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Yolanda in Mass

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  1. Messiah College - one and only choice, with nice scholarship, too. We're done now and this is my youngest. Good luck to all!
  2. This is an area where it's really up to the family and the standards they have set for themselves. I won't read any books with sex scenes or filthy language because that type of content truly offends me and troubles me, I always feel like a voyeur, so I'm not going to recommend this type of material for my boys, 20 and 17. They're certainly at an age where they can choose otherwise, but it is a slippery slope. How much filth is too much? Same goes for movies. I prefer not to watch R rated movies for the same reason. Exceptions are movies rate R for thematic material. The movie "The Pianist" c
  3. I hopped onto this board from the College Board, and I couldn't help but comment on this disorder. My 20yos was recently diagnosed with ADHD and in the process of doing lots of research I learned that over 80% of people with Tourette's have ADHD. In fact, over 3/4 of ADHD people have other "issues" - anxiety, depression, OCD, bipolar, etc., etc. Just thought I'd pass on this interesting piece of information. Yolanda
  4. I would expect it to be excellent. This area is one of the top 2 media markets for pro sports. The Boston Globe has one of the best, if not the best, sports section in the country, and the local AM sports station is the #1 sports station in the country. Heck, we now have an all-sports FM station. People around here LOVE, LOVE, LOVE their pro sports. Not sure why. On the flip side, no one cares a dead rat's patooty about collegiate sports. That would be heresy in other parts of the country, I know.
  5. I see that you're in VA, but I know that UMass Amherst has a sports mgt program through their school of management which is pretty competitive. They have some of the nicest facilities on the entire campus. Here's the link: http://www.isenberg.umass.edu/sportmgt/ My younger son would be a natural for this type of major, but loathes UMass where his older brother currently attends. He says he breaks out in hives simply driving through the rather large campus (20,000+ students). Yolanda
  6. October SAT scores available on-line.
  7. Some kids, like you, can handle incidents like this, some can't. While I do not want to be a helicopter parent, I also don't subscribe to the "sink or swim" philosophy either. If a young person wants to move out on their own at 18, get a job in a different city, maybe they can handle it. My son has not made those choices because he KNOWS he can't, and that he has a lot of growing up to do. My parents subscribed to the "sink or swim" philosophy thinking they were helping me to grow up. Yeah, I figured it out, but I sure resented the fact they weren't there to help. I resented the fact that I wa
  8. The only thing I can think to do is to find out what hospital the school uses and find out from them the reputation. I would also ask how they handle emergencies. Does anyone go with student? How do they get back? How parents notified? When are they notified? Ds2 has asthma and we're doing a college visit this week. One of my first stops is the medical center. Of course, the school we're visiting is a small Christian school (<3,000) vs the huge secular public school (27,000) where ds1 attends. As ds1 said, on the one hand had he gone to choice #2, he would have been 11 hours away when
  9. Sad state of our culture that our young people are treated so badly. My son has experienced what your ds has, being ridiculed or dismissed by ER docs or even regular docs. One ER doc told him he was "wound too tight and to take Tai Chi". Do you think for even one nanosecond one of us would be spoken to like that? Thankfully, it certainly was not a life-threatening condition like yours. Yolanda
  10. My son got a call last night, Sunday, at 10pm to let him know that the x-ray of his back, taken 4 days earlier showed an L1-L2 compression (??) something or other. They want him to come into health services tomorrow for a follow-up. Needless to say, our confidence in either the hospital or health services is nonexistent so we decided to take him to the ER here at home, have someone we trust look at the x-rays, and see what's going on. He's there now with his dad. I have enough experience to know that any abnormal test result should be communicated asap or at least within 24 hrs, not 4 day
  11. Good point. I'll get more details from him this weekend, but when I spoke with him that night he was pretty angry that they forced him to go.
  12. FWIW - I did call the director yesterday and she was appalled (?) to hear that he walked 4 miles before being picked up by a friend, but seems to be concentrating on why we weren't contacted initially. I made it clear to her that this lack of contact is not nearly as important as dumping my son in the middle of nowhere, so to speak, with no way of getting back. She's "investigating". I'd be curious to find out if the other very pricey schools in the area (there are 4 private colleges close by with price tags in the mid-upper $40s) dump their kids like my son's school does. According to the
  13. Oh my! I thought I was the only one who does the cell phone check before climbing into bed. Or...how about the texts that are sent when you're asleep? Do they really think we're sitting there, staring at the phone, and waiting for a text? How about just coming home on time?! :glare: Yolanda
  14. My son most definitely did not want to go in the ambulance or to the hospital but was not given a choice. (?!) In fact, and I'll get all the details this weekend when he's home, he wasn't sure why he was sent initially. Hadn't even thought about the ambulance bill!! Among all the other matters....I'm sick to death of the way people in authority treat young people. I seriously doubt they would DARE to treat one of us this way.
  15. My son is at UMass Amherst, the flagship campus of our state uni; it's a huge campus. Thankfully, he's coming home for the weekend so we can have him checked out here. Your permanent problems from a badly treated ankle injury makes this imperative now.
  16. Another sister here! I've told friends with younger kids that it only gets harder. Some encourager I am, huh? Seriously, our kids will make bad choices and you CAN NOT blame yourself for every bad choice they make. I say this knowing full well you will, 'cause I do. "My faith is sufficient for you, for my power is made great in your weakness." 2 Cor 12:9 You're not alone! Yolanda
  17. My son has a car since he lives off campus. The problem is that health svcs sent him to the hospital via ambulance with no way of getting back. He has no health problems, usually. But after this incident, we're going to find a local doctor that he can see. This way he can, hopefully, avoid future Nurse Ratchets!
  18. I pass this on hoping/praying that others can avoid this. When looking at colleges, ask them: If you send a kid to the ER in an ambulance, do you notify their parents? What arrangements do you make for them to be transported back? Do you send anyone with them? Do you really care? No, this is not a joke. My son was sent to the ER in an ambulance directly from the school's health services. He had injured his back the night before while working out and was there to have it checked out. Not sure of all details yet, but in the process the nurse discovered that he was having some tr
  19. :iagree:Same here! Waking up every night, 2-3 times a night, to hold a bucket under your child while they throw up in the midst of the paroxysms of coughing stinks.
  20. Do any of you with ADD/ADHD kids have any experience with this? My ds will be seeing a new psychologist, who was highly recommended by the Hallowell Ctr, and she strongly urged this be done. She said it aids in pinpointing the subtype of ADHD he has which helps fine tune treatment. She said it's also needed should he decide to pursue accommodations at the university. Right now he says he doesn't need any. Yolanda
  21. I haven't read his blog, but I have spoken with him at homeschool conferences, heard him speak, and have used his material for 7-8 years. I'm sorry you've come away with that impression, but I have never found him to be arrogant at all. I haven't seen that attitude in his material either, nor have I heard that complaint. If anything, I have found his material to be much less arrogant, or unnecessarily didactic, than other science material. It is so easy to misinterpret the tone of informal written material such as a blog. Think of how often the tone in emails is misinterpreted. Happens to
  22. :iagree: You all know, of course, the impulsivity and risk-taking that accompanies ADD/ADHD, right? Well my younger non-ADHD son said about his older ADHD brother, "That kid could peg a 2100 on his SAT and I wouldn't come close to that score, but I wouldn't do one single stupid thing he's ever done." And he's absolutely right. Yolanda
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