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Green Vixen

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    I am a secular, disabled, previously unschooled, homeschooling mom to three :-)
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    knitting, felting, sewing, reading, volunteering, travel
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    Monkey wrestler!

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  1. Thanks Jean for starting this group! I've been sick my entire life and it was the reason I was homeschooled as a child. I was finally diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome when I was 16 then Fibromyalgia at 21. After my twin pregnancy I started getting a lot of new/different symptoms. My Rheumy's can't seem to agree on a diagnosis but it seems to be some sort of RA/SLE combination. I also have Hypermobility Syndrome, migraines, asthma, allergies, insomnia, osteopenia, and I'm sure I'm forgetting something... Right now I am trying to find the right med combo for the RA/SLE issues. I'm
  2. Hi Stardustfairy, I'm sorry your daughter is suffering right now, I hope they are able to get a diagnosis and get things under control for her! What are her symptoms? Do you think she has SLE? What are her biggest problems right now and which ones do you want them to focus on? For example, if mouth sores are her biggest problem make sure they address that and don't get bogged down in her other symptoms. There are usually a couple that are the worst for living with but aren't always the doctors biggest concern. They will probably do a lot of bloodwork on her, I'm not sure if she's squem
  3. Sending lots of "approved" thoughts your way!!! I was approved several years ago and it was such an exhausting process, I can't imagine how you've done it for 5 years! Marisa
  4. Sorry to hear about your hip pain, it can be extremely unpleasant! Have you ever seen a chiropractor about it? Is it just one hip or both? Have you had any x-rays done of your hips or SI joint? Was your bloodwork normal? As Kalanamak said Ankylosing Spondylitis is a possibility. Do you know if one of the bloodtests they did was for HLA-B27? That is a common test for AS. If you haven't gone to a chiropractor I would highly encourage you to, at least for a consultation. I separated my pelvis with my twin pregnancy and after several years of PT I finally went to a chiro and got some relie
  5. Copying, printing, copying, printing, repeat...

  6. Hi Halcyon, I'm not sure if my oldest son is accelerated or gifted, but he sounds similar to your son in this situation :laugh:. Some of the best advice I have read is from Po Bronson's book "Nurture Shock", particularly Chapter One - The Inverse Power of Praise. He discusses how we sabatoge our kids by praising them in a way that makes them feel powerless. "Emphasizing effort gives a child a variable that they can control...they come to see themselves as in control of their success. Emphasazing natural intelligence takes it out of the child's control, and it provides no good recipe fo
  7. It probably depends on how old they are. My boy/girl twins are 4 and would be fine if they got one gift to share (like Mandylubug said, if it can be "shared") and one card. That being said, they get one cake, we sing once, and don't do things separately yet :). As a twin mom I realize getting two gifts can be expensive so don't feel bad if you only get one, I'm sure she would understand. Marisa
  8. Hi Rose, I'm sorry to hear you may have Fibromyalgia :grouphug:! I was diagnosed 13 years ago when I was 21. It was not a huge shock since I had already been diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome years earlier and a lot of times they go hand in hand. My major symptoms were muscle pain in my shoulders, hips and legs. I also had some IBS problems that luckily have gone away, though I think I traded them for an autoimmune condition LOL! It is a hard condition to be diagnosed with because it has gotten such a bad rep over the last 20 years. There are still a lot of doctors that think
  9. Hi Katie, I have a Mirena and had it placed when my twins were 10 months old and I was still breastfeeding them. I knew we were done having kids but I wasn't quite ready to have my dh get a vasectomy. I had very light periods on it in the beginning but also had them for 2 weeks on, then 2 weeks off, repeat. They eventually started spacing out and became more regular but still extremely light. Almost 1 1/2 years ago I did notice my strings were missing and I guess they migrated into my uterus. So now getting it out may be somewhat of an ordeal but it is in place so I'll worry about
  10. Hi, Have you looked into Reactive Arthritis? I don't know much about it but some of your symptoms sound like it. I would start with your primary doctor and see if he/she thinks a visit to a Rheumatologist is warranted. In some areas it could take you 3-6 months to get an appointment with one so it could be a long wait. I hope you feel better soon :grouphug:! Marisa
  11. Oh no, not the dreaded unschoolers :willy_nilly::willy_nilly: (sorry I couldn't resist :001_smile:)! I was radically unschooled from mid 1st grade through 8th grade and absolutely loved it! During my 8th grade year I decided I wanted to go back to public school to see what it was like and enrolled for 9th grade at the local high school. The adjustment was very easy and any holes I found in my knowledge I quickly taught myself. If your friend is concerned about her son's math ability I would advise her to first take a big deep breath. Next, I would contact the school her son will be attend
  12. Hi Melissa, Sorry you are going through this :grouphug:! I can't believe your doctor left you hanging like that, hopefully she will call you back and give you more information. Saying you were positive for inflammatory autoimmune disease can mean a very wide range of things. She could mean you have some elevated inflammatory markers or a positive ANA or RF. All of which can mean something or nothing, so try not to worry until you get more information. If she does think you have an AI condition she should refer you to a Rheumatologist who specializes in those conditions. As for you
  13. I guess it really depends on what you want to have happen during that quite time? Do you want them to nap? - If you do you may have to sit it there, turn off the lights, and "supervise" that they stay in bed, or put them in separate rooms. This didn't work particularly well because then we had two rooms we had to deal with instead of just one. Do you just want them to be quiet and stay in their room? - Again, you may be sitting outside the door for the first week or two and making sure they stay in there (bring a good book :lol:). Do you want them to eventually be in the same room
  14. Thank you, what a great resource! I also like http://www.teachersdomain.org if you haven't been there :001_smile:. Marisa
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