Emergency Care

August 10, 2009

Before we get to it today, I just want to remind everyone that sleeveless t-shirts and white socks pulled up to your knees with black sneakers is never a good look. For anyone. Ever.

Make it part of your emergency kit

Make it part of your emergency kit

Now that that’s behind us, this is a great tip for one thing everyone should keep in their medicine cabinets, just in case you or someone you love might need it: QR Quick Relief. If someone has a serious wound, you pour this powder on it and it stops bleeding instantly. It’s kind of like a super styptic pencil, in powder form. We discovered it when my daughter’s birth mark on her chest started bleeding out of the blue last year. Of course it was when we were about to leave on a 2 week trip to Europe. I took her to a specialist who said that the biggest thing we had to worry about was excessive bleeding, so we should get some QR powder. I had never heard of it, and she said that most people haven’t, but everyone should keep it on hand, just in case they need it. Even if someone has to go to the hospital for stitches, this powder will help to stop the bleeding so you can get them to the ER without losing a lot of blood. It comes in a kids version, which is safe for kids of all ages. We never ended up needing the powder on our trip, but it provided peace of mind, and now we have it in our medicine cabinet, should anyone ever need it.

Apparently it was originally developed for the military, and hospitals all over use it. They say it doesn’t sting and it’s hypoallergenic. It’s not super easy to find — we got it at Bigelow pharmacy in the Village, or you can buy it online here. Runs about $8.50 for 2 applications. Worth the investment!

Click, Clack, Moo-velous

I took my son to some free Theatreworks children’s theater at the Lucille Lortel Theater on Christopher Street (between Bleecker and Hudson) this afternoon. The production was Click, Clack, Moo. Some of you may be familiar with the book. It’s a great show — 60 minutes of songs, jokes and a good time, for free! I’d recommend it for kids 4 – 8. Babies and strollers aren’t allowed. They start giving out tix one hour before showtime. Maximum of 4 tickets to each adult. I’d say show up about 1 hour and 15 minutes beforehand, especially if it’s a Sunday show. For showtimes and general information, click here. It’s interesting to note that one of the biggest donors to Theatreworks is Target. Yet another cultural sponsorship for the big box chain — so I feel that much more justified in giving them all my diaper money!!

Etc.

This was our first weekend in NYC since mid-June, and we packed a lot in. We renewed Austin’s passport (under 16, both parents have to show up with the child, so it was kind of an ordeal), Ken and I went out to dinner at Braeburn in the West Village (very civilized), the kids hit the water park on 23rd Street, I headed out to NJ for some shopping, we went uptown east for dinner at Justin Timberlake’s Southern Hospitality (not bad), then hit the Guggenheim for the Frank Lloyd Wright Exhibit. (I love FLW’s work, but I was kind of disappointed in the exhibit. I think it’s much better to go to one of his projects rather than look at some plans or models.) My kids loved climbing to the top and looking down at the spirals below. I got a massage, we ran some errands, hit the theater and went out to dinner at Good in the Village (tasty). Phew!

Now it’s back to the grind…hope you had a good one!

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