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December 21, 2014

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Spoonful of Sugar ­ New Solutions for Children & Medicine

Any parent knows – getting kids to take their medicine can be a struggle. If you’ve fought this fight before, you know what you’re up against: they may not be able to swallow pills, or they just can’t stand that taste! And there are other challenges to medicating children and infants, too, like sensitivities or allergies to certain ingredients, and those little patients with stomach issues that simply can’t keep medicine down. There is, however, a solution available through pharmaceutical compounding. Compounding is the art and science of preparing customized medications, where pharmacists make by hand all the medicines that doctors prescribe.  This is particularly effective for children, because pharmacists can change the flavor and...

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Update: Lily’s Surgery Successful

The surgery is complete, but this is more like a beginning than an end. Lily had surgery to correct her torticollis Jan. 11 at the Shriners Hospital for Children in St. Louis. The doctor made incisions in her sternocleidomastoid muscle  to loosen it so that stretching could be effective. She is wearing a non-invasive halo brace to keep her head from going back to the position it was before. For now, she stretches three to four times a day and visits a physical therapist twice a week. During therapy, we take off the brace. That is the only time she takes it off. It’s overwhelming, sure, but I literally take it day by day. I can’t think about the work I’m not getting done at my full-time job, the housework I’m not doing, the family and friends...

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Surgery Rescheduled


Surgery Rescheduled

We visited the Shriners Hospital in St. Louis for the second time last week. Lily’s surgery has been rescheduled to January, and I am thankful that we have the holidays to enjoy before the procedure. This visit wasn’t nearly as stressful and emotional as the visit in June. We met Lily’s new doctor, learned more details about the surgery and toured the hospital. The doctor said something interesting. She said surgery for torticollis isn’t something the Shriners Hospital treats nearly as often as foot, hip and leg problems. I find that interesting because we are in this situation now because I had no knowledge of torticollis. I had never heard anyone talk it, and I couldn’t find answers on the Internet. Yes, Lily’s primary care physician said...

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Something to Live Up To...

All in all, I'm a pretty good person. I pay my taxes, don't litter, volunteer regularly, go to belong to a church, use my turn signal, and do all the other things that would garner bonus points if you were playing a board game called "Are YOU really a good person?"   I'd like to think I'd be JUST as good of a person if I didn't have kids. But that would be lying, something which I try not to do – at least not in front of my kids.   Because as familiar and beloved as they are, I’ve realized that in some ways, how we behave in front of our kids is how we behave in front of guests – most of us try to do things like eat healthier food and drink less, be more polite and less profane, and all in all, act...

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Lucky Me

One of my first jobs was at a sandwich restaurant. I wasn’t the best sandwich artist who ever lived, but I got by. One day, I came to work ill with a sinus infection. Instead of sending me home, my supervisor watched as a sniffed and sneezed through an eight-hour shift that left one customer refusing to accept the sandwich I had made. Thank goodness things have changed because my current lifestyle would not fit with the you-or-your-child-can-never-get-sick policy. With a trip to St. Louis coming up, I was hoping Lily’s new hearing aids would be ready before we left. But unfortunately, they won’t be. So instead of spreading out my time off from work, I will have to be gone two and a half days in a row. We will leave for St. Louis one day, have her appointment...

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Medical Mis-Communication

 Well, things aren’t going quite like I thought they would. But, having a child with special issues you would think that I would have learned my lesson by now. There has been some “miscommunication” between the scheduler at the Shriners Hospital and me. I thought we had a surgery date set based on what the scheduler told me. However, I learned Thursday that that was not the case. It really makes me wonder how often miscommunication happens between people needing medical care and the medical professionals who serve them. We’ve all heard the horror stories about people going into surgery to have their left arm amputated only to wake up in recovery with their right arm missing. But, how often does the middle man make a mistake? And, one of the...

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Four weeks till torticollis’ turn


Four weeks till torticollis’ turn

I’m sitting here at work for the second day in a row with tears trickling down my face. I was fine with this a few months ago. Sure, at first I was heartbroken when I found out Lily would need surgery for torticollis and she would need to wear a halo system for six months up to one year. But after a couple of months, I got used to the idea. And now with the pre-surgery date approaching in two weeks and the surgery in four weeks, I’m regressing to the moment I heard the news. I’m so scared for what Lily has to experience. She freaks out when I trim her nails. In fact, last time I gave her an at-home manicure I thought passersby were going to call child protection. The girl does not like to be messed with. Maybe that’s a sign of how strong-minded she will be...

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What's Cookin?? Italian Soup


What's Cookin?? Italian Soup

Fall is finally in the air on Beaty's Creek and I am so glad it is. I love soup when it starts to cool off and this one is perfect on a crisp Fall evening. All enjoyed this soup and that is a big plus for a family of 5. This is What's Cookin on Beaty's Creek today. Needed: 5 Italian sausage links- sliced and then browned 1 onion-chopped 6 garlic cloves-minced 2 quarts chicken broth 2 cans Italian tomatoes-undrained 1 package Barilla's cheese tortellini 2 bags Fresh Express baby spinach 3 T dried Italian Seasoning 3 t fresh basil-minced 1 T black pepper 1 T crushed red pepper Shredded Parmesan cheese Brown sausage in a deep heavy bottom soup pot with onion, garlic, salt, and pepper. Once browned, pour in chicken broth, tomatoes,...

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What's Cookin?? Pumpkin Cake


What's Cookin?? Pumpkin Cake

  When Fall weather starts to cool things off here on the creek, it's time for a pumpkin cake. A nice big pot of hot tea also, can't forget that one. I just love the way this cake smells while baking in the oven... It makes the whole house smell of Fall. This is What's Cookin on Beaty's Creek.   Needed: 4 eggs 2 cups sugar 1 1/2 cups oil 2 cups all purpose flour 3 t cinnamon 1 t salt 2 t baking soda 1 1/2 t baking powder 2 cups canned pumpkin 2- 8 ounce packages of cream cheese at room temperature 4 cups powder sugar 1/4 milk Cream together eggs, sugar, add oil. Once creamed add in pumpkin. Sift flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Now add flour a cup at a time to mixture. Pour into a greased...

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Kids – The Ultimate Driving Distraction


Kids – The Ultimate Driving Distraction

You're driving along on a clear, sunny day. Traffic is light, you're on a familiar route, and you're even driving a couple of miles under the speed limit. Suddenly, your toddler in the back seat spills her sippy cup all over herself, and begins to shriek. You reach into the back seat to try to mop up the spill with her blanket, and to comfort her so she'll stop crying. You take your eyes off the road, but only for a few seconds. Just then, the car in front of you brakes. What happens next? As a father of three girls, I've been there before. Thankfully, I've been lucky enough to have plenty of time to stop before hitting the car in front of me. But an increasingly large number of drivers are not so lucky. Distracted driving statistics show that distractions...

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Blog #5: Baby Shower

Well, the first baby shower went extremely well. My family decided to do one huge one, instead of several small ones. Luckily, I was able to get out of the house with the guys from the family, while Erin spent time with family and friends and opened gifts.   I arrived thirty minutes before the shower was over, so that I could personally thank everyone that attended. Times like these really remind me how blessed my wife and I are with such loving friends and family. We received so many awesome gifts for Sophie. This girl will have everything we could possibly dream! Time is ticking until the arrival date. We are about 7 weeks away and I can really begin to feel the sense that things are about to significantly change. My thoughts have...

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