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Jann in TX

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    Empress Bee of the Hill Country
  • Birthday May 25

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    Homeschool mom from 1998-2010 (currently afterschooling youngest)
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    Central Texas
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    Math, quilting & cake decorating
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    former math teacher turned homeschool mom and back again

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  1. I'm about a year out from my rotator cuff surgery--- Yep-- pain in front of shoulder is a major symptom! An MRI would be needed-- if there is a tear PT may help-- my tear was 70-80% and I opted for PT first-- 5 months of pain later I had surgery. The surgery was even more PAINFUL-- plus I lost full movement of my arm and had to build up from there-- most painful injury of my life! -- but it did get better. I now have near full movement back and only residual pain now and then. It has been a LONG road. Without surgery I would still be in pain with limited movement. A GP would be worthless for diagnostic purposes-- but they can get the ball rolling for scans-- get him to an orthopedist ASAP-- they know better how to prescribe PT and when to move on to surgical repair.
  2. DD has be diagnosed with PNES-- the seizures are not epileptic-- so good news-bad news. There are no meds available to stop the PNES seizures. We have used some bio-feedback with her and she has been able to stop a few of them this way (this gives me hope!) Dr thinks the stress from the pregnancy (preeclampsia) and the c-section combined with postpartum depression made the perfect storm. We are praying that these will stop on their own as she makes the effort to rid her body and mind of stress. It is about a 50-50 chance... half of the people with PNES never recover and are on full disability the rest of their lives... She is on emergency medical leave from her teaching job...
  3. They admitted her and were running LOTS of tests... DH and youngest dd came home around 1am and DH is heading back there now (7:30 am)... I'm home with the baby (I do 90% of his care anyways). Thankfully the baby slept from 1am to 7am and is back asleep now!
  4. Dr thinks it might be related to the preeclampsia she had when pregnant... She 'lost her words' after the seizure-- its been a few hours and her speech is finally coming back..
  5. So sorry hear this about such a young dog. We lost a 3y old dog to renal failure-- it ended up being that he had a congenital kidney issue (kidney did not develop properly). There are special foods that can help if the disease is caught early enough... dialysis was out of the question for us (big dog and too expensive).
  6. My middle dd lives with us (she had a baby 9 weeks ago). When she came home from work tonight (she is a PS teacher with a long commute) she was complaining about being tired and dizzy. She sat down with us to watch a TV show and almost immediately I noticed her 'grunting'-- then we turned the lights on and she started having a full blown seizure! DH rushed her to the hospital (she had several more on the way and some 'smaller ones' when she got there). Dr's are running tests now. We have suspected partial seizures for years-- but they have never been caught by a DR (even after a week in the hospital 'hooked up'). This was NOT a partial seizure! DD does have a history of several bad concussions. What should we expect?
  7. Yes we did-- We inadvertently skipped a month and that was enough! Young dog we were all invested in so worth the cost to get him well. He is VERY active-- so keeping him slowed down was a pain-- we did luck into a series of bad/wet weather so those days he wasn't wanting outside anyways! We did not kennel-- but limited the areas of the house he could get to. LOTS of chew toys and extra grooming helped to keep him settled.
  8. Could be-- but LOTS of homeschoolers like to rush their students into Pre-Calc and Calc too! I have a boat load of texts and have been teaching Algebra 2 for over 30 years...and the Lial program is pretty 'standard'... I would have liked a few more extra/optional topics at the end-- but not a deal breaker for me-- more than 90% of my students really really need the slower progression. We just finished a 'review' of polynomial division-- and today I supplemented with an intro to synthetic division and the remainder theorem (since we are also working with function notation)... it was a fun class. It is one of the FEW times I might supplement this program.
  9. Yes, Lial Intermediate Algebra IS Algebra 2. It flows very nicely into Lial Pre-Calculus-- a leading college-level text. I rather students be SOLID in their algebra foundation than have them rush into higher level topics just to say that their program is 'more advanced'... this does not mean better student understanding! A student who is SOLID in their algebra will be prepared to take on Pre-Calculus when they are enrolled in Pre-Calculus... Algebra 2 has always had fewer 'new' concepts compared to other levels of high school math. One can review Algebra 1 and then take it deeper (building strong foundation) or one can move through that quickly and add in topics from the NEXT LEVEL sooner... I consider DO's Algebra 2 to be 'honors'-- it covers quite a bit of Pre-Calc (the topics mentioned in another post are covered thoroughly in the Lial Pre-Calc text-- good thing, because they are Pre-Calculus topics! The majority of Algebra 2 students are NOT honor's level students. They can still go on to become rocket scientists (I've had several!) Lial Intermediate Algebra's handling of Algebra 2 is still college prep! I personally am glad there is still a CHOICE in progression... it is not a one-size fits all thing. DO and AOPS are great options for students who NEED to be pushed (honors kids). Lial Intermediate (and other standard level Algebra 2 texts) have their place as well!
  10. Hint-- if you give your BD's a good soak in a warm bath they will almost surely 'go' in the water.... then toss the water into the toilet--- No smell! My dd's BD is a 'morning poo-er'... so if she gets up too late for the bath method she has him trained to 'go' on the newsprint/paper towel and she can quickly whisk it away. Only once or twice a year has he 'finger painted' the tank (with his tail...)-- that requires an extensive clean up effort.... but he is worth it! Here is a picture of youngest dd-- she was about 2.5 yrs old... with our first BD (one in my avatar) Drako-- he was about 6 months old- and yes, she was walking around our house 'wearing' him!
  11. Our family LOVES bearded dragons! They live around 7 years so they are a commitment! The BD in my avatar was Drako-- he was our first and by far the sweetest BD ever! Over the past 16 years we have raised 5 bearded dragons from juvi stage to adult. We purchased mostly through breeders (and one through PetSmart). We also rescued an adult 'mostly dead' BD. With our vet's help we were able to save her and she lived 5 more years (age of 8 when she passed)- she was a 'happy' lizard named Lizard-Bella...pretty name for one UGLY gal-- but she was full of personality. Her original owners did not care for her properly-- they did not use the special lights or give her proper food and supplements... she ended up without the use of her front 'hands' but was very content being carted around or sitting in a sun beam on the patio. For the first 4 babies we fed mainly crickets (it is also best to get them eating a bit of salad as soon as possible but 80% of juvi diet needs to be 'live'). I would order them online by the 500's and even 1000's (much cheaper than getting a few at a time from pet store). Juvi's can eat 50 per day! The last baby (now an adult) eats mainly roaches. My oldest dd is his current owner and tells me the roach colony is not as smelly as the crickets (she has a system worked out that keeps the smell down)-- she also has another more exotic lizard who enjoys roaches as well. For several years we kept a silkworm colony going. Their food was a bit smelly (unless we found a supply of fresh mulberry leaves) but their life cycle was fascinating and the local school teachers had plenty of our 'extras' to observe PLUS the beardies LOVED them! Once the beardies get close to adult size they eat mostly veggies with some fruit-- and a few bites of live food (crickets, roaches...) once or twice a week. WARNING-- bearded dragon poo STINKS! Luckily they tend to 'go' in the same place each time so we keep a layer of newspaper or paper towels down and remove the offense as soon as possible! For babies we usually start them out in a 20-40 gallon tank for the first 4-6 months then we move them to a 75-80 gallon aquariums (one per tank). My daughters have had so much fun designing the tank interiors... the current BD has a cave inside an R2D2 model... my favorite was a replica of a Mayan had a castle... The larger tanks are easier to regulate-- hot side/cold side as well as basking platform area with 'cave' underneath and a feeding/potty area. BD's are solitary critters-- they RARELY get along with a tank mate. Of the 6 we have had only one was resistant to human handling-- most LOVED the interaction. Two of our guys would get extremely excited when they saw their lizard leashes come out-- they loved exploring the house and the backyard-- DD would even take them to the local parades! (She uses ferret leashes).
  12. Not grade inflation-- my dd had 5 AP's her Jr year (2 her sophomore year) and all A's- -she is ranked 24th in her class (a few of her A's were low A's)... she did not want to apply to UT (but she did visit)-- so no worries about her not being in the top 6%-- not interested in the other Texas schools that took top 10%... she applied to ONE out of state school and got in! **The University of Texas (UT) gives Texas PS students who are in the to 6% of their graduating class automatic admission (to the university --NOT to the 'college' program student wants so they still have to apply). The other state universities in Texas give automatic admissions to the top 10% of public school students.
  13. Standard form has both x and y on the left of the = and the constant on the right. x has to be positive. No fractions anywhere. Even the ACT/SAT test will ask students to put their answers in a particular form (the tests I give my students also asks for specific forms)... the vocabulary of the form in important to know. Standard form, slope-intercept form and point-slope form are the 3 typically seen. They each have their own purpose/strength.
  14. I'm so sorry for your friend-- I have personally been in her shoes... At its worst, my psoriasis was over 90% of my body. My sheets were a bloody mess every morning. I wore dark clothing because the plaques would crack and bleed when I moved a joint... the main part of my face was spared so I would still occasionally go out in public. It is EXTREMELY painful as your skin RIPS down through all layers. I was fortunate that I responded well to Enbrel. I was on it for 5 years before it stopped working (I was one of the first 100 patients to use it!). Humira made me violently ill (but after being on it only 6 weeks--MISERABLY ILL-- I had near full clearing for almost a year!). I've tried several other injectables...most had no positive results or very little. Cosentex was the latest one I was on-- I hope to get well enough to go back on it again soon-- I'm flaring and have LARGE plaques on arms-- in ears, eyebrows, thighs-- starting in scalp... under finger and toe nails...(too painful to have manicure or wear artificial nails!). My family (and myself) laugh when the commercials for some of these medications come on TV... when they go over the side effects they say-- Hey Mom-- that warning was because of YOU... -- Overactive T cells are to blame for psoriasis. It is a GENETIC mutation-- you cannot 'catch' it. There is lots of evidence that strep infections can be a 'trigger' (I had chronic strep as a child... go figure). Enbrel is a TNFA inhibitor... it turns that part of your T-cells off... unfortunately for me, when you experience a traumatic bone injury your body needs that type of T cell to tell the bones to heal! Like me, Scarlett's friend has to find the right inhibitor. MOST Dr's have their 'pet' medications-- ones they are familiar with or ones that they earn kickbacks by prescribing. A good Dr will work with and for the patient instead of just throwing anything at them... Drs to see would be dermatologist who specializes in psoriasis (I found one in Austin, TX)... or a rheumatologist (if her psoriasis is that severe she probably has psoriatic arthritis too...)
  15. So so sorry for your loss. Praying for unimaginable peace for you and your family.
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