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Really Really Stressed Right Now (Warning vent)

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

For those of you who know me, know I am a special ed. teacher. I have a self contained class for children with autism. I always dread the last six weeks of school because of all the paperwork and I think technology has made it worse than when it was paper and pen!
I have to have two plans finalized - which is someone else's job
I have to amend two plans with changes for the summer
I have one meeting about a plan Thursday
I have at least one meeting for an upcoming Kindergarten student to my room.
So today, I tried many times to do the two addendment plans and the stupid program wasn't working right so I couldn't do anything. This also meant the other person couldn't finalize the other two plans.
I got so frustrated about this because I am one that likes to get things in on time and if I could use paper and write out what I need to It would be done.
For those of you who read this and don't understand the vent, thanks for reading. For those of you who read this and understand - you are most likely in the same position. I would count the days but not until I can get my paperwork done!

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JUSTYNA7 4/20/2011 3:11PM

    I am a techno-dork and if it can go wrong it will. My DH just shakes his head. I feel for you. I was an OT in the school system and had a lot of kids doing programs so yup.. end of year we had to have a summer plan. It is a lot of work and no one really appreciates that. Keep it simple. My personal rule was if the program didn't work after 2 tries I went off line and onto paper. Most people understood. Then when the system worked again I would make a notation to check the chart. Now adays you can scan papers in too. I don't know if you can have a backup plan or not. Seems ridiculous when the paperwork method of filing is more important to do correctly than have something to show when needed. I feel for you.

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KOPSBABY 4/20/2011 2:45PM

    Hang in there, it will work out, always does. The work you do with sp. ed kids is wonderful. You all deserve a raise.

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PRAYINGSUZIE 4/20/2011 10:11AM

    I completely understand! I work for the Army and everything is on the computer! When the server goes down (which happens often), I can't do anything! UGHHH!!!

Thank you for what you do!! It takes a big heart to do your job!


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JOYINKY 4/20/2011 9:34AM

    Yes, I understand; I loved the kids too but the paperwork drove me into early retirement. My daughter is in her first year of teaching and like you is in early elementary, special ed, with a classroom of children with autism. The reason I pick up my DGD 3 days a week from school. The hours she puts in are unbelievable. She knew what she was getting into; worked as a para while she went back for her degree. Hang in there; the rewards are great. You are giving those kids a future. Bless you. I hope the tech problems are solved soon; you deserve to have your evenings and weekends! Be well, Joy

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RUFFIT 4/20/2011 9:06AM

    Thank you for your hard work. Computers and paperwork you can keep -- Stress.. What is that??? Moni emoticon emoticon emoticon

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OHSOCOOLLISA 4/20/2011 7:27AM

    I wish I could fix this for you!


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KDYLOSE 4/20/2011 6:18AM

    Yep, computers are great when they work, but when they don't you want to just smash them. Hang in there!

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NUTTYSNOOPYFAN 4/19/2011 10:39PM

    Here's hoping the program will work tomorrow so you can get things done and not have to worry about them anymore. Thank you for the work you do with autistic children.

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GOOZLEBEAR 4/19/2011 10:35PM

    I'm not in your position but I can understand it as my DH was in the school system for 40 years so I do understand the frustration when you can't get things done. I want to thank you for all you do with your special students. Two of my grandsons and on the autism spectrum and I really appreciate the work that their therapist and tutors do as well as my daughter who homeschools them.

Hugs to you.

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 4/19/2011 10:11PM

    let me say thank you for your hard work shaping these lives. Thank You! you are a blessing to society for doing this challenging and difficult job.

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JONI329 4/19/2011 9:59PM

    I second what Snuggly4U said. I am the mother of a 16 yr. old autistic girl and I know that teachers are the reason I'm sane.

Sorry that you're going through the end of year nightmare and I hope everything starts working again soon!!


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SUNFLOWERGAL40 4/19/2011 9:53PM

    emoticon I understand because I was a sped teacher. I went back to the regular classroom because of the paperwork. And the online program can be a real pain in the patooshie! emoticon When anyone asks me about my experience in sped, I always tell them I loved the kids and hated the paperwork! Hope tomorrow is much better for you!

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SNUGGLY4U 4/19/2011 9:44PM

    Don't know about the exact tech, but I would like to thank you for the work you do. I have 2 autistic cousins and I know how much influence their teachers had in their lives. I really, really admire the work you do!

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HDHAWK 4/19/2011 9:41PM

    The web IEP is great, until it doesn't work! I hope it works for you tomorrow!

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I Gave Up

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Yes you heard me right. I Give Up!!!!!!!! on trying to change my cat's diet. We have tried for a week. There for a while it seemed like we might get there, but Tuesday it took hours for her to eat 1/4 cup - husband tried several times in the morning and she nibbled for several hours that night. I can't just leave it out where she could nibble all day because my other cat would eat it. He loves it! Figures! Wednesday, all she ate was 1 Tablespoon. That is all for 24 hours. Today, she totally refused the food this morning. And when I got home tonight, she was dry heaving because she hadn't eaten. I gave her the mixture and she smelled it and walked away. I tried three times with the same result so I GIVE UP. I gave her the 1/4 cup of her weight control Iams and she ate it all. She will not change food so I hope that the blood sugar was a fluke due to stress. I tried, but I can't not let her eat. I just can't.

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JUSTYNA7 4/20/2011 3:03PM

    I have one cat that won't eat and one that overeats. It frustrates me to no end. I am trying to make one gain weight and one lose it, roll eyes. When I talk to the vet about it he makes it seems like my fault. Hello? However it has been a year of this behaviour and neither have died. I think the picky one must be subsidizing his meals with mice.

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 4/19/2011 10:30PM

    emoticon I feel you

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GOOZLEBEAR 4/14/2011 8:51PM

    That is very frustrating for you and sure hope the blood sugar was just a fluke so you don't have to worry with changing her diet. That is funny that your other kitty loves it, so typical!!!!

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JOYINKY 4/14/2011 8:22PM

    I know how frustrating that must be. I hope she does ok. Cats are pretty determined and definitely have strong preferances!

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OHSOCOOLLISA 4/14/2011 7:34PM

    I'm sorry you and your cat had such a rough time. :(
Perhaps the sugar thing was a fluke. There might be other options out there if it wasn't. In all honesty, I know nothing about cats other than I seem to have an allergy to them. Anyway, I really hope everything works out for you two!

All the best :)

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Thanks For All The Advice - If In Doubt Read Yesterday's Blog

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Thank you for all the advice.
I am going to keep the mix half and half for a while. But I am not going to let her eat over a period of hours because we can't always be here to do that. Today, she only got two chances in the morning, the leftovers were bagged up and put on top of the fridge where neither cat could get it. If I don't do that the other cat will eat everything. I will measure what is in the bag and add enough to make up her normal portion.( She didn't eat much for breakfast at all!) I won't let her starve, hope she will eat when she figures out this the the food she is going to get. That being said, if she is still not eating normally by Saturday, I will just tell the vet we tried. At least the other cat will eat the new food!
Okay, so she ate a few bites for dinner and now it is on top of the fridge. I will try again when I get back from the gym. Last night she did eventually eat all of her dinner, so I hope she will tonight as well. And I am worried that she won't eat the new food and will get sick because she is not eating.

7:30 She finally gave in and ate most of her portion of food from this morning. Think she will have to lose weight because she only eating half of what she should be eating!

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MILLISMA 4/12/2011 9:04PM

    It could change and she could start eating more. Like Joy said, give her time. Our kitties don't like change and can be real finicky.

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JOYINKY 4/12/2011 8:26PM

    Just give it time. I still think she's doing well. Hugs, Joy

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Cat Lover's: I Need Some Help Please

Monday, April 11, 2011

I have to change cat food for one of my cats. I had no problem when I did a 1 part new to 3 parts old, but when I went to half and half she is refusing to eat much at a time. She eats a little, then walks away, I take it up because my other cat will eat it(he eats anything). When she comes and sits in front of where her bowl should be, I put her bowl back. This will go on several times and tonight after 3 hours, she still hasn't eaten everything.
My question to other cat lover's is what do you advise? Should I go back to 1:3 for a while? Let her go hungry? My previous blog explains why the change is needed.

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MZWHITLEY 4/12/2011 8:59PM

    I admit I have no experience in this, my 2 will eat anything at any time. But it does seem like she is adjusting. When I'm changing food, I'll mix a 'batch' at the ratio that I want and then mix another batch at the next ratio when the first batch is gone. That gives you a little more ease in mixing, say 6 parts to 4, 7 to 3 etc until you have completed the switch.

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JOYINKY 4/12/2011 8:17AM

    Actually, I think she's doing great! Give her time; she'll make the change. I wouldn't back up the ratio, maybe going slower as I continue to change it. Smaller meals more often for awhile until she gets used to it. If there's not so much in the dish, like a kid, she may decide to finish what she has. So far with Xena; she eventually does something when she can make it look like it's actually her choice/idea.

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ROXELLS_WARRIOR 4/11/2011 11:01PM

    My suggestion is to wait a day or two - if she's hungry, she'll eventually eat. As long as you know it's not a new health issue, and she's just being picky, that is! In my experience, they do get used to it eventually. But after a few days if she's still not happy with it, maybe consider another alternative. Cats have preferences just like people! If you didn't like broccoli, for instance, how kind would it be if that's all I offered it to you? Just my opinion, for what it's worth!!

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MILLISMA 4/11/2011 9:54PM

    Ms Molly is on m/d from Science Diet and is also on insulin injections. Her problem is she would eat everything in sight so the different food didn't bother her. If you look at my page, she's the one on the trampoline that needs SparkKitty. What impact would it have giving her a different ratio? They say they will eat if they're hungry enough but I don't like to see them walk away from their food. Maybe you should give the vet a call and tell him what's going on. Hope things work out.

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PURPLESPEDCOW 4/11/2011 9:04PM

    I must add that as soon as I posted this she finished the food. It is like it takes her three attempts to finish up in the morning and evening. I think we will hold at half and half for a while and if nothing else then I know we did our best.

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ROBINBIRD23 4/11/2011 8:44PM

  If you go back to the old ratio, and she still doesn't eat, at least then you tried! Maybe she just is not hungry, or something else is bothering her. Good luck!

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My First Yoga Class and New Work Out Schedule

Sunday, April 10, 2011

I went to my first yoga class today. It is hatha yoga, so mainly gently stretching which I think is what a need. I found a lot of the poses were just like pilates only held longer. I really liked the instructor who explained the poses and variations that I can work up to. I feel very relaxed right now and ready to go to work tomorrow.
Now I have my weekly schedule for the gym:
Sunday: yoga
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: strength combination of machines and body weight exercises
Tuesday & Saturday: Water aerobics
That is six days in the gym. I think it will be a good mix right now. I will mix up the strength weekly by using some of the workouts here on Spark as well.

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JUSTBIRDY 4/10/2011 9:27PM

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OHSOCOOLLISA 4/10/2011 7:30PM

    Wonderful for you! Glad you feel good about going back to work and found that you like the yoga.

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JOYINKY 4/10/2011 7:30PM

    I love Hatha Yoga and how it makes me feel! I'm betting you find a way to fit some poses into your days other than Sundays. Good start and sounds like a good class. WTG!
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HOPE2011 4/10/2011 7:21PM

    It sounds like you have a great plan - good for you!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 4/10/2011 7:21PM

    Sounds like a great schedule! Glad you are relaxed and ready to go back to work.

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LIFEISSWEET2 4/10/2011 7:17PM

    I've been doing yoga since I was five and no matter what my size I just HAVE to do my yoga practice. I hope you really like it. Sound like you have a good instructor.
Looks like you have a challenging, yet manageable, schedule created for the gym.


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ANDREWS_MOM 4/10/2011 7:03PM

    Great workout routine!
Hope you love your new gym!!

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RONOSOF 4/10/2011 7:00PM

    Yay you! emoticon

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 4/10/2011 6:56PM

    emoticon Awesome!

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