Pfizer mRNA Vaccine and Reported Side Effects

Disclaimer: Although I am a medical professional, the information below is for your education only and not meant to be medical advice.  Please consult with your physician to determine if you are safe to receive any current or future vaccines involving SARS-CoV-2.  On (12/10/2020), the CBER and VRBPAC will meet to discuss emergency use ofContinue reading “Pfizer mRNA Vaccine and Reported Side Effects”

The Vaccine

Addendum: I accidentally used the term “effectiveness” rather than “efficacy” when discussing the vaccines below – this has been edited. That is what happens when you type things up at 11 PM…yay for being imperfect. With Thanksgiving a week behind us and Christmas around the corner, there has been a lot of discussion on travelContinue reading “The Vaccine”

What is Your Legacy?

We are all going to die someday. There, I said it. No escaping it. No second chances. We get one try at this thing we call life, and then we are gone from this plane of existence. So what does that mean for you? In life we all have goals. They may be anything fromContinue reading “What is Your Legacy?”

DIY Star Wars Challenge

If you read my post from last week, you read up on how I made our older son’s General Grievous costume a little more “up to code” for about $9.  Although it was an enjoyable build, I also recognized that it was a short-lived construction that will last about a week.  I also (selfishly) wantedContinue reading “DIY Star Wars Challenge”

When Simply Buying a Halloween Costume Isn’t Enough

This year our older son decided he wanted to be General Grievous for Halloween.  If you don’t know who that is, look on Google (I don’t think I can share an image of him without copyright issues).  He is a character from the Star Wars Clone Wars TV show and is later defeated by Obi Wan inContinue reading “When Simply Buying a Halloween Costume Isn’t Enough”

Managing Grief with Kids

How do you explain death to your children?  How do you expect kids to handle grief?  Do you expect them to understand your own sorrow? We recently had two major changes to our family in the last two weeks.  First, my wife’s maternal grandmother passed away.  She was the last of our boys’ great grandmothers.  They had the privilege toContinue reading “Managing Grief with Kids”

Something Doesn’t Feel Right

Sorry, no fancy pictures in this post. It is time for a reset. Do you ever feel like something is off?  Some days we wake up and the world feels aligned and well; other days nothing seems to make sense.  I think the latter has appeared more in our country since early March.  When the pandemic started toContinue reading “Something Doesn’t Feel Right”

Fever Phobia – Why Are We So Scared?

It is not uncommon to get multiple phone calls a day about fevers in a pediatric practice.  Sometimes those fevers aren’t actually fevers, but just mild variations in the normal day-to-day temperature.  Nevertheless, parents develop concerns and fears over this variation in temperature and what it could mean for their child.  But what led toContinue reading “Fever Phobia – Why Are We So Scared?”

Epigenetics and Childhood Obesity – Looking for the Origins of Our Obesity Epidemic

Childhood obesity, let alone obesity as a whole, has greatly impacted our health. The medical cost to our country continues to rise when managing the comorbidities of obesity. But what if we could stop obesity before it starts?

Anxiety and Kids – Ways to Help Them Manage

Growing up in West Virginia, I have little memory of anyone talking about anxiety. It was never a hot topic at school. No one on the news seemed to discuss it (although I am not sure I ever really paid attention to the news growing up). I have no recollection of my parents or otherContinue reading “Anxiety and Kids – Ways to Help Them Manage”