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  1. I love this lentil soup - no need to prep beans before hand. Just combine everything and cook.
  2. I frequent this site. Jeffrey has great recipes and a video for each one which makes it easy to see exactly what to do step by step. All videos are on YouTube and his site has step by step written instructions with photos. He just added a yogurt video so I think I will try that soon. http://pressureluckcooking.com Recently I have made: Steel cut oats Dress it yourself shredded chicken (for make ahead salads) Creamy chicken Marsala pasta (soooo goood) Beef burgandy Rice Also Taco meat as seen here: https://youtu.be/VGk1xPXkOR8 I find videos have helped me branch out and experiment more.
  3. Have not been here for a while but saw this and wanted to share this info - great recipes with videos. Just made the latest chicken Marsala with pasta the other night and it was great! http://pressureluckcooking.com http://pressureluckcooking.com/recipe/instant-pot-chicken-marsala-pasta/
  4. I understand your concern about putting him back in diapers. Just wanted to share what we did in case it helps. My son who is autistic and was not very verbal at the time trained at age 6. He would not poop in the toilet for a long time, but I could tell when he needed to. I put him in a diaper and had him go in the bathroom to do #2. When he was done he went back into underpants. He could only wear a diaper for a bm and then he had to remain in the bathroom until finished. Eventually he began to sit on the toilet for #2. It was a process, but it worked. Just wanted to share and I hope you find what works for you and supports Marco.
  5. I would suggest you and your dh make a list of all the changes you have seen in your son, including self-injurious ones, and go asap together with your son to the doctor and tell your son you are seeking a drug test to rule out drug use. Make sure the doctor knows all your concerns and sees your list of behavior changes. Make sure a release has been signed so the doctor and social worker may communicate. I encourage you to not let this go. It will be interesting to see how your son reacts to the request for a drug test and either way, whether he is using drugs or not, you will have info which will help develop an effective treatment plan.
  6. I am curious as to what the LCSW your son is seeing said about the arm hair burning and verbalization of hand sanatizer/fire? I am sorry if I seem to be overreacting. I myself am an LCSW who has worked with teens and I offer my thoughts as a professional who only knows a few details about your situation. I am glad your son is already seeing someone and I hope he will receive the care he needs and things improve. You are obviously a very concerned mother who only wants the best for your son and is trying to navigate unfamiliar territory.
  7. I would treat the recent hair burning and verbalization of hand sanitizer/fire as a danger to self and would consider a psychiatric hospitalization. That might sound extreme but that type of behavior and verbalization is very serious in my humble opinion. If he tests positive for drugs what is your plan? What is your plan if he does NOT test positive? A full inpatient psych eval may be the best course since having him tested at the doctor's office may strain any trust he has in you and your husband. Will he know or suspect the doctor's office is testing for drugs? My heart goes out to you. The changes you describe are signs of substance abuse/mental illness and should be taken seriously.
  8. I have had several successful root canals many (10+) years ago. I agree with saving the tooth if possible. I hope you find relief soon!
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  10. Do you have a peak flow meter? It is best to take your peak flow daily and then when you see it drop you have additional, concrete info that things are deteriorating. http://www.lung.org/lung-health-and-diseases/lung-disease-lookup/asthma/living-with-asthma/managing-asthma/measuring-your-peak-flow-rate.html
  11. I am so sorry. While I dont understand your exact situation I know life can be challenging as our now adult son with autism can still exhibit behavior problems. I find the hoilday season stressful as I cant always anticipate what will set him off. He was great on Thanksgiving but had a meltdown at home today for no particular reason. So now I am rethinking plans I wanted to make re taking everyone downtown Chicago, etc. and feeling sad, wondering if things will get easier, etc. I want to let you know you are not alone, and it is sad to feel you cant have a "normal" holiday because of circumstances, but your plan sounds good and it is important to take care of yourself and the rest of your family. Hugs.
  12. I splurged on these a few months ago and really like them. I wanted over the ear headphones to drown out noise. I like earbuds, too, but these are my "take me away" headphones. http://www.sony.com/electronics/headband-headphones/mdr-xb950bt
  13. Maggie Daley Park, just east of Millennium Park. CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) has a system of busses and trains known as the "L" which is short for "elevated" . . . even though some of the trains run underground. The "L" is not to be confused with the Metra trains, which are primarily commuter trains. If you are staying downtown you will probably use busses to get to most local attractions. You might find this helpful, especially the "Downtown Sightseeing Guide". http://www.transitchicago.com/maps/ http://www.transitchicago.com/assets/1/brochures/16JD_011_Downtown_sight_seeing_guide.pdf The hotel you are staying in should direct you to how/where to buy the transit passes and may even sell them onsite.
  14. Praying for you and your family.
  15. Trying to discuss or "prove" to someone who is paranoid will not work and will probably alienate you from him (he may believe you and your family are part of the conspiracy, etc.). I believe you said his wife is ill? So I am guessing you want to try to be supportive. I would suggest not engaging in the paranoia and try to steer conversation to more appropriate topics.
  16. Direct cremation. I try to go visit my beloved Grandmother, Aunt and Uncle once a year at the cematary where they are buried. Drive is about 40-60 minutes away depending on traffic. Have not made it yet this year. I am the only one who visits the graves. I realized early on that if I want to "visit" with them I just need to close my eyes and think about them. That is all I want to ask of the loved ones I will leave behind.
  17. North Star Geography? We are using the download version. https://www.brightideaspress.com/shop/north-star-geography/
  18. My dd loved the Jr. High American History (America the Beautiful) but was not as enthusiastic about the World History. We are Christian and she felt the text was a bit "preachy". We just started the Government class but I am reading it along with her so we can discuss the topics. The first section takes a Biblical look at government. We are also reading "What Ever Happened to Penny Candy?" together and enjoying it. I am hoping to read many of the books in the series as I find them entertaining. Dont know if this info helps or not.
  19. Is he isolating her from family and friends? If so perhaps he is an abuser. Would you be able to talk to your dd about her changes and not mention him? "Hey, dd, it seems you are more withdrawn, etc. (whatever the changes are). Is everything okay?" I would not come out and say "since you started seeing boyfriend". Maybe saying something with love and concern but no judgement on bf would open a door to communication.
  20. OMG I am so so sorry you were treated this way. It just blows my mind how cruel children/teens can be to others.
  21. I did not want to "like" your post in case that seemed insensitive. This also happened to me in the parochial school I attended for years. I also thought about ending my life since the "teasing" as it was called, was daily. That experience is one of the primary reasons why I wanted to homeschool my children.
  22. I think allowing your dd to go on a day trip was fine. Let us know how she enjoyed it.
  23. Wow. Makes me think of Primal Therapy. I did not know such techniques were still being used. That may be a method a consenting adult could benefit from (and even that is questionable) but I would never, ever advocate using such a method with children, especially children who have been traumatized (and possibly physically held against their will while assaulted/attacked). I find the idea of such a "therapy" to be horrifying. And the idea that you cannot be present is appalling. Nope. This is not the treatment for your little ones. Go with your gut and find a healing therapy. So glad these children have you in their corner.
  24. Denisemomof4, I am so, so sorry that happened to you and your family. It is absolutely horrific. Thank goodness you listened to your intuition. This is often the tactic - very friendly, seems to be an upstanding person, etc. I hate the thought of being somewhat suspicious of people but what happened to your family is why I am at times.
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