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  1. I am putting my twins in public school in an IEP beginning next week. I have mixed feelings...hopeful, sad, excited, worried, tired. They are mainly excited. They will be half day, mainly in the EC classroom since they are behind in school and have complex special needs. Homeschooling is unworkable for us at the moment as my four children's special needs are overwhelming me and one of my kids is making it nearly impossible to educate the others. It is possible that I may need to place one or both of the older two as well, but we are not ready yet to make that call. Scary to mom, feeling that I failed but knowing I didn't, happy because boys who once tested as having IQs in the 70s now test as 95 and 96! We've worked so hard on treatment over the last several years and it has finally paid off! I want to let them fly now but it is hard to let go. :( We will see how it goes for the rest of this school year and then reevaluate in the fall. Got to get the two older kids straightened out, get some rest and get my head together before I could possibly teach them as a group. Praying this is the right decision!!
  2. I was able to meet with the psychologist yesterday and she told me she suspects ADHD or another executive functioning disorder. She has referred us for further testing. We were thinking about putting him back in school but will table that discussion until we have some better answers.
  3. The psychologist said that she suspects ADHD or another executive functioning disorder. She has referred us for further testing. We were thinking about enrolling him in school but will table that discussion until we find out what is going on.
  4. I have struggled with PMDD all of my adult life. Anti depressants with an increase in dosage during my PMS window has been the main thing that has helped me. Forget about bc pills...cannot take them! Good thing I turned out not to need bc! ;) I take a good deal of vitamin supplementation that also helps...omega 3s, multis, Vit.D3, etc. along with an herbal menopausal supplement in recent years. Also, exercise and good sleep has been a big help. If I am really bad off, I will take GABA or a True Calm by NOW foods to chill out. Carbs are funny...if I am on a regular diet, carb loading before or during that time helps. I did 6 months of extremely low carb dieting to lose 60 lbs and during that time, I only had trouble with PMDD during the first month. After that, I did significantly better during my cycle with PMDD symptoms even without carbs. Not sure how that works, but it was true for me. It seems I have a bit of a carb addiction and when I break it, I'm better once the "withdrawals" are over. HTH.
  5. Elizabeth, don't be too hard on DH...he is very supportive of DS to his face! :) Behind the scenes, he has wondered about laziness, sadly with good reason! He is very open to finding out there is a learning disability and treating it. He talked with him about this today. I'm sitting here about to talk to the tester now...I will let you know what she has to say.
  6. My 12 year old son has always been an enigma. Wanna help me figure out what's going on? ;) Bright, with an IQ around 127, he is distractible and often appears lazy (not sure if this fits, but it sure is how he looks!). He loves science, hates to write, seems to have some difficulties with math computation. A night owl, he struggles greatly with mornings and would prefer to sleep until noon. He was adopted at birth and has a genetic condition with medical issues rather than any learning or psychological side effects (Ectodermal Dysplasia). He was exposed to methamphetamines in utero, but the exposure was mild and sporadic. He can take FOREVER to complete his schoolwork...and I mean ALL day long. I have had him doing advanced coursework for a while, but his writing ability has held him back as has his apparent lack of motivation. We just had him tested through the school district with the thought that perhaps he would qualify for AG classes and that a classroom environment might be more stimulating for him (he lives with three siblings with developmental issues). Testing revealed a surprise...almost all of his scores show him performing at least 1-2 years above grade level, but more than 15 points below his IQ, which qualifies him for special ed services instead of AG. In math computation and writing expression, he scored nearly 40 points below his IQ! He has been known to slack off on testing when he is not particularly interested, but he was pretty engaged that day. Testing in previous years has shown him to be above grade level in all subjects, so we have not been overly concerned. This testing, however, was the first complete psychological battery he has completed. So, now I am left wondering...what's up with this kid? All the school will say is "specific learning disability" but won't diagnose. I'm leaning towards ADD...no "H" in this one! My husband is leaning towards lazy. He notes that DS doesn't want to do anything that requires real effort and is engaged only when he is excited by something. He's right, but I don't know if it is a character flaw or a disability. What sort of testing should I seek from here? How do I motivate this kid? Does he need meds? None of these questions can be answered by the district, who is recommending enrollment in regular classes with accommodations and EC pull outs. Gonna cross-post this on the special needs board as well...thanks for your input!
  7. My 12 year old son has always been an enigma. Wanna help me figure out what's going on? ;) Bright, with an IQ around 127, he is distractible and often appears lazy (not sure if this fits, but it sure is how he looks!). He loves science, hates to write, seems to have some difficulties with math computation. A night owl, he struggles greatly with mornings and would prefer to sleep until noon. He was adopted at birth and has a genetic condition with medical issues rather than any learning or psychological side effects (Ectodermal Dysplasia). He was exposed to methamphetamines in utero, but the exposure was mild and sporadic. He can take FOREVER to complete his schoolwork...and I mean ALL day long. I have had him doing advanced coursework for a while, but his writing ability has held him back as has his apparent lack of motivation. We just had him tested through the school district with the thought that perhaps he would qualify for AG classes and that a classroom environment might be more stimulating for him (he lives with three siblings with developmental issues). Testing revealed a surprise...almost all of his scores show him performing at least 1-2 years above grade level, but more than 15 points below his IQ, which qualifies him for special ed services instead of AG. In math computation and writing expression, he scored nearly 40 points below his IQ! He has been known to slack off on testing when he is not particularly interested, but he was pretty engaged that day. Testing in previous years has shown him to be above grade level in all subjects, so we have not been overly concerned. This testing, however, was the first complete psychological battery he has completed. So, now I am left wondering...what's up with this kid? All the school will say is "specific learning disability" but won't diagnose. I'm leaning towards ADD...no "H" in this one! My husband is leaning towards lazy. He notes that DS doesn't want to do anything that requires real effort and is engaged only when he is excited by something. He's right, but I don't know if it is a character flaw or a disability. What sort of testing should I seek from here? How do I motivate this kid? Does he need meds? None of these questions can be answered by the district, who is recommending enrollment in regular classes with accommodations and EC pull outs. Gonna cross-post this on the special needs board as well...thanks for your input!
  8. I got a reaction like that from a rescue once and between that and giving up my baby, I was heartbroken. It was, however, the right thing to do and I don't regret it. My dog was really gonna hurt someone. You have a typical lab and, yes, those issues can be trained out of him. With your set of circumstances, however, you are not the one to do it. You are doing the right thing for the dog...it is too bad that many so called rescuers don't see the honor in that. Ignore that woman and listen to the first one, for sure.
  9. Thank you, Ettina, for that very encouraging post! So true, and just what I needed to hear this morning! Glad you are doing so well and succeeding despite the challenges. Gives me hope for my girl!!
  10. We got a great one from Road ID for my disabled daughter. We bought the interactive version, so I can keep it updated with the most current medications, etc. They have a lot of different looks and colors and you can personalize the engravings to say what you need. Additionally, you can buy extra little metal bands to go on either side of your identification plate for different things. We have a medical symbol on one side and a little custom band that says "seizures" on the other side. Decent prices for what you are getting as well.
  11. Meh. People pray, I participate if I want to and don't if I don't. If it's not a Christian prayer, I don't. However, I don't care what others do as long as they don't care if I don't participate.
  12. Ouch, in more ways than one! 15 pounds isn't too bad, though. You can do it!
  13. Not a rush as in, not before I go to Florida for two weeks, Zimom? :) Or, as in, I need to go before I spend two weeks in training? It's not here this morning, but I'll bet it will be back by tonight. Did a bit of reading and I suspect I might have had a very mild concussion with that whack to the head. Feeling fine overall though still occasional pain where I got whacked.
  14. I have a persistent, rhythmic drumming in my left ear. It is totally driving me crazy! I've tried decongestants for a couple of days, but it is still there. I did have a blow to the head on that side a few weeks ago, but I don't know if they are connected. How do I get rid of this thumping? Arrggh.
  15. Definitely ask if any update work was permitted! Great idea! We had to undo a few things here...
  16. Ask if there is knob and tube wiring still in use. If there is, plan on big bucks for rewiring! Old iron pipes can rust and break and can cause much damage...is there a crawlspace? Can you easily get to the pipes to inspect or replace? Original windows? If so, do they have storm windows? If not...brrrr. Definitely a termite inspection and check for other pests as well. When we moved into our house, we found bats and mice, but not too bad and easily removed. Plaster walls? How are they holding up? They are AWESOME for insulating your home and soundproofing, but when they are damaged they are difficult to repair and you may need to go with drywall. Has any insulation been updated? Leaky basement? Would you need a sump pump or a dehumidifier? Check any large trees close to the house for carpenter ants or damage that could bring down the tree. When we bought our house, we ended up with a 100 year old tree in our upstairs game room after a big storm...those pesky little ants brought it down on us! There's my stream of consciousness questions based on living in a house built in the 30s. I love my house and wouldn't trade it for the world! Good luck!
  17. Twinmom

    MIL vent

    I understand your irritation. Would it be possible for you and your SIL to trade sitting services on the nights the other one goes? Borrow outfits from each other? It wouldn't solve all your problems with this, I know, but it might solve a few.
  18. I have a family history of high cholesterol and have been eating a primarily Paleo diet for years. My cholesterol is great, my blood sugar is perfect and my doctor is thrilled. I second the "Mark's Daily Apple" for some good online research into the subject. There are a lot of great Paleo sites to choose from for both information and recipes, not to mention all the books out there. For your DH, I'd encourage you to ease your way into the grass-fed beef since it scares you so much. You don't have to eat beef to be Paleo...there are plenty of other great protein sources that are lower fat. Just try a little at a time and keep monitoring his cholesterol. If you are avoiding trans-fats and choosing healthy fats, you need not be overly concerned, either. You can still cook with lower levels of fat while still choosing the right ones (I would highly recommend coconut oil, olive oil and ghee for most things). Again, ease your way into these things and keep monitoring him. I think that you will be pleasantly surprised!
  19. Said by a resource teacher to me today, "You know that in order for your kids to develop properly, they have to learn how to follow rules at school. Parent/child interactions are very different than those in the 'real world.'" She then proceeded to accuse my very nervous, developmentally delayed 10 year old son of being manipulative when he acted nervous and goofy. She made him cry, first meeting together. So that's the real world he needs to adjust to? People who don't recognize his disability and berate him for not acting normally? I think that can wait a few years, thanks. (To her credit, she did recognize her mistake and apologized to him afterwards...) Not sure I want those public school services after all...
  20. I'm so sorry! Many prayers for your family.
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