Parenting is often explained as a learn-as-you-go experience, regardless of how many children you may have raised. Fortunately, it is not a journey that you have to undergo alone. There are several support groups, books, and people who are willing to offer advice when you are presented with an unfamiliar situation. One good parenting resource is Facebook, which offers several groups that you can join if you have concerns about your child’s health.
Prego & Mommy Chat
The reason this group is so great is that it gives you the opportunity to ask questions and share stories with other parents. This is a group dedicated to all areas of parenting, whether you need advice on raising a child with Down Syndrome, the recommended nutrition for an 8-month-old, tips on potty training, how to deal with relationships, or any other issue. This group is most appropriate for mothers though it is an open group that has great information for any parent. Regardless of your child’s age, you can ask a question and the parents at Prego & Mommy Chat will answer.
Autism Parents Chat
Raising an autistic child can be challenging, even for experienced parents. Autistic children are special, and they often require the right kind of guidance, a lot of attention and lots of love. This group is great because it brings together parents of autistic children. It has close to 4,000 members that are ready to share advice, swap stories, and listen when you need to vent. Raising an autistic child may be difficult, but you do not have to go through it alone. If you need support for raising your autistic child, this is the group is for you.
ADHD, ODD, Bipolar Disorder, Autism, & OCD-Parents Support Group
This group is great because it gives you a place to reach out to parents who may be facing parenting difficulties very similar to yours. When you are raising a child with a mental illness or disability, getting proper support is critical to your success. This group has close to 500 members who can provide advice and tips, share stories, and help you learn about raising a child with a disability or mental illness. You can also ask questions, so you have reassurance that you are doing all that you can to raise your child to the best of your ability.
Nutrition for Kids
One obstacle that many parents must overcome is feeding a picky eater. When your child refuses the food that you put on his or her plate, it can be very difficult to ensure they get the nutrition they need. This group is great because it gives you the opportunity to ask questions, share tips, and get great recipes that will sneak nutrition into your picky eater’s meals. Nutrition for Kids has over 7,500 members, meaning there are plenty of members to provide tips and recipes for your family.
Parenting Tips, Advice, and Encouragement
This is a parenting group for moms and dads who are looking for a few helpful tips when raising their child. Not everyone has the same ideas about parenting, and this group is great if you are looking for a new perspective. Whether your interest is in how much television your child should be watching, how to make sure they eat well, or finding techniques for effective discipline, this group can help. This group is just shy of two hundred members but has just enough parents to offer a wide variety of tips and advice about parenting your child.
Remember to take this advice with a grain of salt and make sure to follow it with your own research. These groups and their participants will offer a lot of great information that can help you with the varied challenges you can face as a parent — but you don’t want to substitute it for urgent medical care if you have an injured child that needs to be taken to an urgent care facility like Night Lite Pediatrics.
Lautaro Martinez is a freelance writer and family man who contributes insights into the challenges faced by parents and families and advice on how to approach them.
You may be a cat rescuer if…
- you have more than the commonly acceptable two to three cats in your house (current total: 7)
- your “hard limit” for the number of cats you keep at any one time goes up (we once drew the line at 5, LULZ)
- you know what stores to hit up on what days for the best sales and mark downs on food and litter
- the local pet stores hold coupons and marked-down food and litter for you
- you buy half of your body weight in cat litter in one shopping trip
- the local pet stores don’t ask you to donate to their shelter fundraisers, since you’re already doing your part by rescuing and keeping strays
- your family members know that they may need to take females off your hands (because the one female in your house refuses to peacefully co-exist with any other females)
- you have the local shelter veterinarian’s personal cell phone number
- you plan outings and overnight trips around the availability of someone being able to check in on your cats
- you plan room arrangements and items that can or can’t be left out based on certain cats (Minerva steals vitamins, Kirin likes to play in plastic bags, Felix will only use the litter box in our bathroom, Aslan won’t leave Alyssa’s room so he needs his own food and water dishes, etc.)
- sleeping “alone” entails scouring the bedroom for cats, tossing out at least three, then almost always finding a fourth (and maybe a fifth) hidden beneath the bed
- you coin not-so-nice, not-politically-correct nicknames such as Autism Cat, Bitch Cat, McSmelly, and AIDS Trio (previously AIDS Duo, prior to the addition of Aslan)
- you know the safe and effective home remedies for minor ailments (allergies, colds, digestive upset, superficial wounds)
- neighbors check with you to see if you snagged their recently escaped/gone missing pet cat
- friends give you tubs of cat litter, just because (Amanda!)
- you get tagged in all of the crazy cat lady memes on Facebook
So last weekend, at Jason’s prodding, I entered a giveaway for two Mount Hope 2015 Brew Fest tickets – an hour before the giveaway concluded. Imagine my surprise, and Dan’s delight, when I received a call a few days ago informing me that I was the winner (and the third to last to enter, ha!). We picked up the tickets the next day, and I agreed to go with Dan today. But here’s the catch – I don’t even like beer. There is not beer I’d rank any higher than “could tolerate if held at gunpoint”. Pass the boxed wine or whipped cream vodka, please and thank you.
But I went anyway, because Dan wanted the company, and I wanted to make sure he got home safely. Plus there was also loads of food, so while Dan enjoyed his beers I enjoyed bites of chili cheese fries, chicken fingers, cheeseburgers, and pizza. Beer for him, protein for me, and my guaranteeing his safe drive home = a win all the way around.
So Tuesday’s shot from Dr. Shoulder Ortho hasn’t kicked in yet, but the worse-before-it-gets-better pain certainly has. Blah. Yesterday Dan accompanied me to see the pain management doctor Dr. Back (aka Dr. I Sent You To Neuro So Why Are You Bothering Me?) referred me to. In one breath he acknowledged that the pain I’m feeling from my back and from my shoulder make sense given the source of the pain and suspected problems (torn rotator cuff or labrum in my shoulder; bulging discs and/or pinched nerves in my spine at L4 and L5), but then in the next breath he asked me if anyone suggested the possibility of Fibromyalgia to me, or if I had considered it myself. No to both, because the pain I’m dealing with is localized and stemming from two specific sources — two separate issues, with the one sort of caused by the other (I injured my shoulder because I was shoveling three inches of heavy, slushy snow while dealing with a back injury).
I believe in Fibromyalgia – after all, Dan has Fibromyalgia. But I do not have Fibromyalgia. My pain is not widespread and unexplained. My pain is localized to two areas (lower back, though it sometimes spreads — presumably due to nerve irritation — to my sides and down my left leg; and left shoulder, which in turn has caused the muscles across the back of my neck and going up my neck to tighten and cause additional pain), and explained (see above: shoulder injury due to back injury). The only unexplained issue here is what caused the two discs + two others to bulge in the first place. It’s possible they’ve been working their way “out” for some time, and something I did in December (shortly before Christmas) pushed them over the edge.
In any case, I’ve got the steroid injection in my shoulder, a sling, Lidocaine patches, pain medication, a two-week taper dose of Prednisone, a TENS unit and a heating pad, and now an appointment for a spinal epidural injection next Wednesday. Bring on the pain relief!
The Internet has created many new business models, and this has created many changes in our economy. There is no greater example of this than the field of telemedicine. This is a rapidly growing area of health care that is making it more convenient for people to obtain health care and do it at a reduced cost.
The need for telemedicine
There are people everywhere looking for an answer to a question or two about their health, but they cannot afford to pay for a doctor’s visit for something this quick and simple. Having the opportunity to contact a physician to get this information saves everyone both time and money.
Telemedicine uses doctor’s spare time
Telemedicine taps into an unused supply of medical expertise by allowing physicians to work in their spare time and make extra cash. This business model usually has as its focus a particular area of healthcare and recruits doctors to speak to patients by computer or phone. Often doctors are fielding routine questions that are easily answered. These are the type of questions that would normally go unanswered, and delay important preventive care for a patient.
In the area of weight loss, an example of a telemedicine company is the Primarily Telemedicine Weight Loss Group. Like other companies in the field of telemedicine, they are always looking for physicians to join their network to provide medical expertise to those in need. If you are a physician and are interested in telemedicine, you can click here for more information.