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The Medicine Cabinet

As I have aged evolved from a single woman to a wife and mother, my medicine cabinet has also evolved.  And I bet yours has too.  When I was young I was fortunate to have very few, if any, medical problems.  My medicine cabinet looked something like this:

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Just a few necessities…

  • 1 bottle of acetaminophen
  • 1 bottle of ibuprofen
  • 1 pack of birth control pills
  • Perfume
  • Cute soaps (wow, when was the last time I bought cute soaps for the bathroom??)
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Image courtesy of Victor Habbick at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

The single woman’s medicine cabinet becomes obsolete when you are becoming a mother.  You suddenly realize there is NOTHING in there that can be used on a baby!  So, you add items to your baby shower wish list, and use gift cards to buy the rest BEFORE baby arrives.  Because you are absolutely positive that the moment you need a specific item, it will be 3am during the worst flood of the century.

Your medicine cabinet is replaced by a diaper bag with:

  • Gas drops
  • Saline nasal drops/spray
  • Bulb syringe/aspirator
  • Thermometer (axillary, temporal, and rectal just to be safe)
  • Teething tablets/numbing gel
  • Diaper cream
  • Glycerin suppositories
  • Hand sanitizer for everyone to use before they come in contact with your precious, vulnerable baby

Then your babies grow up and start having big-kid problems, like strep throat and stomach bugs.  Not to mention the everyday bumps and bruises.

For the Kids:

  • Children’s acetaminophen (liquid)
  • Children’s acetaminophen (chewables)
  • Children’s ibuprofen (liquid)
  • Children’s ibuprofen (chewables)
  • Band-aids (rookie mom buys cute, expensive character kind but quickly realizes the ugly brown ones are the way to go).
  • Bandages/gauze/Ace wrap
  • Antibiotic ointment (Neosporin/bacitracin)
  • Cough drops/throat spray
  • Children’s decongestant
  • Heating pad
  • Cold/ice packs

If you have a kid with seasonal allergies/eczema/food allergies/asthma like me, add to that:

  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Prescription eczema cream
  • Unscented lotion
  • Liquid Benadryl
  • Epi-Pen Jr.
  • Controller/maintenance inhaler (i.e. Advair, Flovent)
  • Rescue inhaler (i.e. Xopenex, albuterol)
  • Allergy eye drops
  • Copy of Asthma Action Plan/Allergy Action Plan
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Image courtesy of Victor Habbick at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Last but not least, any adult in the house has his/her own unique needs.  It seems that every day brings a new ache, pain, mole (when did that show up?), environmental allergy, or psychiatric ailment.

I give you permission to snoop into my medicine cabinet, which is actually a whole closet:

  • Anti-depressants
  • Anti-anxiety meds
  • Birth control pills
  • Acetaminophen
  • Ibuprofen
  • Tums/Gas-X/Rolaids etc
  • Witch Hazel pads (because hemorrhoids happen even when you’re not pregnant)
  • Allergy pills
  • Allergy eye drops
  • Nasal spray
  • Migraine medicine
  • Essential oils
  • Ace wrap
  • Knee brace

Am I forgetting anything??

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Things That Make The School Nurse Cringe

It’s not what you might think.  Nurses don’t cringe at your run-of-the-mill blood and guts.  Bodily fluids – bring ’em on!  What I’m talking about are the “accidents-waiting-to-happen,” lurking, insidious dangers.

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Remember scooter boards?

1.  Scooter boards in P.E.  Yes they’re still around!  Yes the kids LOVE them!  It’s all fun and games until someone runs over their own fingers – that’s right, their own fingers, or someone slides right off onto their stomach, or yet another somehow flips it and bumps their head on the ground.

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Why do they love hanging upside down??

2.  Monkey bars – It’s safe to say most school nurses wish they could dismantle the monkey bars, or otherwise render them useless.  We have ALL seen injuries from this equipment – ranging from the very minor (blisters on the hands or bumps to the head) to the grotesque (my mom is a retired school nurse and had to send a student by EMS for a horrific leg injury).  Often the more serious injuries happen when the kids hang upside down.

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How swings should be used.

3.  Swings – Ah, the swings.  The wind in your hair.  The freedom of gliding in mid air.  Then suddenly WHACK! – A student walks too close to the swing and gets kicked in the face – down he goes!  Or, a little one’s fingers get caught in the swing chains – sprained and bruised! Or, a student leaps off while the swing is high in the sky and they land on their arm – broken!  (True story, I’ve had a kid break BOTH arms from falling off a swing – unbelievable!).

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4.  Any sport with a ball – Kids love to play football, basketball, and soccer at recess.  It is supposed to be “touch” football but some students have a heavier hand than others (we’ll just put it that way).  Of course this leads to all kinds of bodily injuries.  I had a student sustain a serious eye injury from being “karate-chopped” to the face during one of these games.   And of course these tough kids get right back out there and keep playing!

cafeteria

Chew your food! No laughing! No talking!

5.  The cafeteria –  Can you say choking hazard and food allergy hotbed!?  I don’t even like setting foot in the cafeteria because I can’t help but see all the wide open, laughing, ready-to-aspirate mouths everywhere I turn!

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Field Day already??

6.  Field Day – It’s organized.  But it’s chaos.  Kids rotating through different stations, hyper from the excitement of the day.  That makes for trips, slips and falls.  But man, how they love it!

jumping rope

What could happen jumping rope??

7.  Jumping rope – This is a recent addition to my list of cringe-worthy activities.  I had a student fracture their humerus (the long bone in the upper arm) from falling while jumping rope.

So this leads me to the conclusion that, although physical activity is a vital and necessary part of the school day – injuries are bound to happen.  There’s no need to be paranoid – just be prepared, for literally anything!

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