Thursday, May 06, 2010

Brain dump

* With the recent children's Tylenol and Motrin recall, I can't help but wonder why no one seems to buy generic children's medicine? It's half the price and it's regulated by the FDA. When the recall happened, I didn't even look in my medicine cabinet because I know everything in there is Target brand. Parents of twins in group day care go through a lot of medicine.

* The boys turn 4 in ten days so it's safe to say this out loud. We have not had ONE SINGLE sick child visit since before their 3rd birthday check up. The first two cold and flu seasons in day care were ridiculous in terms of illnesses (average $300 a month in co-pays anyone?) so it's nice to finally reap the rewards of paying into the illness bank.

* The more I hold my friends' adorably squishy and cuddly newborns, the more convinced I am that I never ever want another newborn again. Now that we are on the other side of day care illnesses, sleep problems, developmental delays, and diapers, I don't want to go back (and neither does Jon).

* For Mother's Day weekend, Jon asked me what I most want to do. There are two things I want to do - pick strawberries and go to Lake Crabtree. The strawberries are for strawberry ice cream and strawberry stuffed french toast from Tasty Kitchen (via PW). Lake Crabtree is because that is the very last happy place Jon and I went before the boys were born. I love being this so close to a recreational lake and I'm hoping to take the boys kayaking there. We've been there quite a bit as a family and I run on the trails regularly. Here is a Lake Crabtree post from four years ago.

What strikes me most about that post is how similar our life is now to our life then (minus me laying on the couch all the time). Jon watched hockey playoffs last night while I visited friends. We yelled ZOMG! at Lost this week. We BBQ and sit on the deck. The only thing that's changed is our definition of sleeping in.

* I thought I had nothing to say this morning but as usual, I am verbose once I get going.

14 comments:

Maria said...

I thought the exact thing about the recall. My Dad emailed me to let me know, and I emailed back that I was so glad I only buy generic! Target all the way, baby. Seriously, 3 bucks a bottle or 7. I'll never get it either.

London said...

I didn't have to check anything for the recall either. Everything I have is Walmart/Target brand.

At this point, and I'm sure most 38 week pregnant women feel this way, I'm 99.9% sure that we're done having babies. I just don't think my body can handle another go round.

I'm not sure what my plans for Mother's Day are yet. My mom will be here, so that will be nice!

Joanna said...

In my case, it's not that I don't buy the generic brands, I end up buying a bunch of different brands in the hopes that Michael will actually take one of them. We currently have the bubble gum flavored Benadryl liquid, the Wal-Dryl liquid, the Benadryl single dose packets, and Triaminic Thin strips which all contain the exact same dosage of medication. The brand name stuff was taken once, the Wal-dryl was good for almost a week's worth of doses, the single dose thing worked as a novelty twice, and the Thin Strips were the only thing that saved my sanity when Michael refused any kind of liquid any more.

The hives month was a long month.

Lindsay said...

The more I hold my friends' adorably squishy and cuddly newborns, the more convinced I am that I need another one.

Michele said...

we're hoping to pick strawberries this weekend. Do you know of anywhere good? I saw an ad in the Cary News for Phillips, but I don't know of any others

Quadmama said...

I never buy name brand OTC meds... until this very morning. I bought Benadryl and then called the pediatrician for dosing information. She informed me that she thought Benadryl was part of the recall. Great. The one time I go name brand...

Eva said...

Wishing we had bought generic -- we have about 6 bottles from the recall. Bluh.

I just said the same thing about friends' babies after visiting 4 week old twins. Very cute, fun to hold, but no more of that, oh! I have to get one! feeling.

erinlaughs said...

So many people have emailed me about the recall and I keep thinking - people actually pay the extra for the Tylenol brand? I didn't think anyone actually bought that stuff!

I have been on a PW recipe kick lately! Cinnamon toast, lasagna, eggs in a hole. That stuffed french toast looks divine! Love, love, love her!

Susan D. said...

This is coming from the wife of a former pharmaceutical rep. Yes, the FDA does regulate the medicines, but he had always been told that the efficacy is not regulated. So, the generic products could be less or more effective. Not trying to cause a ruckus, but just what has been brainwashed into my head. The ironic thing is I believe this is why the big recall happened recently. You can go to the McNeill website to request replacement coupons/refund coupons. We had 4 bottles recalled so I did! I'm all about some Target brand diapers however, but I had to throw out WalMart wipes because they were awful. It's strawberry day at our farmer's market on Saturday & I can't wait! : )

Brooke* said...

Ha! Ours is all Target brand too!

Sara Coats said...

OMG, I had the very same thought about the Tylenol issue.... And my boys still have to use the infant stuff so the dose is big. We can go through an entire bottle in three days. Up and Up baby!

Beth said...

For some reason, I've never thought about buying Target brand meds. I usually get generic stuff from Safeway or CVS, but I HATE CVS's generic ibuprofen. So I get Motrin. But fortunately, my bottle was almost out anyway. So duh--next meds will come from Target!

Carrie77 said...

We are going strawberry picking the week after next, and I so want to try that strawberry french toast recipe! Those pictures have me drooling over here. This has been a bad "sick" year for us, so it is reassuring to know it may get better.

DesiDVM said...

Or what if you're like us and you bought a bunch of name-brand stuff that you had an awesome coupon for (2-for-1) and you've been giving it to your cold/flu/hives/eczema baby almost daily for the past couple of weeks...

Although I have to 2nd what someone else said about regulation. Generics do have the same medication in them, in theory. What they don't have is a guarantee of efficacy, especially if the formulation or carrier for the medicine is different than the name-brand. I have alot of experience prescribing both (animals and people pretty much take the same meds, I write rx's for "human" medication every day) and for certain meds, esp. anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen, I have noticed a def. difference w/brand name vs. generic. Not to say they don't work, but there is a reason w/some meds to use brand-name. Anyway.

As for having another baby...hahahaha DEFINITELY NOT. We love Jr. We love having 2 kids. We are exhausted, and I seriously can't wait to get past this first year - I'm just not a little baby person. We'll see if I feel the same once the younger one is 2 or 3...