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Harriet Vane

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  1. FDA approved those treatments according to Forbes.
  2. This chart is really, really low compared to our experience as homeschoolers. This is really, really low compared to our experience as homeschoolers. In K + first + second grades the kids did roughly an hour of seatwork, spread out in 10-15 minute blips here and there through the day. We spent much more time than that in read-alouds that included literature, history, and science. The read-aloud time was something they were always eager for, so it didn't feel to us like school was constant. Third through fifth grade we spent more like four hours a day on schoolwork, spread out between seat work, reading, or hands-on experiences like science experiments or art projects. In junior high and high school both kids spent a lot more hours per day. In high school it was more like a full-time job for them, but with lots of breaks within the day and lots of forays out for co-op or community college classes. Both kids have done exceedingly well in college. Both kids were accepted to big-deal universities and both have maintained high-achieving academic status at their universities.
  3. There is no question. This was not a little nip. It was multiple bites and it was unprovoked. I would put the dog down. If I were the parent of the child, I would take whatever measures were necessary to put the dog down.
  4. Yes, you must ALL stop going to the grocery store. Get delivery if at all possible. If that is not possible, then see about having a friend help with your groceries. The minimum standard is isolation for 14 days. However, there are different studies that suggest that once infected, a person can continue shedding virus, so there is some debate about whether to shoot for 21 or 28 days isolation after symptoms emerge. Without testing it's anyone's best guess. All we can do is assume we are contagious and behave accordingly.
  5. I am having a hard time figuring out how long a person continues to be contagious AFTER having a coronavirus infection. I tried asking at a doctor's office and got a stressed out nurse who said, "There is NO such thing as a mild coronavirus infection, so the person didn't have it." Stressed out nurse also said, "If the person has any symptoms AT ALL then that person should continue to isolate." This information is incorrect. There are controlled studies based on testing that show large numbers of asymptomatic carriers as well as many who suffer only a mild illness. I have read some of their stories in the New York Times and other sources. That is why this virus spreads so rapidly and insidiously. Someone close to me had a serious case of pneumonia many years ago. This person shared that her shortness of breath lasted for a couple months. It wasn't an indication of infection, but rather of damage to lung tissue. So the presence of physical distress is not necessarily a measure of the presence of a virus. So now I am turning to the internet, hoping someone can use their google-fu and their smarts to help us figure out potential contagion to family members and how best to behave. I understand that we are not doctors here--all of us have to puzzle through what is accurate and what is best to do. If someone definitely had a mild respiratory infection that included wheezing and chest pain for more than a week, with mild fever for a couple days, at what point is that person considered to be not contagious? If the person is still short of breath, with a bit of a hitch in the throat, but mostly fine with good energy, is that contagious? That is two weeks out from when symptoms originally erupted. The guidelines I found online are fever free for three days and two negative coronavirus tests. There are no tests available for people who do not need immediate hospitalization. So how on earth do the rest of us figure out how to behave? I am interested in hearing thoughts both on how long to isolate in a room alone within the home (away from family members) versus how long to refrain from going out in public with or without a mask/gloves. Thanks for your help.
  6. Scarlett, I would not get bogged down in semantics about faith at this point. (And I speak as someone whose faith is central to all that I do and think.) What is at the heart of your brother's concern? He does not want his child to suffer. Reassure your brother in strong terms that any child in your care will be loved extravagantly and fully accepted for who they are. There will never be shaming, guilting, or blaming for being different or for believing differently, and there will never be ugliness, manipulation, or harshness about religion.
  7. I agree with the principles others have written here--rectifying the bigger problem that was caused from drama, engaging in more practice, working on executive function. One thing I will add--during this horrible holocaust we all face, we can certainly expect regression in maturity and behaviors. When people are scared, sometimes they do stupid or selfish things. Drama kid is avoiding the task, but drama kid may also be subconsciously driven to escape in general right now. Not that that means we don't train better behavior, but it's something to keep in mind. Our children need us to guide them in managing fear and trauma right now. When is it appropriate to seek escape? (Because sometimes it IS the right choice.) When is it necessary to engage in a task? When do I focus on my needs, and when do I choose to help others?
  8. This is our issue as well. Two young adults out of state and when to bring them home. Juggling their logistics versus possible contagion here.
  9. Do you think states will close borders?
  10. Also, there are quite a few Agatha Christie and other classic audiobooks available for free on YouTube.
  11. I do two kinds. An overall motion that moves a lot of things at once, particular in my upper body, helps loosen up my back, neck, and spine, which is where my most ingrained, chronic issues are. I love the elliptical machine. I have also had some good results from using an arm bike (a good one with a fairly large cycle, not one of the little table top ones). Paddling a canoe is wonderful for me, and I can replicate that at home sitting at home with a stretchy band secured in a closed door. I also target certain areas. Long slow stretches don't do much for me. Moving a problem area in a repetitive way does help, either just moving it on its own or also using a ball to create a pressure point. For example, I might place the ball under my shoulder on a knot and then move my arm up and down or around in circles to massage where the ball is. Another helpful device for those knots is a Theracane massage tool. I can rub it on a problem area or I can use the balled end to push on a sore spot.
  12. Anyone enjoy shopping? I am overwhelmed by all the choices and I hate shopping. I need to find a recliner for my beloved father-in-law. He is elderly and he has lots of aches and pains. He is well-to-do and can afford something nice. Here are the specs: Leather Power (not manual) NOT rocking--the only motion we want is to recline or sit up. He is unsteady on his feet, so stability is key. Tall enough to rest his head on the chair back and put his feet comfortably on the footrest. He used to be six foot but he is shrinking. He likes a classic look (nailheads are nice) but he needs something CUSHY and COMFY. Anyone care to help for fun? Let the games begin! Thanks!
  13. Beth, I admire you so much for your courage in tackling this. Every time you post, I am personally encouraged. Your hard work is an example to me that I can work hard on my needs, too.
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