Baby’s First Medical Emergency

If you know me in real life, you know that I'm a hypochondriac. One of my fears about becoming a parent was that I'd transfer this lunacy onto my child and become one of those moms who never lets her kid do anything, because germs-sharp things-dangerous machinery-heights-scary news stories. Instead, it turns out that I'm …

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This Is the Biggest Parenting Nightmare for a Germaphobe

It's public-restroom changing tables. There, previewers, I saved you a click. If you're still with me, I'll explain. Public changing tables are predictably loathsome. They're in a public restroom, obviously, so they're covering in filth both visible and invisible. Visible: actual feces, more often than seems reasonable or even possible. Invisible: IDK, C.diff? The plague? …

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Everything Is Killing You: When a Broken Back Is Good News

"Everything Is Killing You" is an ongoing series about my weirdo health problems and things I think you should be worried about. A week or so ago, I finally got an answer to the question that had been plaguing me the past couple months. (The question, in case you forgot, was "What the eff is …

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Everything Is Killing You: That Thing of When It Turns Out That Maybe You Really Do Have a Weird Disease

"Everything Is Killing You" is an ongoing series on things I think you should be worried about. A month ago, I got off the treadmill at the gym and felt a twinge in my left hip. I rolled my eyes, stretched, showered, took some Ibuprofen, and tried to put it out of my mind. I'm …

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