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  1. First, breathe deeply. It’s good you want to plan, but things will work out. I have 6 kids. The kids sleep in two bedrooms — boys in a room, girls in a room. Eldest is at university but will be home before Thanksgiving to finish out his fall semester. Starting when he was in 8th or 9th grade, he preferred to work lounging on his bed with his books, etc scattered higgledy-piggledy. Drove me batty but seemed to work for him. He did have a desk in the boys’ room for math, attending online classes, or a change of pace. Eldest two girls have desks in the girls’ room. They seem to switch betwe
  2. I would leave her at her school. That’s what our plan is if ds gets sick. No, it’s not what we *want* to do. However, given the distance and risk of spread, it’s the only prudent and safe thing to do. The other considerations are whether her university will allow you on campus. My son’s campus is closed. Also, do you cross state lines? Depending on your home state and the state where your dd’s school is located, you may not be allowed to book at a hotel or VRBO or Air B&B.
  3. Tell your medic that this old school medic has been known to lightly smear oral glucose buccally while waiting for the glucagon to work, assuming I haven’t been able to establish an IV. And I thought most services changed to D10. D50 is so incredibly caustic on veins. Katie, Jen’s source is correct. If the blood sugar level is so low that the patient is unconscious, her body is probably shunting pretty aggressively and the glucagon will take even longer than its normal onset of action.
  4. If he’s a trained medic, he’d probably automatically look for a medical device. It’s just part and parcel of our assessment. I guess he would look through her bag or whatever for her glucagon after he saw the medical alert device. And, even though I’m sure people will jump in with the one time at band camp scenarios, most people don’t immediately go unconscious from low blood sugar, even brittle diabetics. There’s usually a period of decline as the BGL decreases which could be either quick or relatively slow. Also, just to be picky, people who go unconscious from low blood sugar don’t f
  5. Eh, I just laugh (usually out loud) when I hear that type of dreck. I recognize it as the zeal of the newly initiated into <something>.
  6. This is a very interesting and timely topic for me. I work in a county with *mentally tots up* 15ish ISDs, several of which cross city and/or county lines. Many of my colleagues with children who attend PS in one of those districts have asked me about homeschooling. These same parents have either chosen full virtual PS or some variation of hybrid/full in-person PS for their kids this year. The most common question is some version of “my kid doesn’t do well with online/virtual classes, is behind in X when I thought they were doing fine, I’m struggling with multiple kids using multiple devi
  7. One of my colleagues had 3 negative CV-19 tests before finally testing positive. She had most of the “classic” symptoms, including loss of taste, prior to testing positive. She was also admitted to the hospital during the course of her illness. In fact, that was where she finally tested positive. (And can I say that it seems weird writing about classic symptoms in a novel virus.)
  8. First!! (I can’t believe I was actually the first to type that!) And...LOL...wait...I may resemble that remark.
  9. Both can happen, from what my colleagues who experienced this in relation to having CV tell me. (Some had full loss of taste and/or smell; some had partial; some seemed to have a continuum)
  10. Really great idea!! I don’t know anything about Human Odyssey, though I’ve heard good things about it, but OUP’s ancient (and medieval) series is outstanding and perfect for upper elementary/early middle school. It won’t perfectly align with SOTW, but that’s probably fine.
  11. Since your plan is long term I’d recommend that you think about where you’d like your daughter to be at the end of high school/what you’d like her to learn/study. Basically, choose your goals and plan backward. You don’t and shouldn’t(!) plan curriculum to high school; however, thinking about where you want to end up and planning backwards can help you achieve your goals. Write all this down somewhere so you can reference it. This isn’t to say that your plans won’t change or even that your goals won’t change. If homeschooling long term has taught me anything, it’s taught me that well laid
  12. First, welcome! Second, I’m unclear if you’re planning on homeschooling for this year or as a long term plan. If you’re planning on your 4th grader returning to B&M school next year, I’d generally stick with whatever scope & sequence the school has for history/social studies and use SOTW and other resources as bonus/fun activities. However, if your plan is continue homeschooling long term (defined as beyond this year), then you can just jump in at the moderns. Or you can just start at ancients. In elementary grades it truly doesn’t matter because the plan repeats the levels at lea
  13. Well, dd10 is finishing up dishes as I type. All my kids are folded into kitchen clean-up from an early age. Most of mine are able to rotate in to dish duty by 8 or 9. Like Robin, kitchen clean-up in my house includes cleaning the counters, putting up any leftovers which further includes packing a meal for me to take to work from the leftovers, vacuuming the kitchen/around the table, and cleaning the table. Once the kitchen is clean it is effectively closed to corporate use. Any individual use must include individual clean-up.
  14. I’ve noticed the same as you. There is a very sharp contrast between the laudatory words used to describe HCWs and the shitty ways we’re actually treated. Based on what some of my medic friends in other areas of the country have said this is endemic. I’m sorry you’ve been put in such a horrible predicament. There’s no excuse to treat the people who risk their health, and in some cases their lives, and that of their families to help others the way we seem to be almost universally treated.
  15. I’ve read the replies a couple of times and just shook my head. My employer, a government, has done almost nothing to really help us. As front line HCWs (paramedics), we have been slapped in the face almost every chance the county court and my bosses had a chance to help us. Below are only two examples. We were allowed to accumulate more vacation and holiday time over our maximums because all time off, except sick time, was suspended for several months. Unfortunately, the court decided that we had to use the extra time before certain dates or we would lose it. (Our vacation, sick, an
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