Monthly Archives: November 2010

How to write a Synagis appeal letter (Part 2)

I have already received a lot of feedback from people who have received their first denial letter wondering if they should use my template to appeal. My answer is always appeal. Did you know that some insurance companies automatically deny … Continue reading

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How to write a Synagis appeal letter (part 1)

RSV is a dreaded infection for many preemie parents, myself included. After 2 full winters of Synagis and what can only be described as an obsession with hand hygiene and limiting contact, even with friends and family, we managed to … Continue reading

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November 17th is Prematurity Awareness Day. Or is it?

Today is prematurity awareness day. It’s really prematurity awareness month, but sadly the calendar of national health observances is rather full and so prematurity, which affects 12.5% of all babies in the United States, is the #1 cause of death … Continue reading

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The very difficult emotions of caring for a sick parent

My mom is sick. Because of what can only be described as my crazy family dynamics I did not find out for 24 hours that she was taken by ambulance to the hospital in septic shock from pneumonia. She was … Continue reading

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RSV primer: testing

I start checking the CDC site daily for RSV updates around mind-October. To some that may be paranoid, but Oliver has suffered through two major hospitalizations with RSV, so I figure forewarned is the first step in being forearmed. For … Continue reading

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Pertussis vaccine is safe for preemies

The pertussis epidemic in California has many new parents worried. For preemie parents, it’s just one more thing to add to the list. Pertussis, or whooping cough, has affected more than 6,000 people so far this year in California. More … Continue reading

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Does IVF increase the risk of CP? Yes and no.

A study was released yesterday in the journal Human Reproduction about infertility therapies and the risk of cerebral palsy (CP). A lot of major news outlets jumped on the study, reporting that the risk of CP was more than doubled … Continue reading

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Pertussis: spread facts not fiction and bacteria (video)

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Show your love for a preemie: get up to date on your vaccines

A casual browser of this web site might wonder, “What’s up with all this vaccine stuff? I thought this was a preemie web site?!” And I admit, lately I have been a bit vaccine focused (although I would not be … Continue reading

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