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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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)?
  7. 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.
  8. Hmm, I don't know that one off the top of my head - Does it have a square stem (Lamiaceae)? Or round?
  9. 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!
  10. I listened to it, and I think I remember that the reader was especially good, I'm sure this added to my enjoyment. Dd read the print book and loved it too, so I think this one works either way! And for The Goblin Emperor - I actually listened to it first, the immediately turned around and read it. I read it a second time about a year later. I'm so glad I listened to it - there is unfamiliar vocabulary and having the "sound" of the language in my head made reading it on my own more pleasurable. I don't think I would have pronounced all the Elven place-names and honorifics "correctly" if I were just reading it - having heard it once was very helpful. I also liked the narrator very much and I think he got Maia's voice (internal and external) just right. But reading it is great too, because as Erin says the glossary is helpful. One funny effect of listening first then reading - I was surprised to learn that the protagonist's name was Maia, I had heard it as Meyer. LOL!
  11. Definitely The Goblin Emperor!! That book makes me so happy. But to offer something original - Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett It's not that these are the greatest books ever written or anything. But they are books that made me feel really good and that I think anyone could enjoy, and that I'd like to share the pleasure of. I suggested them both to my dd and she loved them.
  12. Best Fiction: Revolutionary Road, Cloud Atlas, Grapes of Wrath, Great Gatsby, Augustown, The Goblin Emperor, Circe, When the Emperor was Divine, Ghostwritten, The Bone Clocks, Sing Unburied Sing, and several Ursula Le Guin short story collections Best Nonfiction: On Tyranny, How Democracies Die, The Blood of Emmett Till, Conflict is Not Abuse, So You Want to Talk About Race, Notes on a Foreign Country, The Half that has Never Been Told, We Were Eight Years in Power.
  13. Here is a link to Shannon's piece (her pen name was Laika). ETA: Actually the link takes you to the judge's comments, but if you click on the title "Tomorrow" by Laika you will land on the piece. I will look for the Challenges group, that sounds like a good place to engage. Thanks!
  14. Hi guys! What a fun and bittersweet thing it is, to read these old threads. My first thought is what a difference a few years make: my second dd is now in 7th grade, and what a different kid she is, what a different teacher I am, and what a different life situation we're in now. The things that felt totally overwhelming to me a few years ago just aren't that important at this point: grappling with a kid's 2 years of chronic illness definitely puts their essay-writing challenges into perspective. Shannon is still struggling with Lyme disease, although she is in a better place than she was a year ago. We essentially had to take last year off from school, she was too sick to function. This year is a lighter, kinder, gentler re-do of 10th grade, and she's doing ok with it. But I've had to step away from the homeschooling boards, and especially the High School board where a lot of my peers are hanging out these days, because the stress of seeing what everybody else is doing and the temptation to compare and feel inadequate is just a stress that I don't need. Relevant to this thread, I'm happy to report that Shannon has become a writer, so my fears about that were unfounded! She has submitted several short stories to youth competitions and won, and won an honorable mention in an adult sci-fi writer's competition this fall. She's submitting stories to magazines and is working on a novel. And the skills transfer: she did the Bravewriter Lit Analysis class on Gatsby this fall and did the writing assignments pretty effortlessly. She's done most of the BW Expository Essay classes too, that turned out to be a really excellent thing for her. My younger dd is getting a more distracted, but more relaxed teacher. We've been all over the map with writing, but what I learned with her sister was to trust the process: keep reading, keep discussing, and the writing skills grow along with maturity. Last year I was worried, but this year she can sit down and whip out a short narrative or descriptive paper, grammatically correct and entertaining. We'll get to thesis-driven essays, but I'm not in a hurry, I've learned that when the maturity of thinking of there, the writing follows, and to trust that it will develop as she does. Anyway, I miss you guys, but the time I used to spend obsessing about homeschooling, I now spend obsessing about Lyme treatment. I just don't have the bandwidth to participate here the way I used to. I participate in a book group club, but that's about it. But I treasure the conversations, and the words of wisdom I've gathered from you all over the years! Nice to "see" some old friends again.
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