July 1, 2019 – Whoa. Where did June go?
In case you missed it, we have moved from the spring banner, “Young Child Looks Like My Oldest Daughter“, to our new summer banner: “Three Girls on the Beach“.
A few goings on at RCAM this summer:
1-Camp Physicals, Sports Physicals, Well Visits
Their is a lot of wellness going around again this summer with a lot of families taking care of their annual physicals.
If your child needs a sports physical, your child’s annual well visit will cover that.
Also, remember that a sports physical is valid for sports participation in Wake County Public Schools for 13 months after the date of exam.
So, if your health insurance is like mine and requires 365 days between each will visit, you still have another month to schedule your child’s next well visit / sports physical. Don’t be pressured into going to an Urgent Care of Minute Clinic – taking your child to see their pediatrician for their annual visit is very important.
2-Nurse Shannon B. Had a Baby Boy
Many of you have been following the pregnancy of Shannon B., one of our nurses from our Brier Creek office.
A few weeks ago she gave birth to her baby boy. He weighed in at a healthy 6 lbs and 9 oz. Everyone is doing great.
3-Dr. Carr’s Last Day at RCAM is August 28th
Dr. Carr has been a huge part of Raleigh Childrens & Adolescents Medicine for quite some time.
Next month she will retire after almost 40 years of caring for the children of the Triangle.
How do you say goodbye to a legend?
4-Happy 4th of July
Reminder: this is a holiday week:
- Monday thru Wednesday, July 1st-3rd: Duraleigh and Brier Creek Offices both open regular weekday hours
- Thursday, July 4th – Duraleigh and Brier Creek Offices both closed for the Independence Day holiday; holiday coverage described here (in short, a limited clinic starting at 10am at the Duraleigh office)
- Friday, July 5th – Duraleigh and Brier Creek Offices back to being open regular weekday hours
June 7, 2019 – Tomorrow – Saturday, June 8, 2019 – our Duraleigh office will be without power as Duke-Progress Energy will be doing some work on the transformer that serves that building.
Therefore, our typical Saturday After Hours Clinic will take place at our Brier Creek office.
The “Written-In-Stone” Weekend Plan: Saturday, June 8th
- After Hours Clinic with be at the Brier Creek office (click here or see below for directions)
- No Walk-In Appointments on the Weekend
- Patients are seen by appointment only
- If you think your child may need to be seen this weekend, call 919-781-7490 in the morning after 9 am; our answering service will send us a message and you will get a call back from the Weekend Nurse working with the On Call Pediatrician.
- Weekend Clinic begins at 10am. Clinic ending time varies depending on how busy we are.
- After clinic, we are available to speak by phone about any urgent concerns you may have.
The “Stay Tuned” Weekend Plan: Sunday, June 9th
- Power should return later Saturday so that we can return to Duraleigh for our regular Weekend After Hours Clinic on Sunday
- Of all people, we know things can be unpredictable so our Sunday Backup Plan is to use our Brier Creek office again Progress Energy
- If we are going to a backup plan, that information will be posted here on our website
Going Old School (No EMR)
- While the power is down at Duraleigh, we will not have access to our electronic medical records (EMR) system
- We’ll be making a paper record that will be entered into the electronic record later
- We will not be able to send prescriptions electronically; if your child is prescribed a medicine, you will receive a written script that you can take to your pharmacy
Where is the Brier Creek Office?
- Some of you are very familiar with our Brier Creek location and some of you have never been there before. It is right down the road from a Target if you have some other errands to run that day.
- The address of our Brier Creek office is: 10208 Cerny Street, Suite 100, Raleigh, North Carolina 27617 (Click address for directions)
We Appreciate Your Patience
- If your child is seen this weekend, we will do our best to see that things go smoothly
- Being committed to seeing our patients in our office 364 days a year takes some extra effort – we think that is very important and well worth the effort
- Whenever possible, it is best to be able to avoid urgent cares, pharmacy clinics and emergency rooms and see your pediatricians when your child is sick
May 24, 2019 – As a pediatric office that prides itself on top-notch care of newborns and their families – when one of our own is expecting – our baby shower game can’t disappoint.
Gotta keep it fresh – like we did in 2015.
When faced with five (yes, it was five) expectant staffers, we pioneered the Dirty Santa White Elephant Auction Baby Shower.
That day featured five expectant mothers all competing for their portion of the same baby shower booty.
The typical baby shower chorus of “Ooh’s” and “Ah’s” were replaced by “Watch out!” and “Oh no she didn’t!?!”
This past Wednesday‘s mild 80 degree temp and overcast sky were a perfect setting for breaking new ground again as we took to the Duraleigh office parking lot for Nurse Shannon B’s Flash Mob Tailgate Baby Shower.
We had the grass below us and the cool sky above us. We had corn hole and music featuring “Baby” in the title.
Oh yeah… we also had Two Roosters Ice Cream (exceptional).
Congratulations to Shannon B. We look forward to your big day.
Next up, Nurse Chessica…
May 23, 2019 – A quick note: this Monday is Memorial Day and that is an RCAM office holiday.
See how you can get up with our office if you have questions or need to be seen on a holiday here
In short, we handle holidays like we handle weekends (including this weekend prior to Memorial Day):
- One of our pediatricians will be on-call
- They will see our newborns at Rex Hospital in the early morning
- They will then see patients with urgent needs who have spoken with the nurse on call
- That clinic begins at 10 am at our Duraleigh office.
We hope that your family gets to enjoy these special days together.
April 8, 2019 – Following our custom, now is the time we change our banner for the new season.
Formerly, “Children Frolicking in the Snow” – we now present “Young Child Looks Like My Oldest Daughter“.
1) Flu Activity: Much Less Than Before
The official message from the CDC website: “Influenza activity decreased but remains elevated in the United States.”
Of course, a picture is worth a thousand words:
This graph depicts the last three years of likely flu activity in North Carolina (from the NC Dept. of Health and Human Services). It shows how this year’s flu (red line) peaked in February (as it usually does) and has steadily trended downward to now much lower rates as typically seen in April.
Official declarations on the efficacy of this year’s flu vaccine won’t come until later but early reports show it wasn’t bad. Preliminary results put this year’s vaccine effectiveness at about 47% (up almost 10 percentage points from last year).
TAKE-HOME MESSAGE: Plan to get your families flu vaccine for the 2019-2020 flu season in October.
2) As Flu Winds Down, It’s Time To Schedule Your Child’s Well Visit
Every child 3 years of age and older are recommended to get an annual “check up” or “well visit”.
School athletics, scouts, and most summer camps will also require that your child has an up to date physical and likely require their form to be completed so that your child can participate.
TAKE-HOME MESSAGE: Beat the summer rush. Call and schedule your child’s annual well visit now.
3) Upcoming Holidays at RCAM
The holiday office schedule will be covered again as we get closer to those holidays.
As usual – for these holidays – we will be available by phone for questions and in the office for visits for urgent concerns.
- Last week, our very own Dr. Emily Ross got the pre-wedding pediatric medical office makeover (a.k.a. How many uses for exam table paper can you come up with?) from the RCAM nurses. Congratulations to her and her husband on their big day this past weekend. #BigTimesAtRCAM
- Also, you may remember Sylvia who used to work at our front desk (her husband is Steve – between the 2 of them, they worked about 70 years at RCAM)? She stands to win ten’s of dollars in the Unauthorized RCAM March Madness Pick ’em if Virginia wins the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament tonight. #BigTimesAtRCAM