Ouch. Another recall. But this time for the ouchless shot, the nasal mist H1N1 vaccine. The CDC announced last night that there is recall of about 4.7 million doses of nasal spray H1N1 immunizations. These are nasal spray vaccines used in children (and adults) over the age of 2 years. This is just a set-back in protecting our country (and the globe) from the harms of H1N1. No, not a safety concern. Not conspiracy. Rather, a concern that doses are losing potency over time. Think shelf-life. The issue or concern is that these shots may not have the potency level we want over time to remain effective. It’s like that old watercolor you made for your mom in 5th grade fading in the sun. Or when you run out of Kool-Aid mix and you stretch it to make more. The worry is these doses may be less effective with time. Read full post »
“My penis! When I pull on it, I can make it longer and longer.” Yes, this is real. Today, Dec 7, 2009. You heard it here first. This is my glamorous life.
Instant proof that curiosity about the body and sex is a normal part of your child’s development. Truth is, by 3 most children are showing keen interest in their own and others’ bodies, according to Seattle Children’s Hospital health educator, Heather Cooper. It’s the answering and talking about sex where we seem to get into trouble.
In January, a study in Pediatrics will be published with some sobering statistics; timing of parent and child communication about sexuality is off. Greater than 40% of children have intercourse before any discussion about sexually transmitted disease, condom use, choosing birth control or learning how to refuse their partner in a sexual act. Read full post »
Before O (my second baby boy) was born I couldn’t really fathom loving him like I did, F (my first born). I’m not alone in this, I know. One of my friends recently told me she was so bewildered by the idea of number two that when she, her husband, her first son and her brand new baby were on the way home from the hospital, she leaned over from the passenger seat and whispered, “I’ll always love you best,” to her first born. Whew.
It happened though. Just like everybody told me. I really love number 2. Read full post »
It’s sunny in Seattle today. This changes everything for those of us who inhabit this part of the globe. It is goodness. I’m finally feeling more than just battery powered. So I’ll be speaking up again.
I also got some sleep last night. All parents know how good this is after days of not having it. It’s a zebra in the horse world when you live with and care for 2 boys who have colds. Read full post »
Today is being offered up as a day to set aside for listening. Just after a day of thankfulness. This is kind of a nice one-two punch. Especially when we’re often around extended family on this particular Friday on the calendar. I’d not heard of this until 10am today when NPR posted this on Facebook.
Thanksgiving Day then Listening Day. I like it. Read full post »