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  1. FWIW, both my girls taught themselves to read through a mixture of Letter Factory, Starfall, and PBS Kids shows. Actually, I take that back. We did work through the first set of Bob books with my older DD sometime after Letter Factory, but it was super casual and only when she felt like it. That was it for formal reading lessons. Now, despite her significant LDs, her ability to decode grade level words still progresses about a grade level every year due to things she reads for fun (mainly online articles, texting friends, etc.). Maybe the unschoolers are on to something πŸ™‚
  2. Same with my daughter. She tried Adderall (awful, awful, terrible side effects), Concerta (no side effects, but no positive effects either), Ritalin (helped with focus but made her feel like a blob all day), and finally to Vyvanse. After taking the Vyvanse 4 or 5 times the side effects started to wear off considerably and now, besides the crash at the end of the day where she feels like a blob for an hour, it's all good. She just eats a big breakfast and sips juice throughout the day. Oh, also, no more sleep issues. She has a big bottle of Clonidine gathering dust πŸ™‚
  3. Don't worry about it! I'm hopeful that since the Vyvanse is working for my daughter, that meds will be helpful for me, too.
  4. Oooh, that's really cool. My memory is utter crap. My brain is like a television where the main channel (what's literally happening in front of me) is kinda fuzzy but okay-ish and then it randomly changes the channel on it's own. I've been literally looking at someone and trying to listen and then "the TV" (my brain) randomly switches to the Fishing Channel (or whatever) and a few seconds later switches back to the person talking and I have no idea what they said. It's awkward. I spend a lot of time smiling and nodding ... and then asking my husband later for a summary.
  5. I am so scared that meds won't help. I honestly don't know how I can continue on relying on my "Just try harder" strategy. It goes waaaay beyond managing day to day details. I am so very, very tired of this. 😞
  6. Well, I mean, it IS genetic most of the time, so... πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ I figured out what was going on with me when I suspected ADHD for one of my kids. As I read the description of girls with ADHD I was all, "Holy crap. That was ME." And then the more I went down the rabbit hole, the more everything just fit. The final confirmation for me was learning about the developmental/maturity delays (basically the idea is that kids with ADHD are about 3 years younger in terms of maturity). Suddenly my entire childhood made sense. So when I finally went to the psychologist for a formal diagnosis, I alre
  7. and take medication for it, did it really help? How much did it help? In what ways did it help? I finally (!!!) have a med appointment with a psychiatrist next week, and I'm trying to mentally prepare myself. What should I expect during the appt? It's on the phone which is not my favorite way to do things. I assume the psychiatrist is not diagnosing at all, just prescribing. The psychologist who made the diagnosis told me to stop talking so much and just answer yes or no, so I'm a little paranoid that I'm going to say too much or the wrong things. I could use some btdt advice, pl
  8. Our washing machine, bought very cheap in a pinch to tide us over until we could afford a nice one. It's avocado green and was probably built in the 70s. Runs like a champ, though. πŸ™‚
  9. It's not banned. I assume we'll do the same as always: decorate our yard, dress up 🀑, pass out candy🍑, and the girls will go trick or treating πŸŽƒ (in our area teens are welcome to join in the fun). As far as activities go, it's pretty low-risk: it's outdoors, small groups, and most people will have masks on. I hope my neighbors join in, because kids deserve to have a bright spot of fun in what's been a pretty lousy year.
  10. No, thank you - at least at first. I am low-risk. I would need to see some pretty hefty data (thousands upon thousands of people) that prove that the risk to me from COVID is greater than the risk of me having an adverse reaction to the vaccine. I'll periodically rethink my decision as I get older or if I develop other risk factors.
  11. My point is that they're not being used effectively and it's not realistic to expect them to be used effectively by enough people to actually slow transmission. That's my theory, anyway. I see people all the time who are well-intentioned, doing their part... but their cotton masks gave gaps above the nose. Basically, there's "effective in a lab" and "effective in the real world." I think masks fail on the latter point. The most ironic outbreak semi-local to me is at a county Public Health office. White collar public health workers, y'all. Those employees are masked and motivated.
  12. I have a theory. Sterile masks, made of effective materials, fitted properly, used perfectly (e.g. medical professionals in a hospital setting), may be useful in slowing the transmission. In a similar way, birth control pills, used perfectly, slow the transmission of pregnancy πŸ™‚ But, in the real world the pill's effectiveness rate is around 91% (still not bad, but if you really, really don't want to get pregnant, that's a fair amount of risk.) link Meanwhile, you have masks made of any and everything (surgical masks, two-layer cotton, bandannas, single-layer stretchy t-shirt mate
  13. But we have mandatory masks in both of those places, so... ? <ducks and runs>
  14. Yes. I don't see how A/C would be a big factor since most people are in single-family homes. BUT... it would be interesting to find out if there are outbreaks in apartment complexes. There are so many factors that come in to play.
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