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Lecka last won the day on November 18 2013

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  1. I would guess everyone’s body is making a response to the difficulty breathing and releasing chemicals. Different people will express or feel that in different ways. Some people might notice a feeling and have thoughts like “oh I’m really sick” or “I’m not breathing good.” Other people might not notice exactly but start pacing. I think it’s like with anxiety, there is a connection between brain chemicals and physiologic responses and then how those are experienced. Where if your heart rate rises for any reason, that triggers physiologic responses, and those also trigger the same physiologic responses as with anxiety, so some people feel anxious. Because when we are anxious we also can have our heart rate rise and start breathing more quickly and shallowly.....
  2. Also I have to advocate more at the doctor because he may look very nonchalant, and they go off of things like that. I need to advocate and say “he is acting like he’s fine, however, he has a very high pain tolerance and so we really can’t base much off of how he is acting.” With his toe I know his facial expressions, and I was telling the doctor when it hurt while she poked around his toe (before he got lidocaine), because *I* know what his facial expressions are. But he doesn’t show the traditional reactions that doctors will look for. And, I think sometimes he shuts down a little bit so that it is hard for him to be aware, without realizing he is doing it. If that might be happening with you, you may want to look for any possible sign you may be unconsciously shutting out pain, and try to be as proactive as possible and take it as seriously as possible. I think with my son, he swings from not noticing it, to, if it’s fairly bad, then he swings into shutting it out, and there isn’t that big middle ground. And then I only base this off of me, *as a mother,* trying to get a handle on this over a period of years.
  3. Once your lungs are irritated by getting sick, it’s going to be a long period of time where you can get sick again very easily and quickly. For a period of time that’s likely. You just can’t go from blood to “everything is totally fine” in a short period of time. It’s going to take time for that to happen. I think stress matters, but I think the state of your lungs also matters. You can do everything right and still get sick quickly/easily when your lungs haven’t healed fully, because that is a process that takes time. I have two close family members who have very, very high pain tolerances. However if they have a secondary effect, it can come out as stress/emotion in a way that they can register, but they don’t automatically know why. I think you may have a high pain tolerance, and it may make it difficult for you to recognize primary symptoms. Then you have to use other clues like secondary symptoms, time of year, exposure, and really, really look for any evidence of primary symptoms. You may also have to adjust what “feeing bad” means to you. For so many things being able to push through is great. For this though, it’s not and you may need to make an extra effort. I had an incident recently where my son ripped off part of his toenail and got a tiny cinder stuck under his remaining toenail, and had a bloody flap of skin hanging off his toe, because he kicked the fire pit while he was playing..... and he came inside and put two bandaids on and then went back to playing, and then he didn’t tell me about it for an hour, and then I didn’t look at it until my husband asked me if I had cleaned it, etc, and it ended up with me taking him to UC. So I expect this to be an issue probably his whole life, for those times he needs to recognize an illness or injury. The rest of the time it’s great, he is not bothered by too much! He can recognize being thirsty and being too hot, now, because those things happen so often and I have worked with him, and others have worked with him. I think being less hungry can be a clue, too. If you are hungrier now, or maybe other things have lessened allowing the hunger to come through, then that can be another clue. I know as a parent I look for all the clues and sometimes I will be proactive if realistically my son is probably sick (he’s very slightly grouchy, he seems a little tired at night, he doesn’t get up quite as easily in the morning) because those are all the signs I might have to go off of, when logically he is probably sick because my other two kids are sick and I know kids he had been around are sick. But it’s obvious he isn’t feeling as sick as they are..... that doesn’t change that he is having the same process in his body as they are, probably. I also know for myself with my son, when I have less to go off of, I need to take what I CAN go off of more seriously. It’s not just one or two little things, when those one or two little things are the tip of the iceberg. With my other kids it is easier to see the whole iceberg. That doesn’t change that there is an iceberg, only how much is visible to me. So it takes more looking for clues, and taking small clues more seriously. And then adjust any medical advice this way!!!!!!!!!
  4. I think also if it seems to have a connection to seasonal allergies, you can put an alert on your phone now for next year, to remind you of steps to take next year, so you can try to notice any symptoms. I think also you might feel emotional/stress symptoms if you aren’t quite noticing physical symptoms. You can write a note that if you are having some emotional/stress symptoms, that may be how you are aware of some physical symptoms. I think try to think of how you felt in the past few days, and how you would recognize that again, because I think it’s likely you have had some symptoms prior to this morning, and you can think about what your symptoms *were* and how they registered with you, and if you need to think of some feelings you thought were in the “fine” range, as not so fine, but leading up to you being sick this morning. Edit: however you were doing last week, it was how you were doing leading up to this morning — it is good to recognize that if it comes up again.
  5. I think you need to make a follow-up appointment with your pulmonologist and make sure he knows what happened this weekend. Or talk to the receptionist, and see if they recommend you come in. All the other ideas sound wonderful, too, but you still need to make sure your pulmonologist is aware of what is going on. Is it possible for anyone to go with you? Maybe they could help you to advocate for a plan. Or maybe you can say you need a plan, for how to respond to some symptoms. It is very reasonable to ask for it.
  6. Keep in mind too, it’s not either/or for going to urgent care, the emergency room, or the pulmonologist. Whatever happens this weekend, you can still follow up with the pulmonologist this weekend and tell the office that you went in. That would be a common thing to do, so you don’t have to pick one thing. I think you might ask your pulmonologist for guidelines, for the future, for what warrants going to the UC or ER. They aren’t always going to just write you a scrip. Sometimes they might even talk to you on the phone and tell you to go to the ER. Its too bad they didn’t talk to you about that and didn’t actually have a doctor on call, but you can still go to UC or ER and then talk to them on Monday.
  7. It sounds like you might have a cycle where you get worse at night and then better in the day, so every day it seems better through the day. Well — it seems that last night it got quite bad. It’s good things are better in the day, but what about tonight? I think you should be proactive and go today, and tell them how it was this morning, and how it has been for the past week. Its frustrating to have to pay on the weekend, but it can be cheaper to go ahead and catch things earlier, and also, it is your health, and that is very important. Because it’s good you feel better now, but what about tonight? I think it would be good to go ahead and go before 5:00 and then you don’t have to worry about going downhill in the evening or while you are sleeping, and then they’re closed.
  8. Lecka

    Teaching Textbooks vs Saxon

    Also you might ask your child about bar or tape diagrams. In my old district my older child started bar models in 4th grade, and here my younger child has done tape diagrams in 3rd grade. They are basically the same thing. But it is a difference between Common Core and other programs in the lower grades, they have a lot harder word problems in lower grades than previously, and teach the models. It’s something that might make some things review-ish for your child now.
  9. Lecka

    Teaching Textbooks vs Saxon

    Oh, and as far as I know, if you are wondering what they are doing if they cover a lot of pre-Algebra in 6th grade, but don’t cover the 2nd half of Algebra I until 9th grade, the answer is Statistics. Apparently they have added in a lot of Statistics in 8th grade. My oldest hadn’t gotten there yet but this is my understanding at this point. Edit: and in CC “Algebra I” they cover some material from “Algebra II” because some of the content bumped down, since part of “Algebra I” was already covered in 7th grade. As far as I can tell from looking at it, at least.
  10. Lecka

    Teaching Textbooks vs Saxon

    If you want to see what topics your daughter might have covered in Common Core, fairly easily, you might look at Math Mammoth or Khan Academy. Those are the easiest places I have seen. We moved during my son’s 6th grade year and they were both Common Core, but, I didn’t understand this, they don’t do the same middle school sequence and they don’t do the content of a year in the same order, so my son missed some 6th grade content without me realizing it and then I had to find things to make it up with him. Naively I thought with Common Core I wouldn’t have to worry about it.
  11. Lecka

    Teaching Textbooks vs Saxon

    If your kids are coming from Common Core, then things are different than with older math curricula. Not like there is anything wrong with things older, they aren’t very old at all, and who can say if the current fad is really better. Though it seems fine to me lol. My kids are in public school with Common Core and they cover some (quite a bit really) of “pre-Algebra” in 6th grade and about half of “Algebra I” in 7th grade. Then they don’t do the second half of “Algebra I” until 9th grade, if I understand correctly. In the meantime, it looks like about half of “Geometry” will be done in 8th grade (my oldest is finishing 7th so I’m not sure). Where we live now they get unit packets and no textbook, so I have gotten my son a used math textbook, and it is hard to figure out what to get, because things do not match up. So I think this may be more of a Common Core issue than a Saxon/TT issue. It is just different.
  12. Lecka

    Narrative language in autism

    I think that sounds great!!!!!!
  13. I have had this book from the library about fluency, it has a nice sample on Amazon. I think the content is going to be similar to other books about improving reading fluency. You might check the library, too.
  14. Here is information about dyslexia also. I think there's reason to think dyslexia is possible, because for some other problems having to do with fluency, you would not expect listening to audiobooks to work out awesome. Like, if there are comprehension-related issues, are audiobooks going to be perfect? Maybe not so much. If it's just fluency, not decoding and not comprehension, then there are ways to practice fluency. Basically, repeated reading, of short passages, out loud, is important. You can also teach ways to divide up sentences, and pay attention to punctuation. It can be hard to take the words and combine them so they make sense as you read. You have to make meaning, as you read, in order to group the words properly. And this is where it is nice audiobooks do it for you! A lot of meaning is added in audiobooks. What happens sometimes though, is a fluency problem is mentioned, but then it turns out that the problem is coming back from decoding. And then that is probably more of a dyslexia situation. Which is not the end of the world at all! There are remediation programs.
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