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  1. Glad to see this. Dd saw this and it looks like a good fit for her room.
  2. My advice may not be the most practical, but do some research before you tell me I am crazy. I stead of trading your time for money which you would be doing, think about running your own business. I know people who have their own businesses doing the following: Massage Envy Chick-FIL-A Mathnasium Kumon Goddard School The Little Gym None of them had ANY training. Just an idea.
  3. Yes......this is true. Without going into detail, the photographer who came for my grandson had been contacted by the perinatologist's nurse so she was aware that on a particular day, she might be needed. She was then contacted and she provided an estimated time of arrival. I remember it was blazing hot that day and it was June (I am sorry.......these are details), and she came to the hospital with her hair still wet from the shower. As I said earlier, she was amazing......she was 'there' but ''not there.' I think the word I am looking for is unobstrusive.
  4. I am so sorry. (((((Hugs))))) I hope you do not need their services, but, yes, I would encourage you to call and speak with them in advance. My dd had someone from NILMDTS come to the hospital when her 2nd baby boy was stillborn. I was one of the people in the room with her when the photographer arrived, and three years later I still thank G-d for the amazing young woman who came and took photos. I cannot even begin to describe what a comfort she was to each one of us in the room. She brought a hat and blanket, but we had both already........the teeny hat was actually sent to me by a wonderful woman on this board. I had been knitting the blanket and it was sadly just the right size. The photographer asked the baby's name, and her demeanor was just perfect: respectful, somber, aware, compassionate......I cannot say enough about her. If you have any questions, please feel free to pm me, or ask here, and I will check back. Thoughts and prayers are with you.
  5. Thank you for sharing this. And someone else mentioned Contrave (was it sneezy one?)......thank you to that person. I lost 10 pounds in a flash with Metformin, but just last week my endo increased my dose as my blood sugar is creeping up again. I am tonight reading about Contrave and the other two meds. Thank you to everyone who posted in this thread......I found the info fascinating and helpful.
  6. I know two people who have had it done. The first, M, is a friend of my mom's. She had the surgery done 20 yrs ago. She is a recovered alcoholic (forgive me if any of my terminology is incorrect). M was in her 40s at the time of her surgery. She was celebrating 10 years of sobriety (I don't know if any of this is relevant, but since I know these facts, I am sharing them). She lost about 150 lbs rather quickly. Had to take supplements as I don't think she was able to eat more than a few tablespoonfuls of food a day. A friend who is a doctor described M's new eating protocol as starving herself for the rest of her life. About 10 years ago, M began drinking again. That was the first I had ever heard about that being a concern in individuals with a history of addiction. She entered rehab. The life she had built for herself (Master's Degree, bought a house, active in many activities) is no longer the life she is living. I believe she was in counseling throughout the process. I don't know why it did not work. A friend of a friend had lap band surgery about 10 years ago. She wanted to lose about 60 pounds. She had no health issues. She just wanted to lose the weight. Ten years later, the weight is still off. She looks fabulous. She seems fabulous. My friend tells me that she essentially still runs to the bathroom to vomit after every meal which is only a tablespoon or so of food. The woman who had the surgery done says she would do it again in a heartbeat.......she does not mind the collateral GI issues with which she deals. Best wishes whatever you decide.
  7. Garga: I cruise through here once in awhile, and your post caught my eye as it is an issue we have dealt with regarding DS who is 14 yrs, 3 mos. Eighteen months ago we went to the pediatric endocrinologist to have blood work done, questions asked and answered as everyone ds knew was having a growth spurt, but not DS. I AM 5'2" and dh is 5'4".......... Not much genetic material for ds to count on. Pediatric endocrinologist said that with all the hormones at correct levels (and they were), she would use the old double your child's height at age 2 and that is a fairly reliable predictor of adult height. I retrieved ds' height charts, and I think it said he would be 5'6". Anything less than that apparently can be treated with growth hormones and most insurance companies will cover it. So, ds missed that cut off mark. He was distraught as he remained the shortest kid everywhere he went. Literally, one month ago, he began growing. He is probably 5'5" now......taller than dh. I read up on everything I could, and learned that sleep is vitally important. The hormone that causes growth or the protein that causes growth or something, is only released after X number of hours of continuous sleep. DS' sleep patterns had been awful. Once they improved (we insisted he get on a schedule), we saw him grow about two months later. FWIW, my son in law, who is 6' something, was the shortest kid everywhere he went, and he had his growth spurt in college. I hope this helps. I do know that friends have had insurance cover growth hormones with a child psychologist recommending they be administered for the child's self esteem.
  8. Happy new year, Lisa! â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸ I love reading about your escapades in Italy. Thank you for taking the time to share.
  9. Happy birthday, Hornblower! 🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂
  10. I have an LV damier azur that my dh and kids gave me for my 60th birthday. I thought long and hard about it before giving them the go-ahead........like 3+ years long and hard. I have carried LV since I was in my 20s with other brands here and there. I love them.
  11. So sorry! I had pleurisy many years ago. It did not matter what I did, how I sat, what position I was in......the pain was intense. It took about two weeks to improve. Hope you are better soon.
  12. We have one about 30 minutes from us. I went for the first time about two weeks ago. I was totally awed, and I had to just walk around slowly, looking at everything, and getting my bearings. I was there for the second time a few days ago, and it was an excellent experience again. I can run in and out of Michael's in 5 minutes, but I am not sure I would ever be able to do that at HL.
  13. http://i58.tinypic.com/2e5qptf.jpg It worked.....that's our tree.
  14. Will try to post photo.......7.5 foot artificial, green. Tons of lights.....all colors. Snowman theme that I saw in a catalog, and I put together my own. Very whimsical, fun, colorful.
  15. Lisa: I am glad your dh is home. I hope he is on the mend. Thoughts and prayers are with you. I hope you all stay safe, and your home is not targeted. I will be praying for better news next time I check. Again, thoughts and prayers, and please rake dare of yourself. ((((Hugs))))
  16. Awwwwww, thank you! I pop by every once in awhile. So nice to be able to say hi to you! Hope all is well!
  17. Just stopping by and this captured my attention. The people here have provided excellent advice........excellent, excellent advice! Find an LLMD. Demand doxy for 30 days immediately, and then do 30 more. Heed the no dairy around dosing time for the doxy. Also, good quality probiotics taken a few hours after the doxy. Eat a clean diet..........if you can eliminate dairy altogether, it will help. I think that with dd who is now 15 years old, we did dairy free, gluten free, sugar free (VERY IMPORTANT) for months. It really helped. My dd who is almost 35 years old is JUST NOW almost recovered from a 12 year bout with chronic Lyme's. She went undiagnosed for years. She is now receiving hydrogen peroxide IVs, and is at the end of her treatment. She is blessedly, glowingly, thankfully healthy for the first time in more than a decade. You must be your own advocate. You must demand things. Most allopathic health care professionals will fight you every inch of the way which is why a LLMD is essential. Buy doxy from mail order pharmacies and keep it on hand. That way if someone presents with symptoms, you can begin treatment right away.
  18. I applaud you, Lisa! I check in every once in awhile just to see how you are doing in Italy, and your adventure made me smile! You inspire me! Hugs! Mariann
  19. Hi, and thank you so much for taking the time to say hello!!!! I hope you are all well. Thank you for the info.......I agree.......I think it is the little bear series. I checked out the leads so graciously provided, and I do think it is little bear. I miss so much about the community here, and again, I hope everyone is well. We are no longer homeschooling.......everyone is in private school, and I do miss being my children's teacher. Dh and I are pleased with their schools, the kids are happy, but I miss that part of our lives. Blessings to you all.........
  20. Bear's best friend is planning a surprise birthday party for Bear. Bear thinks BF is having a party and not inviting Bear. BF asks Bear his favorite cake and ice cream flavors. Bear gives answers like "onion ice cream" and "cauliflower cake." Does anyone know the title of this book?
  21. Yes. My sixth grade teacher read aloud to us every day. She read THE WIZARD OF OZ books aloud to us. My eighth grade English teacher was the last teacher who read aloud to the class. Students read aloud until I graduated high school. I attended private, classical methodology schools.
  22. http://thepioneerwoman.com/homeschooling/2014/07/i-have-the-urge-to-purge/ You have received excellent advice here. Someone mentioned unifying your storage tools......do that and do it economically (IKEA, BIG LOTS) and you will get the most bang for your buck. I followed PW's blog and photo for our homeschool room. While we are no longer homeschooling, the space is still used quite often for homework, projects, crafts.
  23. Oh, Lisa! Thank you for such a wonderful update. Best wishes with your move!
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