It has been a while

United States
October 10, 2021 7:10pm CST
I noticed my last post was March 9 and so much has happened since then, I am sure I can't remember everything. I am still quite busy with work and keeping the house going, but when I found out my friend @peavey died Wednesday morning, I was heartbroken. she also wasn't as active here, but we kept in touch on Facebook and I was subscribed to her blog. I wasn't home when I read her daughter's post, so I asked @GardenGerty to let everyone know and when I got home, I signed into here. I want to sign in more often, but like I said, I have been super busy, here are a few things I went through or have been doing since my last post. On March 25, my student attacked me. I was writing in his folder when he came across the room and punched the top of my head, causing a mild concussion. Fortunately, I only missed the next day of work, because the following week was spring break. I am still in that room, but now I share the responsibility of this student with another aid. (NOTE: this class is a special needs class, so it isn't like he has the ability to know right from wrong, he just acts out in frustration and almost a year later, I have connected with him enough to read his body language and know when he is angry) Then after school was over for the summer, I had a short break before 2 weeks of summer school. Then I got a fabulous job as a respite for a middle school student for the rest of the summer until 3 weeks out from the beginning od school, then I helped with 2 more weeks of summer school. So I am always doing something, and if I am not, I am resting. One new activity I am doing is looking for painted rocks and rehiding them. I actually painted a few, but I am not artistic, so I got my husband involved and that is how we get our exercise. I started doing this with the student I was taking care of this summer because her house was across the street from one of the parks. I continued it because it is the only way I can get my husband to get out and exercise since he had heart surgery in Jan. 2020. So, that is what I have been doing and why I am not here often. I miss many of you and hope that one day I won' have to work so much that I will have time to be here daily, like I used to. Have a good evening (It's 8 pm here) afternoon, or morning, talk to you later.
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21 responses
@LadyDuck (450600)
• Switzerland
11 Oct 21
I am so sorry for @peavey and also to know that your student attacked you. I do not write often but I am on myLot every day, just come here if you feel you like to.
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• United States
24 Nov 21
Hi @LadyDuck it is good to see you. I would love to come here every day, but I can't.
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• United States
25 Nov 21
@LadyDuck Thank you, I think I got a sinus infection from a co-worker. It isn't too bad, but I am looking forward to getting some elderberry syrup again.
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@LadyDuck (450600)
• Switzerland
24 Nov 21
@Carmelanirel2 I hope you feel well, we are living difficult times.
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@DaddyEvil (137253)
• United States
11 Oct 21
I've wondered several times what you've been up to. The attack by your student doesn't sound like fun at all... I hope, otherwise, that you're staying healthy.
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• United States
24 Nov 21
Yes, I am trying to stay healthy, I have gotten sick a couple times (I know, shocker since I rarely get sick) I am sure this last time was because I didn't have the money for more elderberry syrup, but I will get more when I can.
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@DaddyEvil (137253)
• United States
25 Nov 21
@Carmelanirel2 I'm sorry you haven't been feeling well... Since I started the medication for hyperthyroidism in October 2020, I've hardly gotten sick at all. A little fever and sickness when I got the Covid vaccinations but that's pretty much it.
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• United States
25 Nov 21
@DaddyEvil Thank you.
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@GardenGerty (156229)
• United States
11 Oct 21
I wish I had more summer opportunities, but I do not. These students can hurt us even if they do not mean to. Sorry that happened to you.
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@GardenGerty (156229)
• United States
25 Feb 22
@Carmelanirel2 I do not work directly with a hitter. I got bit this week. We have one little girl that when we see certain behaviors we know she will hurt herself.
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• United States
25 Feb 22
@GardenGerty Out of 6 students, half of them are hitters and can include biting, kicking and pinching. But I love the staff (not sure if I mentioned it, but the staff in other classrooms were cold hearted, made the day miserable) we have each other's back. If someone needs a break , she will get it. When this happened, the teacher was on maternity leave and the other 2 aids were dealing with another student. I tihnk because of what happened, we all are on guard and take care of one another.
• United States
24 Nov 21
I have learned to watch his behavior and I warn others when I see him getting to that point. He has tried a couple times this year to hit me, but because I read his body language, I was able to defend myself.
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@shaggin (71474)
• United States
14 Feb 22
Painting rocks and hiding them / finding them is fun. It was a big thing here two years back or more but I almost never find them now. I just got some new paint and hope to make some new rocks soon . @RubyHawk and I were just talking the past few days about the Kindness rocks on another post. Share a photo of some you paint if you will. I’d love to see some! That is absolutely horrible your student attacked you. Is he special needs. I know I’ve interacted with Peavy as I recognize the name but it must not have been recently or very active as I can’t picture her avatar or anything about her. Sad to have lost another member here. I will go look at her profile to jog my memory and see if I gave any notes about her online in my info about myLotters.
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• United States
24 Feb 22
Hi @shaggin, it is good to see you. Yes, the student is special needs and non-verbal. I haven't painted any rocks, though the FB group is still very active in hiding them. My son wants to start painting, so once he does, I will share pictures.
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@shaggin (71474)
• United States
24 Feb 22
@Carmelanirel2 great I look forward to seeing them
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• United States
24 Feb 22
@shaggin It might be a while, until our finances straighten out. Once I have the money, I am going to buy him the paint he needs.
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@kaylachan (53946)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
11 Oct 21
You have to do what's best for you. Not everyone can be here daily.
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• United States
11 Oct 21
True, but when I signed up, I was a stay at home mom and during the day I cleaned and on my breaks I would come here to chat. Now my children are grown and my husband retired and with his poor health, I am not only working outside the home, but I clean where my husband doesn't have the energy to clean. So it leaves me with little rest except on the Lord's day.
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@rebelann (110317)
• El Paso, Texas
11 Oct 21
I'm so sorry for you loss.
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• United States
24 Nov 21
Thank you, @rebelann, I hope you are doing well.
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@rebelann (110317)
• El Paso, Texas
24 Nov 21
You're welcome. I am doing very well, hopefully you are as well.
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• United States
25 Nov 21
@rebelann Yeah, I am doing pretty well. even though I have a sinus infection, it isn't that bad.
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@GardenGerty (156229)
• United States
15 Feb 22
Maybe I need to get my husband into hiding rocks, or maybe there is another thing to do that I can get him out for. I am beginning to wonder about what I will do this summer.
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@GardenGerty (156229)
• United States
25 Feb 22
@shaggin He is a voracious reader. Since posting this he has also started hand writing anecdotes from his life. He calls them his "stories" and they are pretty good. He is a good writer. It still does not get him up and active.
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@shaggin (71474)
• United States
15 Feb 22
@GardenGerty do either of you like to read?
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• United States
24 Feb 22
@GardenGerty if he likes to paint, he can also paint and hide rocks too.
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@dfollin (24030)
• United States
19 Feb 22
Glad to see you and I am sorry about peavy. Why did the student hit you in the head?
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@dfollin (24030)
• United States
27 Feb 22
@Carmelanirel2 That's how my 3 year old grandson is that I was babysitting, so I understand.
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• United States
24 Feb 22
@dfollin I work in a special needs room and the student is not vocal, so he was upset about something and took it out on me.
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@allen0187 (58448)
• Philippines
15 Feb 22
Sorry to hear about @peavey . I am saddened knowing this awful news. Hopefully, the student who attacked you is taught a lesson that actions like that do not go unpunished.
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@allen0187 (58448)
• Philippines
25 Feb 22
@Carmelanirel2 I see. Thanks for the clarification.
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• United States
24 Feb 22
@allen0187 As a special needs student (I guess I should have clarified that part) he is non-verbal, but his punishment was he was put into a chair since I was unbale to care for him.
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• United States
25 Feb 22
@allen0187 You're welcome. I didn't consider this from someone's point of view who didn't know, I will be more clear in the future.
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@bunnybon7 (50975)
• Holiday, Florida
15 Feb 22
Nice to hear from you. I vaguely remember reading some of Peavy's posts but can't remember now much about her. Sorry for her loss though because I know how it is to lose a good friend on here. I've seen a few disappear. Hope you get some rest soon .
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@shaggin (71474)
• United States
15 Feb 22
@bunnybon7 same here. I recognized the name but nothing else. It’s been a few years since she created a post. I looked at her profile and recall the avatar. She was someone I interacted with I believe often on the old myLot but not much since I returned that I can recall.
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@bunnybon7 (50975)
• Holiday, Florida
24 Feb 22
@Carmelanirel2 I know. I have taken long breaks before. I hope that won't happen again. Since I am out of the hospital for a while.
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• United States
24 Feb 22
Hi @bunnybon7 , I am so happy to see so many friends I have not heard from in a long time. I am doing well now.
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@tammys85 (29851)
• Baltimore, Maryland
16 Feb 22
I'm so sorry to hear about @peavey, and I'm sorry about a student attacking you. I hope you're doing okay.
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• United States
24 Feb 22
@tammys85 Yes, thank you, I am doing a lot better onw.
@JudyEv (321185)
• Rockingham, Australia
14 Feb 22
Lovely to see a discussion from you. Sometimes earning a living gets in the way of more pleasurable things. I'm sorry to hear of @peavey's passing too. That's very sad. I wish you all the best and hope to see you here from time to time. Thanks to Shannybananny (@shaggin) for the suggestion.
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• United States
24 Feb 22
Hi @JudyEv, it's good to see you again. And you're right, I have different priorities now, but I try to be here as often as I can.
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@Courtlynn (67003)
• United States
14 Feb 22
Sorry about the loss of your friend, the attack and your husbands health. Hope 2022 is a much better year then those ones were.
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• United States
24 Feb 22
@Courtlynn Thank you for the encouraging words.
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• United States
24 Feb 22
@Courtlynn Thank you. Though it started off really bad (had a family emergency I can't talk about, but it is something that changed all our lives) and now I am trying to adjust to a different life.
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@Courtlynn (67003)
• United States
24 Feb 22
@Carmelanirel2 so sorry. You've got this!
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@RubyHawk (99444)
• Atlanta, Georgia
14 Feb 22
I’m so sorry. Why did the student hit you. I don’t remember Peavey. Maybe she was here before me. Several years ago we did the painted rock thing. It was fun for awhile but it faded away.
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• United States
24 Feb 22
@RubyHawk I am in a special needs room and the student is non-verbal, so we don't know the exact reason he hit me.
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• United States
24 Feb 22
@RubyHawk Yes they can, but they can be so loving too.
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@RubyHawk (99444)
• Atlanta, Georgia
24 Feb 22
@Carmelanirel2 I understand. These children can have outbursts.
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@dodo19 (46955)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
15 Feb 22
I'm really sorry to hear of @peavey. I am also sorry to hear that a student attacked you. Scary situation for you.
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• United States
24 Feb 22
@dodo19 It was not good, but since I have no insurance, the upside is workman's comp took care of the medical bills.
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• Philippines
15 Feb 22
Sorry about what happened to you in the classroom. What did you do with that student? This is why my mom retired early from teaching as the students are getting worst. It's sad we lost another member. I'm worried when they're not around.
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• United States
24 Feb 22
Hi @Letranknight2015, it's good to see you. This is a special needs room, so he isn't accountable. He is still my one on one, and he has tried a few times to hit me, (I am prepared now) but overall we get along pretty well.
@rakski (112998)
• Philippines
27 Apr 22
Sorry to know about @peavey I was not here also for more than four months I try to be here but most of the time, I cannot.
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• United States
12 May 22
That's fine and that is what makes this site amazing, I can be absent for months and come back and be as active as I can.
@RasmaSandra (71409)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
14 Feb 22
Nice to hear from you and I hope your life improves. I wish your husband all the best and many blessings to the both of you,
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• United States
24 Feb 22
Thank you. Unfortunately, we both hate the cold, so we haven't hiked in a while. However, spring will be here soon and we can hike again.
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• Dallas, Texas
14 Feb 22
I am sad to hear that a student attacked you. And that @peavey passed. It is hard when things go south like these. I will pray for you.
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• United States
24 Feb 22
Thank you, that is kind of you.
@noni1959 (9794)
• United States
15 Feb 22
I'm sorry to hear about @peavey and being attacked by the student. It's been hard for me to come here too.
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• United States
24 Feb 22
Thank you, and I am trying to be more active if I am not too tired from work.
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