Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Online Food Allergy Education for Your School Nurse!

Thanks to the Mothers of Children Having Allergies group for passing on the important information below!

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With the generous support of the Food Allergy Initiative-Chicago there is now a food allergy-specific learning opportunity for school nurses on-line:
 
 
When completed the participant will receive 0.5 INA contact hour for continuing education.  
 
Please share this information with your favorite school nurse.  :-)
 
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In this era of budget cuts and staffing shortages in our schools (especially when it comes to nurses), how wonderful to have easily accessible resources for our school nurses to educate themselves (and earn continuing education credit, to boot) on how to keep children safe! Bravo to the Food Allergy Initiative!



Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Missing My Kids

I'm waiting for my flight home from the 2011 AAAAI Annual Meeting (delayed, naturally). It was a wonderful and educational conference, but I am ready to go home.

I miss my boys.

The time difference made it difficult to connect via phone- I was always calling during naptime, mealtime or mid-car ride to some really unhealthy restaurant meal with DH.

During the one call where I was actually able to speak with them, all I could make out was "Mommy, guess what?" and the rest was garbled. Sigh.

At the airport, there are adorable children everywhere. I know this is an impossibility, because children can only be annoying at airports (last trip, Son #2 actually ran OUT OF THE AIRPORT while we were checking our bags), but as I am not the mother, they are adorable to me.

When I hear a toddler call out, "Mommy!", the reaction is visceral- my throat chokes and my eyes get watery. Similar to hearing a baby's cry when separated from your newborn.

What is this connection between a mother and her children that makes separation so unbearable? Mother nature's ability to pre-wire how our heartstrings are tugged never ceases to amaze me.

Friday, March 18, 2011

The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Annual Meeting Has Arrived!

I am in San Francisco, California for the 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. It promises to be a very educational and intellectually satisfying meeting. Last year, I tried my hand at live-tweeting from the conference. I'll be doing the same this year- hopefully, it will give folks at home an opportunity to take part in the knowledge sharing remotely.

The exercise is mutually beneficial- in addition to sharing information with others, my tweets will obviate the need for any paper-based note-taking on my part! It really highlights the "green appeal" of social media- so many trees saved!

I will not be alone in this endeavor- my expectation is that we'll see a substantial increase in the number of tweets coming out from the conference compared to 2010. If you'd like to partake in the knowledge-fest, please subscribe to hashtag #AAAAI on Twitter to get a live stream of tweets from the meeting!





Monday, March 14, 2011

Support the Illinois School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act!

Many thanks to Illinois House Representatives Chris Nybo (R) and John D'Amico (D)  for sponsoring HB3294, the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act, on 02/24/2011.

Click here for details regarding this bill: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocNum=3294&GAID=11&DocTypeID=HB&LegId=60664&SessionID=84&GA=97

Synopsis:
"Provides that the purpose of the Act is to allow schools to have access to life-saving emergency epinephrine auto-injectors if and when a student has an anaphylaxis reaction and to allow the school to have personnel trained to administer an emergency epinephrine auto-injector. Provides that a school district may provide emergency epinephrine auto-injectors to trained personnel, and trained personnel may utilize those epinephrine auto-injectors to provide emergency medical. Provides that each public and private elementary and secondary school in the State may make emergency epinephrine auto-injectors and trained personnel available at its school and may designate one or more school personnel to receive initial and annual refresher training. Sets forth provisions concerning trained personnel, minimum standards and training, school plan, and limitation of liability. Effective immediately."

The bill is currently assigned to the Judiciary I - Civil Law Committee. See contact info for members of this committee here: http://www.ilga.gov/house/committees/members.asp?committeeID=895

This bill is a welcome development- I have long believed that "unassigned" emergency epinephrine should be available in all schools for the protection of our children. If you are an Illinois resident, please contact the Civil law Committee members to express support for this bill!