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Dr. Leigh Lehan

Tuesday Notes

Written by Dr. Leigh Lehan

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Today is Tuesday, June 27, 2017

  • This morning we sign off from our answering service at 8:00 am to take calls directly from our office.
  • We will be in the office until we finish our On Call Evening Clinic (typically around 7:00 pm).

Walk-Ins

  • 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.
  • Walk-In appointments are for acute sick visits only (symptoms of a short duration).
  • As always, all other visits today are scheduled by appointment only.

Today’s Lineup

  • On Call PediatricianDr. Leigh Lehan will be rounding on our newborns at Rex Hospital and running our On Call Evening Clinic.
  • In our Duraleigh Office today:  Drs. Muff Carr, Todd Harris, Leigh Lehan, Sarah Owrey and Tom Sena
  • In our Brier Creek Office today:  Drs. Rick Gessner and Ben Meares

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

 


Dr. Todd Harris

Banner Change: Summer Edition

Written by Dr. Todd Harris

Kids having fun at the pool during the summer

June 21, 2017 – Yesterday was the official beginning of summer, so yesterday we said “goodbye” to spring – and “goodbye” to our spring website banner picture of ‘family walking on the partially tree-shaded path‘.

We welcome summer, and – with summer – we welcome a new summer website banner picture: “Welcome” we say to ‘three children at the pool with a pink floaty’.

A few things going on this summer at Raleigh Children and Adolescents Medicine:

  1. CHECK UPS: Did you know that your teenage child’s well visit (a.k.a. “checkup” or “complete physical”) meets the requirements for participating in school sports? At that visit, we can complete your child’s school sports form (and in Wake County that will cover the next 13 months of athletic participation). If you need a form completed and you have already had a check up this year – no worries – we can complete that form based on information gathered at that visit. There is no need for a ‘Physical’ at an Urgent Care or a Pharmacy Clinic. Just send us your school’s sports form with your portion already completed. You can drop it by, mail it, or send it to us through your email or fax.
  2. Dr Emily Ross joins RCAMNEW PEDIATRICIAN joining RCAM! Dr. Emily Ross begins August 1st. More about Dr. Ross later, but we are excited for her to join the RCAM-ily for the next 40 or so years (imagine the stories she will tell at RCAM’s 90th anniversary).
  3. ePRESCRIBING MEDICATIONS that previously required a hand-delivered, paper hard copy: For over 10 years, we have been able to send most prescriptions electronically directly to your pharmacy. This practice reduces transcription errors and typically is more convenient for our patients. However, certain medications have continued to require a paper hard copy that must then be hand-delivered to the pharmacy. The Pediatricians at RCAM are currently working through the authorization process for sending these prescriptions electronically. We are happy to offer a service that improves patient safety and convenience.
  4. PAYMENTS THROUGH THE PATIENT PORTAL: Do you prefer electronic bill paying? Coming in July, payments on your account will be able to be made electronically through our Patient Portal.
  5. CHINI WAPI DONATIONS: Many will recall Dr. Rick Gessner and his family spent 2 years on a medical mission in Kenya. His daughter Anna returns there this month and she has been collecting women’s underwear to distribute to women there living in prisons or remote tribes. You may have seen signs in our office about her trip. She collected more than 800 pairs. We estimate 200-250 were donated by families at RCAM. Thank you for your contributions.

And now, what would summer fun be without your pediatrician there to remind you about safety?

  • A brief video from the AAP about sun protection:

  • If you like lists (I know you are out there), here are some tips from the AAP’s website: healthychildren.org: Summer Safety Tips
  • Finally, from our local paper, The News & Observer, here is a video about what to do should you find yourself in a rip current. A terrifying thought, but more proof that having the right information can save your life:
RCAM hopes your family makes memories of a summer full of good health and good play!

Dr. Todd Harris

Open web

June 14, 2017 – A water pipe burst in a second floor suite at our Brier Creek location.

Our office was fortunate to be one of the dry ones.

We have been able to get our cable, communications and water back so Thursday our Brier Creek office will  be open for regular business.


Dr. Todd Harris
  • Juice is not as healthy as the labeling may suggest.
  • The problem is too much sugar. A lot of calories delivered in a small volume is known to contribute to childhood obesity.
  • Pediatric Dentists don’t like juice either. Even “just a splash” in a child’s cup that they drink throughout the day can cause tooth decay. The teeth need a break from sugar in between meals.

 In summary, 1) No juice before 1 year old and 2) Do not allow your child juice – in any amount – as their “walk around” hydration.


Dr. Todd Harris

It’s Sport-A-Shirt-Share-A-Night Day

Written by Dr. Todd Harris

2017 Shirt

May 5, 2017 – Today we celebrate our “Annual Relaxed Dress Code Day” – a.k.a. “Sport-a-Shirt-Share-a-Night Day” by wearing t-shirts in support of the Ronald McDonald House.

The Ronald McDonald House charity supports families who are going through their most difficult timesduring the illness of a loved one.

RCAM is proud to support this effort each year.


Dr. Todd Harris

Happy Administrative Professionals Day!

Written by Dr. Todd Harris

Admin Assist Lunch 2017 Relish

April 26, 2017 – Today we stopped to thank our Front Office workers and remind them how important they are to our very important missionthe health and well-being of children.

It is a very broad and difficult set of tasks that we charge our staff to perform 364 out of 365 days a year (they get to take a break on Christmas).

Lunch was a small token; nonetheless we hope all felt acknowledged for their important roles.

 


Dr. Todd Harris

“She Loved Being A Nurse”

Written by Dr. Todd Harris

Peggy RN

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.

-Leo Buscaglia

April 21, 2017Peggy Wilkinson worked as a nurse at Raleigh Children & Adolescents Medicine from December 30th, 1985 through December 31st, 2011. Peggy passed away this past Saturday morning.

Her obituary was published in Tuesday’s News & Observer. It can also be found here online.

This jarring news has shaken those at RCAM who worked with her.

Peggy spent 26 years with us.

We knew Peggy as a wife and a proud mother. It was clear to her co-workers that she loved her son Sam and spending time with her family was very important to her.

Over 26 years, we knew her as a friend.

Office manager Debbie Maness remembered that Peggy was among the first to bring you a casserole when preparing your own meal was being overshadowed by illness, grief, or (in better times) a new baby.

Pediatrician Muff Carr remembered – among other things – Peggy’s cranberry salad at office potlucks. Peggy was also a fierce competitor when it came to our white elephant office holiday party..

But we knew Peggy best as a nurse.

Twenty-six years represents a lot of phone calls trying to help a weary parent on the other end of the phone line. It includes countless efforts to ease an anxious child through their visit to the doctor.

Measuring growth. Assessing hearing and vision. Collecting and performing labwork. Giving vaccines. Documentation. Peggy was said to be a “meticulous and tireless worker.”

She knew a nurse’s workday focused on doing what needed to be done to help our most valued – our children.

And she loved it.

The other morning as the news spread through our office, Debbie thought for awhile and then it came to her. She said, “Peggy loved being a nurse.”

That is one way we will definitely remember our dear friend Peggy..


Dr. Todd Harris

Easter Weekend Holiday Schedule

Written by Dr. Todd Harris

Easter Sched 2017

We will be closed for routine business on Good Friday, April 14th

  • Good Friday – Friday, April 14th – BOTH offices closed for routine business; typical holiday office coverage (limited clinic at Duraleigh Office location)
  • Saturday, April 15th – typical Saturday / weekend hours
  • Easter – Sunday, April 16th – typical Sunday / weekend hours
  • Monday, April 17th – typical Monday hours at both offices; normal schedule

Some notes from our office about holidays and weekends:

  • Just like every day, one of our pediatricians is on call 24-hours-a-day for urgent health concerns
  • There are no walk-in appointments on holidays and weekends: we will see children with urgent medical concerns in the morning by appointment only
  • To talk to our nurse working with our on call pediatrician about possibly being seen in our weekend / holiday clinic, it is best to call between 9am and 10am
  • We try to handle concerns as much as possible on regular office days, but – anytime – if you have urgent concerns about your child’s health – call our main number 919-781-7490 (backup number 919-831-5526)

Dr. Todd Harris

Banner Change: Spring Edition

Written by Dr. Todd Harris

2017 Spring

April 1, 2017 – So this is 12 days late – spring officially began on March the 20th – but can you blame someone for being a little confused about the change of season around here?

It is our tradition to change our website banner to match the season, and in that spirit we remove the sledders – that seems like a pretty foreign concept at this point – and introduce the family walking on the partially tree-shaded path (is it half-sunny or half-shaded? What kind of person are you?).

Dad appears pretty casual. Mom seems to have kept her options open for the day with her choice of clothing. All three seem to be fully participating in each other on this beautiful day (do those assumptions make me a half-sunny kind of person?).

You could imagine as they walk the parents might gently lift their son by his hands and swing him back and forth (WARNING: don’t fall for it – it’s a trap).

Let me take this opportunity as your pediatrician to provide this public service announcement: SWINGING OR PULLING A CHILD BY THEIR EXTENDED ARM IS NOT A GOOD IDEA.

Nursemaids Elbow

The possible resulting condition described above is Nursemaid’s Elbow. You can find more information at the link provided.

In short, it is a painful yet fortunately treatable (and preventable) condition – don’t let it mess up your half-sunny day.


Dr. Todd Harris

World Read Aloud Day 2017

Written by Dr. Todd Harris

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February 16, 2017 – “What can I do to help my child’s development?”

As pediatricians, we get asked this question about everyday.

Aside from the obvious – the things I categorize as “the stuff that comes naturally” – like providing appropriate shelter, nutrition and attention for your child – there is one thing that has shown to have a tremendous developmental upside. 

It is not ‘the latest thing’ – the answer does not involve anything electronic. It doesn’t need to be plugged in or charged. It requires no data plan.

The thing that can have a most profound affect is reading out loud to your child.

Technological advancement has not been able to duplicate the the incredibly positive impact of reading to your child.

It is never too early or too late to get started as long as you do it today.
Today is World Read Aloud Day – one of those few days without its own Hallmark card – a day that exists to promote awareness that giving our children all the advantages is within our grasp.

So long as that grasp is used to take hold of a book, open it, and read aloud.

For more details about World Read Aloud Day, check out the LitWorld website.