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  1. I just put my garden in last year. It took me from spring break in March until the end of April to get it set up and then I had to buy seedlings to get it started. I have so much shade here that it is hard to grow much aside from herbs. We lost a lot of branches from the snowmaggedon that happened here in Texas, so I think my garden area will have some more light. The only perennials to make it through the ice were thyme, chives, sage, and oregano. And the sage had to be trimmed all the way down to the ground. I bought a lemon bush in a pot last year and that will actually produce lemons
  2. I am a public school teacher in Texas, so I am teaching in-person and virtually at the same time. I teach high school in a Title I area, so our in-person rate is relatively low (about 1/3 opted for in-person). I teach one class that is predominantly 12th graders (one class fully virtual, one class with 9 opting for in-person but only 4-5 actually come, and another class with 6 opting for in-person but only 3-4 actually come). I teach another class that is predominantly 9th graders (10-13 opted for in-person in each class, but usually about half are in quarantine at any given time). My football
  3. I am in Texas and my daughter just got home from her shift at HEB. Things were really wild on Saturday and Sunday. She was scheduled for Friday morning, but couldn't make it out of the driveway because of the ice. She said that her store has managed to mostly stock up. They got city water turned on again on Sunday. The freezer section is pretty sparse and the deli and bakery sections are bare. The dairy section has limited stock. Otherwise they are in pretty good shape. They kept meat and eggs in stock all day. They've been bringing in pallets and pallets and pallets of water bottles because s
  4. Tiers vary from state to state. Texas decided not to follow CDC guidelines and took essential workers out of 1b. I was fortunate to still qualify for 1b because of my BMI. Austin Public Health has been working with local school districts to get vaccines for teachers who are 1b and I was able to get my first Moderna shot last week that way.
  5. Please ask them to test for MOG and for AQP4. Both of these can cause NMO. They are considered more rare conditions, but since my 25yo went through this in 2019, I think it is important to check out. It is just a blood test. In my dd's case, the blood test came after the new neurologist (the original one that the ER referred us to was incompetent) ordered an MRI that showed a 7cm lesion on the spinal cord. Now my dd has a great neurologist.
  6. My 25yo has a telehealth appointment with her neurologist next month to discuss which vaccines would be okay to get and which would not. She has a 7 cm lesion on her spinal cord from transverse myelitis when her immune system started attacking her spinal cord last February. She has been fortunate in that she has regained nearly all of the ability that she lost, but we don't know that she would be so lucky next time. There are multiple vaccines out there, so she wants to discuss with the doctor which ones would likely be safe and which ones would not. For instance, live vaccines are genera
  7. I bought a Blue Air 211+ and Winix for my classroom. Combined, they can change out the air in my classroom in 12 minutes. With Covid spreading like wildfire in the schools, I think it's essential to have an air purifier in the room. I also double mask for my bigger classes. The Blue Air 211+ is rated for 560 sq ft. The Winix is at a great price right now at Costco and comes with 2 years worth of filters. It is also very quiet on the two lower levels.
  8. I was a secular hser. I hsed my kids K-12. I am now a high school science teacher. I can completely understand the desire to have a site that is really and truly strictly secular. It can be very hard to find materials that don't blast religion at you all over the place that aren't just standard textbooks. It was a huge pain to always need to work around the weird religious stuff that popped up in the weirdest places for no reason at all.
  9. Our hospitals and all health authorities are begging the governor to shut things down for at least two weeks to help stem the tide or at least give the local governments authority to do it (although most of our state needs it). He refuses. At least he did finally put a mask order in place.
  10. Remember that deaths lag hospitalization by 2-4 weeks. We were seeing deaths going down or staying steady at first. That is no longer the case.
  11. It's pretty bad in my local area. We have refrigerated trucks for the bodies that won't fit in the morgues. We have multiple hospitals that are turning everybody away now because they are full. We will be opening the convention center for overflow soon. These are the conditions you open schools in. What people don't seem to realize is that the schools would not be able to stay open with infection rates this high. With the levels we have in the community right now, we will have multiple students in every school who are positive and it will be transmitted to others. I doubt that we'd be ab
  12. The recipe that I use requires 85% ground turkey. If you have leaner ground turkey, then you would need to add grated butter to make it work. 1 pound 85% ground turkey 1 package fresh chives 1 jalapeno 2 Tbs bread crumbs 1 tsp chili flakes 1/4 tsp salt Remove the insides of the jalapenos and then chop the jalapenos. Chop the chives. Mix all ingredients together and divide into 4 parts. Press into patties using a burger press (love my burger press). Cook in a skillet on medium. This is one of the few things that my 22yo with food allergies and OCD eats.
  13. Do you think states should open back up? Not yet. I would feel better with widespread testing, quarantining those who test positive, and contact tracing abilities in place. Do you think it should be done state by state or all states at the same time? I think states should get together in groups. We obviously aren't going to have a national policy because our federal government is refusing to take part in anything. What do you think should open back up? The first things to open up would be elective surgeries that are elective only in the sense that they are not emergencies. Then any
  14. Re: Attendance policies at schools These are mostly determined by the state. In Texas, makeup hours are required after missing 10% of classes, even with confirmed illness. For instance, one of my students had surgery and a long recovery in the hospital. The state still said that after 10% of classes were missed for that semester, the student had to do makeup hours for the hours that were missed. Re: staggered start times Staggering start times would be a nightmare logistically. You would need twice as many teachers to manage this and schools don't have budget for that or enough
  15. I teach public high school. We are definitely limited in what we can do. We have permission to use zoom with students but with all kinds of threats about losing our license. I'm recording videos of my desktop using screencastomatic and posting that for my students. Once I have had several students with the same question, I post a new video explaining that. I'm available by email and I have a google voice number that parents can call or text me on (provided by the school). We are required to touch base with every family where the student has not turned in an assignment the week before. We don't
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