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  1. Keep the cat (and people carrying pollen..) out of his bedroom. I'd put an air purifier in the bedroom. He needs to shower and change into fresh (no cat/pollen) clothes before bed. All bedding should be washed and dried on hot weekly. I would try to filter the house air conditioning if you can. Avoid opening windows in the house during pollen season. When we had cats, the allergist told me to try to wipe them down with a wet cloth periodically. My cats were not interested in that. One allergist told us to rehome (no way that wouldn't have broken hearts), but another said cat would still be in the air/carpet/etc. after it left. That's the one that suggested I wipe them down. But one cat died and the other was just so lost without her. We were planning to move to a new home--and the previous owners never had a cat. We rehomed the cat to my inlaws before we moved. She was happy there for lots of reasons, and my son has done a lot better with the new house without cat. I don't know that would have happened, though, had we stayed in the old house even without the cat. Most radical...but we do it in heavy pollen season here...everyone showers before coming fully inside the house. The idea is doing our best not to carry pollen in. My son benefits from Zyrtec, but he needs Singulair too. I know some people don't tolerate that one. A nasal steroid would probably help. Maybe he coudl handle a Neti pot (with sterilized water/careful use)?
  2. How would/did you list Apologia's Advanced Biology on the transcript, given the emphasis on anatomy/physiology?
  3. For the ill person, NAC (lower doses if the person is not already taking it--2 of us are), Vitamin C increased, Vitamin D to 10,000 IU per day (from 5,000), quercetin, zinc. I would monitor with pulse ox. I would try to isolate as much as we could maybe. I say maybe because the best/only good place to do that would be to put the ill person in the basement bedroom and stay away. I do not know that I would really be able to not check on someone ill. I would have the sick person mask to leave the room. Either way, I think it's probably a losing batttle to avoid exposure of others in a shared home. My son got what I now think was flu A or adenovirus in early March. My other son was sick within 2 days, my husband within 3, and I ran a low temp for around two weeks and then got very sick after that. So we didn't contain at all. I **think** I would put everyone in the family, except the symptomatic person, on elderberry because of that probable exposure. I would stop elderberry when symptoms appear. I am not sure I feel comfortable with elderberry in terms of possible excess inflammation, but I believe from experience it is a good anti-viral. So I'm not sure what i would do. I would probably also increase the vitamin D of the others in the home. I forgot about sleeping on stomach--that seems very wise. But how would a person train or force themselves to do that if it's not their normal position?
  4. I looked at equilter..but what kind of fabric am I looking at on their site? Batik? Cotton print? Does it matter?
  5. I don't know of course. But oral vitamin C wouldn't replicate the levels they are getting by IV. I've seen Zinc combined with Zinc ionospheres in studies, and the one I recently looked at specified that the zinc had to be with the ionosphere to get it into the cell--they specifically said that zinc alone was not known to have effect. I see, though, that they are just adding it without anything else. It couldn't hurt I suppose. There may be some potential action given some of those things may help with other viruses. But I'm thinking Vitamin D has the most support for actually having prophylactic properties. If one of us gets sick, I plan to increase existing intake of vitamin C, increase existing intake of D, begin zinc with quercetin, and maybe I'll add some of those B vitamins. But I wouldn't do any of that preventatively at this point. (We are taking Vitamin D with Vitamin C, but we've always done that, including pre-virus) Edited to add: This sounds really promising. I wish there was more coordination to get information like this communicated to those that need it.
  6. Something fun for a graduation, if you can help coach through set up might be to make a trivia set or similar set about the graduate via Kahoot. Everyone would need Zoom and the Kahoot app on a different device. We've done some Kahoot trivia over Zoom, and it was a lot of fun. We've also done some games already mentioned here. Something I haven't seen yet--we played Yahtzee with family last week over Zoom. If everyone doesn't have enough dice, there are online Yahtzee dice.
  7. Our stylist place is requiring masks (staff and customers), wait outside for text to come in for your appointment, and 1/2 capacity stations. The blow drying thing seems wise! I hadn't thought of that. My family is going to continue to wait. I'm cutting everyone but myself--the cuts are not professional/great, but also not embarassingly terrible. My annoyance today is that my mother in law, at high risk due to several other factors in addition to age, has resumed her weekly hair styling appointments. She can't/doesn't wash or style her own hair, or hasn't in many years. She feels the risk of infection is low. The stylist has one customer at time and wears a mask, and they are in a rural community with few known cases so far. I agree the risk is low now. I'm worried about later, though. The customers don't mask and the stylist has a public heavy regular job in addition to hair. My MIL plans to keep doing this once a week for the duration, and it makes me nervous.
  8. One of my son's prefers to do a fair amount of his exercise inside these days--I won't go into why, but it's not worth the battle to force the issue. He really needs aerobic exercise to regulate himself emotionally, sleep well, etc. He told me today he thinks the motor on his treadmill, which he uses nearly daily since the shut down, was overheating. I will have my husband look at it with him tonight, but it smelled like burning when I checked and a new treadmill is not financially feasible for us right now, nor is other similarly priced equipment. I wondered if someone might have a video, download, or similar less expensive recommendation I could make to him? He would need something to get his heart rate up equivalent to a run in terms of level of exertion. He would not want complicated moves/anything that requires a lot of coordination.
  9. We have only recently had more available testing in my state. My husband's coworker tested positive (early 60's). She was in the ICU, and our state was testing ICU people at that time. She's finally home, but still recovering. My husband was not considered at risk, as they were auditing in different places at the time she was infectious. My husband's cousin got it during a trip from TX to FL. He was hospitalized as well, and he is in his 40's. I only know of a brother of my friend directly outside of that. There has been such limited testing and is no communication about positives beyond the raw number here--it makes it hard to know how much risk there is in various activities.
  10. One of mine has issues with attention that make math his weakest subject. I think Math U See is probably our best option for Algebra 2 and math beyond that going forward, mostly because lessons are so short. The problem we're hitting is that he is able to do well on the classwork/workbook, but then the test over the material will often have a question very unlike what he's seen in the practice problems. I don't know if perhaps the thinking is that the practice should give him all the basics and then he should be able to handle something a little more on the test, but he doesn't. It's discouraging. I'll give an example: all practice problems might be something like A^2+A^4 divided by A^2. He was factoring out A^2, then dividing by A^2 to get 1+A^2. There were lots of variations, but that same technique and problem type. In fact, he was actually taught in that chapter lesson to factor what he can out of the numerator, then divide by the denominator. On the test: 5M + 2 divided by 5M. He was supposed to say 1 +2/5M as his final answer. I'm disappointed he didn't know enough to do that, especially given he's completed a different Algebra 1 program, and we did extensive Algebra 1 review at his request after Geometry. I want to say that if he really understood this stuff, he should have been able to reason it out. But this threw him. I looked back, and I see nothing in the text or practice like this problem. He could always factor the denominator out of all portions of the numerator in the work to that test point. I wish it had been in there! I think he should khow how to handle this. But why does it show up for the first time on the test? Am I going to see a ton of this going forward? Should I write my own tests? Is something wrong with the way I'm looking at this (should the test be a bit beyond the practice here?) I feel frustrated, and he is thinking he's "just not good at math." I may call the company. I just want to know if it's my kid or the program and if there is a way to adapt it.
  11. I've not used or seen the Spielvogel text, but my history lovers are doing well with what we're using (all home based), so I thought I'd share. We're doing Oak Meadow US History at home/not enrolled. The assignments are interesting and manageable and there is intentional room built in the schedule for digging into areas of interest. That's really great for my two who love the subject. Oak Meadow works with any textbook. I'm using American Odyssey as the base text. (I'm also doing some extra source work with selected parts of Stanford History Education Group's Think LIke a Historian that appeal.)
  12. I've unfollowed, but not unfriended, relatives whose posts repeatedly bug or offend me. I don't have any desire to subject myself to it. If this is an occasional thing, though, I would probably just scroll on by and not engage. I don't think facebook is a good medium to try to change minds or hearts.
  13. Churches are opening here, and are exempted from rules generally. I think most churches, including mine, are trying to take precautions to protect their attendees. For most, that includes spacing people, hand sanitizer, limiting multiple handled surfaces like offering plates, etc. I have not seen anything being done in local churches to prevent airborne spread outside of promoting distancing in seating and service sizes. My concern is airborne spread via singing. And, because of that, I think churches are huge opportunities for spread in my area. It only takes one person who is pre- or asymptomatic to infect others through the air. And, as things open more, there will be increasing numbers of those people in our churches (we have enough current community spread to have them now, even though we have been locked down). I am hoping seniors won't attend. For now, we're still choosing to attend online. edited to add: My sibling's church, in a different state, is taking a lot of precautions--no singing except by the worship leader, everyone must wear a mask, set number of people limits per large space w/multiple services to allow for that, directional arrows to keep traffic flow from bringing people in close contact, etc. etc. I would go to my church even now if they were doing things like that. I really miss services.
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