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Member Since 15 Feb 2012
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#788743 Bored Of What I Eat.. Going Crazy

Posted by on 18 April 2012 - 12:38 PM

I can completely relate! *hugs*

The chocolate and cheesecake and pie and cookies and and and....

You'll get there. :)
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#787491 Supervisor Problem

Posted by on 13 April 2012 - 06:31 PM

I would just bring your own food regardless. If you feel comfortable eating at the restaurant then go ahead... but if you don't, at least you know you've got a back-up. It's good that your supervisor is trying to be aware of your dietary needs but you are the one that suffers the consequences... not him.
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#787246 Bad Timing

Posted by on 12 April 2012 - 07:42 PM

Well, I guess I should mention: it wasn't the oven... it could have been the maltose I ate not realizing it may not have been safe (the maltodextrin always throws me). Strangely enough, I distinctly remember reading it on one of the labels and being concerned but then the fact that maltodextrin is safe occurred to me and I thought nothing of it and ate it. Yes, yes, I need to start a food diary...
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#786517 Dating Frustration

Posted by on 10 April 2012 - 12:52 PM

Built in jerk detector! - :lol: :lol: :lol:
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#784649 Autism Rising

Posted by on 01 April 2012 - 03:41 PM

I am not in any position to judge whether or not those labels were/are accurate or not. I was/am simply relaying information I've been told from them:

In one case, the Aspergers was diagnosed on the basis of a one visit/consultation with a psychologist and the observation of poor social skills.

The ADD was diagnosed based on behavior inside of the classroom: a very unsuitable environment for this particular person. There are many other reasons that someone might have poor social skills or difficulties paying attention in a place that is not engaging or encouraging. Instead of labeling the kids, we could try changing the environment — who knows how many other kids could benefit from the changes...

/end-IMO :)

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#784619 Autism Rising

Posted by on 01 April 2012 - 01:55 PM

It is my opinion that the label only works because of the way our culture perceives differences. If an entire school district changed the way their kids viewed geeks/nerds or kids with LD's and just allowed the child to be him/herself giving assistance when required, things might be different... Labeling is "playing the game." Of course playing the game is helpful for those IN the game.

I, myself, have various learning disabilities which were not identified until I was halfway through high school. I know full well the difficulties of facing school without any understanding from peers and teachers feeling dumb and absolutely worthless. The repercussions from misdiagnosis or missed diagnosis can haunt one for a lifetime. On the other hand, I know quite a few kids who were diagnosed with Aspergers or ADD and did NOT actually have either one. For them the labels only exacerbated their difficulties fitting in not because others treated them poorly but because the dx meant that "they had something wrong with themselves." In other words, the dx conflicted with their perspectives of themselves.

Accurate diagnosis is what we all want and strive for, but in the face of misdiagnosis or no diagnosis I feel the better route is no diagnosis, provided the parent or person is willing and able to get their needs met. The latter statement, however, does not apply to those who have serious developmental delays/disorders, IMO.
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#783637 More Progress

Posted by on 28 March 2012 - 11:51 AM

Hi Alex

I'm so sorry that you have had bad experiences with counselors. I can empathize as I've had quite a few duds, myself. Skylark is right: a good counselor should feel like a safe person. Someone who builds you up, not one who stares down at you from up above... Counselors also should not direct, they need to be empathetic, patient and kind. People are dealing with all kinds of issues and it is NOT fair to lump them together based on a first impression. Very rarely would a person choose to discuss personal issues such as anxiety with someone they barely know. It truly is an odd situation (speaking with counselors/psychologists), exacerbated by time and financial constraints.

On the topic of worrying; I wanted to share something with you that my mom shared with me to help me during my gymnastics competitions (and other aspects of my life!): The Serenity Prayer: "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference." If you are of a different religion or aren't religious you can easily swap 'God' for something else a special aunt, mom, friend, pet, etc. I "chant" it in my head before I compete and it really seems to help.

I think you have done a FANTASTIC job with juggling everything! Only a handful of people can manage all of what you have and are, remember that... and allow yourself to be human, too! It's way to easy to critique and criticize yourself based on progress (or lack thereof) made from day to day, when in reality it takes months to years. It's super important to look back and see how far you have come. :)

(hugs) Laura
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#782336 What Do You Say? How Do I Explain Celiac?

Posted by on 22 March 2012 - 09:56 AM

I think it is also important to differentiate between symptoms and the actual auto-immune response: even if your twins don't react (with symptoms; overtly or right away) to that crumb, as Skylark mentioned, their bodies will find it and react (silently).
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#780307 Casein Intolerance

Posted by on 12 March 2012 - 10:17 PM

If I recall correctly, the lactose in cheeses, yogurts, buttermilk and so on is "digested" (aka: broken down) by the enzymes during fermentation. You could try something like lactaid to see if it helps or not. If it doesn't, I would look at a casein intolerance your reaction to swiss cheese is probably due to the casein, not the lactose. Smart choice picking the swiss! Hopefully someone else will come along and give a more definitive answer/advice! I'm sorry you are feeling crappy... feel better soon!

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#777900 Kidney Stone & Bladder Question

Posted by on 02 March 2012 - 08:27 PM

Thanks! I'm not sure about the water either but I'd rather be safe than sorry! The pain in my bladder finally went away yesterday. I've been drinking so much water I think it finally exited. :)

Yes, it's a very strange feeling. I could feel them moving down my ureter and then the pain would suddenly stop. I had the urge to change positions to try to find a comfortable one, to no avail. I hope you continue to get better!

I so appreciate your BTDT advice and support!
~Laura :)
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