Thursday, February 23, 2012

Q&A #234

OK first of all, I have a couple posts I need to close out...

Kellsey's hair... 
Thanks for your thoughts about whether to keep her bangs or not! Between the blog and facebook comments, here were the results:
Keep the bangs: 21
Grow out the bangs: 18
Either way looks good: 17
I haven't decided what I'm going to do yet. She does keep clips in well, so we'll see. I tried growing my bangs out once and I got so irritated about half way through that I chopped them off again! HA!

And Kameron's mystery chocolate...
I had guesses from fruit to frogs to lizards, gummy worms to grasshoppers, to jalapenos! But the majority of you said it was chocolate covered bacon...
And you would be right! :) Kameron said it was delicious. I'll just trust him on that because chocolate covered bacon is just not something that's on my list to try. ;)

OK onto the rest of the questions and stuff:
I'm not sure what's on the stick. I'm just glad to see that someone else's child leaves their shoes piled up in the middle of the floor, and it's not just mine! lol 
HA! And jackets and backpacks and jammies... it's never ending!! 

Methotrexate is the "go to" medication for people with rheumatoid diseases, too. Bethany has been on it for a year & her rheumatologist is stressed about the shortage since it is going to affect most of his patients.
It's also used by many people who have Lupus or maybe Fibromyalgia... or maybe both. I can't remember. LOL 

 I was interested to hear that you easily got a Tamiflu prescription. here in Canada that would be pretty hard to get. They wouldnt likely even do a swab. It this routine where you are or is it becase of Kennedy's health history? Just curious.
Yes, they just handed it over... it's pretty standard here. I was wondering if the pharmacy would have it since flu is running rampant here right now, but they had Kennedy's and now enough for the rest of our family. I think a few years back, when swine flu was going crazy, there was a shortage. Thankfully we never had to worry about that. 

Wow, your kids get sick a lot!! 
Actually, I don't think they do. I think they DID in TN, but they've only been sick twice since we moved here in July. When you have a bunch of kids in different schools and sports being exposed to different things, it's bound to happen. 

Ok, I'm going to give you a tiny mom lecture! Your kid needs to be fever free WITHOUT the use of tylenol or motrin for 24 hours before dragging them out in public. They're not "well" just because their fever is gone because they've had a fever reducer. Especially in flu season! You just exposed everyone at dance to the flu.There..done with my lecture.
I know the rules :). But her temp at that point was only 99.9... barely a fever. I could have sent her to school that day but since I thought she was fighting a cold, I decided not to. I took her to dance because I thought it was JUST a cold and it was her last practice before competition. I would never expose anyone to the flu on purpose. I felt awful. 

Just wondering how Frank is doing and is he somewhere that you are in contact with him.
He is doing well. We talk a lot via text (sort of... it's from his email to my phone, it works!) and sometimes on the phone, but unfortunately, the reception isn't as great as we hoped it would be. We try to make it work! Thanks for asking! I will do a longer deployment update soon! :) 

Did your kids have the flu shot or mist this year? Just curious if they did get it and it wasn't working. Don't forget to take care of yourself! 
*sigh* They did not. Kass and Kam begged me not to make them get it, and truth be told, I hate it. We got it in 2007 and 2008 when Kennedy was going through chemo and building her immune system back up and both times it made me feel horrible. Since then, we've all chickened out and been lucky. Next year... I'll remind them... and myself... of this! 

I thought Tamiflu was only given if someone was exposed to the flue, not if they already had it? I'm surprised it was so easy to get. They usually don't give it out unless someone is really vulnerable, like elderly or some immune issue. The use has been restricted for perfectly healthy people because it is just the flu and using too many antivirals can make viruses stronger and harder to get rid of. 
Actually, Tamiflu is best when given within 48 hours of getting the flu and shortens the duration of the flu. They give it out liberally in my experience and this is the only anti-viral we've ever used. Kennedy and Keeghan are currently getting 2 doses a day for 5 days because they actually have the flu whereas the rest of us are getting it once a day for 10 days because we've been exposed. You sure seem to know a lot for a 15 year old. ;o)

Dont you just love Target pharmacy and their color coded meds! Did the kids pick out their fave colors?
I also like that they have a list of like 20 really cool flavors that can be added for free to liquid meds! Just ask for list at the counter!

We are actually new to Target Pharmacy. :) We used Walgreens before but they no longer take Tri-care insurance (their loss!). SO this is the first time I've seen the color coding on the medications. It really is handy! :) I did not know about the free flavoring! Walgreens charged something like $3.00 a bottle. That's handy too! I will have to remember that! Thanks! :)


Anonymous said...

Actually, it's not Walgreens who dropped so many insurances. It's the insurances, including all Fed. programs, who dropped Walgreens. They got into some real hot water which I can't explain very well. I was just told about it the other day.


Dame said...

I have a LOT of love for target pharmacy. I don't know if I just have an awesome group but they have been so incredible when it comes to help for anything - even better then the independent pharmacy I grew up with for ages.

They've always gone out of their way for me when I have questions about anything - prescription or otherwise. Don't be afraid to ask things Renee (like the flavoring) because they are awesome about things like that.

Me said...

Another comment from a Canadian regarding swabbing ad tamiflu. It's not done where I am either as far as I know. I think tamiflu is for the elderly or immuno compromised. Interesting.

Me said...

Meant to say hope Kennedy and Keagan are feeling better and that no one else gets sick. We're all fighting off some weird virus here. Not fun. Do not like this time of year.

Notsopc said...

I used to get the flu shots but quit about three years ago.. And especially this year when they added the swine flu med in it there was no way.. If I had kids of age I wouldn't get them those shots either...

Sewconsult said...

I was on Methotrexate for my OA and Fibromyalgia. It just didn't do that much for me. Wish I could give my bottle, that I have in my meds, to someone close by. I am now on a combination of Daypro, Gabapentin (similar to Lyrica), and Tramadol, which is finally giving me some relief.

I got tickled at the "mom lecture". It wasn't me this time! (LOL) Hope all the kids are illness-free for the rest of the winter.
Hugs from TN

Anne B. said...

I really hope your household is on the mend quickly! Hard enough to have one sick munchkin...nevermind 5 and a mama!!! Prayers and (((HUGS)))!!!

Holly Aytes said...

Those were some interesting Q&A's! The "mom lecture" tickled me...seriously like you needed to feel worse than you already did. I don't think your kids get sick alot. We didn't do the flu shot or mist the last couple of years and we haven't had the flu...the tamiflu is given regularly here in East TN especially if someone else in the family has the flu. And we have a walgreens pharamcist in the family and he said they dropped tricare b/c they couldn't come to an agreement on payment issues...we too were sad as we have used walgreens for years and have had to switch now (we haven't had any prescriptions since the change so are still trying to decided between kroger (for the gas points) and target.

Lynn said...

Continuing to pray!
Psalms 34:17-19 The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.
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SherryA said...

Color coding on the bottles and the easy to dispense ones where you stick a syringe in the hole and turn it upside down. Genius! I hope everyone feels better soon. I don't blame you for thinking it was a cold.. usually I think a high fever comes sooner with the flu anyway so who would have known. Try not to feel too bad.. you weren't the first - someone else sent their kid somewhere sick or Kennedy wouldn't have caught it, so there - and you won't be the last. :) And knock on wood, I chose to skip the shots this year and this is the healthiest my youngest two have been since being babies. The more I learn about vaccines, the less I trust them for us. My oldest is allergic to egg so she can't have the vaccine anyway.

Jenessa said...

Yes! Target pharmacy rocks! They have the coolest FREE flavors for meds. They even have a "chocolate covered strawberry" flavor ! Just remember to ask when you drop off the prescriptions. Hope your family is feeling better!

Gretchen said...

Hi Renee,
Do you like to read? If so, have you ever read the book called, The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards?
I am halfway through it now, and cannot put it down! If you haven't read it yet, I think you might really enjoy it!

From the book jacket:

"This stunning novel begins on a Winter night in 1964 when a blizzard forces Dr. David Henry to deliver his own twins. His son, born first, is perfectly healthy, but the doctor immediately recognizes that his daughter has Down's syndrome. For motives he tells himself are good, he makes a split-second decision that will haunt all their lives forever. He asks his nurse, Caroline, to take the baby away to an institution. Instead, she disappears into another city to raise the child as her own. Compulsively readable and deeply moving, The Memory Keeper's Daughter is a brilliantly crafted story of parallel lives, familial secrets, and the redemptive power of love."

Bethany said...

I have used Target pharmacies in two different states and found them to be the most helpful. And I visit the pharmacy to the point of being on a first name basis with everyone there. :) The color coding is awesome, even if I do keep my horde of meds seperated in my bedroom. The one thing Target was unable to do for me was make Nystantin taste any better. :)
Tamiflu was very easy to get last year. My mom was diagnosed with the flu and received it, and I just called my doctor and received a preventative dosage. I am allergic to the preservative in the flu vaccine.