First off let me tell you, there is one wicked viral illness goin’ ’round! Take a look at poor Conall (my 7 year old)…this is a picture from yesterday…Soooo if you have kid looking like my poor sweet boy, know that the fever lasts 3-4 days and the illness has reddish eyes with no goop, some sore throat and stomach ache.
On a much brighter note, the studs are going in at the new office! I put some new photos on the build out page and Mark is working hard to get the whole thing done on time. The fire suppression team was in today as well finishing up the sprinkler system so that even I won’t be able to destroy the place!
I spent the morning doing more paper and computer work to get myself all set with insurances and my EMR and I must say THAT is one boring job! My mom and Mairen took all the stuff to have it faxed since neither of us has a fax at home and there was so much stuff it took 2 hours to fax it all! YIKES!
Tomorrow I leave for Chicago for a meeting at the American Academy of Pediatrics. I sit on a couple of committees for them and this meeting is one where we plan all the educational sessions for the National Conference and Exhibition that happens each fall. There are about 10,000 people in attendance at the fall meeting so planning it is a really big job. Now before you get jealous and picture me shopping the Magnificent Mile, you must know that the meeting goes from 2-10p Thursday, 630a-10p Friday and Saturday and 7a-12p on Sunday. AND to make matters worse, the AAP isn’t even in the city! I travel to scenic Elk Grove Village (actually it is quite scenic) several times a year to be locking in a series of conference rooms with other pediatricians from all over the country. Oddly enough, I am looking forward to the planning meeting this weekend…it is a slug fest as we each try to get our pet sessions on the program. The group who puts the meeting together is great and largely made up of specialists so a general pediatrician like me actually pulls some weight for a change. I get to tell the specialists they are all wet when they want to put some esoteric thing on the program. NICE!
I am travelling a lot over the coming four weeks and will still be blogging (it is cathartic at the end of the day) and checking my email but will be somewhat less accessible. After getting back from this meeting, my family leaves on Friday for our week-long vacation in Union Pier, Michigan which is just north of the Indiana border on Lake Michigan. http://www.butterflybungalow.com/index.html This place is nicer than my house! I may never come home!
After the week of family vacation, I head out to Austin for e-MDs EMR training from Sunday night through Saturday morning before making one more Chicago trip for a meeting from the next Wednesday through Friday. Sooooo if you were hankering for a home visit, you may have a bit of a wait!
If you have questions, comments, or want to schedule appointments for anytime after August 3rd, feel free to email me at email@example.com or call 248 770 7245.
Eat, love and play and each day will be your best!
Molly O’Shea, MD Birmingham Pediatrics + Wellness Center