Category Archives: Hospital

Macklemore’s Expecting

new babyCongrats are in order for Macklemore and Tricia Davis – they’re expecting baby #1!

USA Today reports that M’s band partner, Ryan Lewis, posted a video of the first ultrasound appointment.

If your family, friends and fans are on the baby train with you, expect input on name(s). Here are some baby naming sites you may want to share:

The Baby Name Genie
This “genie” generates first and middle names to go with your last name and baby’s gender. (Note: whether or not you agree with the genie’s pronouncements is entirely up to you.)
Here you can  enter a name to find its meaning, or, conversely, enter a meaning to find a corresponding name.  This site also has a database of over 5,000 baby names searchable by origin, first or last letter, and number of syllables.
More than 20,000 searchable baby names and their meanings, with popularity charts based on US statistics, and a nifty little name “filter” that makes choosing a baby name a whole lot easier.
For more on names, visit Choosing a Baby Name.

Birth Announcement Tips

Here’s some info on putting a birth announcement in the newspaper(s) of your choice.  Often, announcements aren’t printed without the signature of each parent listed, so sign what you send.

It is important to provide:

  1. Hospital (include city and state) where baby was born
  2. Parents
    • Mother’s name (Last, First, Middle Initial)
    • Father’s name (Last, First, Middle Initial)
    • Residence(s) (city/state)
  3. Baby’s name (Last, First, Middle Initial)
    • Gender: male or female
    • Date of Birth
    • Time of birth a.m. / p.m. (circle one)
    • Length (inches)
    • Weight (pounds) (ounces)
    • Is this the first child in the family? Yes or No
  4. Family
    • Brothers and sisters (first names and ages)
    • Mother’s parents name (include city and state)
    • Father’s parents name (include city and state)
    • Great-grandparents name (include city and state)
  5. Signatures
    • Mother’s and or father’s signature and date
  6. Questions to ask the newspaper(s) you’re putting the announcement in:
    • Is it free?
    • Is is charged by the line?
    • How much per line?
    • On average, how many words are there per line?
    • Is there a charge for photos?
    • How is that charged?
    • Are announcements included on the paper’s web site? If so, is that free? If not, how much? (If there is a fee, credit cards are often accepted over the phone.

And don’t forget to post the good news to your Facebook page!

National Social Workers Month

Social workers help you with any psychological and social needs in a stressful situation.

It’s a broad definition, but the field is broad. You’ll find social workers in hospitals, senior living homes, government organizations, and community services.

Here’s an article talking about what services social workers offer for seniors and hospice care.

And, another good article describing how social workers may help you after a fire or natural disaster.

– Susan

Heidi Klum and Seal Have a Baby Girl

Here’s a fun tidbit – Heidi and Seal have had a baby girl.  they named her Lou Sulola Samuel.

Here are some cool baby name sites from our article on picking baby names: These are also fun to see what your name means, its origins and how popular it is. Also, check out the bottom link – the Baby Name Genie site.

    Here you’ll find over 20,000 searchable baby names and their meanings, with popularity charts based on US statistics, and a nifty little name “filter” that makes choosing a baby name a whole lot easier.
    A fantastic resource to help you find the perfect name for your baby. Great tools that make searching for your baby’s name much easier. Choose from thousands of existing names or new ones added by visitors every day!
  • The Baby Name Genie
    This is a fun one – it came up with a name for a girl for us – Lexus (yes, a car….). With a click of your mouse, this online “genie” will generate first and middle names to go with your last name and baby’s gender. (Note: whether or not you agree with the genie’s pronouncements is entirely up to you.)

– Susan

June 1-7, 2009 is Sun Safety Week–A Great Reminder to Protect Yourself and Your Family.

Sun safety should start at birth! There are so many reasons and ways to protect yourself and your family from the sun’s harmful rays. Since it is Sun Safety Week, we are reminded to take a few moments to educate ourselves and our families about sun dangers and protection.

I witnessed the painful devastation of melanoma while two of my relatives tried valiantly to fight it. In the end, it is such a dangerous and pervasive disease, it took both of their lives. One of the victims was just 35 years old. He left a wife and young daughter behind. The total years spent in his battle? Eight. At the five-year mark, he was deemed cancer-free. They had waited for that milestone to start a family. Unfortunately, cancer came back with a vengeance and his child was only 18 months old when he died.

The best way to fight melanoma, other skin cancers and the aging effects of the sun is prevention. Click here for great information and links prepared by the National Safety Council. Sun protection should be part of our ritual all year long. In the summer months, when the sun’s impact is heightened and we tend to wear lighter clothing, it is especially important to protect ourselves!

If you have questions or would like to share your experiences, please email me: Leann (at)

High Chair Recall

MSNBC is reporting that people should stop using these products immediately –

“The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Evenflo Co., announced Thursday a voluntary recall of about 643,000 Envision high chairs and expanded a recall of 90,000 Majestic model high chairs. Both models of high chairs were recalled due to risks from falls and choking hazards.”

If you suspect something might be wrong with a product you have, contact the appropriate agency – here’s a list: – This U.S. government recalls from six major federal agencies including-

  1. U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission – Reviews potential problems from more than 15,000 types of consumer products.
  2. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – Recalls about and problems with motor vehicles, child safety devices, tires, etc.
  3. U.S. Coast Guard —Defects on boats made or imported into the United States.
  4. U.S. Food and Drug Administration —Product actions of the last 60 days, based on distribution and degree of health risk.
  5. Food Safety and Inspection Service —Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, monitoring meat, poultry, and eggs.
  6. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – Monitoring potential problems caused by pesticides. U.S. EPA

Here’s a link to the article ….

A Hospital Stay Gone Wrong

A reader recently learned a few things about hospitals the hard way. Here is her story.

Hi WHN –

I just wanted to share some things I learned during a hospital stay so others might avoid similar unpleasantness.

It started with an upset stomach that I thought would go away. After a few days and lots of pink liquid, it became apparent that it wasn’t going anywhere. It seemed like a good idea to visit the Emergency Room.

That’s where the experience turned into something I won’t forget.

Of course, there was the normal waiting in the curtained room. However; it was freezing, and I was wearing a thin sheet of cotton that IS the hospital gown. I looked everywhere in the small room for a blanket. Nothing.

  • WHN TIP: If you have a chance, bring a blanket with you to the ER. Or, look for the blanket before the nurse leaves you in the curtained room. If there isn’t one visible, ask for a blanket right away. You don’t know how long you will be there and it could be very cold.

The doctor came in after what seemed like hours (hospital minutes can feel like hours).  Since I was obviously dehydrated and weak, it was recommended that I be admitted. (At this point, I was ready to let someone take care of me, especially if it meant I could lie down under a blanket.)

  • WHN TIP: Talk to the nurses who will be taking care of you in the hospital. In my case, I should have made a point of explaining my nausea and what it might mean for meal selections. I didn’t do that, but I will if this type of situation ever happens again because…….

I must have been slated for “regular meals” or something of the sort. The first day, that didn’t seem obvious to me. The food was bland and I could get some of it down. With the IV and some solid food, I felt hopeful.

That didn’t last. The second day, when I thought I might be getting stronger and the diagnosed stomach virus might be waning, things went downhill. Breakfast was a cold, hard bagel and cold hard-boiled eggs. Okay, that is bland, but not exactly appealing. (Again, I emphasize, talk to the nurses when things don’t seem right. Besides waking me at all hours to take my vital signs, they seemed to have my best interests at heart.)

Lunch on the second day made me realize that I hadn’t been managing my own care very well. Chili arrived. Not chili that you might recognize, but a mixture of red stuff, lumps of what might have been meat and miscellaneous vegetables. (If you have ever been nauseous and faced with something that looked disgusting, you know how I felt. I was ready to swear off solid food for life.)

  • WHN TIP: Remember that you have the right to individualized care. Although the staff has a schedule of assigned tasks, if you feel uneasy about your care, say something. Use the call button next to your bed and be proactive, even though you may not think you are up to it.

Dinner was my last hope. I wanted to keep solid food down since that was a criteria for going home. It was supposed to be chicken, but I’m really not sure what it was. My goal was simple – eat it.

I was finally discharged after two days that felt more like two weeks. I promised the doctor my nausea was better and I was ready to go home. At home the next day, I still needed help to get around and I couldn’t eat much, but at least I was out. It was a great learning experience for the future.

  • WHN TIP: Be ready to take control of your health care. Remember to ask for what you want when you want it. If you don’t say anything, you could wait for hours. The staff is probably busy, but they can’t help if you don’t tell them what you need. This doesn’t mean you should be demanding beyond reason, but using common sense as a guide, you shouldn’t have to go without answers to your questions, help with your pain or other comfort issues and the feeling that you received the best possible care.

Thanks for the advice!

If you have experiences you’d like to share, email me!

Natasha Richardson

This breaks my heart.  Like many others, I love Natasha Richardson and was startled and upset to hear yesterday afternoon that she had suffered a head injury after a skiing accident in Canada.

Last night, she was transferred to New York’s Lenox Hill Hospital (unconfirmed by the hospital), where she is with family. There are many conflicting rumors about her condition.

Our thoughts go out to her loved ones.