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  1. 5 minutes ago, KrissiK said:

    I am so sorry for your experience. As a previous poster mentioned as well, hospice here is not necessarily a place. It is a system of care. My dad passed away last weekend.  He was 85, had dementia and had started to seriously decline in May, but was still living at home. My mom took him to the hospital the weekend before he passed, he was in the hospital for 3 days and then put in a skilled nursing facility of our choice under the authority of an outside hospice program. It was a wonderful experience. He had always been in terrible back pain, so they gave him meds for that, but other than that, the goal was to keep him comfortable. I visited him a couple times, and then last Saturday we got a call that he was deteriorating, so we went in around 3:00. His hospice nurse was an absolute jewel. She was just gentle and loving and just became an emotional rock for us in those last few hours.. She told us what was happening as he passed. Every step of the way and the signs to look for. He passed more quickly than anyone really anticipated, but I wasn’t scared or confused, and I was with him when he passed. It was a precious experience.

    I am sorry for your recent loss. Your hospice nurse sounds amazing. What a beautiful experience for your family.

    Hospice was also amazing for our family....with both my dad and more recently my Mom. Both of their passings were peaceful and I am forever thankful for the care and compassion we received from the hospice team. 

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  2. 19 hours ago, gardenmom5 said:

    It depends where you're going.

    airports are mandatory masking.  airplanes are mandatory masking.  those refusing to mask can, and have, been thrown off of flights.  (I just got back from TX.  Didn't even get any TX BBQ . . . cry.)

    SeaTac has a "TSA spot saver" for morning flights, with some airlines. You pick a time, and go.  The regular line was, a line.  There was NO ONE in the "spot saver" line.  (there were more people in the TSA precheck line.)

    I'd love to go to the coast for a "king tide".  Those are only about three days in Nov/Dec/Jan.  Dh has some of his busiest days and can't leave.  Maybe I should just go by myself . . . ..

    True, airports are madatory masking. However, I can attest that many are not following that 'mandate' and no enforcing was being done. I live in Alaska and am traveling in the lower 48. Airports have included point of origin, SEATAC, Spokane, SL City and Nashville. 

    And the mask enforcing is 'loose' on flights too while passengers are ' sipping' on their drinks. Couple behind me in 1st class sipped and talked for over 2 hrs straight. I asked the flight attendent if they were not enforcing the mask mandate. When she said they were still 'sipping' their drinks, I said they have been blabbing for 2 straight hours 🙄. She went and asked them to put on their masks...so there is that. 

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  3. 4 hours ago, frogger said:

    I love my home, Alaska. It is beautiful just gorgeous. The folks are friendly. Homeschooling is easy but that cost of living thing would probably make you scratch it off your list. It is dreadfully expensive.

    Another one that LOVES Alaska!  We moved here 4yrs ago and are now making this state our home after my husband's retirement from 26yrs active Army this summer. As frogger stated... it is beyond gorgeous here and people are helpful and mostly friendly. There are few people compared to the size of the state so it is easy to find solitude and a slower pace of life. Homeschooling is super easy with tons of support.

    The downsides are it is far from the lower 48 so traveling is expensive, our winters up here in the Interior are harsh ( think dark and below 30s/40s), and it is expensive. 

    This state just got into my soul in a way that brings me a sense of peace I have never experienced before. I have no desire to live anywhere else now and growing up in a military family, then marrying a soldier.... I have lived all over. 

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  4. I live here in Alaska. Feel free to PM me if you would like.

    You first need to decide HOW you want to experience Alaska? If you go with the cruise, although you will see and do some neat things, you will miss alot of what makes this state unique and amazing. You will also be crammed with other tourists. 

    You venture out on your own, you will have the freedom to explore and experience the state avoiding much of the tourists traps and really get to enjoy Alaska. 

    Also narrow down what kind of activities you are interested in. What do you really want to see/ experience. The state is HUGE and so different depending on where you are within the state. There really are so many options. 


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  5. 10 minutes ago, Jean in Newcastle said:

    Unfortunately this is not always true. Some extremely conservative families have home births with no birth certificates. Not saying that you can’t have a birth certificate with a home birth but some don’t request them and it’s then hard to obtain one without parental help. 

    And my understanding is that social security requires a birth certificate. 

    But he has a job. And if the job is outside of the family then he probably has a social security card because that’s required for tax purposes. So this might be a moot point. 

    I am just pointing this out because there was a fairly famous case of a young woman who wanted to leave a few years ago who had no birth certificate. We discussed it extensively on this board!  

    I see. I was assuming that the birth would have been recorded and he had a ss card given he was working. I understand where you are coming from though. 

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  6. 2 minutes ago, Jean in Newcastle said:

    I would make sure that he has his identity documents (birth certificate and social security) first because controlling parents can react to losing some control by clamping down even further and if he doesn't have them already, he's lost his chance. 

    Even if his parents are controlling and won't give him his birth certificate, with a qualifying id card, he can obtain a certified copy on his own. 

    And with a social security card, he can also obtain a replacement of that with his birth certificate and identification. It is not like he is out of luck if his parents were to try and choose to make things difficult for him. 

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  7. 12 hours ago, tinnitusteen55 said:

    It’s been two weeks since my second Moderna vaccine, and I’m experiencing tinnitus. I’m 19 years old, and the static in my ears has become unbearable, mostly when I’m trying to sleep. I noticed that my ears felt a little ‘weird’ sometime within the past few weeks, but I couldn’t put my finger on it and didn’t think much of it. I returned from college recently, and that’s when it hit me that something very terrible had happened. In my dorm, our AC was pretty loud, so that served as a white noise machine and prevented me from realizing how bad the tinnitus was... now that I’m back, I have difficulty falling asleep without white noise because of this constant din. It’s driving me crazy, and it won’t go away.

    My initial 2nd vaccine immune response was significantly more powerful than anything my friends’ experienced (if they experienced any symptoms at all after 2nd dose,) so maybe that has something to do with it. I’m also a bit of a worrywart, but the night my 2nd dose symptoms (intense, hours-long shivering, fever, etc.) set-in, I feared I would fall asleep and never wake up.

    I just hope it’s not like this forever. I’ve felt so physically run-down. I’m scared about what my future will be like if I already have ringing like this at 19. I might’ve had a little tinnitus before, maybe, but nothing like this living hell at all. I’m going to try to get an appointment with an ear doctor very soon, but from what I’ve read it doesn’t seem like there’s much anyone can do. 

    I wish there was more info out there about this. I’m not someone who had any pre-existing concerns... I ran cross country in high school, try to keep in shape, and I’ve never had a major health incident in my life. I’m just some random college kid 😞


    I am sorry you are suffering. As someone who has had tinnitus for 2 years and experienced extreme distress in my early stages, let me encourage you to get some support from a forum called Tinnitus Support Message Board if you feel it would be helpful. That forum was a lifesaver for me and I still post there now to help others out. 

    I would stay away from Tinnitus Talk though. 

    Even if your tinnitus does stay, there is a natural process called habituation that will provide you with relief in the future. 



  8. I am sorry. News like that is always tough 😞

    And it is ok to be angry, even at God. I struggled with feelings of guilt surrounding my anger towards God when my Dad was diagnosed with ALS and then again when Mom entered hospice care with metastic breast cancer. One thing I learned is that not only does God understand, he can handle it. Life is not fair sometimes. Hugs and prayers for you. 

    Enjoy your time and trip as best as you can. Make some beautiful memories!!

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  9. Registered early 2012. Mostly just been a lurker regularly all of these years with very occasional postings. 

    I was a prior social worker that was feeling the tug to not only stay home with my boys but homeschool as well. I resigned to stay home but kind of brushed off the homeschool idea for 2 years until spring of 2009 when my 3rd grader came home with a book from his male teacher with an inappropriate picture tucked in. Long story short, I was beyond mortified...an emergency meeting was called at the school and an internal investigation revealed disturbing info on the teachers hardrive at school in addition to the photo. He was held accountable and is no longer permitted to teach.  I pulled son from school and never looked back. 

    So with no time to research I jumped into homeschooling a bit overwhelmed. I eventually stumbled onto this forum while researching curriculum and options. 

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  10. 25 minutes ago, Annie G said:

    Will definitely pray for you. When my anxiety was thru the roof dealing w dh’s sister, Xanax truly made a huge difference. It was a tiny dose and all it did was take the edge off. I was able to function way better- no mistakes and no anger, but I was still able to fully focus on advocating and getting things done. It was amazing stuff. Haven’t needed it even once after that situation was resolved. Not saying you need something, but do know that for some folks it makes a huge difference. 

    Agree completely on the small dose of Xanax. 

    I have had to rely on it at different times of  crisis in my adult life when my just ' normal' anxiety went off the charts. The small dose helped me to feel more calm, sleep better, and I could think more clearly without feeling completely overwhelmed. It also minimized the physical symptoms I was experiencing that resulted from the anxiety. 

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  11. 9 hours ago, Lecka said:

    It is really hard for me to know what 25-year-old me would make of current times.  I think 25-year-old me would still want to have kids.  42-year-old me can wonder what 25-year-old me was thinking.  Things seem so different to me when I look at them for my kids instead of -- just the normal-to-me things going on around me.  

    I knew 25-year-olds, when I was 25, who were thinking about things in a really different way -- but I don't think I would have been thinking that way in a 25-year-old version of myself.  

    I think you accidentally replied in the wrong thread. 

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  12. Yes, I saw that it was a different instructor too. 

    Great question. I guess getting an accurate description of this class might prove faulty if the teacher is new this year.

    2 hours ago, MamaSprout said:

    Has anyone had this instructor before? It doesn't look like Mrs. Thompson is teaching it this year. The instructor's name is Lisa Glover. https://www.bluetentonline.com/lisa-glover



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