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:
Have a healthy and fun summer.
June 8, 2016 – In classic RCAM-style, we have corrupted our own good intentions with a bake sale (at the Duraleigh Office):
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
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: