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  1. Oh ugh. One of my teens has much of his school self paced and outsourced online. He wastes a lot of time--checking sports scores, social media, the news, email etc before getting started in the morning, between subjects, on "breaks," etc. He can/does put off doing things with other distractions as well--books, etc. I'm feeling like homeschool, they way we have done it, has allowed him to develop bad habits. He would agree there is a problem. I would like ideas for how to help him develop better time use skills before he goes off to college.
  2. I looked up because my teens got their Pfizer doses last spring: A--first dose-COVID arm that moved to new onset eczema spreading down that arm (took about 2 weeks or so to resolve). Very mild tender arm. A-2nd dose: about 24 hours of low grade fever, mild headache, mild fatigue. Painful, swollen lymph node in injection armpit that resolved quickly (injection point itself was only mildly affected this time). He mostly did his normal routine the next day without issues. This was very similar to own response to the 2nd shot, except I had no skin reactions. ---- B--first dose--injection site tenderness, hives on arm and upper torso appeared that evening or the next day (resolved quickly), COVID arm about a week after the vaccine.(so weird that happened to both my teens--neither my husband nor myself had any skin things appear). B-2nd dose--higher fever (102), nausea, more significant headache and fatigue. All resolved largely within 24 hours, but he mostly laid around/slept. Like his brother, he also had a lymph node swelling that quickly resolved. This particular teen tends to run really high fevers with viruses (103-105 kind of high).
  3. I hope you get good relief. I'm so glad you posted--my son's allergies are struggling this summer, despite Singulair and Zyrtec. He did well w/Nasalcrom many years ago, and I had forgotten about it. I'm going to get some for him. I really hope it helps you.
  4. It seems a lot of places are doing home studies now instead of in hospital ones. I suspect it's both cheaper and preferred by many people who want to sleep in their own beds. I wouldn't want that either in your case. I have had 2 hospital overnight studies and one daytime study like your son. It seems to me you do need to rule out both apnea or restless leg--either of which could cause wakening--and narcolepsy or sleep phase issues. That latter seems important given both your description and your son's diagnosis. What doctor ordered this home test? I wonder if they have an option to do a hospital overnight. Or, perhaps the study they ordered is really just as good. Is it possible they have you start without or go without the cpap the first night and then use it the second for example? Do they monitor restless leg with the home study? I'd want to know. Can you call and speak to a nurse there? I believe an overnight study will pick up a sleep phase shift, but you would need the day to rule in or out narcolepsy. In my case, they did the overnight first and, then, decided they needed a daytime.
  5. I may be giving up. Our county per 100,000 rate is now nearly 800. We have much higher actual case numbers than we had during our past (fall/winter) peak--almost double. Businesses are closing (temp) because they can't stay staffed due to illnesses. Schools and hospitals are struggling. People are dying. We are, right now, the third worst county in our state--but others are quickly catching up. My teens are the only ones in their social circles masking in any situations. That is not what I want for them. I'm starting to wonder why I'm trying to so hard to avoid this, given we're all vaccinated. We have a big trip planned late fall. At least one of mine won't be able to booster before that trip. I'd hate for us to be sick then. I keep worrying we're going to bring COVID to (vaccinated, but not yet booster eligible) grandparents. Maybe I should just ditch masks and get exposure over with, while we have some vaccine protection, so the rest of the year isn't so frustrating and uncertain?? Aren't we doomed to exposure as some point anyway, given this is going to be endemic? I'm uncertain about the choices we are making. I wish someone would tell me what to do. I'm so discouraged.
  6. It's great if a person makes it to the bathroom or even a trash can, but I never had that expectation. I line a bowl with a bag. Sick person takes it with him wherever he is.
  7. Too much isn't great for bones. I was taking 10,000 IU 6 days a week and landed at 108 May 5. I didn't want that high. I stopped for 3 months, and had dropped to 66.7 on Aug 5. I like that level. My integrative medicine doctor told me to dose 2000 a day to maintain, checking after a while to see how that is working for me. I think absorption is very individual. But, based on my experience, I would consider dropping for a few months and retesting. Or picking back up at a maintain dose for a couple of months after the break and then retesting to see if it is a good spot perhaps.
  8. Wow. It doesn't seem that long ago. We traveled to my sister's home to watch it--so cool. I would love to experience it again. In 2024, I will be able to see it in my own backyard (if the weather cooperates).
  9. Thank you for starting us off each day these months! I did a short jog (no one was interesting in joining me, so I kept the distance low/nearby), then went on a walk with my parents and both teens. It was great weather and company.
  10. We purchased them every year (sometimes more than once if they had to be used) until AuviQ came on the market. I'm glad they are being held responsible. It was criminal imo. We'll file.
  11. One of my son's has special needs that mean we need to prioritize the "musts" educationally. He has very little interest in or attention span for fiction. Going forward (11th grade) in LA, I'm prioritizing communication (oral and written) over literature for him. Still, I want to cover necessary literature concepts. I just don't want to suck up a lot of his time. I'm not sure how to do that. Also, I'm trying to balance educating his brother who does love literature (and can do a full school day worth of focused work). Can you help me think through the "musts" to cover and how to cover them? Or suggest a resource or curriculum? Or I'm open to input that might change my plans for him.
  12. I'd say, both based on twin studies and my own personal observations and experiences, that there is a strong genetic component to many mental illnesses. Perhaps environment triggers genetic suspectible people, to a lesser or greater extent depending on the genetics involved. (I am not saying trauma can't independtly cause issues as well.)
  13. My son, when young, did much better with left handed scissors. (He seems to be able to manage with any type of scissor now that he's older--though he doesn't cut much of anything these days!)
  14. I did Body Groove HIIT 2 routine for cardio, then arms and back strengthening routines. It's rare for me to be done with all that before lunch lately! I will add some relaxation pilates or similar today. I'm trying to regularly incorporate that kind of movement in hopes it helps my sleep and mental/physical health generally.
  15. It was busy and exhausting today, and I'm running on low sleep and not feeling great as a result. I'm just doing relaxation based pilates for my movement today. On the plus side, I had good in office blood pressure numbers today. That's the first time that's happened for me in years.
  16. Sounds like a really great trip ((Harriet Vane))! ---- I did a Body Groove HIIT for cardio, then my core and leg strengthening routines. My core routine is still hard for me, but I can tell I'm getting stronger.
  17. I'm sure it's just wiring/personality. Once I wake up or something wakes me, I'm awake and ready to go. It was really inconvenient when my boys were babies. I was absolutely wide awake and alert anytime I needed to care for them in the night. My husband takes at least a half hour, maybe more, to fully get moving. He does not get out of bed ready to roll so to speak. One of my boys is a wake up alert and ready to start his day type like me. The other takes after his dad, maybe is worse.
  18. I've appreciated the thread. I agree there isn't the participation level that we have had, and the feel has changed because of that. I'm ok with whatever you (and any others) decide--continuing, changing, discontinuing. I appreciate you taking over the thread and posting it each day! --- I got lost in a book on my exercise bike today and got an hour of cardio in. Maybe I should go back to reading during that time! I did my arms and back strength routines.
  19. Yes, definitely felt that Monday-ness here, too. All of us in my home. --- I almost forgot to post. I did a Body Groove HIIT 2 workout.
  20. Oh my! If this is going to be a feature of my age...how miserable I will be. I hope it's correctable. If not, I suppose I need to figure out how to shift my bedtime earlier. It's hard because one of my sons, with special needs, "needs" me to check on him before he goes to sleep. Hence my midnight bedtime.
  21. I go to sleep around midnight. I know from past experience that I do best with 8 hours of sleep. I didn't always get that of course, but when I did I would wake rested without an alarm. I don't think I'm ready to wake up at 6 am because I'm really tired. I mean sit down and fall asleep, feel a little uncomfortable if I'm highway driving in case I doze off sort of tired. So something seems off. I hadn't thought about my apnea being a cause. Thank you LJPPKGFGSC. I will also mention that to the doctor this week.
  22. I have an appt with my doctor again next week. I'm sure he will be open to doing cortisol spit. I'll ask. But do you think it might be causing the early morning restless/brief waking too or just the wake up at 3 am wired thing?
  23. Over a decade ago, after sleep apnea treatment, I began sleeping great. I would fall asleep easily and wake up rested after 8 hours of sleep. In the last year or so, I began experiencing times when I would wake up in the early morning hours in the middle of a dream--wide awake and unable to go back to sleep. I think this is sleep maintenance insomnia. Anxiety was (is?) probably a big part of it. I'm likely far into peri-menopause, so that may be a factor as well. I've been working with a doctor to try to address the problem. That isn't happening right now. But I'm finding that in the morning--maybe starting around 6 or so, 2 hours before I would normally wake I briefly wake up lots--maybe every time I turn over in bed. I'm generally able to go back to sleep. I'm wondering if this is normal and I'm just so attuned to morning sleep issues that I'm noticing things I didn't notice before! So, is this normal? If it's not normal, what might be the issue/what can I do?
  24. I did my exercise bike for cardio, then core, legs, and most of my arm routine. I intended to do all my strength routines today, since I missed yesterday. But, when I was doing the weight portion of my arm strengthening, a point in my lower back started hurting. I don't think it's any big deal, but it persisted when I moved from the weights, so I'm stopping the rest of the strength plan for today. I'm planning some relaxation based pilates stuff today.
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