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So did I ever tell you about my husband…?

photo courtesy of Washington Post

Many of you “know” him… and have seen him on a “daily” basis and not even realized it! Nope he doesn’t work for the CIA or he isn’t a News Commentator or Movie Star. He is a very simple man who became an entrepreneur out of necessity to help our daughter and other children like her.

Kenny is the Inventor and Founder of a company called Flavorx. You might say Flavorx what the heck it that? Well it is the flavoring system that 43,000 or so pharmacies across the country use to “take the yuck” out of medicine. You might have had a pharmacist ask you if you would like your children’s medicine “flavored” with an assortment of fruity flavors, and he even added flavors for pets.

You might be wondering how the heck all of that began. Well, it all started with our daughters. As a parent we struggled several times with Sarah’s medications when she was little. But most of the time it was just yucky antibiotics to help her from her many ear infections. Most of the time we did what most parents do when trying to give their children medicine, we bribed, prayed, tried to reason, and just about anything a parent could do to get their child to open their mouth and swallow…

Most of the time we were successful with Sarah. However when Hadley was born that was another story. When Hadley came home from her extended stay in the NICU she came home with an array of medical paraphernalia one of which was medicine which she was required to take 3 times a day. And the medicine was Phenobarbital which is a very bitter tasting medicine. I don’t know too many adults, who could tolerate the taste; god knows I tried to see just how bad it could be… Let me tell you “bad!” But, Hadley had to take her medicine as it controlled her seizures and unless she took it all we would end up in the ER with yet again another seizure. And not only was this hard on our little 3 pound preemie but it was also hard on her 3 and a half year old sister who didn’t understand what all the fuss was about.

Kenny worked at his family’s pharmacy with his dad who is a pharmacist. And out of sheer frustration one night I begged him to “do something” because you know that is what we mom’s sometimes do, “beg” for miracles, or whatever it would take to help our children. So after Kenny’s usual 9-7 day work he started experimenting with flavorings and working with Hadley’s Phenobarbital. He tried a number of flavors and brought them home to see if they would be more palatable for Hadley. And finally he came up with a banana/fruity flavor which seemed to do the trick. I was thrilled because at this point I was at the end of my rope with the ER visits and Hadley swallowed her formula with the Phenobarbital in it each time.

Just below Kenny’s pharmacy is a very busy pediatric practice and Kenny chatted with the doctors about what he was doing for Hadley’s meds and he asked if they had any medication that they thought needed “help.” A lot of times doctors are caught prescribing what they think a patient will take which might not be there first choice to help an infection because they have been told by the parents that the child will not take it. Soon Kenny had started hearing from parents as far as West Virginia and Philadelphia calling him because word got out about what he was doing. It was at that time that he scratched his head and thought “Wow! I think we might have something really great here!” And after 3 years he split off from the pharmacy and incorporated after we all sat around the kitchen table to come up with a name and logo and thus the birth of Flavorx…

Kenny loved helping children, and loved speaking to parents’ everyday as he has a very big heart. I cannot tell you all of the wonderful stories I have heard about how many children’s lives he helped improve be it just taking a simple antibiotic because they tried about everything on the market and got secondary infections, to a child who had cancer whose favorite candy was Reeses so he made their meds taste as much like the chocolate peanut butter cup as possible and let that boys last days be as easy as possible in his home surrounded by his family. Kenny worked on just about every type of medicine including working on some of the most awful AIDS medications for children.

Three years ago Kenny decided to move into the next chapter of his life and sold the company. And I am so proud that it all started with my sweet compassionate husband.

Abraham Lincoln once said “No man stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child.” I think Kenny stands pretty tall!

Ode To Daddy

Ok, so I’m a little late on writing my “ode” to “daddy.” I’m sorry but as usual in my life, “life” got in the way, you know that little thing called “work” helping him build up a new business, which is a 24 hour a day job, keeping up with our 2 daughters, the house; finishing up on the last minute details of our home renovation etc etc etc.. But you know what they say “better late than never” so again… Happy father’s day to the world’s best daddy! This is soooo much better when Michael Bolton sings but you get the picture…

You’re the end of the rainbow, my pot of gold,
you’re daddy’s little girl to have and hold.
A precious gem is what you are,
A ray of hope, a shining star.

You’re the brightest of the sunshine
Morning’s first light
You warm my day, you brighten my night
You’re sugar you’re spice,
you’re everything nice,
And you’re daddy’s little girl.

You’re the end of the rainbow, my pot of gold,
You’re daddy’s little girl to have and hold.
A precious gem is what you are,
A ray of hope, a shining star.

You’re the brightest of the sunshine
Morning’s first light
You warm my day, you brighten my night
You’re sugar you’re spice, you’re everything nice,
And you’re daddy’s little girl.

10 reasons to celebrate my husband’s 48 years of life

1. Because he is the most compassionate person I know, he has spent his live opening his heart to help those that are less fortunate them him.

2. Because he is one of the most funny guys in the world, I only wish sometime I knew how to get him an audition for Saturday Night Live! He belongs on that show big time!

3. Because he has spent more money than god on keeping the girls of his family happy!

4. Because he is a wonderful father to our daughters…

5. Because he is such a wonderful employer, he created and saved sooo many jobs for sooo many people that other people would have fired a LONG time ago, even though they never knew it…

6. Because he is so humble!

7. Because even though he doesn’t recognize it, he is one of the strongest people I know…

8. Because no matter what hair brained idea I have come up with, and believe me there have been a lot, he has ALWAYS supported me!

9. Because I know he is one of the most devoted son’s a parent could wish for.

10. Because it’s his birthday and we love him very much!!

10 Reasons why my husband is a wonderful dad

For the past almost 21 years my husband has been a wonderful unsung hero! He is out numbered in our house 3 to 1, and I know the female hormones gets to him sometimes but he just keeps on smiling. He has been a wonderful example of a kind and compassionate human for our daughters and I wanted to sing his praises just for a moment if I could…1. My husband is a wonderful dad because he is devoted to me and our daughters.2. My husband is a wonderful dad because he has taught my children the importance of perseverance.3. My husband is a wonderful dad because he is humorous, even at times when I wish he wouldn’t be.

4. My husband is a wonderful dad because he is affectionate and always has a hug or kiss for our daughters.

5. My husband is a wonderful dad because he is intelligent.

6. My husband is a wonderful dad because is encouraging of whatever we would like to do. He is our number one fan.

7. My husband is a wonderful dad because he is protective of our daughters and will do anything to not let them feel “hurt” if he can help it.

8. My husband is a wonderful dad because he is the hardest-working person I know.

9. My husband is a wonderful dad because he is compassionate and cares about others.

10. My husband is a wonderful dad because he is very generous with his time as well as everything he has.

I am so proud to be married to such a wonderful “unsung hero!” So, honey here’s to you!

The right prescription for your your pets and you.

Happy Monday morning! I know a lot of you have pets big and small and I would like to introduce you to Center Pet Pharmacy. www.centerpetpharmacy.comThe pharmacy is a real “bricks and mortar” pharmacy that has been in business for almost 50 years. (Hard to believe there is still a little guy in this day and age with the big guys coming and taking over each town!) This store is much like the loved TV show “Cheers” where everyone knows your name! It is great to have a place where the people actually care about people and pets; and NOT merely a number but a respected customer!The company is run by Kenny who many of you will know as the inventor of FLAVORx, the behind-the-counter flavored medicine for children available at pharmacies all over the country (how many of you have used flavorings developed by Kenny to help your kids or animals? I know I have countless times!)Kenny and everyone at Center Pet Pharmacy is dedicated to providing high quality medication custom-made in a form your pets will love. They can custom make anything the way you would like it, the way that it is easiest to give to your pet. It comes quick, they have great prices and experienced “real” (not just a picture on the website of a pharmacist, a real live pharmacist!) specially trained staff. Center Pet Pharmacy delivers medications and compounded solutions via USPS.

1. Compounded liquid medications in your choice of 16 different flavored liquid medications. That means they can take your tablets and make them taste great so your dog or cat will lick them up, every drop!

2. Tasty chewable tablets (Yes, they can even turn meds into tasty chews) this is great for dogs.

3. Homeopathic, holistic, and herbal formulations. For those of you who like the homeopathic route they have a whole line that can help you with everything from pet anxiety to allergies and everything in between.

4. Sterile ophthalmic (Eye drops) ok, I think this is pretty self explanatory.

5. Transdermal gels. This would be medicine that you would rub on your cat’s ears and it goes quickly into their bloodstream.

They are a fair pharmacy that gives a great service for a fair price and in this day and age that is hard to beat! I give them a double woof woof meow meow!