May 30, 2016 – From today’s News & Observer, a local story about a young accident victim who inspires after losing a leg in a lawn mower accident.
He is in a video that will be shown nation-wide to educate about lawn mower safety:
Some ideas about lawn mower safety from HealthyChildren.org
This Monday, May 30, 2016, RCAM will be closed for routine business in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.
Like other holidays, we will be available for urgent health concerns:
- RCAM will have a limited clinic that day at the Duraleigh office only.
- There are no walk-in appointments on holidays and weekends.
- We will see children with urgent medical concerns that morning by appointment only.
- If you have urgent concerns about your child’s health on that day – as usual – call our main number 919-781-7490.
- If you think your child may need to be seen in the office, try to call before 10:00am.
May 23, 2016 – Today’s topic:
Breastfeeding and Lactation
Our Lactation Consultants
- We offer lactation support practically every weekday at both Duraleigh and Brier Creek office locations from certified lactation consultants
- They also provide support by phone when you can’t be seen in person
- Come in early and often – our lactation consultants are quick to acknowledge that “breastfeeding Is natural and best for baby but often doesn’t always come easy; come in early and often”
- Participating in a breastfeeding class before your baby is born is a helpful first step (many listed below)
Nursing Mothers of Raleigh
- Volunteer mothers
- Provide support and encouragement for breastfeeding mothers
- They offer in home support, phone support, online resources, and free local meetings
Rex Lactation Services
- Prenatal and postnatal classes
- In-Hospital Lactation Store where they offer breastfeeding supplies, hospital-grade pump rental, and bra-fitting services for nursing bras
WakeMed Lactation Services
- Free breastfeeding support groups meeting in three different locations
- Breastfeeding classes and online education about breastfeeding
- Hospital-grade breast pump rental
Mothers’ Milk Bank-WakeMed
- Non-profit milk bank
- Provides safe donor milk to premature babies in hospitals all along the eastern coast
- Their website offers information about donating breast milk
- Outpatient dispensing of donor milk is available when supply permits.
- Simply plug in your zip code to find breastfeeding support that is close to you
Phone: 919-250-4720, Option 6
- Supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children
- Intended for breastfeeding mothers that qualify for the WIC program
- Breastfeeding classes in English and Spanish
- Breastfeeding peer counselors
- Breast pumps for rent
- In-home support, phone support, and other resources
Triangle Breastfeeding Alliance
- Organization of healthcare professional working together to care for breastfeeding families in the triangle
- Although the website is geared more towards medical professionals, it does offer breastfeeding education including prenatal breastfeeding information, tips for new breastfeeding mothers, working mothers breastfeeding, and breastfeeding humor
Today is Friday, May 6, 2016
- We sign off our answering service at 8:00 am to take calls directly from our office until we finish our evening clinic (typically around 7:00 pm).
- Also – today – two big annual events have fallen for the first time in our 50 year history on the same day!
1. It’s Nurse Appreciation Day
When you ‘Google’ “quotes about nurses” it is clear people really like their nurses.
It makes sense. They often are how things work in healthcare. Typically, it is the nurse who has the most face-to-face contact with the patient. The word nurse is also a verb – we all know good things have happened when someone is “nursed back to health.”
At RCAM, it is no different. We are thankful for our group of competent and caring nurses. We are dependent on that group. We simply don’t work at all without their special set of skills.
Say “Thank You” to a nurse today (or give them some chocolate – they seem to really like chocolate).
We are taking them to the Kanki today for lunch (they insisted on the Kanki after the Front Office had such a great time last week)
2. It’s Sport-A-Shirt-Share-A-Night Day
We have relaxed our dress code today and are wearing t-shirts with this logo on the front in support the Ronald McDonald House. Physicians can – and do – say a lot about the restaurant. We don’t need to cover that again – do we?
The Ronald McDonald House charity supports families who are going through their most difficult times – during the illness of a loved one (like nurses – see above).
RCAM supports this effort each year and get to wear a t-shirt to work (a “win-win”).
And now, a few details about other parts of our day:
- 8:00 – 8:30 am: Today if you arrive at the Duraleigh office during that time your child will be seen by our pediatrician(s) covering walk-in patients. These times are for acute sick visits only (symptoms of a short duration).
- As always, all other visits today are scheduled by appointment only.
- On Call Pediatrician: Dr. Jen Long will be rounding on our newborns at Rex Hospital
- In our Duraleigh Office today: Drs. Lily Harris, Todd Harris, Jen Long, Ben Meares and Tom Sena
- In our Brier Creek Office today: Drs. Rick Gessner and Sarah Owrey
After Hours Care
- Our On Call Pediatrician manages our after hours care.
- Urgent calls outside regular hours: 919-781-7490
- After hours backup number: 919-831-5526
- Poison Control: 1-800-222-1222
May 1,2016 – Yesterday a group from Raleigh Childrens participated in the annual March of Dimes March for Babies in Morrisville at Perimeter Park.
Our choice to support for the March of Dimes was not a hard sale.
We work with the families of premature infants everyday and recognize that when we prevent a premature birth – when a pregnancy is able to go to full term – that is good medicine.
The March of Dimes makes that its important mission. It is an easy cause around which to rally the RCAM-ily.
If you would like to support the March of Dimes, their website details lots of opportunities to get involved.
April 27,2016 – They have such a tough job – some thankless work for which today we will try to thank them.
Happy Administrative Professionals Day!
Both the Duraleigh and the Brier Creek offices will be closed during lunch while we attempt to make our Front Office Staff feel appreciated at the Kanki!
UPDATE: Sights from Lunch at the Kanki today:
April 20, 2016 –
Help prevent premature birth and help the care of infants who are born too early – now there is a cause that can justify the purchase of some baked goods!
As you enter the building where our Duraleigh office is located, you will have the opportunity to satisfy your sweet tooth while making a contribution to an important cause.
Smiling faces will be selling baked goods from 10:30 am to about 3:00 pm (as long as we have food to sell).
March 29, 2015 – It is that time of year that we get to experience the yellow dusting. Just waiting for the year that there is so much we can break out our sleds from the winter for another run.
Here is a link for when you are trying to decide whether you are dealing with allergies or a cold.
If you are not sure what it is or what to do, we are happy to help.