Dr. Todd Harris

Banner Change: Fall 2019 Edition

Written by Dr. Todd Harris

August 30, 2019 – In an historic first, we will be changing our website banner a wee bit early.

Fall doesn’t come until September 23rd but announcements have been piling up.

Also, the weather has been a little cooler (I know – I am sure we’ll be in the 90s by the time this posts) and college football begins a full schedule this weekend so here we go…

…we bid adieu to Three Girls on the Beach and hello to Young Girl With Yellow Umbrella in Autumn Park.

1-Dr. Carr Retires

This one will take some time to absorb and appreciate the significance of a career that spanned 40 continuous years at RCAM.

Dr. Carr would like me to keep this brief. May I refer you to the article below for (a few) more details.

2-Nurse Chessica Had Her Baby

Some of you have been following the pregnancy of Chessicaone of our nurses at our Duraleigh office whose name rhymes with Jessica.

She and her husband welcomed Baby Boy Parrish just a few days ago. He weighed 7 pounds 7 ounces.

They feel very blessica-ed. 😀

3-Pediatrician Formerly Known As Emily Ross, MD: Now Known As Emily Mims, MD

In the spring we reported that our very own Emily Ross, MD was getting married.

With Dr. Carr retiring and Emily now Dr. Mims, it is taking some time to update letterhead, name tags, door placards,etc…. but don’t let that confuse you when you see or hear Dr. Mims’ name.

4-Labor Day Holiday

REMINDER: It’s Labor Day weekend. As usual, we will be around.

5-Flu Vaccine 2019-2020

It wouldn’t be a Fall Banner change without mentioning Influenza (“Flu”) Vaccine.

Our supply won’t arrive before October (though it appears the pharmacies already have their supply). October and November are typically good months to get your flu vaccine. Injectible flu vaccine lasts about 6 months. If you get your flu vaccine in October, it should last through March – which is good because that is typically a busy month for flu. Stay tuned though as there have been some reports of early flu activity.


Dr. Todd Harris

Banner Change: Summer 2019 Edition

Written by Dr. Todd Harris

Three girls on the beach

July 1, 2019 – Whoa. Where did June go?

In case you missed it, we have moved from the spring banner, “Young Child Looks Like My Oldest Daughter“, to our new summer banner: “Three Girls on the Beach“.

A few goings on at RCAM this summer:

1-Camp Physicals, Sports Physicals, Well Visits

Their is a lot of wellness going around again this summer with a lot of families taking care of their annual physicals.

If your child needs a sports physical, your child’s annual well visit will cover that.

Also, remember that a sports physical is valid for sports participation in Wake County Public Schools for 13 months after the date of exam.

So, if your health insurance is like mine and requires 365 days between each will visit, you still have another month to schedule your child’s next well visit / sports physical. Don’t be pressured into going to an Urgent Care of Minute Clinic – taking your child to see their pediatrician for their annual visit is very important.

2-Nurse Shannon B. Had a Baby Boy

Many of you have been following the pregnancy of Shannon B., one of our nurses from our Brier Creek office.

A few weeks ago she gave birth to her baby boy. He weighed in at a healthy 6 lbs and 9 oz. Everyone is doing great.

3-Dr. Carr’s Last Day at RCAM is August 28th

Dr. Carr has been a huge part of Raleigh Childrens & Adolescents Medicine for quite some time.

Next month she will retire after almost 40 years of caring for the children of the Triangle.

How do you say goodbye to a legend?

4-Happy 4th of July

Reminder: this is a holiday week:

  • Monday thru Wednesday, July 1st-3rd: Duraleigh and Brier Creek Offices both open regular weekday hours
  • Thursday, July 4th – Duraleigh and Brier Creek Offices both closed for the Independence Day holiday; holiday coverage described here (in short, a limited clinic starting at 10am at the Duraleigh office)
  • Friday, July 5th – Duraleigh and Brier Creek Offices back to being open regular weekday hours

 


Dr. Todd Harris

May 24, 2019 – As a pediatric office that prides itself on top-notch care of newborns and their families – when one of our own is expecting – our baby shower game can’t disappoint.

Gotta keep it fresh – like we did in 2015.

When faced with five (yes, it was five) expectant staffers, we pioneered the Dirty Santa White Elephant Auction Baby Shower.

That day featured five expectant mothers all competing for their portion of the same baby shower booty.

The typical baby shower chorus of “Ooh’s” and “Ah’s” were replaced by “Watch out!” and “Oh no she didn’t!?!”

This past Wednesday‘s mild 80 degree temp and overcast sky were a perfect setting for breaking new ground again as we took to the Duraleigh office parking lot for Nurse Shannon B’s Flash Mob Tailgate Baby Shower.

We had the grass below us and the cool sky above us. We had corn hole and music featuring “Baby” in the title.

Oh yeah… we also had Two Roosters Ice Cream (exceptional).

Congratulations to Shannon B. We look forward to your big day.

Next up, Nurse Chessica…

 


Dr. Todd Harris

Atta Girl: The Grand Finale

Written by Dr. Todd Harris

October 5, 2018 – So I (and 10 others) got this text on Monday night:

[NOTE: You will be happy to know that we did forgive the 9-hour-gap between birth and viewing an official pic 😉 ]

[PRO TIP: If you ever need forgiveness, a pregnancy / birth of a child works almost 100% of the time. Although – in this case – there are still questions. Who else did you inform and when were they informed? What were the time gaps? At what amount of time does a gap mean we’ve become an after thought? All questions to which we really don’t want answers.]

Congratulations Dr. Long and Family!

OK – back to the important part – the big day arrived for our very own Dr. Jen Long, her husband, Brandon, and newly-anointed big brother Emerson to officially face-to-face welcome baby Audrey Mae.

One-In-A-Million

We are soooo happy here at RCAM that we have completed our recent ‘Season of Anticipation’ with a perfect record.

This week’s ‘Grand Finale’ ended an 8-week period in which 3 of our pediatricians had 3 healthy baby girls and a 7-month period in which 5 of our RCAM-ily had 5 healthy baby girls (yes… ALL were girls).

Counting backwards, employees of RCAM have produced 9 straight girls.

For those keeping score: if you take 9 random pregnancies, there is a 1 in 512 chance of have 9 girls.

That is not quite 1 in a million – but today maybe the Long Family would disagree.


Dr. Todd Harris

Friday Notes: RCAM CLOSED TODAY Edition

Written by Dr. Todd Harris

Today is Friday, September 14, 2018

  • We hope today’s Friday Notes: Special Edition finds you and your family together and safe

WE ARE CLOSED TODAY due to the Uncertain Nature of Hurricane Path Prediction

  • No one here is blaming local meteorologists.
  • In fact, I am personally amazed and appreciative – we benefit from their knowledge, forecasting, and stamina.

Way to Go Dr. Lily!

  • As we grow weary of weather maps, this morning’s Friday Notes: Special Edition picture features a Special Addition to the RCAM-ily: Our very own Dr. Lily Harris, her husband Michael, and now big sister Carrie Anne this week welcomed Georgia Amelia (aka “Milly”).
  • For those of you keeping score at home: 6 lbs and 8 oz.
  • Also for those of you keeping score: we are at 2 down and 1 to go for August and September expectant RCAM Pediatricians.

Today’s Plan

  • On Call PediatricianDr. Emily Ross will be managing our after hours care
  • As stated earlier, both offices are closed today. We will be unable to see any patients today.
  • IF YOU HAVE AN URGENT QUESTION ABOUT A SICK CHILD: our answering service will be taking messages and a group of our nurses – backed by Drs. Emily Ross, Rick Gessner, Ben Meares, Todd Harris and Jamila Fletcher – will be happy to try and help on what no doubt will be a challenging day.

Tomorrow’s Plan

  • Stay tuned. Like you, we will continue to monitor local weather reports.
  • We are hopeful to open up the Duraleigh office for weekend hours on Saturday.

After Hours Care

  • Urgent calls 24 hours a day: 919-781-7490
  • After hours backup number: 919-831-5526
  • Poison Control: 1-800-222-1222

Dr. Todd Harris

RCAM Newest Edition: Atta Girl!

Written by Dr. Todd Harris

August 7, 2018 – Many of our patient’s families have been following the pregnancy of our very own Sarah Owrey, MD.

[Editor’s Note: Don’t confuse Dr. Owrey’s pregnancy with those of the 2 other RCAM pediatricians also set to deliver over the next 7 weeks. That little period of time is something RCAM likes to call “Operation: Brace Yourself”]

We happily pass along that this past Sunday Sarah gave birth to a 7 lbs 15 oz baby girl. Sarah, husband Ryan and big brother Hudson have named her Harper.

The website Spinditty compiled 84 Songs About Victory, Celebration, Success and Winning and I find it to be a good compilation when you want just the right mood for moments like this.

When the list came to Whitney Houston’s “One Moment in Time”, they wrote the following:

Proudly play this 1988 song when you’ve labored intensively towards one illustrious achievement and you’re approaching the pinnacle of success. Breathe deeply, then bask in the glory and enjoy your moment

That description begs the question, “Were they referring to childbirth or competing in a decathlon?”

For those of you who have given birth you may ask, “What’s the difference?”

Let’s all bask with this happy family and welcome little Harper to her ‘Moment In Time.’


Dr. Todd Harris

Dr. Lehan Retiring After 33 Years at RCAM

Written by Dr. Todd Harris

June 19, 2018 – How do you say “Goodbye” to an icon?

This week at Raleigh Children & Adolescents Medicine, we are trying to figure that out.

After 33 years, Friday, June the 22nd will be the last official workday for Leigh Lehan, MD.

Below is a token of what her peers had to say about those 33 years:

Leigh S. Lehan, MD Day Week

If you make it into the office, be aware that RCAM is celebrating her career for the entire week.

  • Monday, June 18th – ALLITERATION DAY – as we say goodbye to “LL”, we attempted to add our own alliteration to the day and all the while maintaining a pleasant, soothing demeanor – sorry you missed it.
  • Tuesday, June 19th – DIET SUNKIST DAY – Dr. Lehan is known for a ‘Sunny’ presence – she is also known to enjoy a Diet Sunkist from time to time, and – while that seems to be something none of the rest of us enjoys – on Tuesday we will take time to enjoy some of the small things that make the day more enjoyable
  • Wednesday, June 20th – NOTE CARD DAY – we will all do our best Dr. Lehan impersonation by writing thoughtful words on a piece of paper and sharing them with someone else in the office [NOTE about NOTE CARD DAY: if you are still reading this, you must be a big Dr. Lehan Fan like the rest of us; if so, please take a moment to write some words for her and we would be happy to sure that she gets them; send them to: RCAM / Dr. Lehan Retirement, 3100 Duraleigh Road, Suite 300, Raleigh, NC 27612]
  • Thursday, June 21st – BAKED GOODS & CRAFTS DAY – no explanation necessary
  • Friday, June 22nd – LEIGH S. LEHAN, MD DAY – Dr. Lehan began her career at RCAM in 1984 and we will try to recreate some of the themes of that era for her last day

Dr. Todd Harris

 

May 9, 2018Today is Nurses’ Day.

Actually – to be more correct – we are on the day we traditionally refer to as Nurses’ Day (not a real thing) right smack in the middle of Nurses’ Week (that’s the real thing).

They deserve a week but we will try to cram our appreciation into a lunch at Brio. Hopefully some pasta and chocolate lava cake will help drive home our message: we appreciate the work our nurses do for our patients.

Similarly, a few weeks ago we recognized Administrative Professionals’ Day.

On April 25th we took our front office staff to McCormick and Schmick’s and our message to them that day (along with some crispy flounder and crème brûlée) had a similar theme: RCAM can’t  perform its mission of helping children without the work of our Front Desk.

Both groups operate on the front lines of pediatric medicine – a challenging place to perform.

The Pediatricians of Raleigh Children & Adolescents Medicine – Drs. Carr, Lehan, Sena, T.Harris, Gessner, Meares, Fletcher, Long, L.Harris, and Ross – ask you to join us in recognizing our nurses and front office workers:

Thank you for your contribution to our important mission of helping the most important people in our lives – our children!

 


Dr. Todd Harris

Happy Halloween 2017

Written by Dr. Todd Harris

Halloween 2017

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!


Dr. Todd Harris

November 5, 2016 – From March 2015, there was a 12-month period of time during which 4 nurses and 2 pediatricians at RCAM gave birth.

Yeah. That’s SIX pregnancies working together in a relatively small space.

That is a circumstance that will cause even a busy pediatric medical practice – a place that for 50 years has lived with the eminent presence of babies – to single out one 12-month period as “The Year of the Babies.”

It was our own personal DEFCON 3. Everyone was ready to mobilize at a moment’s notice.

One day, we had a baby shower for FIVE.

It was a dirty Santa baby shower. 5 expectant mothers competed head-to-head-to-head-to-head-to-head for gifts and prizes. Witnesses were heard to say the event appeared surprisingly natural.

So what could follow so much living on the edge?

This past year we transitioned from “The Year of the Babies” to “The Year of the Shannons.” (aka “The Shannons Strike Back”)

Two of our three nurses with the name “Shannon” became pregnant with their first. On September 14th, Nurse Shannon M. welcomed her new daughter.

Today, RCAM is happy to announce that Shannon B. – the RCAM head cheerleader – and her husband Justin welcomed their brand new baby girl into the world:

shannon-b-baby

Brief aside: BTW, do you like my (and everyone else’s) use of a euphemism. Rather than calling it “giving birth”, we substitute a word like “welcome”. And isn’t “giving birth” sort of candy-coating the experience too? I have been in that room and would describe it more as “committing birth”.

Of course, it’s difficult not to coat the entire experience with the joy and the happiness that comes with finally seeing and holding your little girl.

RCAM is so happy for Shannon and Justin and their family taking it to the next level!

How happy?

So happy!!