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AngieW in Texas

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  1. Thanks for all the input. One of the neurologists on our insurance who is also taking new patients specializes in MS. I'm going to have her contact his office to see about getting an appt.
  2. So far my 23yo has been to the regular family practice doctor, the ER, a neurologist, an orthopedist, and an occupational therapist. It started off with some numbness (she described it as reduced sensation) and tingling in her right hand and forearm. She had been gaming heavily that week and had even taken the week off from work specifically to play a videogame that had just been released that she has been waiting several years for. She went to the see the family practice doctor, but didn't mention the gaming. The doctor wanted to do some bloodwork, but I have to be there for that since she has a very very strong vasovagal response. She passes out and convulses for several minutes after a blood draw or an injection (this has always been true for her and is terrifying to watch even when you know to expect it), so she can't go on her own for it. I arranged to arrive at work late three days later so I could take her for the bloodwork. The day that we were supposed to go for the bloodwork, she woke up terrified because the numbness was not just her forearm anymore. It had spread to her entire arm and her torso as well. We went to the ER. They tried to do an IV, but her blood pressure dropped like a rock as soon as they had the needle in and she kept convulsing. After 5-7 minutes, they pulled the needle out and her blood pressure and heart rate recovered. They did get bloodwork while it was in, but nothing was unusual. They got us an appointment with a neurologist for the next morning and sent us home. Over the course of that day, the numbness in her torso went down. The next morning, it was mostly back to just her forearm and hand again. The neurologist said that he couldn't explain why the other numbness had happened, but the numbness in her hand and arm must have been carpal tunnel from the gaming. He didn't see any need for any kind of testing since it appeared to be going away on its own. Later that day, she showed me her mattress because she said that it had become uncomfortable to sleep on. Her mattress was caving in. We bought her a new mattress which arrived two days later. Two weeks later, there was still some numbness in her arm and her torso, but not like it had been before. We talked to the family doctor who recommended seeing an orthopedist. The orthopedist didn't know what to make of the torso numbness, especially the "band of tightness" she described as happening sometimes. The numbness was happening in both arms, not just the right, and she said her fingers were feeling kind of stiff. She described some particular sensations she was feeling in her hands and the orthopedist said her description sounded like cubital tunnel syndrome because of the side of her arm and the particular fingers it was affecting. He set her up to see an occupational therapist. He didn't have any explanation for the torso numbness but was hopeful that OT would help for that as well. The OT didn't know what to make of any of it. She gave her some exercises to do. Some of them seemed to help. Others appeared to make it worse. The OT dismissed her after several sessions. Through all of this, there has been no loss of strength. Now we are not sure where to go next. We are looking for another neurologist. We already had a 5-year journey to get an Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome diagnosis for our 20yo. I started looking into it after people on this board mentioned it to me. It still took time because there isn't a single test for it. Everything else has to be ruled out first. The geneticist gave that diagnosis 3.5 years ago. In all of our googling, the thing that keeps coming up is MS. That's terrifying. No doctor has mentioned it at all yet.
  3. I don't understand where you are getting the idea that hormone therapy was proposed as a solution to suicidal ideation. That is not what it was about at all. Think about another case. A teen wants to have reduction surgery. The mother supports it. The doctor supports it. The father opposes it. Although the teen has been having issues with chest size for several years, he just doesn't want reduction to happen. Suppose there is an upper age at which the surgery is no longer as effective and the teen is already at that age. Are you going to tell me that you think the father is the one with a rational argument here? This is also a permanent change of the body. This is not a whim on the part of the teen or the mother or the doctors. The teen has been struggling with this for years and has been living as male and the father refuses to acknowledge that.
  4. I don't understand why there would be any objection to the court's ruling. The father has had years to do that research. His son has been living as a boy for several years and he still refuses to accept that. Those of you who are arguing that it's not right that the father is being overruled don't seem to understand that if the father's side is taken, then the mother AND the teen AND the medical professionals are ALL being overruled. Choosing not to do anything is making a decision and that decision is to completely discount everybody except the father. I don't see why you would think that he should be the ultimate authority. The judge didn't take authority away from the parents. Any decision he made would have favored one parent over the other. He chose the one that was on the same side as the teen and the medical professionals. Either choice that the judge made would be overruling one of the parents. I don't understand why some of you think the father is more worthy of making the decision than the mother is when the father stands alone but the mother is backed up by the teen and medical professionals. One of my kids has been on HRT for 1.5 years now. I wish we had known before puberty was over. Nonbinary is a lot harder to figure out than trans.
  5. I was in college from 1985-1989. My cost for the entire four years of my undergraduate degree was $5000 for in-state tuition. The cost now for in-state tuition at the same school is $6000/semester. So a single semester now costs more than eight semesters did thirty years ago. I was able to make enough money working a full-time temporary job in the summer to pay for the entire year of tuition and had a little left over to pay for books. I worked a part-time job during the school year that was just 10 hours/week and that was able to provide me with the spending money I needed for gas and food and supplies. While the minimum wage has slightly more than doubled since then (it was $3.35/hour), the cost of college has octupled! To pay for one year of college would take 1655 hours at minimum wage, which is 40 weeks of working 40 hours/week. So if you can manage working a full time job while also going to school full time, you can still pay for college as you go. But that is NOT realistic at all. You can work part-time while going to school full-time or work full-time while going to school part-time, but it would be incredibly difficult to work full-time and go to school full-time for four years straight.
  6. I am looking for a fitness tracker, but my primary need is for something wearable that will measure my pulse. I would really like something for under $50, but I don't know that there is something reliable that will do that. Fitbit is what I hear so much about, but those are expensive. I'll do it if that is the best option though. What is your suggestion?
  7. I used both as supplements when I taught high school chemistry and physics class at my house. I sent the videos to kids who missed class. If you order the cd-rom from Georgia PBS, you will have a complete course with lesson outlines, pacing, assignments, labs, quizzes, and tests.
  8. I recommend the georgia public broadcasting physics course. It's a solid high school level course.
  9. Saxon is an entirely different methodology from TT. Instead of reinforcing what she learned in TT, you might find that you completely throw her off the bus. If your goal is to ensure that she has enough practice to reinforce what she is learning, then Aleks as a backup resource is a good idea. I don't like Aleks for teaching, but I do like it for finding and filling in gaps and misunderstandings. If your goal is to raise the math score on the SAT, then she needs SAT practice, not some other math program. The best way to prep for the math portion of the SAT is to work through a ton of practice tests and go over EVERY missed problem to see why it was missed. Working with a tutor is a good idea. It will pay off. I spent $600 on the SAT prep program my oldest went to. That was a LOT of money, but it raised her SAT score to the point where she got a full tuition scholarship and she wasn't anywhere near that range before taking the prep course. It worked so well for her that I did that same course for my other kids. They all had much higher scores after doing the prep program than they did before and it paid off in terms of scholarships.
  10. During the schoolyear (I'm a ps teacher), I take 1mg of melatonin every night to help my brain stop spinning in circles. I don't need it in the summer. Sometimes that isn't enough by itself and then I use an app on my phone called mysleepbutton. That nearly always does the trick if the melatonin isn't enough. It gives my brain something else to do instead of getting stuck on what I need to do at school the next day.
  11. I think it's awesome. You have no idea how many of the kids in my high school are sexually active. I would far rather they be able to get condoms from the nurse than do without. I hope the nurse gives them several and not just one. Being able to get condoms from the nurse is not going to make a student decide to start having sex, but it might prevent a teen pregnancy.
  12. I was treated by a podiatrist. He had a series of exercises that I needed to do and taped my feet every week. I had to wear night splints for several months as well. After he had gotten the problem to subside, he got me some custom orthotics. I get a new pair of orthotics from the foot doctor every 3-5 years. I have to be careful not to spend too much time out of my shoes or I start having problems again.
  13. I don't know what employers are looking for in a Linked In profile. Any recommendations for resources to look at to update my profile?
  14. It was an issue with the university my 20yo transferred from. One of the professors left the school at the end of that year and they didn't have his syllabus. That was the only one we weren't able to retrieve.
  15. If your kid ends up needing to transfer to another university, they will need copies of their syllabi if the university they are transferring to does not already have a transfer agreement with the school they are switching from. So make sure they keep syllabi until they are in their last semester.
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