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  1. On 10/16/2019 at 11:34 AM, Ranger said:

    Terry Wahls is a doctor with MS who shares her story in The Wahls Protocol and I think it is very helpful. 


    I'm not trying to start anything, however Wahls fails to mention that she also had a chemo treatment done (as well as a change in diet). Just wanting to be sure all have all the info.

    My recommendations: find an *MS specialist* neuro to see in your area. In general, regular neuros just don't seem to be well-informed on MS. Treatments update rapidly and having someone who is on the up-and-up on research and medication developments, hospital and steroid treatments, etc. is so helpful.  

    Ask his doctor about getting him on (a whole lot of) Vitamin D. 

    Gently, please be patient with him as he processes this diagnosis. It is not an easy pill to swallow. In the early days, it was very challenging for me to have everyone expect me to be 100% emotionally OK just weeks after leaving the hospital, while still re-learning how to walk  and eventually drive again. He may take his anger at the situation out on you. He may feel as though he's lost some control over his life and his health, at least right now. I could go on, but yea...these are the most important things to keep in mind, I think. 

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  2. 7th grade is overwhelming me a bit. :/


    LA: R&S7 Grammar, Mosdos Press, Wordly Wise old version, WWS2


    Math: Jacob's Algebra


    Science: ?? Not sure yet. Maybe RSO Bio 2. She wanted Botany too so maybe MP Trees or Ellen J. McHenry's Botany w/ Quark Chronicles. Maybe the Jr. Naturalist books at our local nature center. Maybe some Environ. Science...


    History: HO3; then American History for the rest of the year


    Also, some Japanese, typing practice, writing across curriculum, some art/music whenever she wants it, a ton of volunteering and Girl Scouts.


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  3. My daughter's celiac blood-work took 3 weeks to get results back. I was told 3-4 weeks was pretty typical for it. I'm sorry. :( I know how difficult it is to continue to eat the wheat while waiting but it was so worth it when we knew what was going on. We didn't do the endoscopy b/c the blood-work was pretty definitive in dd's case.


    Yes, the endoscopy can have false negatives. They're taking pieces from your small intestine but they may grab a piece to test that doesn't have damage. Some of the blood-work can detect substances that would be present if there was small intestine damage. 

  4. My oldest is working on gaining ~20 lbs after a medical issue. 


    Add Boost Plus shakes...Pediasure is only 120 calories whereas Boost Plus is 360 calories per bottle. Walgreens has a deal now (near me) of Buy 1, Get 1 50% off with their customer loyalty card for the big boxed 12 packs so check there first. My Dd has had 2/day for about a month and a half and has gained almost 12 lbs. (yes, she still has ~20 to go...) Also, pecans, walnuts, and cashews are all very high calorie for a small amount of food. I've found combining higher fats and carbs in a meal has helped significantly. I give her lots of rice, dairy products and avocado. She's also free to have a manageable amount of sweets/ice cream after dinner but she hasn't taken us up on this too much. I also have added in soda and juice occasionally. 

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  5. Dd1 is 6th this year. We've had a crazy-busy year (again. *sigh*) but overall what's worked:


    Mosdos Press Lit, K12 HO, Ellen J. McHenry, WWS 1, R&S Grammar 7


    Haven't been all that thrilled with our other things. I think I need to go back to things that worked that I took a break from for whatever reason, like old version of Wordly Wise and I'm thinking a better Japanese curriculum is in order. Or maybe it was a consistency issue this year. I was also happy enough with Dolciani but Dd found it a bit dry. Holt Science is also starting to bore. This might also be me ready for something new or the pre-Feb doldrums. 

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  6. What size mattress fits on the Hemmes Trundle bed? 


    It's a standard twin size mattress, I believe. If you look on the IKEA website, it gives the dimensions in cms (mine keeps pulling up in Japanese..sigh). I believe there are 3(??) different types of mattresses for their bed frames but they just differ in thickness. We've gotten the cheapest ones and my kids are fine with it but they are used to Japanese futon mattresses on the floor so ymmv. 


    Also, I was looking in my IKEA catalogue and they have a SVARTA series with a bunk bed frame that allows for another pull out bed frame under the lower bed so you get three beds in a bunk footprint. Something to consider. 

  7. IKEA and Konmari are the only things that have helped my friends with large families. They (and we although our family is small) really love the IKEA loft/bunk beds and the Hemnes trundled daybed with huge deep drawers. We use the drawers for toy/sheets storage. My two kids each get half of a medium size dresser..one kid doesn't need their own huge dresser IMO.  We can fit all their undergarments (socks, tights, knee highs, leotards, undies, camis), PJs, tops and pants/skirts/shorts/dresses in half a dresser with room to spare. I don't put away their seasonal stuff either so this is a year round situation.  I'd also hang a ton of stuff and use wall space wherever possible. Getting tips and ideas from the tiny/small house movement has helped as well. 

  8. How do you know there hasn't been any sort of resolution? Just because the mother hasn't said, "Johnny has been diagnosed with X and we're doing Y to help with his development," doesn't mean that isn't the case. Some people just don't like to share their kid's medical info with people outside the family. My older dd has had development issues from a genetic disorder over the years, but that doesn't mean I'm going to share her diagnosis and treatment plan with every busybody out there. If someone said to me, "I noticed your daughter has some speech issues," I might tell them about her genetic disorder, or I might just smile and thank them, depending on the person and my mood.


    Unless this is a life-or-death thing, contacting the child's doctor without the mom's permission would be horrible. And I'm all about the village and people watching out for each other. But that would be way over the line for a developmental issue.


    Haven't read all replies but...


    This. My oldest and I have had a lot of adults all up in our business about her significant growth issues in the past year. She's since been diagnosed and we're working on resolving/treating but seeing a noticeable difference in her physically is going to take a solid 6-9 months at least. I'm sure we have a ton of people in our circle who think we're doing 'nothing' b/c the effects of our intervention aren't immediately apparent yet.


    The family is probably very stressed and concerned while ironing out this issue with their child. You don't know what you don't know. Please leave it well enough alone. You are way overstepping to even consider such a move, imho. 

  9. My oldest had a bone age scan done to determine potential growth issues.  The endocrinologist mentioned that kids who have growth hormone deficiencies will often look like "little cherubs." Basically, their arms are shorter, their faces and bodies are a bit pudgy, and they'll be shorter. She said this was due to their bodies gaining weight normally but not growing taller. My daughter doesn't fit that description in any way (bean pole comes to mind for her) so while the endo ordered bloodwork for growth hormone issues if we wanted to do them, we chose not to go there until we exhausted other things. 


    That said, she also doesn't have the same symptoms that your daughter has so the endo you're seeing might look elsewhere for explanations. We're trying to figure out why Dd isn't growing much in height but also not gaining weight. 

  10. Please reconsider the scary element. My youngest got whacked in the head with a metal gate to someone's outdoor patio a couple years ago when a dude in a fake bloody mask (couldn't see well in it) flung it open without warning to scare the kids. She sobbed for hours and was extremely traumatized. Her head had a nice lump on it for weeks too. *sigh* She insisted on going home and is still apprehensive about ToT. 



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  11. My Dd started it in 5th b/c I just couldn't find anything else to keep her busy for a year and meet our writing goals. I took it slowly and it was an adjustment for a couple weeks but she's done well with it overall. I've assigned some writing in our science and history on whatever we've been working on in WWS and that's been helpful. As long as you're willing to go slowly at first and scaffold as needed, you should be fine IMO. 

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  12. Holt Science and Tech Physical with some Ellen J. McHenry Chem is planned for this year. I'm not in love with Holt but it does get done. She also volunteers teaching a class to preschoolers 2x a month at our local Nature Center and takes their homeschool bio science class 2x a week. 


    This sounds like a lot but I'm feeling like I need to add on a lot more to this to feed her science love. I'm not very confident teaching science so I might outsource it next year. 

  13. We're working slowly thru WWS1 in 6th. I'm planning on going thru the series in middle school and then outsourcing writing online for 9th grade (if she's home) so she can get some good feedback and different perspectives on her writing. She really struggles with writing as it doesn't come naturally to her so I'll need to get her into a class that really helps her develop a plan of attack for different types of papers.

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  14. My Dd who'd had chronic fatigue was getting checked out at an allergist and they did that long skinny scope up her nose and saw that she had a chronic sinus infection. I guess when the sinus infection gets way up there the main symptom with these is fatigue. I was shocked b/c she's never had a fever and he said you don't usually get one with that type of sinus infection. 



    With your aches, I'd also consider a rheumatic issue. Have you ever had an ANA panel done?? 

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  15. Tell me more about italki.  Have you used it? 


    No, but close friends of mine have as teachers/tutors and have loved the platform for ease of use. It's a great way to connect with a lot of different people from all over who may need your services. The italki lessons are also affordable compared to most others, which draws in students as well. 


    We had the advantage of immersion for a while (and I have Japanese friends I can message on Facebook with complex questions) so I don't have the need...at least at Dd's current level. I'm trying to learn with her so that I won't ever need to outsource to a tutor but that might be wishful thinking on my part. She probably could use some more outsourcing and would love to use an italki tutor. 

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  16. That sounds incredibly frustrating. People are often too self-centered to realize that their flakiness directly impacts your income stream. A friend of mine who tutored had to start having people sign agreements, like a contract that stated her cancellation policy and all those annoying details about flaking on her costing them a percentage of the tutoring session fee, etc. It was upsetting for her to have to do that, but I think it helped in the long run so that she'd at least be able to recoup some money for her inconvenience. 


    I know this is a JAWM, but as a Japanese learner with a Japanese learning kid:


    In your signature, it states that you're a Japanese teacher/translator. Have you considered teaching on an online platform like italki? I imagine that you'd have an easier time getting students who speak English needing lessons online (like mine!) b/c of the lack of a time difference (compared to native speaking teachers living in Japan). There's also a Japanese society group in the major metro area near me that uses services like yours to help in their advertising campaigns and such. Meet-up groups for Japanese learners may also prove to be a good way to find new students. Just trying to help; hope I didn't sound unsympathetic to your situation. 

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  17. I hear you..we weren't necessarily in love with MM but it worked so we kept going. But MM6 just had a completely different feel to it for us. It was tedious and I felt like Dd was just lumbering through it. I'm not one to jump ship on something we've used forever like that but we stopped maybe halfway thru?? Jumped right into our pre-A and never looked back. I'm highly considering not even using 6 with Dd2 later...it was that terrible. 


    We did some Khan academy to help me fill some gaps to feel more comfortable with moving on. My oldest loves it but I'm not sure it's going to be as great a fit for youngest. 

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  18. I really appreciate this thread for guiding me to AoPS/ Dolciani Pre-A way back when!


    I was surprised how much of the old MM6 was a review in Dolciani! Dd *hated* MM and we didn't even finish 6 (maybe got almost done with A?) before just shelving it and starting with Dolciani. I think with my youngest, we may do a bit of it but the tedium of the problems in MM were over-the-top and largely a waste of time. We both prefer the way Dolciani approaches the problems and I think it would have been better for her to have jumped from old MM5. 


    Looking forward to starting Jacobs Algebra and AoPs Alg soon. I wanted to move toward something with a better answer key (than Dolciani) and some tests as our state counts h.s. credit earned in middle school on the transcript. 

  19. It's a quick lesson..my kids would spend maybe 20 minutes max on it a day when they did it. It was fairly simple for them but they loved the Material World and Hungry Planet accompanying books. The information is a bit dated within the books but it gave a fairly accurate picture of lifestyles in different regions. The author suggests books for recommended reading and I tied those in when I could to add a bit more to the curriculum. My kids got a lot out of the drawing portion and were able to do it largely independently too. We went thru the series fairly quickly and they still pour through the books on their own. 

  20. We used to have a Roomba but got rid of it for all the negative reasons pps mentioned. We now have a Deebot (husband got it online..maybe thru slickdeals or woot?) and it does a much better job than the Roomba ever did. Roomba did much better on carpet than any hardwood or laminate. It also would try to kill itself going over my living room step-down so I didn't run it downstairs much unsupervised..which defeated the purpose for me. (didn't want to have to baby-sit it)


    The Deepot also can mop while it vacuums (or not, just depends if you put floor cleaning solution in the reservoir before it runs) which is a huge time savings and machine-buying- savings too as the Roomba only vacuums (you'd need the Scubba to mop). 

  21. I use my phone to set reminders for appointments just in case but I'm pretty good at remembering most of the time without it..as long as I have the date and time (numbers in my head) I'm usually good-to-go. I'm really good at memorizing a series of numbers. I definitely agree that the reminders have gotten a little overkill lately. I have an appointment on this coming Monday and received two reminder calls yesterday, and another call today.


    I've forgotten appointments a few times overall, but it's pretty rare. I'm used to having to keep dates in my head from college class due dates and outside commitments so I didn't double-book myself or overwhelm my schedule. 

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