Sunday, October 31, 2010

SFC Blog: Families Matter: Gentle Is the Night-Book Review

Sometimes you just need a good nighttime story for your child. Here is a great suggestion.

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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Stanley Bookman

SFC Blog: Families Matter: Try This Reading and Writing Activity with Your Ch...

If you have a sick child and have run out of ideas for an easy and fun activity, give this one a try. Let me know how it worked.

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SFC Blog: Families Matter: ClickN Kids Online Learning Program Review

SFC Blog: Families Matter: ClickN Kids Online Learning Program Review: "ClickN Kids Review by VS Grenier I love when companies contact us for a review. Why? Because we have the best testers around . . . our k..."

Halloween Safety

Happy Halloween. Be safe and help your kids to be safe too. Here are a few tips:

1. Use flashlights and flameless candles for light and atmosphere this Halloween
2. Check for loose or hanging strings, belts, or ties on your child's costume that may cause a fall or could be a choking hazzard.
3. Check all treats before the kids get a hold of them. Discard open packages or anything that may look tampered with and all small plastic parts that may cause choking.
4. Watch for pedestrian traffic as well as bikes, wagons, and moving vehicles. Know where your kids are at all times.

And remember to have fun..... the safety tips aren't meant to discourage you and your kids from having a great time. They are created from the injuries and accidents I have seen as a nurse from several years of emergency nursing. So really, it is okay to have fun. Just be careful and put some thought into the evening of disguises.  Let me know how it turns out. I will be waiting.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Kids and Illness, Serious Illness.

Kids get sick and kids get better. But what do parents do when a child doesn't seem to recover as quickly as mom and dad might think?

 Follow your gut. If your child doesn't recover from an illness such as the flu or upper respiratory illness within a reasonable length of time revisit your physician. There can be a variety of reasons including becoming reinfected with different strains of the same illness that can make a child ill. However, it can also mean there is an underlying reason for the child to be ill.

Recently I have learned of a couple children who had an underlying serious illness that kept them from recovering from a simple illness.

Don't panic if your child doesn't seem to be getting better, but also don't hesitate to follow your gut and recheck with your physician. If you don't get the answers that make sense to you, also don't hesitate to ask for a second opinion.

Give yourself permission to question and to seek answers. It is your job as a parent to do that. Remember for 98 percent of children suffering from flu and respiratory illness, recovery comes in a timely manner and usually within 10-14 days. But in those rare cases where after a month or two and your child still isn't himself, follow your gut and seek a second medical opinion. That's my two cents worth of advice. Let me know what you think.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Prayer chains, Do they work?

Do you believe in one creator? When I see the beauty around us I believe. But what about when we are not surrounded by such beauty and instead  are surrounded by bad news, critical diagnoses, and sickness and poor health. Can we believe in one creator then?

Regardless of our personal religious beliefs, we all look for some comfort and direction when things go south. Illness, pain, financial difficulties, divorce, death, and job concerns can be overwhelming. My personal belief is that prayer works.

I pray in the car, while making dinner or doing laundry, when caring for my little patients, and basically every minute of every day. It works for me, even in bad times. What about you?
Dreamwords Publishing has a new site where you can ask for prayer requests and a prayer chain can be started. It is non-denominational and for people of all faiths. If you have something you need prayer for stop by the site or leave me a comment here and we will get the ball rolling. Everyone at some time needs alittle prayer. Dreamwords Publishing is the publisher who is publishing my book for those dealing with cancer. It is run by a compassionate and caring team who have committed themselves to praying for others. Give it some thought and let us pray for you.

Visit  Let me know what you find.  

Photo is of Alaska and was posted by my friend Amy. She is a wonderful example of a nurse with compassion and caring. She travels all over the world doing hospital mission work. Love you Amy.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

SFC Blog: Families Matter: Here is a Fun Fall Activity

SFC Blog: Families Matter: Here is a Fun Fall Activity: "Bobbing for Apples by Tash Hughes of Save Time Online Bobbing for apples is an old party game that can still be a lot of fun at parties or..."

my blog: Letter to my daughter ( in the wake of senseless t...

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Monday, October 4, 2010