11:13 – Still working on kits. I’m doing laundry. Barbara just headed out to run errands. Among other things, she’s going to pick up a couple of 120 liter bags of vermiculite, which we use as an asborbent for packing chemicals. She was also going to pick up some 1% hydrocortisone spray for Colin’s legpits, which he’s scratching raw from allergic itching. We’ve tried diphenhydramine, loratidine, and most recently chlorpheniramine, none of which work very well. But this morning Barbara found a dozen 20 mg prednisone tablets that I’d squirreled away in the freezer. She just gave Colin a quarter tab, which may be enough to knock down the itching. I asked her if I should give our vet, Sue Stephens, a call and ask her to prescribe another 30 or 60 20 mg tablets, but Barbara said not to bother. Those dozen tablets she found are sufficient for 48 doses, which she probably won’t use up in a year or two. The 5 mg dosage is very low and she seldom administers it for more than a couple of days, so we don’t need to worry about tapering Colin off.
I’m still spending spare moments designing our new kits for 2014/2015. I’m well into Earth Science, which’ll be teachable as a middle school or high school level lab course, and I’m stubbing out AP Chemistry and AP Biology. And I keep thinking that we really need to do at least a first-year level physics course.