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  1. I would go with bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction. I would not want to go through chemo, surgery, and potentially radiation more than once if I could help it. The nurse was wrong to tell you that implants need to be replaced every 10 years. That was the case in the 1960s and some of the 1970s. The current implants have a rate of approximately 6% to 12% rupture in 10 years based on clinical studies and depending on manufacturer. The article quoted below has failure rates for multiple manufactures, this is just a sample: "A 9-year average core study of Sientra cohesive gel implants published in 2016 consisted of 1,788 patients with an MRI cohort of 571 patients. The 8 years MRI cohort rupture rates were: 6.4% for primary augmentation, 5.2% for revision augmentation, 2.8% for primary reconstruction and revision reconstruction data is not currently available. Additionally, rupture rates in the 10 years MRI cohort for primary augmentation was 9.0% " source: There are no issues with imaging of the implants themselves. They do not impede MRI or other scans. They are imaged on a regular schedule to check for integrity. If you were to choose a flap-type reconstruction, it can be easier to recover if the tissue is taken from the back rather than the abdomen according to an acquaintance who's had both types of flap surgery done. Please note, however, that the flap surgery may need to be done twice to achieve the desired look because cells tend to die at rather high rate.
  2. I was at work, in an office building a bit away from downtown, around 18th Street or so. We had an amazing wall of windows overlooking the downtown and the Twin Towers. At some point I got a text or a message saying that something was happening with the Towers. I thought to myself, no way, I can see them! Then I looked up. Just at that moment, the second plane hit the tower. It was surreal to watch. Somehow my brain supplied that it was there to help, but of course that was not the case. After that, my memories are in snippets. My coworker on the floor, crying hysterically. All the subways open, free of charge, all trains leaving the city. Everyone just walking away, away from downtown, in a daze. Some people covered in soot. Every once in a while we would all turn back and just look. The towers were still standing then. One of the towers collapsing, the top section sailing down, intact for a while, before breaking apart. Fighter jets in the sky, with a vague thought of I hope they are ours. I don't remember exactly how I got home, but it was ok somehow. There was no work the next day. My husband and I went back a couple of days later as his company was helping set up a counseling center on Pier.. something, I don't remember. We had to get passes and went through a Federal command center or something like that. All the major agencies set up in one giant space, with telecom reps and all utilities. Very organized. Got spare phone batteries, all charged from the phone company. Setting up computers in booths that were already set up with desks, chairs, and tissue boxes. A food area set up, piled up high with donations. That was incredible, that part. There were plates of home-made peanut butter sandwiches next to fancy catering boxes. You just took what you needed and went to work. Smoke. Lots of dark and then later white smoke. Had a friend who worked in one of the financial center buildings. He was late to work and missed the attack. Should have been there. Have neighbors who did not come home.
  3. You may find it helpful to have a packing list, organized by category, something like this: Shelter -tent - tarp (for under the tent, make sure nothing is sticking out, or you can get a puddle under the tent) - mallet or hammer or something to pound the tent stakes in - nice to have - a little broom/dustpan - tents seem to get tons of dust and sand Kitchen - stove with gas canister - cooking pans/utensils - eating dishes, utensils - trash bags - some way to wash dishes like a dish pan, dishwashing liquid, dish towel Food (organized by day) - cooler with reusable ice packs or ice (if food is perishable) - day 1 lunch (sandwich bread, peanut butter... - whatever you like) - day 1 dinner (the meal you are planning) - day 1 snacks (trail mix, granola bars, etc. that you like) - day 2 breakfast (eggs, cereal, bagels, whatever the plan is - remember any tea/coffee/hot chocolate/sugar/salt/ketchup, etc.) - day 2 lunch and so on Water - either water container to fill on site or enough water for drinking, brushing teeth, dishes, etc. Light - headlamps/flash lights for each person plus at least one lantern with extra batteries as needed Safety - first aid kit - bug spray - sun screen - tick removal tool if it's an issue in your area - prescription meds - over the counter meds like Tylenol or whatnot if not in first aid kit Bedding - sleeping bags - blow up mattress/sleeping pad as needed with any tools needed to blow them up - pillows Sanitation/Showers - toiletries - towels - shower shoes (flip flops - yikes, you don't want to stand on that floor barefoot!) Clothes and Shoes - remember sun hats or caps - whatever clothes you need for the time you will be out Nice to have - some kind of camping chair, although the picnic table may be enough - some way to hang up towels like a camping clothes line, but can do without usually
  4. I have the third edition, which probably won't help you. I'm sorry. When we were working through 7/6, I bought the workbook/test book that comes with 4th edition because I didn't want to make so many copies of the drill pages. We suffered through a big portion of the workbook before tossing it and buying the test/drill book for the 3rd edition. It was frustrating because tests had about 80-85% material my student knew, but it was impossible for them to get 100% on tests since the rest was completely unfamiliar.
  5. Which edition do you have? You probably already know this, but the tests/drills are in a separate book, and the answer key is a separate book also. The tests in different editions do not line up - ever slightly different topic sequence, but enough to make it difficult.
  6. Be on the lookout for ringworm. My friend added a new kitty about a year ago, and the shelter swore he was free of parasites, etc. The symptoms started about a week after the new kitty was introduced to the resident kitty in the home, was petted, carried around, and handled. The humans came down with it, too. The entire household, animal and human, had to be treated for ringworm, and it took a while for it to clear.
  7. We use this nail repair kit. It might be cheaper at your local Target or CVS or something. You paint the nail with their polish, dip into powder, and then file down to relative smoothness when the powder sets. Works rather well.
  8. My daughter puffy heart loved Memoria Press Astronomy in 3rd grade. She loved it so much that she begged me to do it the second time, and did it all by herself. She is a workbook, get-er-done person, and she enjoyed filling out constellations, memorizing star names, and going back and forth between the astronomy book and her D'Aulare's (sp?) Greek Mythology book. She used to draw constellations with chalk on the sidewalk, which looked very impressive, and talked to everyone and anyone about the different constellations visible in the sky each season. She can't do the constellations anymore, after 5 years, but she still remembers seasons, stars, major constellation locations in the sky, and star classification.
  9. This our big boy, not being particularly amused by being caught enjoying his nap at the top of the basement steps.
  10. Yes! It's definitely possible. In my case, I started to feel... I don't know... stupid I guess. It's not a good description, but I had trouble focusing and retaining material. I went to graduate school at that point and my "academic brain" came back quickly. :) But for you, I recommend trying a purposeful reading strategy. If we just read text, most of us will forget the majority of what we read even if the text is something like a high interest novel. If you read with a purpose it is much easier to not only understand what the text is saying, but also to remember and make connections with other things you already know. My favorite reading method is called SQ3R, if you haven't come across it before. There are many websites that describe it and also videos. Here is a link to a short version and another, longer one
  11. Would he be willing/interested in working in corporate law? He could do things like read contracts, work on employee litigation (wrongful termination, etc.), or perhaps focus on intellectual property (trademarks, patents, etc.). He would probably need to take some continuing education courses, but that should not be as intense as studying for his degree. And then he could just apply for jobs.
  12. We used to belong to a CSA for two or three years. It was most definitely not cost-effective (quite expensive even compared to farmer's market), but the quality of produce was excellent and we did get to try vegetables we would not have eat otherwise. Our CSA ran from early May through the end October. The best produce was naturally toward the end of summer and early fall while the spring was mainly different types of lettuce, radishes, and other greens. We don't eat that many greens, and quite a bit of those were not eaten. In the summer we got things like gooseberries, red and black currants, tomatoes, eggplant, etc. We loved the fruit part of the share, but there wasn't quite enough of it and too much lettuce. The main reason we stopped was the inconvenience. It was too far to drive to pick it up.
  13. Hi, I can't tell you which program to try, but I can describe what it's like to use Novare's Introductory Physics. Actually, we have their secular version, but it is pretty much the same text minus the religious teaching. This is a mastery program, and it requires a good amount of memorization. With the full package you get a CD with a suggested schedule, quizzes, study guides, labs, etc. The schedule will tell you which sections of the text to assign each day, when to give the student their weekly review guide, when to do chapter exercises, etc. Each week there are flash cards to make and study, reading, and some days there are quizzes or review. Material is cumulative, which is what leads to mastery - even though you may have learned the scientific inquiry process in the first two weeks, it will keep showing up in quizzes in some way or another. Same goes for all the other material, which I like. You'll be memorizing things like equations, major theories, scientists (who, what, when, why important), conversion factors and prefixes, speed of light in vacuum, etc. This program can be done at the same time as Algebra 1, but the student needs to be able to manipulate simple equations to get them to the form they need. So, given F=m*a, they will need to be comfortable with rewriting it to solve for m for example. Unit conversions are also important. Setting up problems properly, showing work, writing full sentences for explanations, using correct grammar and spelling are all important. That is explained in grading rubrics. This is not a hands-on program like Rainbow, but it does include 4 labs. These are 4 full on, proper labs, not demonstrations. If you buy the lab guide, it will teach you how to keep a real lab notebook, set up the hypothesis, write out materials, procedure, etc. Then you will be collecting data, plotting it in Excel, analyzing margin of error, etc. Some of the labs require expensive materials. We are not doing those. Some can be done with mostly household or easy to get items. Home Science Tools website does sell the kit if you are interested. So, this is a rigorous, no-nonsense, well-written program with clear explanations in the text, no fluff, and high standards for output. It would likely not work for your younger at this stage, but might be good for your older.
  14. I've had this happen. I even got on a chat session with the insurance beforehand and asked them if the flu shot will be covered at the Minute Clinic, which they said 100% yes. Well, that's not how they processed it. While we only had to pay a portion out of pocket, I wasn't happy because our insurance says it covers preventive medicine at 100% in network. It turns out that yes, they do cover 100% but only as part of a preventive doctor visit. I finally got that information out of them. So from now on, we'll have to make a doctor's appointment for flu shots. :(
  15. This. We had cake, and I think we fed each other a small bite, but there was definitely no cake smashing. Our wedding was small, but the whole preparation process and the wedding itself was so stressful. I was so disappointed to be dictated whom to invite, how long our engagement should last, "what people would think",etc. If I was older and more confident in myself, I would have insisted on a simple church wedding with no formal reception whatsoever, and I'm pretty sure my husband would have preferred that, too. I think I would have been happy to just get changed out of my dress and go out for lunch with a few friends. Honestly, the best part of the wedding was when it was over. Still happily married after 21 years.
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