• Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

Heart attack can be sudden and intense, but most of them start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort.  Here are signs that can mean a heart attack is happening:

Chest discomfort–Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back.  It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.

Discomfort in other areas of the upper body–Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.

Shortness of breath–This feeling often comes along with chest discomfort.  But it can also occur without chest discomfort.

Other signs–May include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

Call 911/EMS immediately if you recognize one or more of these signs.

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• Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

Stroke is a medical emergency.  Time lost is brain lost.  Know these signs to act fast!

F–face drooping.  Ask the person to smile.  Is it uneven, is the face drooping on one side?

A–arm weakness.  Ask the person to raise their arms straight out from their body.  Does one arm drift or hang limply?

S–speech.  Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence.  Is their speech unclear or do they seem confused?

T–time.  Call 911 if you suspect a stroke.  Every minute matters.

If given within three hours of the start of symptoms, a clot-busting drug can usually reduce the long-term disability for the most common type of stroke.

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• Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

Flu season, it’s coming!   Be prepared by getting the flu vaccine NOW!  The cost of the vaccine is covered by most insurances and it only takes a few minutes to get one.  You can even stop by a clinic/pharmacy/drug store without an appointment to get the vaccine.   Don’t wait until the season starts, the vaccine may be unavailable at that time and all the sick people will be in line with you.  Remember, you don’t “get the flu” from the vaccine.  However, the vaccine is a live virus which helps your body build its’ own antibodies to defend against the flu.

Flu Symptoms

Influenza (also known as flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Flu is different from a cold. Flu usually comes on suddenly. People who are sick with flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

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• Friday, August 24th, 2018

Attention parents and consumers of epinephrine products!!  There has been a sudden shortage of the brand EpiPen in some areas.  Also, some consumers are reporting expensive out-of-pocket cost.  There is another brand of epinephrine on the market, Auvi-Q.  You may have heard of it as the talking injector.

Auvi-Q is available and there is an opportunity to obtain it at little to zero cost.  Go to :  

At this link you will find a form.   Complete the form and have your physician sign it.  Send in the form and you should receive a delivery to your door!   I haven’t personally tried it but I am hopeful it will work for you.

Auvi-Q was the brainchild of twins from right here in RVA!  These guys both have severe allergies and wanted to come up with a handy and easy solution.  Once activated, Auvi-Q takes you step-by-step through the administration process.  The unit is small enough to fit into your pants pocket.

Let me know if this is helpful or if you had any problems.  I wish you well.

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• Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

Congratulations to all of our gators and teachers on a very successful, fun and exciting school year!  We had bball games, dance night, reading, field day, math, running club, chicks, science, trout, a new turkey queen, watch dogs, language arts and so much more.  Next year is going to be even better!  I’m so proud of all of our students and how they have worked SO hard this year, it really shows.

A reminder about medication.  If your child had medication on stock in the clinic, you will need to pick it up.  I cannot send it home by your child, safety first.  If it is not picked up by end of the school day on June 15, I will have to dispose of it.   This is a great opportunity to pick up medication sheets to prepare for school year 18/19.   I have enjoyed working with your child and getting to know them better.

Be careful during the summer, the sun can burn and there are ticks and snakes out.  Be safe around the water, always have a buddy with you.  I look forward to seeing all my gator friends in September.  Enjoy summer break!


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• Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

I’m including two notifications from VDH about the flu and the norovirus, both of which are prevalent in our community.  I hope you will find this information helpful.  If you have any questions, please contact your child’s physician or the Henrico Health Department at:  804-501-5216.



Thank you for keeping your child at home when they are feeling ill.  Your child should remain home for 24 hours after the fever has broken and without the aid of Tylenol, Advil, Ibuprofen, etc.  We are working to keep all of the Greenwood gators healthy!


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• Thursday, February 08th, 2018

Parents of 5th grade students:

HCPS is offering the Tdap vaccine to your child.  This vaccine is required by the Code of Virginia before your child may enter middle school.  Any students who are 10 years old may receive this vaccine.  The vaccine is free, however, a copy of your insurance card (front and back) or completing the information/consent form is necessary.  Be sure to read all information and to complete both sides of the parental consent form.

The Tdap clinic will be help at Greenwood Elementary School on March 15.  The paperwork is due and must be returned by Monday, February 19. 

If you have any questions or concerns, I may be contacted via email or by contacting the school at 804-261-2970.

Thank you for your attention to this important information.  We want all of our Greenwood Gators to be ready when it’s their time to transition to middle school!

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• Thursday, May 25th, 2017

There is an envelope coming home on Friday for parents.  It is from the Virginia Department of Health concerning a vaccine for your child.  At this time the vaccine is not required only recommended.  This form is for your information.

Concerning vaccines,  your student will NOT be able to enter middle school until proof is received of a Tdap booster.  This vaccine is given for diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus and is required.   When your child receives this booster, please send the paperwork to school.  If your child receives the booster during the summer, you will need to take the paperwork to your child’s middle school as records are transferred there.

If you have any questions concerning vaccines for your child, contact your pediatrician for more information.

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• Thursday, May 11th, 2017

We are quickly closing another successful school year at Greenwood.  During the last week of school, we will have many visitors.

Remember during this time to stop by the clinic to pick up any medications that have been available for your child this school year.  Any medications not picked up by 2:00 PM on June 15th will have to be disposed.  This is Henrico county policy.  I hate to waste medication, it’s just like pouring money down the drain.  Please don’t let this happen to you!  I look forward to seeing many of you.  Remember to pick up medication forms for next school year, I have them available.  They may also be downloaded from the HCPS website by going to:   Click on prescribed or OTC medication form.

For rising 6th grade students–CONGRATULATIONS!  We will miss you but wish you every success as you start middle school.  Blessings for a smooth and exciting transition.

Parents, please make sure your child has received the Tdap booster prior to the start of school in September.  Your child will be UNABLE to start without the required Tdap booster.  I thank you for your support.  It is vital to have an open line of communication to ensure the health, safety and well being of our gators.  Looking forward to school year 2018/2019!

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• Thursday, April 06th, 2017

There has been a recent recall of certain batches of the EpiPen and EpiPen Jr.  Please check your home supply for the recall.  Your students’ medication in the clinic has been checked for these lot numbers.  All EpiPen and EpiPen Jr prescriptions at school are valid and safe from the recall.  The link from the FDA:

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