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Margaret Caldwell Working in Partnership with Clinical Service

Following an approach from Senior Management (NHSGG&C) Margaret has been facilitating a number of educational sessions for Community Support Workers (CSW).
As part of our wider Clinical Academic Career developments and Clinical linking these sessions involved some clinical teaching of clinical skills such as taking and recording electronic Blood pressure and manual pulse.
"Service gives so much to our students in clinical settings and here in the University and this is part of us giving something in return," said Margaret.
The sessions, supported by clinical staff were delivered in their own locality and evaluated well:
Participants indicate that the sessions were "Very informative" "Clear and simple, easy to follow"  · The Mental Health Nursing Team at GCU know the importance of developing clear links between themselves and Service and wish to support development opportunities for all grades of staff.  
"We want to work with practice rather than workin…

The Gift

I watched a mom this morning
Standing on our street
Her hand already empty
Her child was in his seat

She waved away the bus, and watched
It bounce around the corner
Then instantly the smile changed
From happy mom to mourner

"I hope he couldn't tell" she said
"I'm afraid to let him go,
His teacher's just so young this year!
What could she really know?"

"My son has allergies, you see
He's never been away
And now there's snacks and crafts and lunch
Will he be o.k. each day?"

"But I try to give him this one gift:
I show him I'm delighted
And hide my fear so he can be
Just happy and excited."

I saw them later, walking home
Her face, calm and relaxed
She stopped to show the teacher's note
Her son had just brought back

"I'm sure today was hard for you,
To have to trust a stranger
To send your precious child away
To a place so filled with danger"

But the place is also filled with love
And we'll work to keep him safe
Thank you for your pr…

New Food Allergy Action Plan from FARE...And It's...Confusing

I was very happy to see a notification in my Facebook feed that FARE has come out with a revised allergy action plan document. This one does a better job than the old form of pointing out severe symptoms. It also addresses instructions for all three of the major brands of epinephrine injector and gives important after-care instructions, the most crucial of which is that a person having a reaction should lay down and stay down.

But I do have to bitch a little about the form. Look at how the top of the form is laid out:


Do you see the issue? By putting the check boxes for when to give epinephrine inside of the symptoms boxes, it may confuse people into believing that epinephrine should be given immediately, even if the allergen was only likely eaten, for mild symptoms. What about if symptoms are severe but the allergen was only likely?

The better way to have done this would be to give each decision point its own area on a chart. All they would need to do is move the two check boxes ABOVE t…

Special Thanks to a Special Crew!

Community volunteers are the heart of the SAGE garden; over 500 people a year come help us farm this one-acre plot of city land.  There are numerous ways to be involved; Tuesday night work parties, SAGE garden docents and numerous community groups who organize work parties.  

For the past couple of years employees of HP have been been working in the garden on a monthly basis.  As a garden manager, it is a big help for me to know that I will have a constant crew of hard workers.   Last year HP employees contributed 160 hours of service and that is a large chunk of help!  While each month the crew changes, there's always a familiar face (or two or three or four...) and of course, there is Shawn Collins, the amazing person who promotes these work parties at HP.   After our latest work party last Friday, I just wanted to tell the world "Thank You HP Employees!!!"

I'm also excited to note that not only do HP employees help us out in the garden, they've also inspired the…

Class of 2010 on their final day!

Congratulations and good luck to the Class of 2010 from the MH Nurse teaching team



Then watch as Ukulele Bill and Val serenade them on their last day by clicking here

TFA Replaces Real Teachers

Liberal, Overbearing, New Age, Alternative Medicine Food Allergy Moms

My mom called the other night.

"I talked to your cousin Donna last night. I told her she should call you. She's into a lot of the same stuff you're into."

"Um...what stuff would that be, Mom?"

"You know...all that stuff about the bees and GMOs and vaccines, honey. I told her you knew a lot about it and would be happy to talk with her."

YIKES! Since when did having a kid with food allergies automatically qualify me for the willing-to-accept-every-random-theory club?

As you guys know, I do a lot of reading and I have come to think there may be something to some of the alternative theories out there, particularly around pesticides and antibiotics killing off symbiotic gut bacteria. But I've also spent 25 years of my career firmly submerged in Western medicine and my mother knows this. So what the heck happened here?

A week later, I wondered it all over again as I read this article on Slate. It's apparently debunking an Elle magazine story that link…

organic mac & cheese with butternut squash & bacon

I have been thinking a lot about comfort food lately or maybe it’s more a craving? Either way with the chilly nights we've been having, it fits. So when I was approached to do another recipe for Natrelusing their organic milk I immediately thought it had to be a comfort dish and what better then mac and cheese.  
Mac and cheese has to be my go-to comfort food next to Shepherds pie and a really good lemony garlic pasta with spicy sausage and cherry tomatoes… mmm.  It’s one of those things that just seems to make everything right at that moment, even the hard ones.


ORGANIC MAC & CHEESE WITH
 BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND BACON

450g organic butternut squash (cut into 1inch chunks) 
6-8 slices organic bacon
350g organic macaroni
21⁄2 tbsp butter
3 tbsp flour
3 cups of Natrel’s Organic milk
1⁄4 tsp each of garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, & chipotle powder 1 egg (beaten)
11⁄2 cups organic shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded jalapeno havarti cheese
1⁄2 cup of brie, rind removed (cut into ch…

The Food Allergy Herbal Formula-2 (FAHF-2) Laundry List

So in all the time I've been writing about our experience with FAHF-2, I have never done a comprehensive post with all the links/info I've found over the years. Consider the situation rectified! I'll add to this as I find new sources. If you have good ones, please feel free to add them to the comments as well.

My FAHF-2 Posts
FAHF-2 Trials In Chicago!

We're In

BTDT, Got the FAHF-2 Food Allergy Clinical Trial T-Shirt

Brief FAHF-2 Update

Halfway There...But the Second Half Is All Uphill

FAHF-2: The Holy Grail?

Waiting in the Wings for the Show to Begin

FAHF-2 Clinical Trial Summary

Other People's FAHF-2 Experiences (from around the web)Chinese pharmacy vs. through Dr. Li

For severe eczema/MRSA

New York Times article

For asthma (Vitality magazine)

An asthma patient's personal experience

Description of Dr. Li's treatment plan

What Is FAHF-2?Patent application (contains all ingredients)

Phase 1 Clinical Trial Report (has very specific info about formula ingredients)

Yellow Empero…