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Hey all. Just joined.

My names Katy. I'm 16, and from MA. I found you guys while community searching for "GED".

Lately i've been interested since i'm having more than a tough time with school. My first week of sixth grade I got sick. I was tested for everything, and we finally accepted than I have Myalgic Encephelomyalitis, which my older sister also has. It's hard to diagnose and not very widely accepted, and falls into the same category as Multiple Sclerosis and HIV/AIDS. My town always gave my big sister and my parents hell for it. They thought that Amy wasn't really sick. My parents were just abusing her--keeping her home--whatever. They had threatened to call DSS more than once and demanded that Amy go to a psychologist for tests. Amy went, but we threatened to sue a few times and they backed off. They gave Amy a home tutor. When I got sick it was even worse. Twice in the same family? They only got more pissy, but they had no choice but to give me a tutor as well. Each time they couldn't find one 'till several months into the school year (usually January), but I managed to get to the next grade.

However, summer going into my sophomore year things got sticky. It was casually mentioned that I might not have enough credits to start 10th grade. I had a fit, because that had never even been MENTIONED to me. I've always been pretty in the dark about my education. I can ask and ask and ask, and get essentially no information out of anyone. As far as I knew, my education was heavily modified because of my physical limitations and I was doing everything that had been presented for me to do, so I was fine--but I wasn't.

They dropped the bomb a few days before Christmas break that I wasn't a sophomore at all (Gee, thanks for filling me in), and they had kept me a freshman. They couldn't get my credits sorted out, apparently, so they've set up a program through keystone international (online) highschool. However, they're expecting me to do everything a normal highschooler does. I cannot do that for many reasons. They're delusional, and I can't take them anymore.

I'm scared out of my mind about what's going to happen, because we're going nowhere. It's march and I haven't even taken a single test this year because they can't get their sh*t sorted out. To top it off, my mother's got more than a few issues. While it probably sounds stupid, her negativity is REALLY starting to weigh on me. I can't leave the house more than twice a week (because of my health) which means i'm constantly cooped up with her. I really need to get out on my own.

I see becoming a real estate agent as my best option but that still requires me to be 18 and have a highschool equivilent. Just as well, because i'm not nearly ready to get my GED (if I do choose to drop out and go that route). As you might've guessed, my school hasn't exactly been on top of my education.

Sorry about the ridiculously long rant. Also sorry if any of this is incoherant, as it's pretty late and i'm a little out of it. ;o)

[User Picture]From: brachypelmic
2005-03-18 04:40 pm (UTC)
Hey! I know you, from parrot_lovers!

I'm so sorry to hear about how things are going in your life. Being held back from being completely independent is a horrible feeling, esp at our age. Take comfort in the fact that you will eventually prove them all wrong. ;)
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From: kitkit00
2005-03-18 11:17 pm (UTC)

Thanks so much for the kind words. ^.^

Take comfort in the fact that you will eventually prove them all wrong. ;)

Hah--Lord, I hope so!

I love your icon, BTW. Something about a tarantula named Sarah makes me smile. :o)
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[User Picture]From: brachypelmic
2005-03-20 02:55 am (UTC)
The tarantula is my baby. :D My little princess, and after all, Sarah means princess. ;)

and YOU WILL prove everyone wrong in the long run. Have fun doing it!
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From: kitkit00
2005-03-20 04:47 am (UTC)
She's so cute! I've always loved spiders, and I always thought Tarantula's were just like big, cuddly versions of our little house spiders. LOL. I had one crawl all over me in a petstore when I was probably five or six, and i've thought they were just the coolest thing ever since then.

There are two types of spiders that scare the poop outta me, though. Those itsy bitsy black shiny ones that can move at five billion miles per hour, and the itsy bitsy 'mini-tarantulas' as I call them, which can also move at five billion miles per hour (both found in MA, as I see them in my house sometimes).

What are tarantula's like as pets? What kind of care do they require? I don't think that I could get one, as my older sister is absalutely, positively TERRIFIED of anything with more than four legs. LOL. I wish I could, though.

Albert's absalutely beautiful (well, all of your pets are, of course!)! Moluccans would have to be my favorites (But don't tell Zeeba (U2) that)

Thanks so much for the words of encouragement. It really does help. ^_^
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[User Picture]From: brachypelmic
2005-03-20 05:06 pm (UTC)
What are tarantula's like as pets?
Well, they're pretty cool. But it definetly depends on which kind you get. I used to have a brachypelma smithi (my fave spiders, hence the username) and they're amazing! They're beautiful, they're docile, fairly slow moving. All those things combined means that they are very handleable. The tarantula I have now is an aphonopelma seemani, they are much too skittish to be held. If I were to risk holding her, I'd be risking her running right off my hands and taking a fall, or simply running away before I had a chance to even begin to know which direction she took off in. If you wanted a more interesting, interactive tarantula, you'd have to get something that would be commonly known as a docile, slow moving species. :D

What kind of care do they require?
Practically none! Once or twice a year you should clean out the tank and replace the substrate, but most people dont even do that every year, and it doesnt really hurt anything. Every week you just throw in a couple crickets, you always make sure they have fresh water, and thats it! They're the most low maintenance pets I've ever had. They need some extra care while molting, and while preparing to molt, but its still ridiculously easy to care for.

You should get one despite your sister! They're really the most incredible things. ;)

Thanks for saying Albert is beautiful! Although all those comments go to his head sometimes... He's constantly telling himself what a pretty bird he is!
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From: kitkit00
2005-03-20 11:34 pm (UTC)
Holy cannoli! That sounds amazing--especially since the birds are a 24/7 type of pet, ya know? My room's a little cramped right now, but if I move and have a little more space for a tank, I think i'll have to get one. LOL. Thanks!

Oooh, don't tell my Mom about Albert. She's been trying to get one of the birds to say 'pretty bird' since we got Zeeba three years ago. LOL.
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[User Picture]From: brachypelmic
2005-03-21 01:31 am (UTC)
LOL! We've been trying to get Albert to say anything OTHER than pretty bird! Its what he ALWAYS says.
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[User Picture]From: kiddokight
2005-03-21 07:57 pm (UTC)
Welcome to the community! Oh, I'm terribly sorry to hear all this. Being sick is always a bummer, regardless of if you have a runny nose or a painful disorder that is almost impossible to diagnose and is dehibilitating. Because I dont know anything about it, I cant give wise wisdoms, but I do hope for the best. I hope that you can work something out, and find a way to make it all be better, and being stuck at home with moms, regardless how wonderful they can be, is also really hard too. Best wishes!
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From: kitkit00
2005-03-21 11:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much. ^_^ You seem like a great person. Kind words always help. :o)
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[User Picture]From: kiddokight
2005-03-22 02:05 am (UTC)
First impressions are pretty cool. Generally they are pretty correct. Hope they are in this case, because you seem really awesome too! And as for your icon...... I thought birds have feathers! lol. But very very pretty. And as for kind words.... hmm, I wish you, peace, love, happiness, and.... chocolate or whatever else your orgasmic item of choice is! (I'm a chocoadict)
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From: kitkit00
2005-03-22 02:23 am (UTC)
LOL, thanks so much! I found this icon last night and thought it was perfect, as i'm a total bird nut. can I add you?
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[User Picture]From: kiddokight
2005-03-22 05:04 pm (UTC)
Sure! I'll add you too! (I love birdies too.)
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[User Picture]From: xcriteria
2005-04-06 05:13 pm (UTC)
I've had a lot of problems in school myself, and I ended up getting a GED soon after I learned about it, during my junior year of high school. I'm a big proponent of the GED. :)

If you have some time, you may want to get some sample GED tests (in the form of a book), and practice taking them. This could give you an idea of where you are at, and how much additional studying you might need to do.

I can totally relate to the negativity of parents being a pressure. I'm actually living with my mom, after having spent a few years on my own. It's my only choice for a place to stay until I get my own income again, which has a number of complications itself. Fortunately, my relationship with my mom has improved quite a bit, but it would still be great to be on my own or living with other people again.

I've had a lot of problems with people expecting things of me that haven't been reasonable. It can be really stressful to deal with. My main problem has my attention and mental energy, which has caused problems with school and work and getting my business ideas put together and implemented. I believe I'll be able to bring things together, but I'm not there yet, and I can relate to not getting anywhere for a long time.

It's hard for me to dish out messages of hope, given my existing problems, but I do think that most problems can be dealt with somehow. I've found it helpful to write things out, even if it's a bit incoherent, and sometimes people's feedback can be helpful. I haven't been doing that lately, though, and I ought to get back into it. :)
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[User Picture]From: witchkatt
2005-09-04 03:51 am (UTC)
I just wanted to tell you that you don't have to put up with those jerks at the public school, all you have to do is register at keystone and tell them what you're doing, at least that's what I did...

As for the people in town, tell them to sweep under their own doorsteps before griping about yours. They need to get thier noses back into thier own lives before butting into yours where they don't belong. I'd reccomend you join a support group for people who have DSS, even if it's just online.

Good luck. Kick thier butts!

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[User Picture]From: witchkatt
2005-09-04 03:54 am (UTC)
... oh yeah, what I meant by 'register at Keystone', is that, you can be enrolled through Keystone without being involved in the public school system. They're just a bunch of lackeys anyway. Try googling "Keystone National Highschool", I think they tell you how to do it on thier website.

Sorry, I got a little carried away with the pep talk. ;)
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From: kitkit00
2005-09-04 05:31 am (UTC)
Hey, thanks. :o) After posting that we actually had a horrendous encouter with DSS, who a bitch at one of the schools did call. She filed a false report, and then all hell broke loose. We had to deal with an eight-week hearing, and now we're down about 10 grand from legal fees. Thank gawd it's done with.

I've been on break from school this summer so we'll see how things go when the year starts up again. We might try something different this year since keystone just hasn't been working out for several reasons. *sigh*.

Thanks for all your support! :D
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