September 14, 2016 – The sparkler is a universal sign of celebration.
It really has no other use.
ANNOUNCEMENT: here ye, here ye – we are (figuratively) breaking out the sparklers today at Raleigh Children & Adolescents Medicine because we have just received word that one of our very own – Nurse Shannon M. – has joined the ranks of parenthood.
Shannon and her husband Andrew this morning welcomed into the world their very own brand new baby girl.
UPDATE 09-14-2016 06:15 PM: Here she is!
We are so happy for new Mom and new Dad and we await their little girl’s first visit to RCAM.
That leaves us with only one expectant Nurse named Shannon left at RCAM. #YearOfTheShannons #ShannonsStrikeBack
As we count our blessings, here is another universal sign of celebration:
August 31, 2016 -This image is presented in memory of the summer of 2016.
With traditional calendar schools getting started this week – as we are forced to remove ourselves from our beach chair – whether that is real thing for you or if you are stepping away from some imaginary beach chair – we now face the stark reality of limited time off, kids in school, tight schedules, and… egads… the upcoming flu season 2016-2017.
Beginning September 1st, RCAM has enough flu vaccine supply to begin inoculations for the upcoming 2016-2017 flu season. Please keep reading because there are two important things to know about the start of our flu vaccination efforts:
We have plenty privately-supplied flu vaccine, but – for circumstances beyond our control – we have not received our state-supplied flu vaccine. This does not affect patients who have private insurance (like BCBS,Cigna, United, etc.) or who plan to pay cash for their flu vaccine. Unfortunately, this delay does impact our patients who receive state-supplied flu vaccine – namely, the uninsured and those with Medicaid insurance. We expect to get state-supplied flu vaccine but we do not know exactly when that will happen. We will update when it does.
There will be no Flumist nasal spray-type vaccine offered this year. We will only be offering the “flu shot” this year.
Click here for more details about those two details.
You are free to call and schedule to get your children their flu shot in one of our flu vaccine nurse clinics.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the pediatricians at RCAM recommend that just about everyone 6 months and older get the flu vaccine every year.
WakeMed presents a popular and practical program about puberty for pre-teens and their parents (try saying that 5 times fast).
There are separate programs for girls (“Girlology”) and boys (“Guyology”).
Here is a better description from WakeMed’s website about the “Girlology” program (NOTE: “Guyology” will also be offered):
“When girls learn about puberty before it happens, they face it with greater confidence and even excitement. This is the perfect time to start healthy, factual conversations. Join us for this physician-led, mother-daughter program where we will discuss growth & development, bras & bra shopping, hygiene & hair management, nutrition, menstruation, feminine care products, moods and emotions and respect for self & others.”
The presentation is known for being both engaging and factually accurate. Spots fill pretty quickly, so be sure to pre-resgister soon.
As noted in the flyer above, here are details:
Wednesday, October 5th
Andrews Center (located at WakeMed’s Raleigh campus on New Bern Avenue)
June 21, 2016 – At Raleigh Childrens, we love the change of season.
In the spring and summer, it is always good to say “goodbye” to flu season and “hello” to a time that is generally healthier and when we are more physically active. It has become our tradition here to change the banner at the top of our webpage with each season, and – with that change yesterday – we officially welcomed summer.
At Raleigh Childrens, we also love children being active – particularly if they are enjoying themselves because that means they are likely to do it again and take some steps toward developing a good habit. With that in mind, it seemed appropriate to highlight this delightful young lady with her multi-colored fingernails who is pictured here and clearly having fun at the pool.
A few things to keep in mind for the summer:
We are pediatricians, so we will always highlight safety. Here are some summer safety tips from our friends at the American Academy of Pediatrics.
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
We sign off our answering service at8:00 amto 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 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) coveringwalk-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