My Experience With the Pfizer COVID Vaccine

I finally finished my COVID vaccine series this last Tuesday (as per the excited photo used in this post). I restrained from posting the obligatory photo of me getting the vaccine, my Band-Aid, my vaccination card, etc, this time around. The purpose was I wanted to see HOW I responded to the vaccine first, andContinue reading “My Experience With the Pfizer COVID Vaccine”

COVID Virus Variants – How Does This Affect You? (also what to think about all those reported vaccine reactions…)

I have been patiently waiting to type anything on the viral variants we continue to hear about in the news, since it seems like every day there is something new out there to discuss.  In this article I hope to help ease some concerns over the mutations that may be arising as well as betterContinue reading “COVID Virus Variants – How Does This Affect You? (also what to think about all those reported vaccine reactions…)”

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?”

Teaching our kids to take control of their feelings

The following post involves discussing the election with our older son, but it is NOT meant to be a political post by any means.  This post is a reference on how we discuss situations with our kids, and how we may teach them to use outside situations to better control our everyday lives.  I recognizeContinue reading “Teaching our kids to take control of their feelings”

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”

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”

Teach Your Kids the Rules

Sports are complicated.  Every year there seems to be a new rule that no one knows about until half way through the season.  Expecting our kids to know all the rules to the sports they play can be an unachievable task.  I have memories of playing multiple sports growing up.  The one I was the worst at was basketball.  IContinue reading “Teach Your Kids the Rules”