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From the Parish Nurse

Article from the Parish Nurse

Dear Church Family,

     Happy New Year!!!  Let us make 2018 as positive and joy filled as we possibly can at The Presbyterian Church in Geneva.  It is hard to be positive in this time of unrest that seems to encompass the entire world.  Some of us in the past year have lost loved ones, some had health or financial issues.  Some of us can’t bear to watch the TV news anymore without making plans to leave for Mars.  What can we do to combat this?

From The Parish Nurse

Dear Church Family,

     I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas!!  Please remember the reason for the season and focus on the gift given to all of us, the birth of our Savior.  Concentrate on bringing the good news to someone this Christmas.  To keep the time with family and friends joyous, I have a few ideas to consider.

From the Parish Nurse

Dear Church Family,

     I decided to pick a difficult topic for this month after hearing a news report that an area school is no longer letting kids get changed in the locker rooms.  It struck me as odd.  With a little further research it became clear the reason for this was bullying, and often cyber bullying. 

From the Parish Nurse

Dear Church Family,

Before I launch into our topic, be sure to see the announcement for our September PASSAGES event.  Also, the Parish Health Ministry Team would like ideas from parents on topics dealing with children and/or family dynamics they would like information on.  Please contact me with any ideas.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!