Saturday, May 19, 2012

My Life as a Medical Drama

The past 12 months have been filled with one medical situation after another. My life has felt like a really boring episode of Grey's Anatomy. You know, all of the hospitals with none of the cute doctors, dramatic deaths or 30-second recoveries. In the preceding 29 years, I'd been in the hospital once (when I was born) and had stitches twice (before I went into kindergarten). In the past 12 months? Yeah, I've officially blown those numbers out of the water. Just chalk this up as another reason I've been a really bad blogger recently. At least I'm getting all this out of the way before I start grad school.

I'm also working on a big project at work about preventative childhood medical care. How cool is it that I get to spend time researching vaccinations, food allergies and asthma so I can develop materials that will help parents help their kids live longer, healthier lives. It's a subject I feel very strongly about and that is very close to my heart.

In honor of what has been consuming my life recently, here's a list of kids' books about real-life medical disasters:

When Plague Strikes: The Black Death, Smallpox, AIDS by James Cross Giblin and David Frampton
An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 by Jim Murphy
Winnie's War by Jenny Moss (I know this is fiction, but I don't know of a good nonfiction about the Spanish Influenza epidemic of 1918)
Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio by Peg Kehret

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