, discussions aren’t things to be avoided, and not making waves isn’t my goal for me or my kids. Sometimes growth and maturity can’t happen without a few waves.
    5 points
  31. Anyone ever done screen printing at home? I'm thinking of buying the materials to do it and trying it out. I'd like to make shirts and stuff for the business and that seems like a cheaper (and more fun - why isn't funner a word?) way to do it.
    5 points
  32. Morning. Happy Thursday. Just two more days and I'm FREEEEEEEEEEEEE. For 10 days anyway. This week has lasted a year already. The kids have been bouncing off the walls crazy. I think it's the weather. It has been gratifying to see how many of the kids wished classes were continuing and couldn't wait to be back for summer camps or the fall. All in all, this was a really amazing year even if it was a little crazy.
    5 points
  33. This is the very best explanation of this phenomenon I have seen. Especially the bolded. Thanks so much for writing it all out!
    5 points
  34. Is that a confession?
    5 points
  35. I think that presumes that China has more interest in helping people than in covering it up. That doesn't mean I am discounting what you are saying, because that would make sense. I just can't put anything past the Chinese government, including withholding lab research from their own vaccine researchers, in an attempt to cover up their screw ups. But I might have watched a whole lot of Sci Fi lol. (and because I want to be clear....my presumptions about the Chinese government and what they are and are not doing have absolutely NOTHING to do with Asians or Chinese in general.)
    5 points
  36. My Ds has actually enjoyed a bit of a cocoon of homeschooling social opportunities. We felt supported, so we never developed friendships within the muscular dystrophy community. I was afraid it would be too heartbreaking as everyone declined with this diagnosis. However, now ds is loosing people to college and life and it's really sad. His social circle is shrinking to family and younger teens who will eventually fly the nest too. When the pandemic is over we'll have to sort something out, but I'm not sure what that is yet. I think he needs some sort of young adult daycare situation but I don't know if that exists. He has serious physical challenges, social quirks, and he's not super academic, so finding a decent fit without starting a group myself is daunting. He really just needs one good, quirky, video game loving young adult friend who is also stuck always living with his parents.
    5 points
  37. Less than a minute later: Because we can Bill
    5 points
  38. Jacoby has now been to the vet. Between meds and booties and the vet and all the things, we have spent an obscene amount of money on him in the past 2 days. It’s a good thing he’s cute.
    5 points
  39. No reaction 24 hours on - not even a sore arm.
    4 points
  40. I...I should not know about this.
    4 points
  41. I think, if it is okay and not wrong to teach your kids to take off their hat in someone's home out of respect for their traditions, it is not wrong to teach your kids to not wear clothing to someone's house that you know they disapprove of. Those seem similar to me, and I'm not sure why they are not?
    4 points
  42. I know! When you take open concept into the bathroom...it's too much!!!! What the sweet sugar do builders have against doors???? Did NO ONE ever stay in a hotel where the sinks are not blocked by a door, and deal with people turning on the light and waking them up?
    4 points
  43. My middle child is not easily disturbed and liked to feel "edgy" so I sometimes assigned him heavier topics that challenged that and appealed to him. He loves horror stories and dark psychology. Night not Anne Frank got a serious and deep reaction- definitely more disturbing but better fit for him. He wept openly the day Elie Wiesel died. This is the weird kid I assigned Superman vs the KKK and Argo - cause I had to find hooks. Also the kid who at 4 was having Tea parties with Gollum.
    4 points
  44. Good Morning! Happy Thursday! One of the dc is getting a vaccine today, we're still looking for a job for dd16, and the house still needs some major de-cluttering. Dh has off work next Monday and has volunteered to help me clean up the basement. We have way too much stuff down there.
    4 points
  45. Happy Thursday! I have a 9am conference call that I'm supposed to be preparing for! Done: Kid summer stuff in the wee hours. Research, sign-ups, calendar work, etc. Slept about 4 hours maybe. Kids to school on time, yay! Caught up on emails, news, social media, calendar, and checked the kids' grades. Working on coffee 1. To do: Lots of client work. At least 1 conference call. Pup stuff. Online CPR / first aid course with the kids. Make the kids do their homework, pup duty, picking up after themselves. Whatever else gets done.
    4 points
  46. @Pen According to this Sweden have the highest vaccination rate in Europe https://sverigesradio.se/artikel/swedish-vaccination-rates-among-highest-in-eu-now-ecdc-data-shows From the worldometer stats they are pretty much at the end of the nasty second wave they had. Their death rates were lower than some higher than others in Europe at around 1400 per million people but well higher than most Asia Pacific countries. From memory they implemented more restrictions during second than first wave.
    4 points
  47. Huge hugs your way. It felt like we were past all this. Hope your dd is feeling ok and gets to wear that beautiful dress.
    4 points
  48. I'm so sorry. I can commiserate. Our dd is getting married next week in a quick (government) ceremony. She lives in another country and it was increasingly feeling like travel and a traditional wedding would be difficult if not impossible. They will certainly have a story to tell someday! But at least with our dd we'd been anticipating this, whereas in your situation it happened so suddenly. I'm sure it's such a disappointment! You'll have a beautiful celebration in some form when you can!
    4 points
  49. She should be fine. She’s so done with the cone of shame but has about another two weeks in it. They did a corneal graft? I honestly didn’t even know that doggie ophthalmologists were a thing.
    4 points
  50. Here I am to talk about my second moderna vaccine. I did great with no panic attack and I’m so thankful. I didn’t feel weird after the vaccine like last time. I’m so thankful. I had my vaccine at noon and around 9 pm I started shivering and was so sleepy I fell asleep just lying on my bed with the lights on. I didn’t even send the kids to bed, dh did. I woke up between 4 and 4:30 to get dh ready to work. I was still shivering and I felt first trimester pregnant. I didn’t feel like throwing up, but I just felt like just the same queasy stomach I have when I’m pregnant. I say good bye to dh at 5 am and go back to bed. I just woke up at 8:30, no sickness, no shivering. I woke up with a slight dull headache and feeling very overheated and dehydrated. I drank a gallon of water day before, day of and I’m working on day after. My headache is already almost gone after drinking a glass of water. I fully believe whoever here that suggested to stay hydrated had great advice. My arm was more sore on dose 2. I usually sleep on my arm and I couldn’t use my shot arm. I’m hoping I’m through the worst of it. If this is it(knock on wood) it wasn’t as bad as I was expecting. I am so thankful to have this behind me. I’m so thankful I was able to do something to help end this craziness. I’m so thankful that even though I was terrified and really wanted a reason not to go back for my second dose, I did it anyway.I am also extremely thankful to everyone here for your kindness and encouragement after I had such a bad time after my first vaccine. ❤️
    4 points
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