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the eric update - day 556: it's that time of the month again.

odin eyes the exam room door warily, barely consoled by pops, as he awaits The Evil Women who will come in and poke him in both legs.

apparently rsv season is in full effect and the pediatrician noted that they've seen a rapid increase of cases in the past few weeks and urged extra caution around the unwashed masses for the next few weeks.

if you're into monitoring these sorts of things you can also track regional rsv trends.

and no, i'm not being sexist, they are always women - i've tried to explain to him that he can be a nurse someday if he wants despite evidence to the contrary.

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1/11/2006 12:40:00 PM 5 comments

5 Comments:

That is quite the expression on his cute little face!

By Blogger Shannon, at 6:22 PM  

Not to change the subject but I wasn't sure where else to send a message to you! Actually, I have a question. I remember reading about the "four b's" you do with Odin and I was so impressed with the idea that I want to share it with some new parents I know. Could you refer me where to find some more information on it or even the link to the post you wrote about it? I would greatly appreciate it :) My email is blunt524@hotmail.com (I'm the one you shared the information about Odin's Wooden Box with!) Thank you!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:27 PM  

Poor little guy. Kyle is also getting the shots again this winter. He cries when they walk into the room now :( It's heart wrenching, isn't it? BTW - we're hearing of many RSV cases, I think with the milder winter we're experiencing, people are throwing caution to the wind. We're having to be extra careful.

By Blogger Katra, at 12:04 PM  

I discovered this morning that everything I know about RSV I learned from this blog. I was dropping my son at our campus daycare this morning and one of the moms had written in the parent communication book,"Thomas is going to the doc today. No big deal. Probably RSV." I about keeled over! To me, RSV is EXTREMELY serious. There's been a cold going around for a few days. My son and I have it, along with nearly all the kids and teachers too.

Once I finally read up on it (the teachers sent around an e-mail with details and links) I feel much better. It's still serious, of course, but I feel better and I know what I need to watch for.

Please keep Odin out of Pittsburgh for a while! :)

By Blogger Kim, at 7:11 PM  

anonymous: "Actually, I have a question. I remember reading about the "four b's" you do with Odin and I was so impressed with the idea that I want to share it with some new parents I know. Could you refer me where to find some more information on it or even the link to the post you wrote about it?"

here's the original "Four Bees" post. i think we found "healthy sleep habits, happy child" quite informative. "the no cry sleep solution" is also pretty good. best of luck to the new parents! ( odin is now regularly sleeping 12-14 hours a night without waking ).

katra: "BTW - we're hearing of many RSV cases, I think with the milder winter we're experiencing, people are throwing caution to the wind. We're having to be extra careful."

hi katra! i definately know what you mean. when it's 50 degrees F outsite, it sure seems safe, but apparently it's not.

kim: "No big deal. Probably RSV." I about keeled over! To me, RSV is EXTREMELY serious."

it is very serious for the wee ones born too soon with undersized and scarred lungs. but for you average full termer, it often isn't a big deal and likely would just "present" as a common cold and almost all kids get it by the age of two. that said, i do know of a full term infant who ended up in pediatric intensive care because of rsv so it's always better to be safe than sorry and practice Good Hygeine. or As Good a Hygeine As You Can Practice With a Toddler :-)

By Blogger e3, at 8:12 PM  

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