It's been awhile since I updated Therese's health. Her latest round of blood work was really helpful. Her doctor was really pleased. It is highly likely that she has Crohn's Disease, which can be remedied with a round of antibiotics (10 days this time, not seven months!). Before he draws that conclusion, though, Dr. P. has her on a yeast elimination diet to make sure that her problem is not a yeast allergy/intolerance. After not eating yeast for five days, Therese is praying it's Crohn's! More importantly, following the lead of the young man we know who has been our, um, inspiration/muse/mine canary in all of this, I asked Dr. P. to test Therese to see if she had an MTHFR gene mutation, which, sure enough, she does. I'm hoping this mutation could be the thing that finally explains her joint pain, but (when addressed) it definitely should explain her brain fog (which we really thought would clear up when she stopped using antibiotics and switched to probiotics, but so far no such luck).
As far as school, we have figured out that Therese should be all caught up by December (done with Geometry and with the rest of Freshman and most of Sophomore years, excluding Biology (her Bio course is actually designated for 10th graders anyway). By the end of next summer she should be completely brought up to speed where I want her to be. When all is said and done, she should be graduating in three years (on time) with enough time her senior year to do whatever independent study she might want to take on. Her end goal is the Honors Program at the University of St. Thomas (like her Mama and someone else we know). Her curriculum is perfectly crafted to take her where she wants to go, given that we are using this curriculum from St. Thomas Aquinas Academy. I don't enroll her in the Academy or have them do the grading, but I do use their syllabi and books for Therese. It's the perfect curriculum for her and she's been really happy with it.
So maybe there is light at the end of this tunnel for Therese. All we can do is wait and pray, which seems to have been our pattern for the longest time now.
ETA: I just realized that I didn't say anything about Therese's Mycoplasma level! Probably because it hasn't changed much at all...like only decreasing by a couple of tenths. We'll see what the next round of blood work says, though, after she's been on probiotics only.
- Biographies of the 3 principal historical figures
- Listening Well
- Thinking Further
- Defining Words (each of these preceding three for each section)
- Historical Background
- 3 Bible Studies
- ...even more!
- The GA Henty eBook of Beric the Briton
- The Official MP3 Soundtrack
- Printable Cast and Inspirational Verse Posters
- Behind the Scenes Cast Video
- Behind the Adventure Letter Website and E-Newsletter
- Before You Write
- Grading Toolbox for Teachers
- What's in the Student's Toolbox
- Teacher Key to The Power in Your Hands (corresponds with the student book)
I have blogged about podcasts several times before, but since I am always on the lookout for new ones (like, obsessively on the lookout - it's really not a good thing), I have to assume that other people like finding those hidden (and not so hidden) gems too. To that end, here are the podcasts (of the 251 to which I subscribe) that I have on automatic download/add to playlist on my phone.
My #1 favorite right now is True Crime Historian. If I were to podcast, this is what I would do. Yes, my PhD is in political science, but if you know me at all, you know that my heart is in history (my other BA). Digging in newspaper archives is my dream (I mean, my dissertation covered the years 1901-1959! To do that for a PoliSci dissertation at a school like Rice? That took some moxie and a great adviser.). I would be Richard O Jones's research assistant if he would have me (especially if it meant an extra podcast per week!). There are too many reasons to list why I love this podcast so much and I am already sounding like a giddy schoolgirl. His voice is so perfect for what he does - narrate the past. His selection of stories is diverse and captivating. He writes chapbooks. If you don't know what those are, you don't read the right kind of books. The fact that he calls them chapbooks just makes me love him more. I almost bought some on Kindle, but it is not a real chapbook if you don't have the physical copy, so I'll hold out for a real one. I'm done now. If you don't fall in love with his website at first glance, there might just be something wrong with you. There is a whole lot of True Crime podcast chaff out there. Richard O Jones is all wheat.
Another podcast I never miss is Stories - A History of Appalachia...One Story at a Time. The name of this podcast says everything. In less than ten minutes, twice a week, two nice sounding guys tell stories of that part of the country known as Appalachia. It reminds me of listening to public radio when I was a kid and couldn't fall asleep. It's so good. Completely professional (meaning no banal, self-indulgent banter between the hosts that no one cares about) and utterly delightful.
Documentary on One is an Irish podcast that is absolutely stellar. I can't even think of how to describe it except to say that it is documentaries. The back catalog is over 1,600 episodes. The lastest episode on the Irish Hangman is *riveting*.
Irish History Podcast is not so much Irish History as it is Irish stories or episodes in Irish history that most of us would have no way of knowing. The narrator's accent is to die for. The stories are fascinating.
History in Five Minutes Podcast is another great short history podcast. A wide variety of topics, short and sweet.
If you only subscribe to one, though, make it True Crime Historian.
Do you listen to Spotify? I have had a premium account pretty much since Spotify's inception. I listen to it while I work (and I'm always working. Side note, I've mentioned this before, but not for awhile, I have time to do two out of three things every day: teach the kids, work, and clean the house. I can do any two. I am always AMAZED at how much I can do in a day if we don't do school. There are so many more hours in the day! The house gets so much attention! Moms who send their kids to school have so much free time. Just an observation.). I have made a gazillion of my own playlists, but there are also a gazillion great playlists already out there. Some were made by people I know (a friend of mine from, gosh, like, Kindergarten knows the best music - he was the music coordinator on MTV's Awkward) and some were made by people I don't. Some are from Spotify itself (themselves?). One of Spotify's most interesting features is it's Discover Weekly playlist. Based on your listening habits, it creates a personalized playlist for you every Monday. I have discovered some new and *very* beloved songs through this playlist ("Your Makeup is Terrible" and "Sometime Around Midnight" among them). There are always some huge misses, too. It's always interesting to see what Spotify comes up with, though.
Here's a look at my Discover Weekly this week:
Anyway, here are a few of my favorite playlists:
Playlists by Spotify -
- Throwback Thursday (SpotifyUK)
- Gossip Girl (say what you want - the music was AWESOME)
- 100 Greatest Pop Songs Ever
- Dark Pop
- The Sound of Chillwave
- The Sound of Metropolis
- The Sound of Glam Metal
- a TON more