November 5, 2016 – From March 2015, there was a 12-month period of time during which 4 nurses and 2 pediatricians at RCAM gave birth.
Yeah. That’s SIX pregnancies working together in a relatively small space.
That is a circumstance that will cause even a busy pediatric medical practice – a place that for 50 years has lived with the eminent presence of babies – to single out one 12-month period as “The Year of the Babies.”
It was our own personal DEFCON 3. Everyone was ready to mobilize at a moment’s notice.
One day, we had a baby shower for FIVE.
It was a dirty Santa baby shower. 5 expectant mothers competed head-to-head-to-head-to-head-to-head for gifts and prizes. Witnesses were heard to say the event appeared surprisingly natural.
So what could follow so much living on the edge?
This past year we transitioned from “The Year of the Babies” to “The Year of the Shannons.” (aka “The Shannons Strike Back”)
Two of our three nurses with the name “Shannon” became pregnant with their first. On September 14th, Nurse Shannon M. welcomed her new daughter.
Today, RCAM is happy to announce that Shannon B. – the RCAM head cheerleader – and her husband Justin welcomed their brand new baby girl into the world:
Brief aside: BTW, do you like my (and everyone else’s) use of a euphemism. Rather than calling it “giving birth”, we substitute a word like “welcome”. And isn’t “giving birth” sort of candy-coating the experience too? I have been in that room and would describe it more as “committing birth”.
Of course, it’s difficult not to coat the entire experience with the joy and the happiness that comes with finally seeing and holding your little girl.
RCAM is so happy for Shannon and Justin and their family taking it to the next level!
September 14, 2016 – The sparkler is a universal sign of celebration.
It really has no other use.
ANNOUNCEMENT: here ye, here ye – we are (figuratively) breaking out the sparklers today at Raleigh Children & Adolescents Medicine because we have just received word that one of our very own – Nurse Shannon M. – has joined the ranks of parenthood.
Shannon and her husband Andrew this morning welcomed into the world their very own brand new baby girl.
UPDATE 09-14-2016 06:15 PM: Here she is!
We are so happy for new Mom and new Dad and we await their little girl’s first visit to RCAM.
That leaves us with only one expectant Nurse named Shannon left at RCAM. #YearOfTheShannons #ShannonsStrikeBack
As we count our blessings, here is another universal sign of celebration:
This morning Dr. Sena received the following note and a very large piece of hardware from Rex Hospital (it is heavier than it looks):
In honor of your more than 25 years of service at Rex Healthcare, we thank you for your compassion and commitment to providing excellent patient care.
Steve Burriss and the Rex Executive team
You can’t argue with the length of his service – and those of us who have worked with him will not argue with the excellence. Thank you for your service and congratulations on this milestone, Dr. Sena.
Now you are looking pretty spry with your Sesame Street tie – how about 25 more?!
September 2, 2015 – One year ago today came the answer to a question RCAM got asked probably daily for the prior two years: When is Dr. Gessner going to be back?
On July 9, 2012, Dr. Rick Gessner, his wife and their 3 children began a two year medical mission. Dr. Gessner treated a wide range of pediatric medical conditions at a hospital in Kijabe, Kenya. RCAM got Dr. Gessner back to our Brier Creek office on September 2, 2014. We were (and still are) very proud of what he and his family accomplished there. It was very exciting for the RCAM family to have them back home in Raleigh.
I asked Rick to comment on the milestone and this is what he had to say:
“I have really enjoyed being back in Raleigh, seeing old patients, and meeting many new ones this year. Our family has enjoyed the warm welcome home and we look forward to being here for many years to come…although we want to sneak back to Kenya for some visits from time to time!”