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post #21 of 271
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Originally Posted by ~Purity♥Lake~ View Post
Well, I guess I can't quote from the old thread and continue the posts in this thread. At least I tried.

Where do I get an exemption form? My daughters have seen Dr. Penman at Providence. I can't say I'm thrilled. He's sweet with the kids, but 'talked' me into a flu vaccine that I was adamantly against the last time I took my girls in for a well child exam. I like the location because they're close to where I live. If we change doctors, I'd need a recommendation from one of you wise mamas, and they'd have to take Denali Kid Care. We are applying for renewal at the moment. We plan to take the girls in after Sophia turns 3 at the end of this month so that would be a good time to establish a new doctor for them. A family doctor would be fine for me, although my husband and I don't have insurance and try to never go to the doctor to avoid the $$$. He still has an unpaid hospital stay hanging over our heads cause he won't get off his butt and take care of it. They said they'd send a form in the mail, but we haven't received it yet. He said he'd call again, but he didn't, and now the hospital is sending us bills again instead of the charity application form. :sigh
We go to the My Health Clinic off of Abbott, across from the Fred Meyer. It is run by 2 NP's. They are super awesome and they take Tricare so I assume they also take DKC. They do our whole family and have never pushed anything on us. This year I have a 15 year old Daughter who needs a "woman's exam" very soon and I will be discussing some shots like Tetanus and stuff with them.
They handle my DH's Type 1 diabetes and my son's Hypothyroidism (sp?). I would go there for pregnancy too if they do that sort of thing. It is LONG way from home but I like them so the drive is worth it!



LOL!! I just realized you are in FAIRBANKS!!



I do recommend Janice Stables NP. Her office is in the building next to Wendy's on Airport. I think PP is in that same building.
post #22 of 271
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Originally Posted by rabrog View Post

As for flu vax, it's too much a crapshoot. I had it one year when I was pregnant with DD and I've never been so sick in my life as I was that winter so we'll never get one again. Swine flu vax, no way. I refuse to have anything to do with something that is rushed to market.



Jenn

Interesting, I have heard many stories like yours.
My DH got the flu shot in 1994 and was soo sick, very very sick. 1 year later he was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 22. He pancreas had shut down do to an autoimmune issue, we believe it was triggered by the flu he had that past year. (DH never gets sick)

We have not had any flu shot since 1994.
post #23 of 271
It's AUGUST!!??! I dunno whether to : or

On the one hand; sweaters! gorgeous fall colors! that crisp, clean smell and the chill of the morning... termination dust!

And on the other... wah. Summer's...almost...over... :

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I dunno. I had a pulse of that winter nesting thing going on today... feeling like I should run around picking things up and tucking things in... It seems AWFULLY early!
Me too, me too! I've had these fleeting moments of pause, thinking, "not too much longer for my hanging baskets..." ACK.

And then we had another gorgeous and warm weekend, so what am I thinking? :

Anyway. Just here to subscribe. Can't believe it's time to register the kids for school. All of my friends who wanted their kids to get into Rilke did, so :

And with that, I think I've met my smilie quota. I'm so outta here.
post #24 of 271
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Originally Posted by rabrog View Post

I have oil of oregano and will start DD on a small daily dose the week before school starts. I need to research how much to give her.

Jenn
Tell me more about OoO? I've heard of it, but wouldn't know how to use it/what for...? Just immunity boosting?
post #25 of 271
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Originally Posted by dislocator3972 View Post
Oh, we should probably find a pediatrician before I have the baby huh?

On that note, anyone recommend someone in Fairbanks? This is our first, so we're still working out our position on selective/no vax, but we're skipping some of the initial stuff (eye goop, vit k) so we seem to be heading down that path. We're on DKC too, and I've heard good things about a free clinic here in Fairbanks that's funded through some state grants or something??

My preggo brain is really clogging up my thoughts here. How do we go about looking for a pediatrician? Do we just call around and see who is on board with our vax preferences, taking DKC, and taking new patients?
FYI, I had to sign a bunch of stuff at FMH so that Camilla wouldn't get all the goop/k/vax/etc when she was born. And I had to tell everyone involved that I didn't want any of that stuff, b/c I didn't want any info falling through the cracks. Just in case you have to transfer, that's why I mention what I went through.

We take our son to Dr. Tim Foote or Dr. M Burgeson, both at Tanana Valley Clinic. Our daughter hasn't had anything done except the heel pokey thing; she's almost 6 mos old and we're doing selective/delayed vax, and will eventually take her to Foote or Burgeson as well. (Now that I think about it, I'm sure DH will want to start her delayed vax's soon-ish... making mental note to schedule something tomorrow.)
post #26 of 271
I take my toddler to Darcy Lucey at Mat-Su Midwifery. In fact she's getting her 2 year WBV today.

It was 46 degrees IN my greenhouse this morning... a likely 36 outside overnight. Gardeners beware... On the brightside, cranberries should be ready early and rose hips too!!
post #27 of 271
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Originally Posted by akwifeandmomma View Post
Tell me more about OoO? I've heard of it, but wouldn't know how to use it/what for...? Just immunity boosting?
I've never heard of it for immunity boosting, but then again, I didn't research it for that. I've been taking it to try and combat my fibromyalgia. From what I've read, fibromyalgia can be caused by yeast overgrowth (or at least can be a contributing factor) so I've been taking it for a couple of months to see if it will help keep the pain at bay. So far... nothing extraordinary to report.

I can confirm that if I ever were to taste donkey butt... I'm certain, this would taste very similar.
post #28 of 271
I don't want summer to be over yet!! I think we're going to go for a picnic today. Guess I should get moving if that's going to happen!

Gardening news: I've got blossoms on my pea and bean plants so hopefully we'll have some of those soon. Do those plants withstand the first few frosts? I remember last year my lettuce made it through a few frosts but almost everything else was gone after the first frost. Broccoli and cauliflower, do they make it? I still have strawberries ripening. It seems so late for them to still be ripening.... is that normal?

I asked at the end of the July thread but I think it got lost as we started over here in August.... but can someone tell me who they use for pediatricians here in the valley? (PM if you can't say in the thread, i'm not sure of the rules concerning that) My dd's ped is okay... actually she's great about the medical stuff... but I was hoping to find someone a bit more AP, all natural friendly if you know what I mean.
post #29 of 271
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Originally Posted by mtn.mama View Post
I take my toddler to Darcy Lucey at Mat-Su Midwifery. In fact she's getting her 2 year WBV today.

It was 46 degrees IN my greenhouse this morning... a likely 36 outside overnight. Gardeners beware... On the brightside, cranberries should be ready early and rose hips too!!
When did your dd turn two? My dd's turning 2 in September. One of our good friend's dd turned two yesterday and sees someone at the midwifery too and she raves about how great it is there.
post #30 of 271
Hi Katreena, I was surprised to hear that about Penman. My boys have seen him since birth, my 2ds only had hib/Pheumococal at his recommendation because we traveled cross country at 2 months old. We just went in for his 2yr check and I told him I was open to talking about selective vaxing now and he said not to worry about it. He was happy with where he was and has never 2nd guessed me about not doing flu shots.

Also, quick intro, Hi ladies! My Names Richelle and I'm new to the board and so excited to have found you all!
post #31 of 271
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I can confirm that if I ever were to taste donkey butt... I'm certain, this would taste very similar.
I almost feel of my chair this made me laugh so hard!

From time to time my NP has me try aloe vera juice for my digestion. I feel the same way you do. They always suggest I hide it in some liquid. Can't hide donkey butt apparently......

I find it interesting about fibro and yeast. Have you ever tried the anti-candidia diet? It's not easy, especially in the summer in Alaska. (Bye bye fruit season.)
post #32 of 271
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Originally Posted by skincaremama View Post
Hi Katreena, I was surprised to hear that about Penman. My boys have seen him since birth, my 2ds only had hib/Pheumococal at his recommendation because we traveled cross country at 2 months old. We just went in for his 2yr check and I told him I was open to talking about selective vaxing now and he said not to worry about it. He was happy with where he was and has never 2nd guessed me about not doing flu shots.

Also, quick intro, Hi ladies! My Names Richelle and I'm new to the board and so excited to have found you all!
Well, now I'm just angry. If he is so tolerant with other people, why'd he give us such a hard time? He and his nurse posse pushed the flu vaccine. His crew was much pushier than he was himself, but still, I feel worse knowing we were singled out. Maybe I will keep him on, and just raise hell with his office.
post #33 of 271
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Originally Posted by liza-s View Post
I've taken DS to see Stephen Baker at the Children's Clinic twice (once for illness once for a well child). I really really liked him. We were with him for the well child visit for nearly an hour. When DS was sick with the runs, he spent nearly an hour as well reviewing diet, a really detailed symptom history etc. He also never batted an eye when I said we were doing delayed/select vax. At the well child, he basically said "let me tell you what he could get and you tell me which ones you want today." No idea how he'd handle a no vax parent - but this is at least a good start in my book. He did ask if I had any specific concerns about a vax and was open to questions. The clinic is at Dale & 40th - so just behind Providence. I don't know about DKC.
Liza - I'm new to this group, but I wanted to mention that we've taken 6 yr DD & (almost) 1yr DS to Dr Baker ever since they were born and DH & I have been very happy with him. He is gentle and great with the kids - seems very open minded and receptive to our questions and concerns (not circumcising, exclusive breastfeeding, delayed solids, not crying-it-out) - etc.
post #34 of 271
Oil of oregano is a very strong natural anti-viral. If any of us are exposed to swine flu, it'll be the first thing we take. I'm going to give it to DD anyway because my gut tells me she'll be exposed at school. It's expensive stuff, but very good.

We go to Dr. Bartling at TVC Family Practice. He's amazing, has no problem with us not vaxing, has a couple other patients that delay/selective vax. I don't know that he's taking patients right now, but I highly recommend him.

Can kids buy milk at the public schools in Fbks.?

Jenn
post #35 of 271
Boo!

Life is busy...summer cleaning, hiking, spending time in canoes and innertubes at Chena Lakes (Iris can paddle a canoe! at 3!!). Been so busy felling trees and splitting...B almost took h is leg off w/ the chainsaw. Thank goodness for chainsaw chaps! He's the safest person I know, and yet he put the chainsaw "down" on his leg wrong-way-round (saw end on leg, not motor end), and was shocked to know his leg was still intact.

Other than that, many, many friends of ours are dealing w/ pneumonia (boyscout campers, etc), and we're hibernating 'til the outbreak is all the way over.

My broccoli shot up and flowered. Our lettuces all got scorched (but Iris doesn't care).

sigh.

Love, p
post #36 of 271
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Originally Posted by ~Purity♥Lake~ View Post
Well, now I'm just angry. If he is so tolerant with other people, why'd he give us such a hard time? He and his nurse posse pushed the flu vaccine. His crew was much pushier than he was himself, but still, I feel worse knowing we were singled out. Maybe I will keep him on, and just raise hell with his office.
Heck Ya!! I cant stand anyone else in the practice! The nurses are so pushy, but I just ignore them (sometimes have to be outright rude) and I think once Penman knows you are informed on your choices he really gets on board. He really likes his patients/family's to be well educated on the pro's/con's. Hope it goes better in the future, he'd really a great ped. He even helped me fight the school last year on the vaxes. Good luck!
post #37 of 271
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When did your dd turn two? My dd's turning 2 in September. One of our good friend's dd turned two yesterday and sees someone at the midwifery too and she raves about how great it is there.
T turned 2 on 7-22. We had a good visit with Darcy, the ANP at the midwifery. She's always given us immediate referrals to whichever specialist we needed next, and quite willingly ordered a whole slew of tests for my LO yesterday.
post #38 of 271
So I saw the little blurb about Ariel Tweto "doing the Hollywood thing" and she said she is in negotiations for a "small part" in a Twilight sequel.. I am thinking it must be on of Jacob's gang's girlfriends? Any thoughts on which one?

I can't remember which girl had the scars?
post #39 of 271
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Originally Posted by rabrog View Post
Oil of oregano is a very strong natural anti-viral. If any of us are exposed to swine flu, it'll be the first thing we take. I'm going to give it to DD anyway because my gut tells me she'll be exposed at school. It's expensive stuff, but very good.


Is Oregano Leaf the same? I found that at Natural Pantry but no OoO.


We go to Dr. Bartling at TVC Family Practice. He's amazing, has no problem with us not vaxing, has a couple other patients that delay/selective vax. I don't know that he's taking patients right now, but I highly recommend him.

Can kids buy milk at the public schools in Fbks.?

When I was there last they could

Jenn

post #40 of 271
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Originally Posted by spruce View Post
Boo!

Life is busy...summer cleaning, hiking, spending time in canoes and innertubes at Chena Lakes (Iris can paddle a canoe! at 3!!). Been so busy felling trees and splitting...B almost took h is leg off w/ the chainsaw. Thank goodness for chainsaw chaps! He's the safest person I know, and yet he put the chainsaw "down" on his leg wrong-way-round (saw end on leg, not motor end), and was shocked to know his leg was still intact.


WHOA! Scary. {HUGS}


Other than that, many, many friends of ours are dealing w/ pneumonia (boyscout campers, etc), and we're hibernating 'til the outbreak is all the way over.

I would be too!

My broccoli shot up and flowered. Our lettuces all got scorched (but Iris doesn't care).

Our garden attempts blew too. My broc did the exact same thing! Grrrr. And nearly all my plants got a mold and started dying! I have managed to save some but not enough to make that the time, effort and money worth it.

sigh.

Love, p

Double Sigh
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