Guest Post: What is RSV?

As promised, my friend Jordyn Redwood, ER nurse and writer extraordinaire is going to be posting common medical Q & A’s on my blog twice every month. I’m superexcited about this and think it will not only be a ton of fun but it will also be really informative. So, a huge thank you to Jordyn! And, if you want to know more about her, Jordyn is not only a novelist with a book coming out from Kregel in a few months, but she’s also a blogger who writes a superfun blog called “Redwood’s Medical Edge” where she discusses now novelists approach medical issues in their books. Check it out here. What is RSV? It’s soon to be that time of year when we’ll be in “respiratory season”. The time of year many pediatric medical professionals dread because it is when all the respiratory viruses come out to play and our patient volumes increase. And you thought just the kindergarten playground could be hectic. RSV is a virus that causes bronchiolitis. It is most often the causative agent but not the only virus that causes bronchiolits.  RSV stands for respiratory syncytial virus. It has a confined season that lasts approximately 20 weeks and starts in late fall/early winter and lasts until spring. The concern with RSV is that it is easily transmitted through the air by coughing and sneezing and through touch. Someone coughs into their hands and then touches another on the face would be an example of its transmission. Unfortunately, the RSV virus can live on surfaces and clothing for several hours. The best way to prevent...

10 Bits of Encouragement for Mama’s Who Need a Pick-Me-Up Today

I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling the need for some encouragement today—so I turned to the One who can encourage.  Here are ten uplifting verses that helped me to look beyond the sticky cheerios on my counter and the whining kids at my feet—and to the One who really matters. “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks it shall be opened.” – Matthew 7:7-8 ‘Cast your burden on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be moved.’ Psalm 55:22 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28 “The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knows them that trust in him.” – Nahum 1:7 “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear … ” 1 John 4:18 “The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” Proverbs 18:10 “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goes forth and weeps, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” – Psalms 126:5-6 “Fear not:...

Savoring Midnight Feedings

Part of me doesn’t want my baby to start sleeping through the night. Of course, there’s the part of me who’s sick of dragging myself out of bed every morning at 2 am (and 4 am…. And 5 am…) to feed the baby who simply won’t take milk from anyone but Mommy… but there’s part of me that savors the sound of crying on the monitor. Now, before you dismiss me as crazy, let me explain. You see, Will is my last baby.  Definitely my last.  Technically, Kate, my second was my last for three years, but this time I mean it.  I am not having any more.  And, because of that, these baby days are passing all too fast.  With my other two, I prayed that they’d start sleeping through the night… and cheered them on as they learned to sit, crawl and walk.  But with Will, I’m doing the opposite.  I’m praying he stays my baby just a little while longer. So, for now, I’m savoring those middle-of-the-night wake-up calls. I’m stroking his little head, sleepily rubbing his face and praying for this sweet and unexpected blessing that God has bestowed on me. Because all too soon, my midnight wake-up calls will be over. Question for you: What part of your life right now are you...

Three Toys that Can Present a Danger for your Child

As promised, my friend Jordyn Redwood, ER nurse and writer extraordinaire is going to be posting common medical Q & A’s on my blog twice every month. I’m superexcited about this and think it will not only be a ton of fun but it will also be really informative. So, a huge thank you to Jordyn! And, if you want to know more about her, Jordyn is not only a novelist with a book coming out from Kregel in a few months, but she’s also a blogger who writes a superfun blog called “Redwood’s Medical Edge” where she discusses now novelists approach medical issues in their books. Check it out here. Three Toys that Can Present a Danger for your Child We all want our children to have fun, right? Often times that means purchasing toys. As a pediatric ER nurse, there are some toys my children will not have and some that they do have but that I have to watch very cautiously.  I’m not telling you not to buy these items. This is a personal decision for your family. However, if you have these items in your house, then extra caution is needed. 1.  Trampolines:  Few pediatric ER nurses will let their children have trampolines. We just see too many injuries associated with their use. The trouble is your child doesn’t even have to come off the trampoline to get an injury. I’ve seen lower leg and ankle fractures just from landing wrong on the surface. If you choose to have a trampoline, consider doing these things. One child at a time policy. Injuries tend to increase...

My Daughter the Disciplinarian

Overhead from upstairs:  “Joey, you can choose to play Legos or Star Wars guys, but if you whine, I’m going to choose for you.” Apparently all that Loving Your Kids on Purpose and Love and Logic stuff I’ve been doing has finally sunk in, because  my daughter Kate has started love-and-logic-ing her friends, her siblings, her cousins and even me. “Uh-oh Mommy,” she told me this morning.  “Looks like you are choosing to have a sad heart.  You probably should go find someplace quiet until your heart feels happy again.”  Ugh.  Serves me right for getting a teensy bit cranky when the cinnamon toast got burned after the baby decided he needed to eat at the very instant that I was finishing up breakfast for the older kids. And then as we rushed out the door to take my son to school, she stopped me at the door and asked me if I’d gone potty.  Then calmly told me that it was my choice if I went potty or not, but if I had to go during the (five minute) car ride to school, we weren’t going to be able to stop.  My choice, indeed. Anyway, aside from being slightly annoyed that my four-year-old has started mothering me, this also got me thinking about my approach to disciplining my kids.   Because the truth is that as my older two kids have eased out of the terrible twos and the trying threes, discipline has gotten harder, instead of easier like I expected. I no longer worry about them putting things in their mouth or touching the oven or climbing onto...
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