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  1. I find myself thinking things like, "Why would anyone want a large family? What if they ended up with 2+ difficult or special needs kids?" Fortunately our second child is very different and serves as a reminder that we aren't total failures as parents.
  2. I wouldn't say I feel like a failure every day, but it is regular enough. Two weeks ago DH finally agreed to letting DS15 try medication for his ADHD. Waiting for the doctor's appointment Monday to get a prescription feels a little like waiting for a life raft floating toward me to arrive.
  3. If you have a child that is very difficult due to ASD, ADHD, or other various problems, do you ever have a tendency to feel like you "should have known" that saying XYZ would lead to them throwing a fit or starting an argument? How do you avoid blaming yourself for them getting worked up over something a normal kid wouldn't get so upset over?
  4. I can get them to agree to all stay home for probably 5-7 days, but unlikely to get more than that unless someone is sick. It looks like the CDC says you can test on day 5 and be done on day 7 if the test is negative and nobody has symptoms. Does the day of exposure count as day 1? Since they were exposed Sunday we could test Thursday? I would have them go get the free PCR tests (to save the at-home tests for when someone has symptoms but no known exposures).
  5. On Sunday the neighbor came to the pool with us. Sunday night he started to feel sick, and this morning his mom texted to say he had a positive Covid test yesterday. I have some of those OTC at home tests. What day do I have my kids use them? I am vaccinated, but they and DH aren't. If I understand correctly I don't have to quarantine unless I show symptoms. What is the minimal quarantine time for them? I need a minimalist plan because DH, who was initially very Covid cautious in spring of 2020 has been listening to his dad saying over and over that "It's just a flu." If one of the kids gets it, DH won't agree to quarantine because he's going to "live his life" as long as he doesn't feel sick. In other words, I won't be able to get the three of them to agree to staying home for two weeks if they are asymptomatic.
  6. I think the OP was asking for 9th grade science courses, not college level.
  7. I used a contacts pricing comparison tool and the cheapest price for my brand was $57 per box. (That was probably with a coupon for a first time customer and probably didn't include shipping.) Then I went to Costco's website and it was $50 per box with free shipping. I don't think you need to be a member to order contacts from them. (I might be wrong about that. I do know that everyone can use their pharmacy even if they aren't members.)
  8. DH just finished his two week course of Xifaxan. He will continue the low-FODMAP diet and begin some herbal antimicrobials. The Xifaxan (an antibiotic that isn't absorbed much and mostly stays in the GI tract) was going to be $1800 (that was after shopping around using GoodRx)! I found a blog that linked to the manufacturer's website. It had a coupon for insured patients. We didn't know what to expect because the info about how much it would save was very vague. We were very pleased that it brought the price down to $547. So always make sure to check the manufacturer's website for coupons for expensive drugs. Anyway, DH started to very slowly feel a little better each day around day four or so. He still has some symptoms, such as pain around his esophagus valve and noticing his heartbeat more than before, but the shortness of breath is gone, and he is exercising again.. He is glad the GI physician assistant he saw was willing to test and treat SIBO, but he is annoyed that it felt like he and I were the ones doing most of the investigative work trying to figure out what the problem was. Too many people seemed to just shrug and say, "Well, you're getting older, so take some reflux drugs."
  9. Do you ever wish you could go back to the youthful optimism you had before you felt beat up by life?
  10. We haven't had a follow-up with the doctor yet. The papers we were given said to use the food list to guide an elimination diet and then try each food one at a time. He often starts coughing about 20-30 minutes after eating, so food does affect him. He also tends to do a lot of throat clearing around the same time, although taking digestive enzymes has reduced that by 90%. (In the spring I suspected silent reflux and had him take Pepcid AC in addition to his allergy meds. It seemed to help. However, the digestive enzymes seem to work just as well.) He uses an inhaler for exercise, but still has some shortness of breath fairly regularly. A few times a month he'll have some shortness of breath after eating.
  11. DS2 was diagnosed with dust mite and mold allergies last summer. We took him somewhere else for more thorough testing last week, and his list of environment allergens is now longer, including Kentucky bluegrass and English plantain. (We may have a lot of this because our yard is mostly weeds.) His skin prick test also showed reactions to eggs, walnuts, and sarrcharomyces yeast. Walnuts should be easy enough to avoid. Does anyone have experience with avoiding yeast? I know many prepared foods use yeast extract, so they are out. I assume that "spices" can also mean yeast extract. What else should I be looking for?
  12. DH has lost 15+ lbs in about 6 weeks, which he is happy about. His dad said, "Of course you weigh less. All that hydrogen is making you more buoyant!"
  13. Diagnosis: SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth) DH had an endoscopy which showed some inflammation but was otherwise clear. H. Pylori was ruled out. While waiting for a follow-up appointment with the GI PA we ordered (through UltaWellness and DirectLabs) tests for candida, autoimmune gastritis, and SIBO. While waiting for his appointment he began following a low-FODMAP diet and found it helped quite a bit, especially with the bloating that he hadn't really noticed before because the reflux and stomach pain was so bad. The SIBO breath test came back positive for both hydrogen and methane (hydrogen sulfide wasn't tested), so he'll begin rifaximin once insurance approves it. He's also going to stay low-FODMAP for a months, take probiotics after, and take some other supplements that he's read about online to improve gut motility.
  14. Anytime I've been in Walmart the last few months the frozen food section has been very poorly stocked. You know they must be having supply issues when even frozen veggies are very picked over. I'd say that overall the frozen food area has maybe 1/3 of what they used to have.
  15. I began by listening to numerous podcast episodes of IEW's podcast. They go through each of the units and describe the goal of each. I have some of the old DVDs, but I haven't really watched much of them. Last year was our first year with IEW and my 9th and 6th graders both did the Ancient History theme book. The reading level was low for my 9th grader, since it was written for late elementary school, but it still worked well. This year we are going to do the Medieval History theme book.
  16. What type of students do better with Saxon high school math courses than other courses?
  17. Here's another strange symptom DH just noticed: talking makes the pain worse. He often tends to sing for hours a day while he works and yesterday he noticed that the return of his singing made him feel worse. Last night he decided he would try talking the bare minimum to see if it helped. Today he noticed that a five minute call with a coworker increased the pain.
  18. The cardiologist didn't have the heart monitor results yet at the appointment last week, but he seemed to think the chest area pain was related to the sudden severe reflux issues. As DH got the reflux under a little better control he had noticed that the pain was more in his esophagus and stomach area, near his heart, but not his heart. When the pain was worse he wasn't able to pinpoint it, which is why he thought it might be his heart. Until two nights ago, DH hadn't had any more palpitations since this all started a month ago. Last week he had a day when he didn't really have any heartburn. That day he was able to breath much better. He thinks his shortness of breath is his lungs getting irritated by the reflux. He hasn't seen a pulmonologist.
  19. Before this started a month ago DH was playing soccer twice a week and lifting weights several days per week. Now walking around the neighborhood sometimes leaves him feeling out of breath.
  20. No, he hardly ever takes any pain relievers. He just started probiotics and some fiber supplements. He eats too much sugar.
  21. A month ago DH (late 30s) woke me up because he wanted to go to the ER. He had gone to the bathroom and after going back to bed noticed his heart was pounding. He used the pulse oximeter and his pulse, just lying there, was something like 140. His oxygen was fine. The ER did a CT scan and his heart looked good, bloodwork was normal, EKG was fine, and his chest x-ray was clear. He did a Covid test after being sent home and it was negative. They gave him a heart monitor that he wore for two weeks. When he went to the cardiologist last week, he hadn't received the results. I had him write up his symptoms. We were thinking reflux and maybe an ulcer, so the PCP ordered an H. Pylori breath test. It came back negative. The GI doctor ordered an endoscopy, so he's waiting on that to see if he has an ulcer. Before this happened he never had a problem with reflux except for occasional minor heartburn if he ate ice cream before bed. He's been taking Prilosec twice a day, which is helping. Eating ice cream with every meal also seems to help sooth his stomach. He read about eating lots of cabbage to treat ulcers and it seems to be helping some as well. However, last night and the night before he had the pounding heart/palpitations again. Last night it started after he woke up in pain from his stomach. Does anyone have any ideas what might be going on other than H. Pylori, an ulcer, and reflux? The symptoms don't really seem to match gall bladder symptoms I've seen on lists, and he doesn't have any tenderness in his abdomen like is apparently expected with appendix stuff.
  22. This looks interesting. I am dairy intolerant, so I don't use MI Paste. It looks like I can use Theodent, though. I'll order some. Did your child use the regular or the 300? How long does a tube of it last?
  23. About five or six years ago someone here recommended Win Sports Detergent to get the stink out of sports clothing and gear. I bought some and have kept it sitting around since then knowing that some day I'd have stinky teenage boys. A few months ago I noticed my soccer shin guards stank and regular washing wasn't enough. The Win detergent fixed it. There have been several threads about Lantern English courses. DS15 started Intro to Creative Writing a month ago with Mrs. Grape and loves it. He likes to write Minecraft fan fiction, so he's been able to use the assignments in the course to work on a new story. I'm very thankful his teacher doesn't mind all his assignments being about the main character making weapons or fighting off zombie hoards. In the fall he's going to take Mastering Dialogue.
  24. In my mid-twenties my 4th wisdom tooth came in. My dentist at the time wanted to pull it because he thought it would give me trouble and be hard to brush properly. I mentioned it to my dad and he said he had a dentist recommend pulling a wisdom tooth for similar reasons. (It was not impacted or damaging other teeth.) My dad decided to ignore the advice and didn't end up really needing to have it pulled for another 30 years! I decided I would leave it as long as the tooth is healthy and it hasn't gotten any cavities so far.
  25. I wonder if the magic question is something like, "What can patients do to remineralize their teeth?" I would guess that a drill-happy dentist would claim that doesn't happen. The previous owner of our current dental practice recommended we have the kids use MI Paste to try to remineralize areas that were pre-cavities. The current owner still sells it, but hasn't mentioned it. In any case, we thought spending $25 to to "heal" the teeth was worth a try.
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