Is it ok to give a seven-year-old medical marijuana? Mykayla Comstock is a little girl from Oregon who suffers from acute lymphoblastic leukemia. She’s also one of the youngest cancer patients authorized to use cannabis by the state. Her mother, Erin Purchase, gives her a gram of cannabis oil daily in pill form (so it’s not like she’s lighting up a joint…) to help combat the side effects of the intense chemotherapy treatment she’s been receiving.
In 1998, tragedy shattered Marie Lawson Fiala’s life as a wife, mother, and lawyer when her 13-year-old son, Jeremy, was felled by a massive hemorrhage from a ruptured artery deep in his brain. Within an hour, Jeremy was in a coma, sustained only by machines. Letters From A Distant Shore, Marie’s new memoir, tells the story of a mother’s ferocious care and fierce determination to bring her child home alive and functioning despite devastating loss. Here Marie shares her tips for dealing effectively with a child’s medical crisis.
Job security can be a major issue for working moms and dads who have a medical situation that requires extended care. Family medical leave may allow you to take the time you need without risking your job or your benefits. Depending on your situation, you may be able to take family medical leave if someone in your family needs you to assist with health care responsibilities.
The fear of the unknown is often cause for anxiety with an upcoming medical procedure. Whether your child is a baby or a teen, she might express fear or anxiety if she needs medical care beyond a basic doctor’s visit. Preparation for surgeries, testing or other medical procedures helps your child cope with the situation. Giving her information about what will happen gives her a chance to process it and ask any questions for a less stressful procedure.