Health and Safety

  • 269 Seconds: Teacher Uses AED to Save Teen in Cardiac Arrest

    I am not a medical professional. I am a teacher. But on a fateful night in a school gym, I learned that one’s title does not affect one’s ability to help save a life. With three daughters who love volleyball and play year-round, I have attended more matches than I can count. There are things you ...

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  • 269 Seconds: Teacher Uses AED to Save Teen in Cardiac Arrest

    I am not a medical professional. I am a teacher. But on a fateful night in a school gym, I learned that one’s title does not affect one’s ability to help save a life. With three daughters who love volleyball and play year-round, I have attended more matches than I can count. There are things you ...

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  • What I Wish I Knew During My First Holidays as an Autism Parent

    Festive attire, old recipes, family gatherings, thoughtful gifts, sparkly decorations. The traditions that help make the holidays such a special time of year can create angst for families of kids with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). This year, two moms of patients

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  • What I Wish I Knew During My First Holidays as an Autism Parent

    Festive attire, old recipes, family gatherings, thoughtful gifts, sparkly decorations. The traditions that help make the holidays such a special time of year can create angst for families of kids with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). This year, two moms of patients

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  • What Sickle Cell Disease Is Like Through the Eyes of a Child

    Emmy was born Jan. 4, 2010, with sickle cell disease. We met Emmy for the first time Jan. 27 when we officially adopted our precious daughter.

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  • What Sickle Cell Disease Is Like Through the Eyes of a Child

    Emmy was born Jan. 4, 2010, with sickle cell disease. We met Emmy for the first time Jan. 27 when we officially adopted our precious daughter.

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  • Asthma and Back to School: A Dangerous Combination

    We have a problem in Georgia: Children are dying of asthma, but where is the outcry? Why don’t we hear PSAs that warn parents, children, teachers and coaches that fall is one of the most dangerous times for children with

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  • Asthma and Back to School: A Dangerous Combination

    We have a problem in Georgia: Children are dying of asthma, but where is the outcry? Why don’t we hear PSAs that warn parents, children, teachers and coaches that fall is one of the most dangerous times for children with

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  • Snake vs. Toddler: The Fisher Family's Story

    With four young kids who would live outdoors if we let them, the house we found in the suburbs of Atlanta seemed almost too good to be true. Nestled in the middle of a neighborhood, the home's backyard provides plenty of space to run around, lots of wooded areas to explore and a beautiful creek that is perfect for wading and swimming.

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  • Snake vs. Toddler: The Fisher Family's Story

    With four young kids who would live outdoors if we let them, the house we found in the suburbs of Atlanta seemed almost too good to be true. Nestled in the middle of a neighborhood, the home's backyard provides plenty of space to run around, lots of wooded areas to explore and a beautiful creek that is perfect for wading and swimming.

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  • Message from Grieving Mom: Teach Your Kids Cars Are Not Play Areas

    As we finished up lunch at home in our kitchen, Sydney asked if she could go play at a friend’s house. It was something my little social butterfly did practically every day. With our blessing, she walked next door to her best friend's house. My husband and middle son Mason tended to projects around the house, and my oldest son Logan and I headed out to do some grocery shopping.

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  • Message from Grieving Mom: Teach Your Kids Cars Are Not Play Areas

    As we finished up lunch at home in our kitchen, Sydney asked if she could go play at a friend’s house. It was something my little social butterfly did practically every day. With our blessing, she walked next door to her best friend's house. My husband and middle son Mason tended to projects around the house, and my oldest son Logan and I headed out to do some grocery shopping.

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  • From the NICU to the Moon

    Nestled safely in their homes, babies often fall asleep to lullabies about twinkling stars and jumping sheep. In a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), babies fall asleep to steady beeps from monitors and whispered conversations between parents and caregivers. As

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  • From the NICU to the Moon

    Nestled safely in their homes, babies often fall asleep to lullabies about twinkling stars and jumping sheep. In a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), babies fall asleep to steady beeps from monitors and whispered conversations between parents and caregivers. As

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  • The Flu Virus and the Danger of What If

    When he was 6, my youngest son Nikolas told me that he wanted to be a paleontologist. It was a new word for me. I even had to go look it up!

    Nikolas was planning to be a builder of many things. Along with his love for math and science, he had a great love of books. Nikolas always had a story to write or tell. I never thought this would be one of them.  

    Heading into every holiday season, I'd see stories about the flu on TV and "Get your flu shot here" signs around town. As a healthy mother of three healthy boys, I tuned out the news stories and walked past the signs. I was confident my sons and I would be able to overcome the flu even if we came down with the virus. 

    During a routine check-up in the fall of 2012, my husband asked our pediatrician if we should have Nikolas vaccinated for the flu. She left the choice up to us. My two older boys were 19 and 16 and had never been vaccinated against the flu. Nikolas was only 9, but he was healthy, and all of his other vaccinations were up to date. So, we opted not to vaccinate that year.

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