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Unread 08-19-2005, 09:42 PM
Teachers unite!

s Donna - Wow! I'm so sorry that you have such a difficult decision to make. Please don't make it on your own. Consult with, as Sarah says, those you trust. Perhaps your doctor can give you the best advice/guidance. Perhaps even a visit with an endocrinologist is warranted in this case. Whatever the outcome, we're here for you, we're listening, and sending our thoughts and prayers your way. All the best! Whatever you decide, I have faith that you will "go out and conquer!" If it means somehow changing the setting in which you carry out your victory, you will still conquer. The battlefield does not change the soldier.

Mary - Welcome back! My DS is considering an adventure in France this coming summer. He has looked into studying abroad at a university in La Rochelle. He's fluent in French and absolutely loves the language! I'll bet you were glad to see little George. I'll also bet he's grown and changed quite a lot in your absence. Good luck to you as you guide your students.

Cathy - Glad the bladder is flatter these days. I hope you can sort out the pain vs. meds problem. I was pleased with your strength and comforted by your principal's compassion. Good to know it helps to point things out to our superiors. (Although, I sometimes wonder if some are in adminstration because they couldn't hack it in the classroom.) My DD was trying out her backpack today...seeing if all her binders fit and whether or not she could still remain upright. (I mean that seriously! She's not even 5' yet. She looked overwhelmed to me.) It was a struggle but she managed.

Diane - Computer glitches can so frustrating. I hope you're able to sort yours out soon. And I hope your scan provides levity for all and headaches for none. s to you, too.

To others, Kathy, Ruth, Kim, Debi, et al, who are vacationing, or otherwise busy, we've missed you and hope you'll be back soon.

s to all,
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Unread 08-20-2005, 06:59 AM
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Donna- I am sorry to hear about your health. Please talk to others, but don't let them make the decision and take your power away. If teaching isn't an option, there are other places you can work that involve children. You are such a strong person. I think of you often when I need my strength. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

The good news for me is they found absolutely nothing on the MRI. They only stated that my right ovary was higher than the norm. We new that from the ultrasounds last year when we were discussing options to my issues before the hysterectomy. I am quite relieved but annoyed at the first doctor that read the first scan. That could have thrown someone else over the edge. I didn't go there because you were all here to support me. Thank you.

I am off for a last minute weeks vacation. This is much needed after the past stressful week. DH just found out last Saturday he could have time off. Trying to get a place to stay less than a week before the date of vacation is no easy undertaking. Once the car is unloaded and the bags unpacked, I am taking a stroll ont he beach and then reading a book on the beach with the sound of the waves calming my soul. Well as calm as it can get with three children playing in the sand and screaming their joy.
Unread 08-20-2005, 08:54 AM
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Lots and lots of Donna.

Diane, have a wonderful vacation. I am so glad to hear that your MRI came out fine.

Cathy, that is good news about your bladder. I hope they can help with the pain.

The heat and humidity has really done a number on me. My building does not have air conditioning and I teach on the 3rd floor. The mornings are fine. I have to cram all subjects in before noon because the afternoons are so bad. (We start at 9:25 and end at 3:40.) We play a lot of games in the afternoons. Thankfully the water fountain is right across the hall.

Yesterday, one of my second graders came to school around 1:30. He was yelling, screaming, and crying when he got to the office to report to school. He had not eaten and something happened at home that he would not talk to our secretary about. She got him a lunch and sent him to the room. We happened to be at the library at that time and did not return to the room for 1/2 hour. He sat patiently outside and refuse to eat until we got to the room. (Another teacher saw him and tried to get him to eat.) As he was putting his stuff away I asked him what had happened. He told me that his step mom punched him in the jaw and arm. Unfortunately, this boy is a very dark skinned African American and I could not see bruises but after he ate I took him to the nurse. She did not see anything either and started questioning him. Step mom has done this many times and dad knows. So the young man has been telling his Pawpaw. It turns out his Pawpaw works for Children's services and is trying to build a case to get custody. We are going to talk to him on Monday. His step mom is a real piece of work. She just dropped him off and would not escort him to the office. When our secretary called to explain the procedure, the step mom got really nasty on the phone. She has done this with the administration and the nurse. She never did with me. Last year I found very explicit sexual drawings done by this child in his notebook. I called home, talked to the nurse, and the administrators. Step mom told me the boy's big sister was sexually molested at their mom's house and the boy saw it. I now wonder if there was something else going on.
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Unread 08-20-2005, 02:59 PM

Hello Dear Sisters!
I got up the nerve and talked with Mr. C yesterday A.M. He was in Shock to say the least. he cried and told me that no one love the kids more than me...He also told me it was the wisest move he ever made putting me in Health full time because I believed in what I taught. He asked if he could help in any way...I asked him to pray..and I really meant that..
You all are so wonderful..I do so appreciate that that is why I took time at school to access my web mail and send a note to those I cared so much about...
Christine..Please follow through as I know that you will to help that poor little boy..I have had many over the yrs that I have had to speak up for...Please be his advocate..
Everyone have a great week end! I must go and run to Lowe's to look at home improvement stuff. I do that when I am stressed.. Until later Thank you for remembering to go and conquer ..I say that to my children everyday Happy Day Go conquer your world..That's how I dismiss..
Love and hugs Donna
Unread 08-20-2005, 06:24 PM
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Hi everyone,
Donna we're still here for you. Whatever you decide to do it will be a tough decision - but it has to be yours - after taking advice. You should do what's best for you all round. Continued hugs and prayers coming your way.

Diane pleased your MRI is clear - that's a relief for you. Enjoy your trip.

Christine that's so hard for the little lad but also for you. It's such a tricky thing to deal with - the beating is bad enough, but the other issues are really tough. My colleague had a girl in a similar position a few years ago. She always took someone with her - usually a colleague - if she talked to the family.

Cathy are you feeling any better? Do hope so. It was good news that some of those children were moved.

I went to a quilt show today - it was wonderful to see so many quilts from all around the world. I spent ages drooling over them - and came back full of ideas for projects I don't have time to even begin! Inspirational day though.

Cindy that sounds a great trip for DS. It's a long way for you (25 miles from UK to France!) - but it's a great country. If he can speak the language that's a really good start. Is he planning a course or a work placement?

DD and friend return tomorrow evening from their travels around the world - time has passed so quickly this summer. We meet them at the airport in the evening. So looking forward to hearing all about it.

Sarah it's really dry here - the plants are growing but not the normal pace at all. I was thinking of the garden and then realised we haven't had any of your tips lately.

Well must go and prepare for the girls. Love to all.
Unread 08-22-2005, 04:46 PM
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Hello Dear Friends:
First and foremost, a special prayer goes out to you, Donna. Amen to what all of the other sisters have said. I know it is going to be a difficult decision but you have to keep the faith and counsel with those around you. Please exhaust all different types of opinions. One day you will wake up and the answer will be right there!
Mary - you are right back in the swing of things and to top it off you get to see Sarah and hear all of her wonderful stories! How exciting for you. How is the rest of the family doing?
Christine - what a dreadul situation with the young man. Please make sure you notify all the necessary parties and simply be there for him. It is apparent that he trusts you and you provide a safe haven for him. Sometimes when we get frustrated about the little things, we tend to forget that our little ones have so much to deal with. As far as the heat...my goodness - can you bring a fan? I'm sending cool vibes your way!
Cindy - love the flatter bladder comment. Unfortunately it isn't working. I simply could not take those meds anymore. I called today and said, "Uncle." They will now try me on another. Side effects are not as bad. Now for you dear little, under five foot daughter. Is it necessary for her to have all of these items? How does one get around? Perhaps you could puchase her a golf cart. Nothing snappy - just practical. Tell her to hang in there. How are your students?
Sarah - yes, as Mary mentioned, I could use a good forecast these days. Not much is growing except the grass. The plants and ornamentals have taken a vacation. I was glad to hear that the cats had some time outside away from "FIDO." Let's hope he stays away.
Diane - well that is good news but frustrating too. I can understand what you are going through. I hope your vacation proves to be everything you had hoped for. The sound of the ocean waves is such a peaceful one.
Well, today was my first day minus three little cherubs. It was manageable. I saw them in the hallway and they gave me a little wave. Thanks for letting me vent.
I hope you all have a wonderful week. As Donna would say...Go and conquer.
Unread 08-24-2005, 06:03 PM
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It's been in the 90's here for several weeks. I find myself making excuses not to be outside and doing the bare minimum in the garden. And I should be riding the motorcycle to save gas... but I'm not.

Thurs and Fri are good for planting, then the weekend is for weeding. Many times recently I've suited up and been out there and realized, dang, I forgot to check the almanac, well, too bad!

Cathy, I always felt like I had lost something when they finally got my classes down to a reasonable size, because I had already become attached to the students they moved away. That's great that they waved at you. You're still their teacher.

Mary, I have enjoyed your DD's adventures vicariously and I know you have too. Reminds me of my own "great tour" at that age."

Donna, you're on my mind.

Everyone have a great day tomorrow.

Unread 08-25-2005, 07:58 AM

Thought I'd jump in for a minute to let everyone know I have been thinking of you.. I hope your week has been ok.. Mine Whew! to say the least.. So much going on so quickly.. Well I have gotta run and conquer during my planning..no toner no computer because mine is broken the tech's moved it to my trailer and broke it they do not return until Wed of next week. Take good care I love you Donna
Unread 08-25-2005, 05:02 PM
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Hello to all:
Just a quick check in to see how everyone is doing.
Sarah - thanks for the forecast. If it doesn't rain, I just might tackle those weeds. As for the heat...I have lost my uumph as well. I just keep saying to myself tht "this too shall pass." Hang in there, enjoy your students and have a dry weekend.
Donna - I continue to pray for you. I hope you are finding solutions or possible avenues to them. Let us know if we can help in any way.
Blessings to all and enjoy the day.
Unread 08-25-2005, 06:39 PM
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Cathy, yes... you may get more rain from Katrina than us. Take care! Donna, great to hear from you. They keep throwing you curve balls... good luck with the computer "experts."
Love to all,

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