Thursday, September 29, 2011

Open House on October 12, 2011-- Please Join the Party!

You're Invited to an Open House!

I am thrilled to celebrate the opening of Kaneland Allergy & Asthma Center with an Open House event for my colleagues, patients and community members. We'll be giving tours of our kid-friendly new office, talking about the latest developments in allergy and immunology, sampling yummy allergy-friendly treats, accepting donations for a local Food Pantry and giving away prizes! (iPad, anyone?)

If you have a friend or family member who could use a good allergist, this is a great time to "Meet the Doc" and get a feel for the practice before scheduling an appointment, so bring a buddy!

Where:
66 Miller Drive
North Aurora, IL 60542

When:
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
6:00pm-8:00pm

I'm lucky to share my office building with great neighbors, who will also be opening their offices to the public during this time with similar events. Here's your opportunity to meet all of the professionals at 66 Miller Drive in one evening:

Lighthouse Financial Group (College Planning)
Scott Morris DDS & Associates (Family Dentistry)
The Rainbow Center (Pediatric Physical and Occupational Therapy)

We will be accepting donations for the Aurora Food Pantry. Bring in a canned good, visit each host, and you'll be entered into a drawing for a new iPad!

Friday, September 16, 2011

The AllergistMommy Washes a Pull-Up: A Lesson in How Not to Do Laundry

In a rush to get the kids' clothes clean yesterday, I dumped the laundry basket contents into the washer without taking the time to sort... HUMONGOUS mistake.

After returning home late from a business trip, DH walked into the bedroom asking me about the "crystals" in the laundry. "Crystals?!?! What the heck is my crazy husband talking about?" I wondered to myself upon being woken from my slumber...

Well, this morning, it became "crystal" clear exactly what had transpired.

Son #2, upon being instructed to "Throw all those dirty clothes down the laundry chute", decided to include his Pull-Up in the mix. My washer and all the clothing therein was covered in pieces of super-absorbent polyacrylate gel. Most excellent.


Thankfully, it turns out the AllergistMommy is not the only ridiculous parent to have committed this laundry crime. Laura, the Mellodramamma, has walked this road before me: http://www.melodramamma.com/?p=60

Read her post for tips from the Pampers and Huggies people on how to handle a washed-diaper mess.

Hmmm... guess what I'll be doing this lovely Friday night?

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Back to School Mommy Fatigue- An Under-Recognized Symptom of Poorly Controlled Environmental Allergies

 Ah, back to school... kids get back into a routine, and mom gets her life back, right?  WRONG! For most moms, back to school is anything but relaxing. However, for some of us "chosen ones", it's even more tiring:
  • Is this the time of year when you struggle to drag yourself out of bed, despite hitting the sack as soon as you put the kids down for the night?
  • Is your focus during the day so scattered that it takes you 3 times longer than usual to accomplish even relatively simple tasks?
  • And when it's finally time for bed again, are you shocked to see a face 10 years your senior staring back at you in the mirror, with dark circles and puffiness?
Many tired moms attribute these seasonal symptoms to the stresses associated with "Back to School".  However, if you're an allergy-mom like me, remember: your kids got those allergy genes somewhere, and you probably had a little something to do with it!

As parents of kids with allergies and asthma, we are often so focused on our children's health needs that we neglect our own. If you aren't experiencing the typical runny nose and sneezing traditionally associated with environmental allergies, it's easy to assume that you're just not getting enough sleep, or that you need to take more vitamins or drink more (gasp!) coffee.

Consider this- you may be suffering from the symptoms of poorly controlled allergic rhinitis. Back to School time coincides with the onset of ragweed season in much of the continental U.S. It also overlaps with high mold counts, especially as the foliage starts to accumulate and decay.

Uncontrolled allergic inflammation can make your fall feel lousy.

The congestion and sinonasal inflammation associated with allergies can contribute to poor sleep, mental fogginess, headaches and irritability. In addition, the lack of adequate drainage from the capillaries under your eyes can result in swelling and dark circles (known to the trade as "allergic shiners", which I think is a great description, because people with them generally feel like they've been beat up).

If you have come to associate Back to School with a deep desire to crawl into a cave and hibernate until after the classroom Halloween party (which just so happens to coincide with the first major frost), don't settle for suffering! Talk to your primary care physician or family allergist to see if there are measures you can take NOW to regain your energy, focus and well-being!