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Homeschooling vs public schooling: what is the compulsory age for schooling where you live? Here in NC, you don't have to send them to school till they are 7, but lots of people don't know that because kindy usually starts around 5 or 6yo. My boy didn't go to kindy at all; we homeschooled and then I sent him to public for 1st grade. He was 6 turning 7, I think. He's in a charter, now. He got into that (lottery) 6 weeks into the 1st grade year and he's now 11 and in 5th grade.

Which is a long winded way of saying-- if your state has a higher compulsory age, like mine does, you may not need to make that decision so soon smile.gif




WOW. That is a lot of dishes! I can't live w/o a dishwasher anymore. I would go NUTS. But every time ds complains about having to unload it, I either threaten to teach him how to load it (at 11 he is WAY grossed out by dirty dishes or food ick), or I ground him from the dishwasher. He learns to appreciate it right quick! lol.gif

 


Compulsory school age isn't until 7, but with free preschool in the city, almost all the kids are headed off to school at three years. I know it shouldn't matter, but I feel like socially, there's a lot of pressure for her to have started going a long time ago.

 

I don't actually like dishwashers. I feel like it makes more work than washing by hand. Maybe I just never learned to do it right. Our current place doesn't have one.

 



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Originally Posted by Mommy2Austin View Post

 

I miss camping! I hope to take the kids some day when they are older.

 

 


I think my youngest was 3 months old the first time I took him camping. We camp, but we don't backpack. We do those sites where you can park within 20 feet of your camp site. I'd love to backpack with the kids, but neither kid could carry their stuff and my two year old wouldn't necessarily walk the whole way...I'm hoping maybe next year.

 



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Kindy...oh lord have I stressed over kindy...DD isn't quite gifted though. She's smart but in an upper average kind of range. We had her in a Montessori Charter school that was AWFUL. She didn't learn a damn the the whole semester she was there because the teacher was so hands off she had no guidance. Got all kinds of complaints from the teacher about how DD wasn't working and was distracting other kids (she's a bored 5 yr old, what's she going do besides bug other kids?!) and wasn't learning enough etc etc etc. She basically just sat around and stared or played with friends because no adult was guiding her through things. Finally switched her to the local public school where she is thriving. I was really worried about it but its worked very very well for her. So I guess what I'm saying is sometimes the local neighborhood school can do your child better than all the bells and whistles. Just do the best that you can and follow your gut. There are tons of homeschooling resources out there and co-ops get the kids involved with other children so that may meet all the criteria you're lookin' for. 

 


 

I've been looking into going into nursing school in six months to a year. I'm going to have to transition from being a SAHM to a WOHM when the kids are all in school. That's always been the plan between DH and I its just that now I seriously need to start thinking college. I don't overly want to go to college but since I want to do something more with my life than ring people up at the grocery store. Plus nursing pays and since DH's job doesn't so much (though he is happy which is extremely important)...IDK, I'm trying to decide if the jumbly nervous feeling I'm getting is at the idea of being a nurse or at the idea of going back to school and being in the work force again no matter what the job. I'm very happy as a SAHM--right now. I don't think I will be as much once the kids are in school full time. But I like my safe little world! Gah!! I'm chasing my tail, so to speak!

 

Cleaning...must go clean!!

The neighborhood school goes from kindy all the way up to eighth grade, and in the upper grades, there is a lot of problems with gang violence. I'm not committed to her being somewhere fancy, but I don't think our neighborhood school is safe. So, we'll see.

 

I started the pre-reqs for nursing during my pregnancy and for a bit after my first was born, but it was too much on top of having an itty bitty. My sister-not-in-law is a nurse. The market here is pretty saturated with nurses, and she had to move out of state to what I think of as the middle of nowhere (but I'm from a big city) to get a job that would sponsor her (she's Canadian). When I go back to work, I don't know if I'd try for nursing since we're pretty committed to staying in the area due to DP's job, but I don't know what I'd want to do. Maybe busk. lol.gif
 

 



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DS has been exposed FOUR times. Maybe even 5. And never gotten them, not even one spot or a fever or anything. I have two theories:
1) he had them so mildly nobody knew, or

2) he got immunity in utero when I had shingles in the middle trimester. But nobody will entertain that idea as valid. Sigh. Gotta love the medical community.

I wish his insurance would pay for titers.

 


 

I don't know about your doctor, but I know that my doctor can get titers covered if it's part of another kind of blood draw that insurance will cover. It took more than a half a dozen times for my kids to catch this allegedly highly contagious disease, and I don't know how rural folk catch it at all. I really want a third kid, but part of me is like, well, if three aren't in the cards, at least I won't have to worry about getting another kid to catch chicken pox!

 

My strawberries are bloom already. I bet I'll have some in May. I've heard asparagus is already at the farmers' markets, too, a good month early as well. I generally don't to got the farmers' markets until the one that is close enough for me to walk opens, but I will make the trip for asparagus. yummy.gif
 

 

post #102 of 201

Sorry I haven't been around.  I'm sick.  My upper abdomen hurts so badly!  Had bloodwork done (cbc, amylase, lipase) and it's normal.  This doesn't feel like a regular intestinal virus.

post #103 of 201

Mommy2Austin:  I will echo Maia and say it does seem you've got a lot to work with.  I was thinking a very similar menu to the one that she was proposing.  Or throw a bunch of veggies in the sides with some chx breast.  
 

Maia:  This job is sounding better and better - profit sharing?  WOW!  I'm sure you do miss him in the evening.  Something about evening, the time when you kind of review your day and settle in to relax - such a cozy time.  I hope you three are together soon!!  

 

DoK:  Feel better, mama!!  How's that car?  

 

3x: How exciting to even think about going back to school!  At our local community college there are lots of mamas that are around your age going back for jobs in the health field - I'm sure you won't be alone!  My last job was at the preschool at the community college and it was amazing to watch the mamas go from *their* first day of school (so jittery and nervous) and then watch their confidence grow as they realized how smart they truly were and how there are all kind of people taking classes! I loved that.  

 



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The neighborhood school goes from kindy all the way up to eighth grade, and in the upper grades, there is a lot of problems with gang violence. I'm not committed to her being somewhere fancy, but I don't think our neighborhood school is safe. So, we'll see.

 

I started the pre-reqs for nursing during my pregnancy and for a bit after my first was born, but it was too much on top of having an itty bitty. My sister-not-in-law is a nurse. The market here is pretty saturated with nurses, and she had to move out of state to what I think of as the middle of nowhere (but I'm from a big city) to get a job that would sponsor her (she's Canadian). When I go back to work, I don't know if I'd try for nursing since we're pretty committed to staying in the area due to DP's job, but I don't know what I'd want to do. Maybe busk. lol.gif

yikes.  gang violence in the upper grades of middle school!  I hope you find a safe place for your kids to go to school.  I wish there was a safe place for ALL of those children to go to school.  ugh!

 

Today is overcast and it was even snowing a bit earlier.  I think it will be a good day for snuggling.  

 

 

 

 

post #104 of 201
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Originally Posted by Maiasaura View Post

I am seeing that 4lb of hamburger split up into 8 portions, which you can use 1/2lb portion for a soup or casserole for the family. You can brown and add 1/2lb of it to one of the rice/pasta sides, and add a frozen veggie or have that on the side. You'd probably use less if you incorporated the veggie into the meal instead of on the side.

Same for the chix breasts-- if you cut them in half, they'll stretch longer. And cut each one into teeny pieces when you make a meal, so it spreads out further. You can have meat with your meals without it being the crowning glory-- more of a side dish to the whole thing, or an accent.

The mashed potatoes can maybe be a topping for Shepherd's pie, using some frozen veggies and a portion of the ground beef.

Manwich sauce + leftover sauce from the other day, with or without a portion of ground beef = chili. Maybe topped with just a tad of shredded cheddar to add flavor and make it look pretty like you've taken all day winky.gif And if you need to stretch it further, you can add the small can of raviolis and some of the pasta. OR you can save the Manwich sauce to use in the Shepherd's Pie, if you don't have a way to make a sauce for that.

Do you have soy sauce? You can take a portion or two of chicken, add to the Very Large Bag (or some of) of mixed veggies, and some rice, and make a stir fry.

Oatmeal + sausage + eggs = some kind of creative breakfasty thing-- maybe in the crock pot? Maybe stir in a raw egg into the oatmeal while it's cooking, so that it's not really noticeable yet adds a protein boost? If you don't have maple syrup, maybe use a bit of sugar or brown sugar or molasses. Molasses + white sugar = brown sugar anyway, did you know that? Lots of people don't!

I'm also seeing scrambled egg stir fry, with the rice, you know, like fried rice maybe? You'd have to get soy sauce if you don't have any. It really makes the flavor of Asian things, IMO. I like sesame oil, too, but if you're not used to it (or your family isn't), I would just keep it simple.

The cereal and popcorn, I'm afraid may have to stand on its own. Maybe use the cereal as a dry snack, if you don't have milk for awhile.

 

Peanut butter and jelly-- I am at a loss unless you had more bread, or had flour to make pancakes with redface.gif Maybe you can put some of the peanut butter in a stir fry for a peanut satay sort of flavor? And a protein boost?

OR-- you have 4 kids? You can splurge and make Eggs In A Nest with the 4 slices of bread and 4 eggs. Or maybe you can use the bread in a bread pudding sort of way, with the breakfast casserole in the crock pot.

 

 

I really miss M in the evenings greensad.gif I get to talk to him most of the mornings, but it is not the same. Tomorrow, or maybe tonight, I will get tix to see him again. I'm going up Memorial Day weekend.

It turns out that he found out he's the 2nd highest paid on the floor, aside from (I think a supervisor?). He needs to keep mum about that as he's also the newest. Wouldn't want to create resentment!

Oh, check it out, y'all!!! They get profit sharing! He missed out on this past one because he's too new, but they all each got EIGHT HUNDRED DOLLARS extra in their paychecks this week! bigeyes.gif

I told him he better go talk to HD as soon as he's able, to make sure he claims correctly in his paychecks-- or he'll be facing a whopping tax bill next year!

 

It'll be so nice for him, though, after living hand-to-mouth on ramen for years.

 

Wow, nice menu! I can't do that staring into my cabinets! 

 

That's difficult with M. greensad.gif Is there some other point in the day that you can reschedule your talk sessions? First time in the morning or something? But like you said, he is getting paid darn good, though! An extra $800 just for being there?! Me too please!! lol
 

 

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Compulsory school age isn't until 7, but with free preschool in the city, almost all the kids are headed off to school at three years. I know it shouldn't matter, but I feel like socially, there's a lot of pressure for her to have started going a long time ago.

 

The neighborhood school goes from kindy all the way up to eighth grade, and in the upper grades, there is a lot of problems with gang violence. I'm not committed to her being somewhere fancy, but I don't think our neighborhood school is safe. So, we'll see.

 

I started the pre-reqs for nursing during my pregnancy and for a bit after my first was born, but it was too much on top of having an itty bitty. My sister-not-in-law is a nurse. The market here is pretty saturated with nurses, and she had to move out of state to what I think of as the middle of nowhere (but I'm from a big city) to get a job that would sponsor her (she's Canadian). When I go back to work, I don't know if I'd try for nursing since we're pretty committed to staying in the area due to DP's job, but I don't know what I'd want to do. Maybe busk. lol.gif

 

My strawberries are bloom already. I bet I'll have some in May. I've heard asparagus is already at the farmers' markets, too, a good month early as well. I generally don't to got the farmers' markets until the one that is close enough for me to walk opens, but I will make the trip for asparagus. yummy.gif
 

 


Yikes, gang violence in elementary school---I think I'd pass on that too!! Holy moley, I'd homeschool before exposing my kiddos to that. 

 

I'm sure college on top of a teeny baby was too much! I'm afraid its going to be too much and my kiddos will be six, three (holy crap!) and 1.5 before I'm even considering starting. We are committed to staying anywhere at this point, so I'm thinking nursing would be something that would transfer around pretty easily beyond having to get a license in whatever state we're in. I'm confident I'm smart enough to get all of the class material. Its just the practical application that worries me. AKA, I'm scared sh*tless over having to place an IV! 

 

Ok, I feel like silly, but what is busk?

 

Mmmm, strawberries...Its kinda crazy how quickly everything is in bloom! I feel like I'm behind the times because I haven't planted any flowers or herbs yet (I don't start from seed, I'm not that good, lol!). But its only the beginning of April! My thyme and sage plants never hibernated (is that the right word for plants?! lol.gif) this winter as they have in past winters. We had fresh thyme and sage all winter long. Even the rosemary that never took off and was just a little stub survived the winter and is growing again. I've never had a good strong rosemary plant survive and this one seemed deader than dead! 

 



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Originally Posted by DaughterOfKali View Post

Sorry I haven't been around.  I'm sick.  My upper abdomen hurts so badly!  Had bloodwork done (cbc, amylase, lipase) and it's normal.  This doesn't feel like a regular intestinal virus.


Feel better soon! Hopefully it passes quickly!!

 

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3x: How exciting to even think about going back to school!  At our local community college there are lots of mamas that are around your age going back for jobs in the health field - I'm sure you won't be alone!  My last job was at the preschool at the community college and it was amazing to watch the mamas go from *their* first day of school (so jittery and nervous) and then watch their confidence grow as they realized how smart they truly were and how there are all kind of people taking classes! I loved that.  

 

Today is overcast and it was even snowing a bit earlier.  I think it will be a good day for snuggling.  

 


I'm sure I'm not going to be the only mama back in school. I have a friend who finished her nursing degree only a few years ago when she was a young mom. That kind of transformation in someone would be really cool to watch. Like I said, I know I'm *smart* enough. I just don't know about putting some of into practice, like IVs. As silly as it is, I'm seriously almost letting placing a darn IV scare me away from what would be a good career! Or maybe I'm just using it as a scapegoat...Sheepish.gif

 

Dang, snow?! WTH?! Probably pretty to look at though!

 

post #105 of 201

My 2 year old is in the hospital with mastoiditis. I don't know how long they'll keep her, or what is exactly going on. DH is with her, but hasn't given me much information. I'm rather unhappy with him right now on a biiiig scale. I'm stuck here at home without anyone to watch my other three until tomorrow at the earliest. 

 

I'm scared and upset and have no one to talk to. 

post #106 of 201
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Originally Posted by revolting View PostCompulsory school age isn't until 7, but with free preschool in the city, almost all the kids are headed off to school at three years. I know it shouldn't matter, but I feel like socially, there's a lot of pressure for her to have started going a long time ago.

 

I don't actually like dishwashers. I feel like it makes more work than washing by hand. Maybe I just never learned to do it right. Our current place doesn't have one.

 


I think my youngest was 3 months old the first time I took him camping.

 

I don't know about your doctor, but I know that my doctor can get titers covered if it's part of another kind of blood draw that insurance will cover. It took more than a half a dozen times for my kids to catch this allegedly highly contagious disease, and I don't know how rural folk catch it at all.


Wow, half a dozen times?? Holy cow. Well, I don't feel so bad, then.

I can't think of any reason for my ds to have a blood draw at all greensad.gif so forget that idea. If he ends up having to be vax'd for school-- say, in MA (I don't know how lax or strict they are there, in schools)-- I'd have the titer drawn in a heartbeat, at my own expense, before I'd let him get the chicken pox vax.

 

We've been camping all ds's life, too. He was 4.5mo old his first (incarnate! lol!) camping trip.

 

Don't like dishwashers? *shudder* I am so used to mine. I would die without it.


As for pressure-- oh, you KNOW I don't need to say this, but please don't let societal pressure go against your gut and what you think is best for your child. Grow your Not Give A Shit Bone and practice saying this: "We are doing what we feel is best for our child". Nobody can argue with that. And then "Please pass the bean dip" lol.gif
 

 



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Originally Posted by vydalea View PostMaia:  This job is sounding better and better - profit sharing?  WOW!  I'm sure you do miss him in the evening.  Something about evening, the time when you kind of review your day and settle in to relax - such a cozy time.  I hope you three are together soon!! 


I know, right? EIGHT HUNDRED DOLLARS. Extra. Just *because*. Holy wow, Batman.

 

Well...he used to go to sleep between 5 and 7 pm, so not much, really, as for settling in time. But I have to say, going from 1:30 to earliest 5pm on the phone-- it's lonely now! The upside is I get to give ds undivided attention when he needs it. The



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Originally Posted by 3xMama View PostThat's difficult with M. greensad.gif Is there some other point in the day that you can reschedule your talk sessions? First time in the morning or something?

 

 

so I'm thinking nursing would be something that would transfer around pretty easily beyond having to get a license in whatever state we're in. I'm confident I'm smart enough to get all of the class material. Its just the practical application that worries me. AKA, I'm scared sh*tless over having to place an IV! 

I was going to say, the downside is, we DO get to talk all morning, from when he wakes up (around 9 or 10) to 2, when he arrives at work. But it's a downside because I don't have any time completely alone in a day, anymore. It's all good, though, just an adjustment.

 

Nursing-- I didn't want to say it before. I have gotten accepted and bailed, twice. The first time, I will admit, was because of Y2K bag.gif but this last time? It's bloody hard.  They tell you, if you have always been an A student, you'll be lucky to get Cs or even Ds. And they're not kidding. I'm freaking brilliant, most of the time, academically, and I was barely making it. The IVs and stuff are a piece of cake next to how brutal and barracuda-ish the instructors are. The rumors of how mean they can be is just the tip of the iceberg.

 

Gotta go get ds from school.....catch ya's later!

post #107 of 201
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Originally Posted by Maiasaura View Post

As for pressure-- oh, you KNOW I don't need to say this, but please don't let societal pressure go against your gut and what you think is best for your child. Grow your Not Give A Shit Bone and practice saying this: "We are doing what we feel is best for our child". Nobody can argue with that. And then "Please pass the bean dip" lol.gif
 

 

yeah that!!

post #108 of 201
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My 2 year old is in the hospital with mastoiditis. I don't know how long they'll keep her, or what is exactly going on. DH is with her, but hasn't given me much information. I'm rather unhappy with him right now on a biiiig scale. I'm stuck here at home without anyone to watch my other three until tomorrow at the earliest. 

 

I'm scared and upset and have no one to talk to. 



Oh no!  I hope she's ok.  Please update us when you know more.  Hugs to you!

post #109 of 201

my grandpa died tonight. he was real sick. he had been real sick for several months and he knew he was getting worse. there was nothing they could do and he lapsed into a coma. my grandma shut off the support this evening. she couldnt stay with him, she couldnt do it. they didnt unhook him until after she left. my mom couldnt stay bc she had to take grandma home. so my son and i stayed. i stayed and held his hand until he was gone. he was ready to go. it was quick and peaceful. i will miss him. he was 88. i hope he has found his way to whatever after life he believed in. my mom was grateful someone was able to stay with him so he wasnt alone. 

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REALLY hormonal (and more than a little grumpy because of it) this morning.

 

Hugs to all in need of them...

 

Sending healing vibes to those with sick wee ones and those in mourning.....

 

Hopefully I'll be back tomorrow without the mood swings...

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Sorry I haven't been around every day!  I probably can't respond to each new post, but I definitely wanted Mommy2Austin and LionessMom to know I was thinking of them.  (Also, Mommy2Austin, once things settle down, I would like to hear more about the Central FL area, which is where you live, right?  My dayjob is expanding their branch down there, and some of the relocation offers have been pretty tempting...)

 

In other news around here, Lent is over and I can work with my tab lwa ("loa tables", i.e. altars) again, which I enjoyed doing over the last couple days.  I also got to take a nice walk downtown yesterday evening with my spouse, and Annamaria in the mei tai (and she didn't cry or fuss once!)  SO happy that the days are getting longer again!! 

 

post #113 of 201
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I'm sure I'm not going to be the only mama back in school. I have a friend who finished her nursing degree only a few years ago when she was a young mom. That kind of transformation in someone would be really cool to watch. Like I said, I know I'm *smart* enough. I just don't know about putting some of into practice, like IVs. As silly as it is, I'm seriously almost letting placing a darn IV scare me away from what would be a good career! Or maybe I'm just using it as a scapegoat...Sheepish.gif

 

Dang, snow?! WTH?! Probably pretty to look at though!

 

Can you shadow a nurse for a day or something and see if watching many IVs go in over and over would de-sensitize you?  Does that make sense??  I know I could never, never be a nurse.  Gigantic props to anyone who could even begin to think about that profession.  Any healthcare profession, really!!  I'm waaaaay to squeamish!! 
 

 



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My 2 year old is in the hospital with mastoiditis. I don't know how long they'll keep her, or what is exactly going on. DH is with her, but hasn't given me much information. I'm rather unhappy with him right now on a biiiig scale. I'm stuck here at home without anyone to watch my other three until tomorrow at the earliest. 

 

I'm scared and upset and have no one to talk to. 

Thinking of you and your daughter.  
 

 



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my grandpa died tonight. he was real sick. he had been real sick for several months and he knew he was getting worse. there was nothing they could do and he lapsed into a coma. my grandma shut off the support this evening. she couldnt stay with him, she couldnt do it. they didnt unhook him until after she left. my mom couldnt stay bc she had to take grandma home. so my son and i stayed. i stayed and held his hand until he was gone. he was ready to go. it was quick and peaceful. i will miss him. he was 88. i hope he has found his way to whatever after life he believed in. my mom was grateful someone was able to stay with him so he wasnt alone. 


hug2.gif Sending you love and peace and healing, LionessMom.  

 

 

Maiasaura: I need a "we're doing what we think is best for our child" shirt.  Also, wanted to let you know that I was reading a dinosaur book with Z yesterday and saw a picture of a Maiasaur!!  I didn't realize your name was after an actual dino!!  Awesome.  It said "Maiasaurs were good parents" and I just smiled and thought "of course!!"

 

 

 

post #114 of 201
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Originally Posted by vydalea View PostMaiasaura: I need a "we're doing what we think is best for our child" shirt.  Also, wanted to let you know that I was reading a dinosaur book with Z yesterday and saw a picture of a Maiasaur!!  I didn't realize your name was after an actual dino!!  Awesome.  It said "Maiasaurs were good parents" and I just smiled and thought "of course!!"

 

It actually IS "Maiasaura", with the "a" suffix. It's one of the very few dinos that have that. It's a feminine suffix. Her name means "good mother lizard" and she's known for raising her young from egg to adolescence love.gif

 

I don't know where my last post went. I know I saw it get posted.

But for those of you who didn't see it, M got fired yesterday. He has some old...issues...that come up on background checks. He gave them full disclosure before signing on to be hired, and the HR lady said as long as he's not an ax murderer, he's fine...but then they ran the check and he got fired anyway bawling.gif

We're totally devastated. He got rip-roaring drunk yesterday after it happened-- with barely 15 minutes between the firing and the liquor store! But he's trying really hard not to descend into depression and self-hatred, which he's incredibly prone to. He's so tired of this garbage. He's unhireable, it seems...and it sucks, because he is one of those people who feels worthless without work. He tries so hard. He's been paying and paying and paying for old mistakes and they just keep knocking him down brokenheart.gif Even for the lousy money, I wish he'd stayed at the old place. He hated it, but he had insurance there, at least. And no checking.

 

Gah. Poor guy. I hope he finds something soon.

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my grandpa died tonight. 


I'm so sorry.  candle.gif  

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Wow, it seems to have been a tough 24 hrs or so for a lot of us. greensad.gif

 

Mommy2Austin-How's your daughter doing? Any idea when she will be coming home?

 

Lioness-I'm sorry. candle.gif I'm sure the whole thing was tough on you, staying with him. Be sure to take care of yourself, mama. hug2.gif

 

Mary-Hope those hormones calm down. I'm right there with ya!

 

Maia-Gah, boo on HR lady and the whole dang company. Why'd they hire him before the background check came through? That just seems unnecessarily cruel esp after giving full disclosure. irked.gif

 

DD is huge into dinosaurs (in fact she wants to be a paleontologist--I think she can do it. thumb.gif) and every time a maiasaura pops up, I can't help but think of you!

 

Vydalea-Shadowing a nurse my actually be a pretty good thing. Thanks for the idea! I may talk with my midwife about shadowing her for a few days. She has her own homebirth practice so its not like working in a hospital or doctors office would be, but it would be a good source of info. I think my big thing with IVs is not so much sticking someone as much as my blood vessels don't cooperate well and I end up with several pokes and lots of bruises. I don't want to inflict that on other people, kwim? Plus you hear all the horror stories about "idiot nurses" blowing out veins and things. Makes me nervous to try it. Most gross stuff doesn't bug me though. I even enjoy popping things. bag.gif

post #117 of 201

Thinking of you LM & keeping your family in my thoughts during this passing

 

Maia - I'm sending M & you some positive energy (if you'd like!) especially with this latest news.  

 

Mommy2Austin - sending you (again if you'd like!) some strength and healing energy for your little one. 

 

Life is totally chaotic right now - work is crazy, the non-profit I'm a part of is starting up/launching = crazy busy, and both kids have been super sick this week. Oh and the weather has returned to cooler than normal which means some frosty nights for some of my plants.  Tis a week I would not like to repeat anytime soon.

 

 

 

 

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Thank you so much for the positive healing and strength vibes. I think they (and some well placed pillows/ helped me get some much better sleep. Tristyn is a real trooper. The infection was from a small ear infection a few weeks back. I thought it had gone, but it had just moved further in. The infection caused a massive abcess to grow behind her ear. Yesterday they did a CT scan and found the infection has eroded her mastoid bone, but it hasn't spread to her brain (thank God and Godess and everything else.) They performed surgery to drain it and inserted a tube. We're looking at Sunday being the earliest she can leave. The worst case would be next Friday. I'm thankful she is on medicaid otherwise we'd be buried. My sister has the other three kiddos up at my dad's house. I'm staying with Tristyn at the hospital while DH is working. We really need her to be out by Monday at the latest so we're praying it goes that way.
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Originally Posted by Maiasaura View Post

I don't know where my last post went. I know I saw it get posted.

But for those of you who didn't see it, M got fired yesterday. 

 

Oh, NO!

How horrible and crappy is that!!??

That so totally stinks. shake.gif

 

I cannot imagine doing that to anyone.

 

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I'm feeling MUCH better today. Took several doses of homeopathic sepia yesterday (always do sepia or lachesis when PMSy stuff takes over.)

 

Had a pretty good day despite having to concentrate on keeping my mouth firmly closed so as not to be grumpy to the children. oops.gif

 

I tell them something like 'mama is in a MOOD today' but don't believe that it should be up to them to walk on eggshells all day to keep me from exploding...whistling.gif

 

 

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Originally Posted by 3xMama View PostMaia-Gah, boo on HR lady and the whole dang company. Why'd they hire him before the background check came through? That just seems unnecessarily cruel esp after giving full disclosure. irked.gif

 

DD is huge into dinosaurs (in fact she wants to be a paleontologist--I think she can do it. thumb.gif) and every time a maiasaura pops up, I can't help but think of you!

 

That's where I got the name-- DS was HUGE into dinosaurs when he was like...oh, 3ish to about 7ish.

 

I don't know why. He told her that it would come up dirty, and she said it's not an issue unless he's an ax murderer-- she really did say that. And then when he got fired, he went to her and said "But you said..." and she said it came from higher above her and she couldn't do anything about it. Well...how about telling him from the get-go that that could happen??

He's got two resumes out today and is walking to the unemployment office and the food stamp office. Trying to save gasoline. Nice to live in a place where all that stuff is walkable! I can't wait to live somewhere where I can walk to stuff.
 

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Originally Posted by _ktg_ View PostMaia - I'm sending M & you some positive energy (if you'd like!) especially with this latest news. 


Thank you, yes, that is very much appreciated. I have always told M when you guys send him (or us) positive energy or encouragement or kudos, and he thinks that is so nice of y'all orngbiggrin.gif He is a very sweet man, he is.

 



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Originally Posted by Mommy2Austin View PostTristyn is a real trooper. The infection was from a small ear infection a few weeks back. I thought it had gone, but it had just moved further in. The infection caused a massive abcess to grow behind her ear. Yesterday they did a CT scan and found the infection has eroded her mastoid bone, but it hasn't spread to her brain (thank God and Godess and everything else.)

 

I read about it yesterday after you posted. I had to wrack my brain and I did remember that the mastoid is somewhere in the head, but forgot it's that little protrusion off the skull by the temple. Geez, that is one serious infection! This is the kind of time I am uber grateful for allopathic medicine. It does have its place. Kudos to Tristyn for being a trooper; tell her I said way to go! thumb.gif



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Originally Posted by mary3mama View Post

Oh, NO!

How horrible and crappy is that!!??

That so totally stinks. shake.gif

 

I cannot imagine doing that to anyone.

 

hug2.gif

 

I'm feeling MUCH better today. Took several doses of homeopathic sepia yesterday (always do sepia or lachesis when PMSy stuff takes over.)

 

Had a pretty good day despite having to concentrate on keeping my mouth firmly closed so as not to be grumpy to the children. oops.gif

 

I tell them something like 'mama is in a MOOD today' but don't believe that it should be up to them to walk on eggshells all day to keep me from exploding...whistling.gif

 

 

You're telling me? It's freaking awful. Now he's feeling awful about having to try for assistance. I said Look, FDR put that in place for a reason. It's not for want or abuse, but for need, and you have need. Remember the part of yourself that tried to give the food stamps back when you got a job, years ago? Focus on that. You are a man of integrity-- don't be ashamed to take when you are in need. You always give back smile.gif
 


Oh-- I don't mind at all expecting ds to walk on eggshells if I'm "in a MOOD" smile.gif After all, he acts like that with me. Really though, I don't expect him to walk on eggshells-- I do expect him to be respectful, though, and back off on pestering me.

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