November 3, 2017 – A belated update about flu vaccine availability at RCAM:
We have flu vaccine available for all patients.
Our most recent update reported that we had not received much of our state-supplied flu vaccine yet.
The package did arrive (its been about 2 weeks – I apologize for the delay in posting the news here on the website) and we have plenty of both state-supplied and private-supplied flu vaccine.
How to get the flu vaccine for your child:
If you happen to be in our office for an appointment, mention to your nurse that you would like your child to get the flu vaccine (as well as any other of your children with you that day who need the flu vaccine). Typically we can squeeze that need into our regular office hours schedule (NOTE: we typically can’t give flu vaccine during a visit to our after-hours sick clinic that occurs in the evenings and on the weekends)
Call 919-781-7490 and schedule your child to come to an RCAM flu vaccine clinic. Right now we have limited appointment slots available but we continue to add new slots.
The flu vaccine is also available at most pharmacies as well as the health department. It is not important to us where you get the flu vaccine, but we generally recommend all of our patients get it.
October 31, 2017 – Today I attended “Egypt Project Day” at my daughter’s school and my phone exploded with images from both the Duraleigh and Brier Creek offices.
A few observations from my day off:
It appears that Brier Creek had 100% costume participation. Many people do a lot of things in our office. It is rare for EVERYONE to do the SAME thing (particularly when we plan to do the same thing).
One other thing about Brier Creek: beautiful job with a great old school theme. Like the great teams over the years – the 1998 Chicago Bulls, the 1972 Miami Dolphins or the 1996 Kentucky Wildcats – they had a great game plan and followed it with perfect execution – they even got Dr. Meares to dress up as a dwarf. I am blown away.
The Duraleigh office went (almost) new school with the emojis theme. I think they look great but… we really have to do some work on our picture-taking skill sets. Today – like other days – there was lots of poor lighting and poor focus – people with eyes closed, looking nowhere near the camera, or simply hiding behind someone else (We see you Kimbo!).
Finally, whether your execution is great or… still working towards greatness… from our RCAMily to yours – Have a Fun and Safe Halloween!
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 vaccinehere.
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 ofDr. 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.
September 20, 2017 – “As of September 20th, RCAM Flu Vaccine Clinics are open for those with private insurance.”
Private-Supplied Flu Vaccine:
For those patients who have private insurance, we have received our shipment of flu vaccine and can begin giving those shots. (Private insurance is through a company such as BCBS, United Healthcare, Cigna, etc.)
State-Supplied Flu Vaccine:
For the following groups, the flu vaccine is supplied by the State of North Carolina:
Insured by Medicaid
Native Americans or Native Alaskans
Insured by a medical cost sharing plan
We have NOT yet received an adequate supply of these State-funded flu vaccines, so we CANNOT begin vaccinating patients in this group yet. We have no control over this and have no way to predict when we will receive it. We will start as soon as we can get our supply of vaccines, so stay tuned.
While we dislike separating these two groups, we simply must get started using the vaccine we have.
Also Important to Note:
Again this year, FluMist will not be available. As you may have heard in the news, FluMist has not been as effective recently. We hope to have it by next year, but for now, FluMist is not recommended and is not available. This year, we are again “stuck” with the shot!
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.