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  1. Thanks everyone. I have made an appointment with our GP this morning and we will go from there. It seemed to slow down overnight but has picked up again now that she's up and awake. That's probably just because she was laying down all night.
  2. Dr. Hive, My oldest daughter will be thirteen next week. She started her period on Christmas Day this past year. On Friday she started her third period. The cycles have gotten shorter every month, but I think her body was syncing to mine because I started the same day that she did. Anyway... First two days were fairly light, a normal amount. About two hours ago she told me that she'd bled through her tampon and needed me to soak her underwear before washing. I told her no problem. She mentioned that her flow was very heavy so I told her to put on a pad with her tampon. About thirty minutes later, we were standing in the kitchen talking and she abruptly went to the bathroom. She'd bled through her regular tampon, her pad was soaked, her underwear was soaked in a large spot on the back, it was dripping down her leg, and there was some tissue/clots in the toilet. I have never had a heavy flow (thankfully) so this just seems very excessive to me. Should I be concerned here?
  3. The term 'stomach flu' is a misnomer. A stomach virus is not a flu. It is a stomach virus, typically a norovirus. The flu is influenza, which is a respiratory virus and has nothing to do with gastrointestinal viruses. So when people say stomach flu, they mean stomach virus, which means norovirus. http://www.m.webmd.com/children/features/the-truth-about-stomach-flu The good news is that yes, Lysol does kill influenza- the respiratory virus. The bad news is that it does NOT kill norovirus (aka stomach 'flu') You can check the label and you will find that norovirus is not listed. That's because, unfortunately, norovirus is in the 1% that Lysol does not kill. Lysol brand III kills it but cannot be purchased in stores. We order it on Amazon. It comes in a red and white can. To double check, you can read the back of the can to see if norovirus is listed. If it's not listed, it's not killing it. I realize that this post is a few days old and at this point you're most likely safe regardless. If you ever run into this again, be aware that the only real chemical to kill norovirus is bleach. Not bleach wipes or spray. Pure chlorine bleach, preferably out of a brand new container. The only hand sanitizer that kills norovirus is Zylast and Germstar-noro. We use Zylast products and we purchase them on Amazon. Aside from that, just keep your hands washed Signed, lifetime emetophobe and norophobe. If I'm an expert on any topic, it's this one. :) http://www.emetophobiahelp.org/norovirus.html
  4. My daughters are heavily involved in the world of competitive/allstar cheerleading. Most of this is cheer-speak and those who are not involved will not understand, but my oldest was on three teams last year, a Youth 5, a Senior Coed 3, and a Senior 4. My youngest was only on one team last season, a Junior 3. With tuition, private lessons, uniforms and practicewear, competition fees, travel (oh gosh, the travel), gas, camps, etc.. we calculated roughly 25K this past season. That doesn't count the random unseen expenses (gift for the team mom, team tshirts, end of the year party, etc).
  5. I have 2 of the softcover workbooks for sale. One is completely unused and the other was written in for the first 6 lessons in pencil, but then erased really well. PM me if you're interested.
  6. I'm not comparing THEM. I'm comparing MY ability to teach them and my own understanding of the way that they learn. You asked who am I measuring against and why? Do other people not wonder if their child is struggling or is behind in things? I find myself constantly wondering if my children are falling behind or if they are on course and learning the things that they should know. I don't want them to fall behind. I don't want to be the reason that they don't know how to do something. I don't want to fail them in some way. Am I the only person who feels this way and questions myself and how well I am teaching them? I believe from the very beginning, I asked what *I* was doing wrong, not what she was doing wrong. From my first post, " I feel like I'm failing her and she deserves better. What am I doing wrong? How can I fix this?" The only reason that I even brought up my DD11 was to point out that I personally struggle with teaching them differently. Again, not pointing out a flaw in DD9 or comparing them. I was pointing out my own misunderstanding. Either way, the situation is resolved and I appreciate all of the help and input. You ladies helped me through one of those really bad homeschooling days. So thank you again.
  7. By 'naturally smart kid', I was not insinuating that my other daughter is not naturally smart. Perhaps that was a poor wording. DD11 is highly gifted, is in DukeTIP, and is generally ahead in just about everything that she does. She gets most everything on the first try with little to no input from me while working independently. DD9 needs more explanation and more 'teaching' on my part. I'm used to DD11 doing her own studying and turning in papers that are all correct 99% of the time. DD9 sometimes misses a few. So I struggle with knowing what is the normal understanding and struggling with concepts and what is not. This entire thing was less about my daughter and more about me and my criticism of myself. I really was not trying to insinuate that my other daughter is stupid. Thank you all for your input.
  8. Thanks ladies. Seriously, thank you so much. I don't have much to compare her to because her older sister is a naturally smart kid, she usually gets everything on the first try. So I struggle with knowing what 'normal' looks like. The encouragement that you ladies gave me helped me gain some perspective and the result was that we a fantastic day of school today.
  9. She mostly struggles with grammar. Math is a close second but grammar (and spelling) is definitely the big one.
  10. I just reread her writing sample. I'm laughing that she misspelled off but correctly spelled adventure.
  11. My husband is in charge of Math. She does TT during the day and then at night he goes over all of her work with her when he gets home. He says that she has forgotten how to subtract, carry, and multiply a few times thus far this year (this is our 4th week). He will gently remind her and then she's able to continue on her own with no additional help.
  12. I've attached a writing sample. Here you can see spelling errors. I don't know how many times I've reminded her that I should be capitalized. Probably on a daily basis.
  13. I am sitting here with tears rolling down my face and I'm so tired. This is our third year. So far I've been calling this our best year. We finally found and settled in to a curriculum and daily plan that's working for us. The problem is my 9 year old. She doesn't seem to retain anything. We teach her something and she forgets it 5 seconds later. I have taught (and retaught and retaught) her how to identify verbs. At least 20 times. Tonight in the car I said, "I am tired." and I asked her to identify the verb. She said tired. I said no, then I explained verbs again and told her the verb was am. Then I asked her what the subject was. She said tired. You guys, I really have explained this in every possible way that I can imagine. I've showed her videos. My husband has explained it. She just can't seem to get it. There's a long list of other things that she's forgotten over and over too. I feel like I'm beating my head against the wall. I feel like I'm failing her and she deserves better. What am I doing wrong? How can I fix this? At this point, I'm going to call the school tomorrow. I don't know what else that I can do.
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