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  1. I’m wondering if sense of purpose is tied closely to values? Maybe that is so obvious and I’m just a dork. 🤣 Are they just two ways of expressing the same thing? Or different in some way?
  2. Have the obvious culprits been ruled out? Washing with soap and friction? Alcohol to kill more bacteria?
  3. I would take (and have taken) the path of more listening than telling. What is appealing about the substance? What need is being met? Recognizing and validating unmet needs is, IMHO, way more effective than punishment. Whether the teen is open to discuss would tell me a great deal. I have one that was a closed book and one that is quite open. Maintaining the relationship was my primary goal for both and looked quite different for each. ETA My sig is out of date. Adult kids now 24 and 22.
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  5. No hassle. Just brought a tax return and they accepted it without issue.
  6. I used a tax return for real ID when I couldn’t find my card.
  7. Lawana

    Jury Duty

    I have been called at least 5 times since moving here (Georgia). Served on 3 juries. STBXH called once in that same time, didn’t get selected.
  8. Ds turned 21 and my mother turned 85 yesterday. Absent COVID19, ds would have been at college partying with friends. As it was, I had a delightful dinner with my mother and ds. I gave ds the AirPods I had told him I was not going to do, so he was thrilled with that.
  9. I do, but it is totally suppressed. The key lab result for me was the reverse T3, which showed I wasn’t converting T4 to T3. It came in line when I switched meds.
  10. Since you are on Synthroid I will add what worked for me. I had been on Synthroid for 3 decades and was feeling like crap, so I found a doctor that was good with natural desiccated thyroid and Cytomel, a T3 only med. Changing from 150mcg Synthroid to 90mg Armour plus 20mcg Cytomel reduced my LDL from 200 to 125 with no diet changes. Also dropped 25 pounds.
  11. I think the reverse T3 is telling you that you are not converting T4 to T3 well. Have you had it checked in the past? Since Selenium is needed to convert, I am wondering why you reduced your dose? I can tell when my reverse T3 is high because even if my free numbers look decent I feel like crap. I need Cytomel (T3 only) as well as Armour to feel half way decent. On Synthroid only, my rT3 was 40 something. Switching to Armour brought it down to 20s, then adding Cytomel brought it down to mid teens.
  12. Dd has used a different name for the past 5 years or so. The only reason she hasn’t made the change legal is because she can’t afford the $ fees. It doesn’t bother me at all.
  13. I would suggest something like Flor carpet tiles to cover all the travertine, including the kitchen. I have lived with it over hardwood and cement with small children and over laminate with pets. The edges do not need any kind of treatment and never curl up. Easy to vacuum and spot clean. Individual tiles can be replaced if stained beyond hope. No tripping hazard. They are not cheap, but are easy enough to self install so no labor cost. Would also help deaden sound.
  14. My sibling had an appendectomy without general anesthesia. It took a lot of explaining, but they, in the end, found practitioners willing to do the necessary work to make it happen.
  15. I am in camp dead turkey meat 😆 after spending the past 3 days on my feet. One very funny food mishap: making gravy from turkey stock from previously cooked turkey, retrieved the jar of pan drippings from refrigerator. Except instead of the pan drippings I dumped in the cup of leftover pecan pie filling: the corn syrup, sugar, eggs, butter part without pecans. 😮 The grossest tasting combo ever. Fortunately I had enough stock and the actual pan drippings to start over.
  16. Turkey, spatchcocked, dry brined and grilled Ham Cornbread dressing Fresh sage bread dressing Sweet potato casserole Mashed potatoes Gravy Macaroni and cheese Broccoli rice casserole Green bean casserole Asparagus vinaigrette Yeast Rolls Pumpkin pie Apple pie Pecan pie And I guess a salad for me, since I am eating vegan for a few more weeks
  17. Not my experience at all. I heard the terms “duvet” and “duvet cover” in the 70s. My experience with comforters include fluffy, lighter weight, fashion fabric-covered ones and white, poly-filled ones intended to be used with a cover, as well as white down-filled ones. I had to give up my Company Store down comforter when moving from Chicago to the South lol.
  18. If you already have curtains, you can add a thermal liner. I have these https://www.sflinenoutlet.com/window-thermaplus-superior-liner-blackout-commonwealth-home-fashions.html.
  19. Rub liquid laundry detergent directly on the stain. Work it into the fabric, then wash.
  20. Ds cleared up his face by taking Zinc, which I learned was a thing here on WTM. Zinc Picolinate 50mg (the Now brand I have is labeled vegan). Zinc is found predominantly in animal sources, and some say plant sources are not readily absorbed. So she might be deficient?
  21. For baked Mac and cheese I do bechamel with Velveeta and extra sharp cheddar. I undercook the pasta and reserve about 1 1/2 c (per pound of pasta) of pasta water to add to the sauce. Really runny going in, but creamy coming out.
  22. Another perspective: I am on 3/4 gr Armour and 25mcg Cytomel and my TSH is always 0.01 or less and my ft3 and ft4 are within range. My prescribing doc is fine with it but everyone else freaks out. No hyper symptoms at all.
  23. An excellent resource: https://www.bloodsugar101.com/
  24. As another perspective: ds20 is a camp counselor at a YMCA day camp. They have some campers that are on the spectrum, some in foster care, and some with pretty serious behavior problems. The counselors were/are given zero training in how to deal with these issues. He has approached the directors with questions about how do deal with some of the issues and has been told to watch them more closely. He does what he can, but the ratios do not allow for anything close to one on one for those who would ideally need it. I definitely agree with contacting the director of the camp. The counselor needs guidance in how to deal with the situation.
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