From the Parish Nurse

Article from the Parish Nurse
Dear Church Family,

Happy Thanksgiving!!! Now is a good time to start preparing for our cooler weather. Here are a few things to think about.

October is a good time to get the flu shot. The flu has not gotten into full attack mode yet and the shot lasts for 6 months, which usually puts you at the end of flu season.
Start thinking about that bad 4 letter word (snow). Line up your plowing and shoveling arrangements now. Get your car checked and think about snow tires. Have your furnace serviced. Last winter there were several problems with furnaces that killed people in surrounding towns. Be sure your carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors are in good working order. Be sure you have a good sturdy pair of warm boots and waterproof them now so you are ready. Get some skin lotion and lip balm in as well. Everyone’s skin gets a little dried out once the heating system comes on.

Remember that your heating system is very drying. You need to drink plenty of water. People frequently suffer from dehydration in the winter. Often people develop a dry cough once the heating system comes on. One reason for this is dryness. Getting a gauge that reads the humidity in your home can be helpful. Most articles I read gave 40-50% humidity as best for your health. A humidifier can help if the humidity drops too low. The other issue is dust and mold that is liberated when the heat comes on. It’s especially bad if you have forced-air vents that have not been cleaned thoroughly. Dust collects in all the different radiators and ducts. It’s very hard to get it all. There are air purifiers you can purchase on line or in area department stores to help.

The snow has not started to fall yet, but some of the leaves are starting to come down. Do not be fooled by the cool weather; ticks may be lurking in those leaves. Years ago I was out raking. I had on a turtleneck, a sweater, and jacket. A tick somehow traversed all the clothes and embedded itself in my armpit. My husband was sure he knew how to remove it (with a hot match he had just blown it out). NEVER let anyone do this to you!!!! Not only did I get burned, but the tick did not back out as promised. It died burned into me. I had to go to the doctor to have it dug out. Always pull a tick out straight back with tweezers. Save the tick in a jar so it could be tested for Lyme Disease if you have problems. Check your skin after yardwork.

Above all, remember to be thankful for all the blessings the Lord has bestowed upon us! Have a blessed and healthy Thanksgiving!!

God Bless! Beth