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  1. Wow!! Maybe your husband should ask her where she got her hotel reservations, since you were very clear about telling her that you cannot have her at your home. Be firm and just keep repeating that. If you were planning to be out of town at that time...go. If you weren't......:D. Diane married 22 years homeschooling for 16 years to 3 great kiddos
  2. BCPs will make you photo-sensitive. I actually get an itchy rash from mine every spring if I over-do the sun exposure. It will stop as your skin acclimates to the sun. Just be sure and wear sunscreen the first few times you are spending lots of time outdoors in direct sunlight. Cortaid should take care of the rash. Diane (former ped nurse and homeschooling mom for 16 years)
  3. Former peds nurse, here. It sounds like it could be Fifth's disease to me. Very common childhood virus. Nothing to worry about...the rash will fade with time. If you have not had it, however, you can get arthritic type pain that travels from joint to joint and can last for awhile. I thought I'd sprained my ankles when I got it. LOL Here's a link to Fifth's. Without seeing the rash, it's hard to know exactly, but your symptoms sound fairly typical and they can vary from child to child. One of my children did not have the red cheeks, and one of them didn't really have a lacy like rash pattern, but in the end....it was all Fifth's. The rash will return in the sun or even if your child takes a hot shower for several months. Again, absolutely nothing to worry about. http://kidshealth.org/parent/infections/bacterial_viral/fifth.html Diane
  4. I second Hanna Andersson! Love their stuff and it wears like iron. Also, try American Eagle, Aeropostale and Hollister in the malls. She'll be fashionable, but their yoga pants/sweat pants are soft and comfy. Diane
  5. I think Sam's Club/Walmart has changed their dishwasher soap formula. I had to quit using the Walmart brand because of this same problem. As soon as we switched to Cascade.....problem over. Diane
  6. I would start with your state legislature if you're serious. Find a legislator who is willing to sponsor a bill and draft it. We live in Utah and our state law says that homeschoolers are allowed to play sports and participate in any other extra-curricular activities public school kids do. There is no requirement that we enroll in the school or that we "prove" that our kids have passing grades. My daughter was just accepted on our local high school's drill team. Thirteen other public school girls were turned down. No problem whatsoever. And, our homeschooling laws are fabulous in Utah. Just send in a letter of intent every year. That's it. It sounds like you might need to work on changing your state laws. Diane
  7. I love, love, LOVE the "Brazil Butt Lift" program from Beach Body. FUN workout, lots of energy, and it REALLY does hit those trouble spots. Diane :)
  8. Former ped nurse, here. What you are describing sounds like a "night terror". Very, very common in young children and not at all related to any previous febrile convulsions. They tend to happen within a few hours after your child has gone to bed. They are not awake and they may in fact tell you they are seeing things (my youngest used to see bugs crawling on the walls) and appear to look right through you. Simply reassure your child that everything is fine and gently try to get them to lay down and go back to sleep. They will eventually (within 5-30 minutes)fall into a deep sleep and should be fine for the rest of the night. Kids will outgrow this by adolescence...usually much sooner. Diane
  9. Nurse, here. I'd go to the doc and have him check it out. He'll check the your blood oxygen levels and listen to your heart. He'll also check your breathing. One thing it might be is your thyroid. Have you had that checked lately? The symptoms can be subtle, but feeling cold when everyone else is warm is one of them. He probably do a basic blood panel. Diane
  10. Down near the bottom of the document, there is an option to change it to either "British English" or "Australian English". It's much easier that way....less annoying squiggly lines. Diane :)
  11. I take Ortho Tri-Lo and I love it!! No PMS, no cramps, great skin, light cycles...it's great. No complaints at all. And, I'm in my mid-forties. If you are otherwise healthy and don't smoke, the pill is a great option for you. My OB said it's safe to take up to menopause. Diane PS. You may have to experiment with several different kinds to find one that works for you. And, I tend to stay with ones that have been on the market for awhile. One other thing to note: Since I'm exceptionally fertile, the OB has recommended that I use the name brand low dose pill. The generic brands are legally allowed to contain a certain percentage (up to 16%, I think) less medication than the name brands. He said that wouldn't be a big deal with a regular strength pill, but with the low dose, it could result in a pregnancy for me.
  12. I would never stay anywhere BUT onsite at a Disney Resort. It is amazing and in leaving, you definitely leave the magic behind. I don't care if it costs more, it's worth every penny to us. If you're going to Disney World, you might want to look at staying at the "cabins" in Fort Wilderness. They have full kitchens and you can prepare your own meals, thus saving a ton of money. Plus, it's just a fun atmosphere! We've stayed there, in the Caribbean Beach Resort, the Polynesian and the Grand Floridian. Loved each one of them! Diane
  13. Former nurse in a peds office here. Appendicitis symptoms can come and go over a period of time. Especially in a young child. I would not rule that out as the cause. Having said that, it is also difficult to diagnose in a child. I have seen kids with appendicitis who never presented with abdominal pain. Here are a couple of clues though: When she is experiencing the pain does she refuse to eat? Sometimes kids with a "stomach flu" will say they're hungry, but they just can't eat because they'll puke it up. Kids with appendicitis do not want to eat. Does she have a rebound type of pain? Meaning, you push (gently) on her abdomen and when you release the pressure she experiences pain? That can be a sign. Does the pain cause her to double over or have difficulty walking? That is a sign to look for. The problem with young kids is that their symptoms are so vague. It isn't really until adolescence that you see the classic signs (pain that starts around the navel, then settles in the lower right abdomen, vomiting, fever). But it is NOT unusual to have symptoms, then have them go away for a period of time and return. Appendicitis can be chronic as well as acute. Diane
  14. My husband travels to Canada once a month for business. Do not try it without the proper documentation. The other poster who mentioned it was correct....they have no sense of humor about it and could even put you in jail. My husband and his partner were detained in Canada for 48 hours at their own expense(with passports and everything) because they did not have the correct phone number for their company's US headquarters on one of the forms. I hope you can get a passport ASAP. Good luck! And hoping your grandma feels better. Diane W.
  15. Love, love, LOVE the lapbooks from www.homeschoolinthewoods.com They are by far my favorites, they're easy to construct, look wonderful when finished, and my kids had fun with them and really learned a lot in the process. Can't recommend their products enough! Diane W. Married 21 years, homeschooling for 16 to 3 wonderful kiddos!
  16. Yep, I would say an infected lymph node. Sometimes the nodes themselves get infected and it may require antibiotics to clear it up. If it's painful, that's actually a good sign. I can't remember what you said in your original post, but if he's had it for more than 3 weeks, get it looked at. The doc can usually tell by examining it. Does it feel smooth, does it move freely underneath his skin when you palpitate it? If there are any questions as to what it causing it, the doc will order a simple blood test to check his counts. Diane
  17. In the peds office I worked in, we would recommend a booster if a child was cut by an obviously dangerous item or bit by an unknown animal. I would have recommended it for the injury you've just described. If he's had a booster in the past five years, I wouldn't worry a whole lot, but I would call to see what they suggest. It needs to be done within 72 hours of the injury. Diane
  18. I know this probably won't help, but it's always makes me chuckle. When I was in college, I used to work with a guy whose wife was expecting. He told me that if the baby was a girl, they were going to name her "Portia". I said, "Oh, after the character in Shakespeare's 'Merchant of Venice'? I love that play." He looked at me blankly and said, "No, I said, 'Porsche'. Like the car." :001_huh: Okaaaaaaay. :lol: Fortunately, they had a boy. Diane (homeschooling for 16 years...whew!)
  19. I worked as a nurse in a pediatrician's office. Twelve was the age when we would recommend adult doses of vitamins. One a Day has some gummie vitamins for adults now if she has trouble swallowing the nasty horse pills that are adult multi-vitamins. Diane W.
  20. I had the same problem, then switched to the low dose pill (Ortho Tri-Lo). It helped tremendously. You might ask your doc if you can switch and see if it helps. One note though: Because I am very fertile, my OB did recommend staying on the name-brand version of the pill. Any slight decrease in the hormones could cause a pregnancy in the low dose version. Good luck, I know it's frustrating. Diane homeschooling 3 kids (19, 16 and 9) for 16 years (whew!)
  21. Motrin is an anti-prostaglandin and is a miracle worker for menstrual cramps. Have her take 600-800 mg every 5-6 hours (3 or 4 (200 mg) pills). That does the trick for most people. No more than 2400 mg in 24 hours. Diane W.
  22. We love NOEO science. It's been so much fun for my third grader. The teacher's manual is clear and easy to follow. It uses real books which are engaging and fun to read, and it also includes experiment kits. The supplies for other experiments are things you commonly have in your home. We've really enjoyed "Chemisty 1" this year. Diane W. Homeschooling for 16 years (whew!) DS 19 (graduated) DD 16 (junior year) DS 9 (3rd grade)
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