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  1. I don't think I could give an exact number.... but I am surprised at the number of people saying "all of them." Not all vaccines are created equal. Their ingredients differ. Some have higher incidence of adverse reaction. Some of them are for diseases that relatively mild. Some are more effective than others. Some last for many years. Some lose effectiveness rather quickly. Some people are more likely to experience adverse reactions than others, which sometimes results in permanent injury or death. Nothing in medicine is "one size fits all" except supposedly the CDC's current recommended vaccine schedule. There is no way I'd give blanket approval to each and every vaccine that is or will some day be on the market. Research *each* vaccine. Look at your own personal and family medical history when making decisions. Don't buy into this idea that all vaccines are always worth the risk. Sometimes they aren't.
  2. I think it's funny. I also think this applies to introverts! You won't see me complaining about the cancelling of social gatherings!
  3. I mentioned it before, but the pertussis vaccine does not stop the spread of pertussis. It only keeps the vaccinated individual from having any symptoms, should they come in contact with the pertussis bacteria. Sick people usually know enough to stay away from babies. People who are asymptomatic don't.
  4. Just make sure any audible gasps or "OMGs" have to do with the tEa and not the storyline.
  5. Are you afraid of people throwing trophies for "best idea ever?" 😄
  6. Years ago (and I don't remember why it came up) I said something to DH about not brewing tea as often when we were in our 70s and 80s and he was quite offended. Apparently he has high expectations. 😄 That being said, I think I have a higher drive than the average woman. I think he and I are pretty equally matched, but because he worries about being overbearing, he waits for me to initiate most of the time. Even now, when I'm nursing and it seems like the pot just refuses to boil, I still crave the physical closeness. Thank goodness for appliances that help get my pot boiling.
  7. Oh my gosh, my kids got MC from a boy I babysat. Each of my kids had it for months. It moved very very slowly through the family and it was years before it got through everyone and we were done with it. If only I had known there was something to help get rid if it....
  8. I set it up buffet style so everyone can make it how they like, with a tortilla, beans, cilantro-lime rice, cheese, guacamole, salsa and dressing. I am expecting (hoping) to have leftovers tomorrow so we can make burritos or salads again.
  9. We are having guests over tonight and I am making this. I made this a couple months ago and it was so amazing. It's totally a splurge meal because it requires so many parts to assemble the salads. I will also make cilantro-lime rice, cilantro lime dressing and some IP black beans as well. Not to mention cleaning for guests. So today will be nuts but I am really, really excited about dinner. Lol.
  10. It's great for cleaning whiteboards.
  11. No specific advice about taking him in.... but I don't feel like tylenol is nearly as effective as ibuprofen for bringing down fevers.
  12. When I was in junior high one of my good friends was suddenly adopted by an uber popular "Queen Bee" that I had known since elementary school, who did not like me at all. My friend quit talking to me and the two of them were quite dramatic in the way they shunned me. The other friends in our group were shocked by it. When Queen Bee got tired of my friend and dropped her, friend came back to our group of friends, but she and I were never close after that. Girls can be so dumb sometimes.
  13. I don't think it's exactly the same as physical cheating. But I think it can be equally damaging to a relationship. As mentioned upthread, if p0rn escalates it will damage the intimate relationship between the couple, and I think that's why it's so serious. I don't think m-tion is anywhere on the same level either, however if one person is meeting their own needs in a way that hinders marital intimacy, that's not good either. I don't think there's a black and white answer to any of this. But you have to look at how things are affecting you personally and how they are affecting your marriage.
  14. I do think p0rn is harmful, both to the individual and the marriage, not to mention the women being exploited. However, it's the husband's attitude in this story that is more alarming. He is blaming her for his p0rn problem. I would bet he also doesn't feel any accountability for any other bad behavior. He sounds like a jerk. And with a completely unrepentant attitude, their marriage is unlikely to recover. Maybe years of porn use has hardened him, or maybe his selfish entitled attitude is what first led him to p0rn. But either way I couldn't be married to a man like that.
  15. Yes, we are still in the process of disinfecting everything. I have lost count of how many loads of laundry I have done today. I think we will be wiping things down daily for a few weeks.
  16. What's funny (but not funny) is that a while back I commented on a thread about telling your kids to stop picking their noses and I said that my 4 year old's finger was permanently up his nose despite what I said. And then I read that nosepicking is a symptom of pinworms. (How and why that is, I have no idea) Do the pinworms make kids compulsively do that so as to complete their life cycle? Like toxoplasma makes rats love cats? I dunno. But ew.
  17. Because if you're gonna die, at least your last meal gets to be chocolate?
  18. This is sounding really smart actually. But I may just be caught up in the moment. I did see that thread about the chocolate stuff and bookmarked it (available on Amazon) but it was after I already bought the other stuff. We all took some and it really wasn't that bad. Some kids actually liked it. Lol.
  19. My post was intentionally dramatic (for effect 😉) and while I am grossed out, I hadn't even considered calling the dr. Especially since there is only 1 confirmed case, and another suspected. And as awful as it feels, I know it's *just* pinworms. I will definitely continue to monitor the baby and check for symptoms. Because the medicine is contraindicated for kids under 2, I will probably just wait to call the dr unless he actually develops symptoms. Just wondering if/what is usually suggested for infants. As far as new bedding, it's not really feasible with 9 people. And the child with a confirmed case sleeps on top of her comforter so as not to have to make her bed each morning. Lol. So I have bagged up her blankets for the foreseeable future and washed her sheets and will insist that she sleep with bedding that can be washed very regularly over the next few weeks.
  20. No, it doesn't sound normal. Also, there is some recent research that shows tylenol is not safe, especially in conjunction with vaccines. I would look into that first before giving her any.
  21. A couple months ago I clicked on a thread about pinworms and made a comment about whether or not I should google that. And then the universe laughed and struck me down. For a few days my 13DD has been complaining of vaginal pain at night. Honestly, I wasn't sure what to make of it in the absence of other symptoms. Then a couple nights ago she woke me up horrified because she finally looked down there and found worms. I honestly can't think of anything more horrifying for a teen. Hysterical, she was. I spent several hours in the middle of the night on the internet, learning everything I could about pinworms and then made an Amazon order. I went back to bed, but couldn't sleep and DH was starting to get all snuggly and I was like Heck no! Don't touch me. Not until we get to the bottom of this. (Pun intended) The next morning I asked all my kids if their bums itched. Most were utterly aghast at the question, but my 4 year old (too young to know he should be embarrassed) remarked, "yeah, but it only itches at night, not in the day." So we have a 2nd confirmed victim. According to the Google, it's so contagious I have determined my other kids are either lying or asymptomatic. Amazon delivered the pyrantel pamoate in less than 24 hours and last night we all got our first dose. So far I have withstood the urge to bathe the kids in bleach after burning down the house, so we have commenced washing sheets for 9 (NINE!) people, vacuuming, and wiping down everything with Lysol. My questions are: 1) Will the meds take care of the.... uh.... worms that made it into the vaginal area? How will I know for sure? If it was me, I'd stick a clove of garlic up there to make it inhospitable to the little buggers, but my 40 year old vagina is no stranger to things going in or out of there. What can I or should I do for DD? 2) I did not dose the 9 month old crawler. If he were younger I probably wouldn't even worry about him, but he is just old enough to be crawling all over the floor putting everything in his mouth. (Gag!) What do I do for him? 3) How often should I give the meds? And when do you stop? Because right now everyone will probably get regular doses until the end of time. 4) How do you know when they are gone? Do you see them in the toilet? Besides not itching your bum anymore, how do you know you (and the whole fam damily) are really in the clear? (I am NOT looking at anyone's bum in the middle of the night if they are over the age of 6, so don't suggest it! And my teens and tween would die if I suggest the tape.) 5) What else should I do? Somewhere I saw mentioned that GFSE was good for this, so I ordered a bottle of tablets and thought I would give that to the confirmed victims at least. We will take anything and everything at this point. 6) I have sufficiently scared my kids into obsessively washing their hands, but now that they know about *shhhhhhh* the pinworms *shhhhhh* how do I make sure they never ever tell anyone about our dark secret outside the family?
  22. I say go for it! I am almost 40 (but my baby is 9 months) and I am considering becoming an IBCLC. Who knows how or when, but it's been a little idea burning in the back of my mind.
  23. My puppy has eaten a roll of toilet paper. Or at least made a mess of it. The worst though is when the dogs get into the diaper bin. Blech. They are pricey, but my pups love the bully sticks and yak chews.
  24. In the end, I used the chicken for chicken pillows last night. It's been 24 hours and no has come down with food poisoning yet, so I think we are clear. :P Phew!
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