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Oct 18, 2018

Hi Everyone!


Let's get started by sharing what we hope to get out of the forum. Glad we can stay in touch.

Oct 19, 2018

My hope is that when someone in the group has a quick question or concern they can ask it right here!

Nov 2, 2018

Hi, Ryan and all. I wanted to thank you for yesterday, Russell did a really great job. I have to say I enjoy each week when we go around and tell about our weeks. I think it is the only time I can share and know that everyone understands. But I think we all really needed yesterday. It may have been just me, but it seems like there were a lot of emotions that came out yesterday as we spoke. I don't know if it was the topic, the format, or just that we seemed to be in similar places yesterday. Thanks for arranging to have Russell there, and thanks to everyone for the support that is freely given each week.

Have a great weekend.

Nov 2, 2018

There was some good information shared yesterday, but I do like to hear about everyone's week. I think about everyone often throughout the week and it's good to hear how you are all doing. I hope you all have a great weekend, and I look forward to next week.



Nov 2, 2018

I thought we had Russell at the perfect time. He is very good at what he does, I know I learned a lot. We will plan on bringing him back once a session or so. If anyone has any other guest speaker ideas feel free to let me know or post them here.

Nov 2, 2018

I like listening to Russell, I have been to quite a few of his presentations at NEISD. I have never felt that his area of expertise really met my needs. Now it is coming very close. I do feel that it could be helpful to have an outside assessment of how I can better meet Phil's needs. But, as always, I am very concerned about how Phil will react to on outsider coming into our home.


Today Phil refused to get out of the car at Grace Notes Community Choir (or in our vernacular, Carol's Choir). I don't remember his exact words, but I took it to feel that he was being managed, that he was being directed. I tried to think how to deflect or redirect. He was not tired, thirsty, hungry. He just wanted to leave, so I made apologies and we did. Lunch was early and he got in a better mood.


I did engage a lovely youngish lady to clean house once or twice a month. Phil liked her. Good!


Sorry I was weepy yesterday. I wasn't when I came in, I guess our shared experiences just touched me.


Tomorrow Phil has a band event. What are the chances that he will want to participate? I'm taking bets.


Have a great weekend and remember to adjust your clocks Saturday night! Fall Back!


Nov 2, 2018

So glad the cleaning lady worked out! Hopefully that can give you a break and let Phil get used to having someone in the house.

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