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Chrysalis Academy last won the day on July 1 2017

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  1. That was us this weekend. I'd gone at 6 am for 3 days in a row and come back with nothing. I almost skipped Sunday - surely they didn't get a shipment Saturday night? but I went and got a pack! They were limiting it to one each, so I woke up DH and sent him after a pack too. I feel so much better now! I did feel a bit like a mighty hunter. LOL.
  2. Thanks, Arcadia. We have maybe two days worth left, but I'm definitely starting to sweat it. Only TP, we're fine on everything else. It's so weird that this is the one thing that has been hoarded to the point of complete unavailability locally. I'm concerned because we're probably going to get the shelter in place order today or tomorrow, and while I do consider TP a necessity, I'm hoping to not have to go from store to store to store looking for it . . .
  3. i haven't been, but according to local reports it was. We've been to TJs, Safeway, and Oliver's Market locally, and they were all crazy hectic. No toilet paper anywhere.
  4. I'm super excited about the conclusion to the trilogy. I love Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies and have read them a couple of times. I am going to read the stage adaptations as a refresher while waiting for The Mirror and the Light.
  5. Yes, and a private school in Healdsburg closed today because someone in the school community was in contact with someone who is ill with coronoavirus.
  6. Not for Christmas, but for my birthday just before, I asked for and was gifted a subscription to Archipelago books for 2020. I'm excited about that! For dd 17, I got Cyborg Detective and The Labyrinth's Archivist. She's also getting the Neil Gaiman creative writing masterclass. For dd13, I got Greta Thunberg's autobiography, a Thai cookbook, and the box set of Magnus Chase books. For dh, I got All About Trout by John Holt. Not the homeschooling John Holt, a different guy . . .
  7. Would novels with characters dealing with a chronic illness be helpful? My dd has taken both solace and hope from some of these. We'd both recommend Please Read This Leaflet Carefully, about a woman dealing with endometriosis and environmental allergies. So Lucky is another great one. The protagonist has MS. She's also a lesbian, FYI.
  8. Yes, she has. She has improved somewhat. But she's still exposed to the mold, so we're kind of Red-Queening it, running as fast as we can to stay in the same place, using binders and glutathione and such. Good news is, escrow closes on this house on 9/24. Once we find a new place and get moved, we can start the serious binding, detoxing, and (hopefully) recovery. Thanks for asking.
  9. Oh man, that book was amazing, but it's not one I've ever been able to recommend - I'm still traumatized after having read it years and years ago. I'm not sure I can wish that on somebody else! I know a lot of people love it, though. Maybe I'd have more fortitude if I read it now. I think I read it soon after it was published, in my mid-20s, and I seriously feel scarred by it. I haven't been able to bring myself to re-read it as a grown-up.
  10. Re: a kid unwilling to go off gluten - I totally get it. Older dd - the sick one - is compliant because she can see how much better her gut symptoms are when she is off gluten (going off gluten hasn't gotten rid of the other symptoms, though). Dd13 refuses to go off gluten, even though I'm sure she is intolerant too based on her symptoms. Because she doesn't have Lyme/Bart, the gut symptoms alone aren't bad enough to motivate her to quit. At some point you can't control their choices, just try to convince them to try it. Re: POTS - a POTS diagnosis isn't that helpful, IMHO. Dd got diagnosed with POTS before anything else, and the prescription was to drink lots of water, take salt pills, and exercise, none of which helped. POTS is a syndrome, not a disease, so even if a cardiologist says you have POTS you still have to search for the underlying cause. Which can be an infection, a biotoxin, autoimmunity, etc. It's just a label for a subset of the symptoms, really. Dds gut symptoms were improved by diet, and the POTS symptoms have mostly cleared up too. The fatigue, brain fog, and joint pain have been resistant to improvement.
  11. And the standard gluten panel is really limited - they only test a few of the many possible forms of the protein that can trigger gut reactions. I have an atypical presentation of celiac (I get DH skin rash more than gut symptoms) and it wasn't identified till I had a skin biopsy. The normal blood-tests were normal. So were my dds. But getting of gluten has changed both of our lives.
  12. LOL. But the fact someone might go there based on the leaf shape supports my theory - I think it is in the rosaceae family - maybe Crataegus (hawthorne)?
  13. So, as soon as I read about the stretch marks, I thought Bartonella. Have you had her tested for Lyme & Bartonella? Red/purple stretch marks not associated with growth spurt skin stretching really points to Bartonella. Has she had any toxic mold exposure? There are now some excellent urine mycotoxin tests that could rule this out as a cause, even if you think the answer is no. My dd's 3 years of health struggles sound a lot like your dds. She's had all these symptoms, too, and a clean bill of health from psych. She has chronically low ferritin despite supplementation, and celiac and dairy intolerance that makes it hard to absorb minerals despite a really good diet. Chronic inflammation, joint pain, brain fog and fatigue. School has been basically un-doable for the past two years. We have finally recognized that her symptoms and the difficulty in getting well is due to the combination of Lyme/Bartonella and mold mycotoxins. Good luck. I'm happy to talk more if any of this resonates with you.
  14. Hmm, I don't know that one off the top of my head - Does it have a square stem (Lamiaceae)? Or round?
  15. Yep, it's oceanspray - Holodiscus discolor. In my area it grows on dry, shady slopes, often under oaks or doug fir, not so often in full sun unless it's near a creek. It can get 6-8 feet, but it's a slow grower. Nice find!
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