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  1. After over a year of prayer and looking and interviewing, my dh was offered a new job with regular pay last Friday and he began Monday. At Christmas I usually gave small gifts to his co-workers and boss (all 3 of them) at his last job. At his new job he is working for the owner and his wife, there are no other employees. Since he started Monday, and I just met them yesterday, I have no idea of what token to give. I don't have much money, and I don't know if there are food preferences, and all that.... They seem to be great people, very involved in the community and very excited to have my husband as their employee.


    What would you give? I would prefer it cost less than $10 if possible. And no, I had not made or bought anything for the old job yet so I can't just give it to the new people.


  2. My daughter has had several now. The worst was when a nurse convinced us that the first drug (some spray in her nose) combined with dd's exhaustion and a liquid was enough sedation for her. Boy, as she wrong. My daughter woke up in the machine as soon as it made it's first loud bang. It naturally terrified her, they then had to give her something strong and fast, which then led to her having difficulty waking and being way to drowsy for hours, literally. The next MRI we asked for something more. When dd passed out, they did an IV and wake pu while not fun, was way better than before. Depending on the length of the MRI you may not be given a choice as far as sedation type. The longer the MRI is to last, the more likely it will involve an IV.

  3. When I was having severe hormonal migraines, my gynecologist suggested that I increase my calcium to 1500 or 2000mg (?) per day. Apparently calcium also helps with neurotransmitters and pain. It was a slow change, but after about 2 months, my migraines dropped dramatically and it was the only type of medicine/intervention I was taking.

  4. I would has the vet why and what concerns he has at this point. My brother kept putting off the cleaning on his dog, who eventually had an abcess and rotten teeth despite brushing. After having to have several teeth pulled, the poor thing now has to have a special diet. A very expensive learning experience for all of us. If the vet gives a general 'routine' kind of a thing, I might wait. But if he can give specific concerns with your specific dog, then I would seriously consider it.

  5. If your state has an Insurance Commissioner (it would be someone in the state capital and a state office of sorts) I would call them and ask what their experiences are with them. The commissioner in our state gets involved in situations where companies don't pay when they should, or as well as they should. They also investigate individual agents and agencies and can give you their impressions and ratings for them. Some companies are great, with terrible agents. Some agents are great but have contracts with lackluster companies. And so on...

  6. When our insurance didn't cover therapies, we were able to get our son on a form of Medicaid thru the state that just covered therapies. We had to show need and disability, it had to go thru a medical review (which took months with my constant calling), but eventually it did. As our income goes up and down, our premiums change ona sliding scale. Without it we could have never provided his therapies.

  7. Yes, I know I voiced concerns the other day about the VT locally. I know from another page that vents are currently not popular. But bear with me. I only know to come here for understanding. I went today for the first appointment anyway. I admit I was short tempered with the girl, but I didn't mean to be. Well, ok, I lost my patience and was rude.


    First, the doctor that was so great with my son rarely works with the kids now. She has passed that job to her assistants. This assistant today began with all the gross and fine motor activities that she had planned for my dd. Her current goals are for handwriting on the lines, not confusing pdbq, and identifying shapes including crescents, suns, and ellipses. When I asked about how she would be addressing the specific vision issues, she had no plan. Claims she read the file but that unless the doctor told her to address those issues, then she was just giong to teach her techniques for learning the alphabet, writing her name, and so on that needed to be learned before VT could be successful. She expressed shock that my dd could not write her name completely with out a visual model which 'is quite delayed for her age". When I confronted that with many kids are successful in VT without ever knowing how to read, she informs me that they are making an exception with my dd and never take a child 'so low developmentally and at her young age". I then confronted that with the knowledge that I know of 2 other children coming to their clinic that are younger than her, and that did not know their alphabet when they began. She says they are not equiped to work with children at 'her low level'. So I asked which clinics were equipped to work with kids at her level. She could only tell me that I needed to stay where I was as there were not many like this clinic in our state.


    So, the home work she gave me was to teach handwriting using a house as a line guide. She then tells me how I MUST use 3 lined paper. When I began telling her how her OT uses HWT with 2 lines, she actually told me to stop that, but then admitted she had never heard of the program.


    Then she starts on how she must do PT and OT with her for the 'whole body experience and technique that was learned in Chicago.' Yes, I get it that the whole body works together, and has to in order to be efficient. When I asked how this would complement her PT and OT that she already receives for 6 hours a week, she had no clue.


    She kept going back to the 'developmental evals we did that show her delayed academic skills'. She is 5, a preemie with multiple issues, and I took her there for vision, not academics. When I finally asked how working on the academics was going to assist with her vision deficiencies, I was again told that the academics are prep work to get her ready for success in VT.


    I asked if we would be using prisms or other similar things besides the patch to work on the eye that drifts. She claimed that nothing like that was in her records. Duh, her glasses have prisms. And they were prescribed there. Not to mention the patch we are using came from there as well.


    OK, yes, I get it, I need to run away fast. About 45 minutes away are 2 others listed in the COVD but they do not have websites or any information. The most recognized and respected is over 3 hours away. When I call, what questions do I need to be asking to determine the best fit for us so maybe I can avoid some of this nonsense at the next place?

  8. My son's eyes did not track together. He did a lot of odd body movements and often covered one eye so the brain would stop jumping from one eye to the other trying to get a clear picture. He had 20/20 vision, but it was not helpful as his eyes were not 'teaming'.



    ETA: He also had other issues and vision therapy was a fabulous thing for him.

  9. My name and contact information is listed online in several places as I am a local leader. I receive 3-5 calls a week right now, more just before and after school breaks (or report cards). I first refer them to the state level support group for general information and questions about laws, requirements, and how to begin. The state group will send them a great informational packet for free and answer all their questions - by a staff that is paid to do it. I let them know if they are still interested and want more information about local groups and activities, or about different curriculums, to call me back then and I will be happy to help them make connections that way. Otherwise, I don't give lots of information anymore. For one, I don't always have the time. Two, what it gets down to for many people is 'how cheaply can I do this?". Out of the last 50 or so calls I have taken, only 3 have decided to homeschool and 1 was a veteran homeschooler moving to our area.

  10. My babies' favorite books were the Karen Katz lift the flap books and the Usborne That's not my....(monkey, pirate, penguin, etc) books. I could find other board books used pretty easily, but the lift the flaps and touch and feel books dont usually pass down well, so I like to get new copies of those (plus our library doesn't carry them since they are easy to ruin). They get through one baby just fine though.

    I was going to recommend those as well. Those are favorites here as well. Plus the Usborne books are so sturdy! Well worth the price. My daughter also liked any board book that was also a song or finger rhyme. We read those until I was nearly crazy.

  11. I grew up with my grandmother serving them with lots of butter and sugar. Still my favorite way to eat them, although cheesy grits with cayenne pepper is a close second.


    If you have ever cooked Malt O Meal, they cook similarly, and I do stir when adding them to the boiling water so they don't clump. I like mine thicker, so I don't add as much water. I just bring the water to a boil, pour in the grits, turn off the heat, and eat when they are the consistency I like. Depending on how you like them, 1 dry cup of grits can go a looooong way. I make them for myself in the mornings with 1/3 c grits to about 1 cup (more or less) of water. They will swell up and become soft. The longer they cook, the larger and softer they become. If you don't add seasoning of some sort though, they are really bland. It takes some trial and error to get them like you prefer.

  12. None of my dd's SLPs have done therapy that way beyond the first visit. If there is any wander around free time like language learning, it is used as an award at the end of the session for maybe 5 minutes at the most. If you are unhappy, talk to the person who runs the clinic and ask for a new therapist, and how they handle make-up appointments. With all of my dd's therapists, if they go out of town or are sick, I have the opportunity to schedule a different time with a different therapist so that therapy is not missed that week.

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