Monthly Archives: December 2010

A fast and tasty recipe for Sloppy Joes

Coming up with new ideas for dinner is like the freakin’ 12 labors of Hercules – a never ending cycle of torment. It’s got to be fast (because it is 6 p.m. by the time we all drag ourselves home, … Continue reading

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Should I get my kid a rock polisher? The ugly truth unearthed (video)

The kids bugged us for quite some time to get a rock polisher. You know, so we too can turn rubble from the street into gem quality stones. We hemmed and hawed for ages.  But after buying bag after bag … Continue reading

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A lesson on perseverance from my son with cerebral palsy

Thump, thump, kerthump. Thump, thump, kerthump. There is a strange sound emanating from the hallway. It’s more of a series of sounds, of thuds, punctuated by an odd, louder noise. The hallway is narrow, not much room for a five-year-old … Continue reading

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Why a preemie can’t eat on demand in the NICU

Feeding on demand is normal for term babies. A baby cries and shows other signs of hunger, is fed, eats his fill, is satisfied, and the crying stops. As the baby grows, he learns to feed himself based on his … Continue reading

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What does an integrated screen really mean?

A fully integrated screen is a combination blood test and ultrasound to detect genetic conditions such as Down Syndrome and Trisomy 18 (in both conditions the baby carries an extra chromosome), or birth defects, such as a neural tube defect … Continue reading

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Christmas gifts for preemie parents

In my last blog I covered free and low-cost gift ideas (which are not only good at Christmas, if someone sent me a card anytime of year saying they got vaccinated for my boys or gave blood in their honor, … Continue reading

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Free and low cost gifts to give preemie families

Many people send a little gift when a baby is born. That happens far less often when your baby is premature. Several of my friends told me that they wanted to send something, but were “afraid the boys would die … Continue reading

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The universe must use AT&T, because I can’t hear a damned thing.

I just finished perusing someone’s blog about how she listened to the universe, took leaps of faith, and the universe delivered. Not just a pizza, mind you, but the whole shebang. A better job. A better life. A whole new … Continue reading

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The most important question to ask your doctor when a test is recommended

Many people think that tests (blood work, x-rays, scans, etc.) mean their doctor is doing something constructive and working hard to figure out what is wrong. But tests are a double-edged sword. When I trained most diagnoses were derived from … Continue reading

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