It’s that time of year again when the flu is spreading and more people are getting sick. As a health care provider, I get vaccinated. In full disclosure, I don’t like getting any shots, I’m a big baby. I keep my eyes slammed shut, grip whatever is closest, hold my breath, and then take a big sigh of relief that it’s over and done for another year....more
After a week or so, my daughter recovered and resumed life as usual. It sure is interesting how a brief brush with an unpredictable disease can change your perspective. The unspoken fear that we faced last year has faded into a childhood memory for Marissa. Surprisingly, it appears that public memory has been short-lived as well — which troubles me as a mom of five active kids.
When babies are born, parents learn instantly that they are alone with no instruction manual to help them care for and guide them in parenting their children. The zillions of pieces of unsolicited advice are also not much help. Skills honed over a lifetime prove to be insufficient against the omniscient child brain. For example, those of us who are lawyers who seldom lose an argument in court or at a negotiation table cannot win one at home....more
We all have at least heard something regarding the endless debates over the past couple of years, that have been centered around baby vaccinations. As a new parent, I tried to read up on as much information that I could, and also spoke to some of our friends in the medical field to make up my mind about having my son receive all of his vaccinations....more
I happen to believe in vaccinations, and I'm a big believer in the flu shot. I like to tell the story this way: We never got flu shots until the year when the entire family was felled by flu, one by one. It took a full month to run through our home, by which time three of the four of us had experienced secondary infections.
With fears of H1N1 running rampant, it seems like everywhere you turn, there’s antibacterial gel, antibacterial soap and other antibacterial cleansers. But are these cleansers really necessary, not to mention safe, or do they actually post health risks? Today’s guest post addresses these questions.
It’s that time of year again! How quickly it came. You know, the time of year when people start thinking about making resolutions, life improvements, and figuring out their game plan for next year. Often people make resolutions to head back to the gym. I love gyms in January! They’re completely packed. You can’t get a bloody machine if you tried. All the resolutioners are pounding the pavement… hard… literally… for like five minutes. Then, by January 20th, the crowds calm down to normal levels and those people return back to their old habits....more
“PBS NEWSHOUR” WEBSITE FEATURES H1N1 EXPERTSAND RESOURCE GUIDE FOR “ANATOMY OF A PANDEMIC”— Interviews, Latest News, Local and National Resources Featured in Companion Website to PBS Flu Special that Airs Nationwide on December 14 —WASHINGTON, D.C....more