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  1. In your place, I would probably be pretty aggressive in trying to reduce my allergy and viral exposure because I would feel I was incurring lung damage. Supplement wise, you might look into pycnogenol. It's expensive, but it's really helped my son's allergies and asthma both. You can look into research on it--there are have been studies. I agree the turmeric might be something to try. Sounds to me as if you need something with systemic effects. For my son, we are really careful about the home environment, maybe more careful than you would want to be, but it's made a huge difference here. I mean we have allergy friendly hard flooring, everyone showers before coming inside during pollen seasons/highs, HEPA units, etc. When we moved I even had the air ducts replaced to try to make this home pet dander free. At a minimum, try to make your sleeping space as allergy friendly as possible (HEPA unit, shower and fresh clothes before bed, allergy pillow covering and bedding wash/dry on hot weekly if dust is an allergen for you, allergy friendly flooring if possible). If you could tolerate it, I wonder if a nasal rinse regularly would help. Do all you can to avoid exposure to viruses. My son takes some immune support supplements, but handwashing is the most important aspect of this for sure. Boring and obvious--but changing habits (ie, not absentmindedly touching your mouth while thinking) can be hard.
  2. I'm reading that you don't fully want to cut contact, but you don't want your kids hurt. It sounds like it's a very good thing that she won't be making another visit, nor will your family be visiting her. Still, I think I would try to visit her some on my own if I could, because I think I would want some face to face contact given her age. Other than that, can you talk or facetime with just a quick hello to/from the kids, if that is important to you or them, and then hubby takes them away/out of ear shot? I agree she needs needs strong boundaries, but it does sound like she kind of respects boundaries, given she left when asked. So maybe she would handle set boundaries better than some.
  3. That sounds so, so horrible for all of you. What an exhausting struggle. I'm sorry. (fwiw, I started CLE in 5th grade, and found it a lot better than I expected conceptually. If you find it's your best option, at least some of the time, with him, it may get better as you go.)
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    My son saw a dermatologist yesterday, who recommended he begin Accutane for acne. I was surprised. But she said he already has scarring and other things they could try (beyond what he's already tried) would, if they worked, only work for a little while. She was confident we would eventually get to Accutane anyway. (I was on it as a teen, as were two my siblings--one sibling has acne scarring). I think we've done everything I, or his pediatrician, know to try without really any improvement. Even eight months of Differen didn't help at all. It makes me think his skin is somehow different than normal. They gave us all the registration and "warning" information. I'm feeling scared? It was overwhelming. She wasn't terribly concerned by psychological effects. Can it affect growth (he's still growing) I'm kind of afraid to google about it because, due the scarring and her opinion, I don't think we have a lot of choice. I know I'll find all kinds of horror stories likely. I don't want to do something and regret it.
  5. My family (large) has hosted my husband's family (small) for Thanksgiving every year since we've been married. We do Christmas separately, though. I see you've made a decision, and I think I'd do the same. I hope it's a really good day for all.
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    OCD, ASD?

    I agree with Selkie. What to Do When Your Brain Gets stuck is written toward kids probably younger, but the principals are clear and sound. You could use it as a basis for trying to work in these issues in a cognitive behavioral way. It's probably the best book if you want to try to tackle this without a therapist. The OCD foundation online has a searchable database to find therapists trained in OCD. If you want to the go the therapy route, you need someone trained to work with OCD specifically, so the website is helpful. (OCD is handled differently than other anxiety and mental health disorders--very specific--so who you see is very important). N-Acytyl Cysteine has been used to treat OCD in teens (and kids and adults) and is available over the counter. If you are interesting in trying that, let me know and I will find the dosing information (my son uses it, but you have to build up to full dose--I'm happy to share if you want). As far as autism, I learn toward it's helpful for people to have a name for what makes them different.
  7. I don't like the color of the top of the finger, and would seek assessment today if it were my hand (and I tend to be a wait and see type).
  8. I don't know of a 1 semester, but MathUSee Geometry is very light. It could probably be combined with your current Alg1 and future Alg2 so she has more time to go at her own pace. Ignore the rest if you don't want thoughts beyond possible options for Geometry/I hope this isn't offensive: Is there a math disability? Is there a reason you can't stretch Algebra 2 through high school if she needs that long to master? It feels like her chances of mastering what she needs in remedial math at community college if she can't master through Alg 2 over the next 2.5 years at home/one on one isn't likely? Maybe I'm misunderstanding your plan. I'd try really hard for a solid foundation, as it sounds like you are anyway right now, and consider testing if there might be a disability. If you have underlying disability, you would be able to get her more modifications and help. My math struggler is the same age. He's working through MathUSee Geometry. I'm going to move into YayMath for Algebra 2. The explanations seem very clear, and it's not an overwhelming work load. I told him last night that I think we may go ahead and start YayMath concurrent with the rest of his geometry so he has more time. I do not expect him to be able to do well on the standardized testing either, but I do hope to have a strong enough foundation through Algebra 2 to pass into regular math at community college. He likely doesn't have the breadth of math issues that you're dealing with I know. A friend is using a course that takes the student through PreAlgera, Algebra 1, and Algebra 2. She has a struggler too. I'm going to try to figure out the name in case that might work. I've seen it mentioned here. Found it--VideoText. It would take her through algebra and you could have her take the assessments to see where she needs to begin. I've not used it to know how good it is, but I've seen it mentioned here for these types of situations (it's been recommended to me).
  9. Thanks for posting. It's hard to catch the information-slides up and gone so quickly!
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    Praying for you.
  11. I so appreciate the thoughts here--thank you. He used CLE from 5th grade through Algebra I. I mixed in Jacob's pre-alg and algebra 1 with CLE. I really think his algebra 1 instruction was solid. But, generally, he needs review to retain. This is true in all subjects. That's why CLE worked so well probably. He used Teaching Textbooks for geometry last year. I was minimally involved in that (his 2nd chance or whatever was turned off and I regularly logged in to check his grades to monitor progress). His retention has been poor. I don't want to repeat that in Algebra 2. I don't think it's a common core issue, but I guess it's possible. I think there were two issues with Saxon's spiral/review. He didn't retain his geometry well. Also, Saxon instructions were sometimes confusing to him (to me too), maybe because we hadn't used it before. He was also bumpy with transitioning back to book/paper from teaching textbooks geometry I think--writing down steps and working carefully. That last issue is probably resolved at this point. The second issue, I'm not sure. The first is a concern I can't easily fix. I don't feel like I can afford to outsource at this point. If I could rewind time, I would have done that from the start. It just felt too expensive, given I was teaching two. I thought, at the time of purchase, I would use the Pearson with both kids. I think I'm leaning toward flipping back to Saxon OR switching to Math U See and trying to supplement its instruction with some more challenging work. I like a lot about Pearson, but we can't spend this much time.
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