Parish Nurse Page

Beth Nicholas is the Parish Nurse for the Presbyterian Church in Geneva. Please take the opportunity to read the articles that she has written for the church newsletter.

From the Parish Nurse

Dear Church Family,

March is “Save Your Eyesight” month.  We often take for granted our health when all is going well.  Then, something happens and we wish we had done things differently.  (more…)

From the Parish Nurse

Dear Church Family,

Are you one of those highly organized individuals who has the Christmas cards all ready to send out, has finished your shopping, and is ready to sit back and enjoy the Christmas season? Well, good for you, don’t bother reading this article. (more…)

From the Parish Nurse

Dear Church Family,

I had been debating about what topic to pick for this month’s newsletter.  After watching the last presidential debate, then scouring the globe for a different country I can move to (I’m not thrilled with either candidate), and popping a bunch of TUMS, I decided to write about GERD. (more…)

From the Parish Nurse

Dear Church Family,

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a caregiver as “a person who provides direct care (as for children, elderly people, or the chronically ill).” In my experience, that definition is sadly lacking. People that I know who are caregivers pour their hearts and souls into caring for others. They frequently give up their own wants and needs to care for someone else they love. (more…)

The Importance of Sleep…

Dear Church Family,

Trying to write the newsletter with less than 3 hours of sleep is proving to be challenging, I’ve been staring aimlessly at the computer waiting for divine intervention for the last 5 minutes. It has come to me that the importance of sleep and how well (or not well) a person functions without enough sleep might be my topic. (more…)

March is National Nutrition Month

Dear Church Family,

March is National Nutrition Month. I have had a number of you recently questioning me about Vitamin levels. I decided it would be a good opportunity to write about vitamins and minerals.

An important fact to remember is if you are eating a proper diet, you should already have the recommended daily allowance of these nutrients in your system. Due to decreased absorption from aging, illness and chronic diseases, it does become necessary to take supplements. However, do not assume that just throwing a multivitamin or any dietary supplement into the mix with other meds is harmless.   I had a woman on cardiac meds who decided to go to a herbalist for her stomach problems. The herbs he put her on completely negated the effect of her cardiac drug and she had a massive heart attack. If you are taking coumadin (a blood thinner), vitamin K will decrease the effect and make it more likely for you to have a blood clot. If you have issues with sodium and potassium levels, you not only need to think of the amount in your food, but what about that multivitamin? Always tell your doctor and pharmacist before you decide to take a dietary supplement with other meds. It could save your life!    (more…)

February is National Hearty Month

Dear Church Family,

February is National Heart Month. (It’s also the home of Valentines Day). I have two missions for you this month. The first is to send a Valentine to someone who is sick, shut in, unhappy or forgotten to bolster them up. Or send letters of appreciation to folks who quietly do things for others behind the scenes and never get much recognition for doing so. That mission is easy and I will make it easier by putting some cards in the hallway between the chapel and main sanctuary that you can use. (more…)

Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS


Dear Church Family,

I hope you all had a fun, safe and restful summer. I have just returned from our family camp in Quebec where it felt more like the end of October than mid August. We did see a number of trees that had red leave already. Get your furnaces checked and houses buttoned up early this year.

So how many of you have heard of the Ice Bucket Challenge? It’s as bad as it sounds. People pour a bucket of ice or ice-cold water over your head, and if they are really sadistic, they do it real slow!   So why are people doing such a painfully ludicrous thing? It’s to raise awareness and money for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Thankfully I have not been challenged, (I guess you can donate money instead of, or along with the ice water torture). But it is a worthy cause, so I decided to help out in part with this month’s newsletter. (more…)

Summer is Finally Here!

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Dear Church Family,

It looks like summer is finally here!!! I hope everyone can relax and enjoy the warmth. Now that the warm weather is here I would like to give you some reminders to keep you safe and healthy this summer. (more…)

This month we will look at PET scans

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It’s officially Spring.  I have seen Robins!  It can get warm any time now.  I have a pile of iced over snow parked on part of my garden that probably won’t melt till July at this rate.  Poor flowers!

This month we will look at PET scans.  (No, this is not a scan for your dog Fido or your fish Bubbles.)   PET stands for positron emission tomography.  These scans use radioactive materials put into your body via IV, inhalation, or ingestion to show how your organs are working. PET scans allow us to see how organs use certain molecules (such as sugars, amino acids, water, oxygen, etc.).  (more…)