• “Most of Us Have Covid Risk Exactly Backward”

    Very interesting – and important – Covid related article written by Aaron E. Carroll, a professor of pediatrics at the IU School of Medicine. It was published here in the New York Time’s Op-Ed. For your convenience, I’ve inserted it below. When It Comes to Covid-19, Most of Us Have Risk Exactly Backward Written by: Aaron E. Carroll “We aren’t very…

  • A Few Quick Reads

    Hello! Below are recent New York Times articles I recommend to check out. Click on the links below to learn more about caring for your child’s mental health and other related subjects among this pandemic: What Back to School Might Look Like in the Age of Covid-19 When Things Aren’t OK with a Child’s Mental Health Young Adults Report Rising…

  • Hear the Protesters’ Chants – It’s Time for Justice

    Reprinted from today’s New York Times Editorial: “Riots are socially destructive and self defeating,” Martin Luther King Jr. said in 1967, during an earlier spasm of unrest. In the same passage he wrote, “It is as necessary for me to be as vigorous in condemning the conditions which cause persons to feel that they must engage in riotous activities as it is for…

  • COVID and Kids

    Worldwide, children have been essentially risk-free from complications of COVID-19 infections. PMIS, the recently described pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome, is a different matter. Severe complications requiring hospitalization have drawn comparison with another disorder known as Kawasaki’s. Post-viral symptoms of unremitting fevers, severe abdominal pain, and rash will not be missed.  PMIS can also include red eyes, cracked lips, sore tongue, swollen…

  • COVID-19’s Affect on Children / Office Updates / Televisits

    Spring rain storms seem so cleansing. On the porch, and enjoying some fresh air. Lockdown has not lifted. Daily, we learn more about this deadly virus known as COVID-19. Pediatrics is my business. Just when you’re feeling confident about the predicted low risk for young people, a new multi-system inflammatory condition is being described. Weeks and months after apparent coronavirus…

  • Mindfulness: A Useful Tool For All

    Mindfulness, the mental state achieved by one’s awareness on the present moment. This therapy technique can help parents and caregivers by promoting happiness and relieving stress. Adversity comes at us from the moment we are born. Infants get hungry and tired. Toddlers struggle with language and self-control. As children develop through adolescence to become teenagers, life gets more complicated. Stressful…

  • Doctors Get in Accidents, Too

    Early morning. Usual wakeup time. But, shoulder and back pain are my alarm and the reason for my fitful sleep overnight. Yesterday afternoon, while getting market supplies for a favorite home dinner, a concentration lapse resulted in a sudden over-the-handlebar bike mishap. Yes – pride wounded. Hoping my surgically repaired clavicle is still intact. Do I rush to the ER…

  • Welcome to Dr. Gary’s Front Porch

    Weekend morning. Early. It’s quiet as I feed the dog and cat. Just over a year since I retired as Sunday School teacher at our synagogue. A good time to start my journal. Welcome to the blog, Dr. Gary’s Front Porch. Time to think and evaluate. The Global Pandemic of 2020 has been a great equalizer. Every day feels the…