September 25, 2017 – Friday was the official first day of autumn, so we officially said “Goodbye” to summer with its summer vacation and children who need to find things to do – and with that as our tradition here dictates we said “Goodbye” to our summer website banner picture of ‘Three Children at the Pool with a Pink Floaty‘.
I am sure those three children are now back in school and caught up in the purposeful rhythm of the academic cycle.
Today – also part of our tradition – we say “Hello” to autumn and to a new autumn website banner picture: ‘Mother, Daughter and Many Mini Pumpkins’.
Some things coming up at RCAM:
#1-Flu season is right around the corner – it is time to get your flu vaccine
- Flu vaccine clinics – Dr. Meares provided details about getting your flu vaccine at RCAM here. Like most years, in the early going we have plenty of private-supplied flu vaccine but are still awaiting our shipment of state-supplied flu vaccine. We will update here as we get more state-supplied vaccine.
- We continue to recommend the flu vaccine for almost everyone – particularly the very young, the very old, and those with conditions that would make having the flu much worse like asthma or diabetes.
- The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has listed 10 things you should know about this year’s flu vaccine here.
- If you are looking for a lot of information about the upcoming flu season and about the flu vaccine itself, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has compiled quite a bit here.
#2-Some New Faces at RCAM
- In August we announced the arrival of Dr. Emily Ross. We have been very happy to have her join us. We are learning a lot from her as she learns a lot from us. She is working four days a week mostly in our Duraleigh office.
- This month we welcomed a new nurse – Wendy B. – to RCAM. Along with being our newest nurse she is also our second ‘Wendy’ (to go with Wendy T.). That should not be confusing at all since we already have three nurses named Shannon.
- You may also notice some new faces up front and new voices answering the phone. In the last 2 months, we have welcomed Jenny, Teresa (not to be confused with Front Office Manager Theresa), Denzlo and Allison. Such a large influx to our front office staff reflects only minimal turnover; rather, we have added some new positions in an effort to more completely cover the ever-growing list of front office responsibilities.
#3-Dr. Lehan’s Last Flu Season at RCAM
- Next summer a true giant in our office – Dr. Leigh S. Lehan – will retire after 34 years of pediatrics at Raleigh Children & Adolescents Medicine.
- That seems like a long way off – but it seemed like Kobe Bryant’s last season with the Lakers just flew by – so we all need to start preparations for ‘Life After Lehan.’ That means the rest of us are going to have to get a lot more patient and a lot more gentle to make up for that loss – we better start now.
Biggest difference: She does not put her hands over her head as much now when she is placed in front of a huge pink cake – although now as I write this I am doubting myself – time to put that theory to a test.
August 2, 2017 – A landmark day yesterday at RCAM as we welcomed Dr. Emily Ross to her first day as a Pediatrician working at Raleigh Children & Adolescent Medicine!
Raleigh Native Returns Home
Dr. Ross is from Raleigh. Somehow, she ended up out of state for college but returned for medical school, pediatric residency and yesterday she joined us at RCAM.
Read more about her here.
July 26, 2017 – As you are making your weekend plans, consider joining us for a great meal to benefit someone who is pretty important to our RCAM-ily.
If you haven’t heard, one of our nurses – Erika Johnson – recently learned that she needs a kidney transplant.
A group of Erika’s supporters have organized a lunch this Saturday – all proceeds will go to help offset some of the significant costs that she has and will no doubt incur.
Details about the lunch are listed on the flyer below.
It is no small thing to process news like this and to then experience how it changes your life. We want to be sure that Erika does not go through this without being certain of our support and encouragement.
If you can’t make it to the lunch but you would like to make a contribution, Erika’s supporters have also organized a GoFundMe page that can be found here.
October 4, 2016 – If you haven’t already heard, the North Carolina State Fair came to town yesterday and will run through Sunday, October 23rd.
It’s our annual feast for the senses – with its dense collection of sights, sounds, and scents.
When it comes to the sense of touch, your pediatrician would like to remind you that the @NCStateFair has in recent years stepped up its game when it comes to hand washing facilities.
That is important with so many people in one location and with attractions like ‘Petting Zoos’ so ‘handy’ – you may also wish to bring along your own personal supply of hand sanitizer – not to ruin anyone’s fun, but just to help insure the fun doesn’t come home with you.
Finally, there is the sense of taste – and the Fair offers plenty with its infamous ‘Fair Food’ – food so noteworthy it is a guaranteed annual news segment.
This morning I came across a good-effort infographic from our friends @RexHealthcare. It tells us things that we fair-goers may not want to know – but, if you would like to know what you need to know, check it out below:
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)
- You must pre-register here on WakeMed’s website
- Cost is $20 per pair (parent / parent-substitute and child)
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
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.