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Think of how many times in the past month you have heard someone say that they have a cold, a virus or a flu? You might not realize that colds, flus or influenzas, are all viruses! A virus is an …

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April is alcohol awareness month. As your Parish Nurse, I encourage you to educate yourself and your family about the dangers of drinking too much. Let’s clarify what drinking too much means. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services …

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Here we are at the end of winter and I want to discuss an issue seldom talked about in cold weather, dehydration. Dehydration can happen just as easily in cold months as in the warm months. Did you know our …

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Last month I reviewed first aid for seizures. I am continuing this review with a special review of something called febrile seizures. The treatment for this condition slightly different. Febrile seizures are seizures or convulsions that occur in young children …

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Merry Christmas! I pray for blessings for all of you throughout this season. During the last six months I have covered first aid for cardiac and respiratory conditions, fainting, bleeding and strokes. This month I will review first aid care …

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FirstAid

This note continues First Aid Care. I will review care that can be given when a stroke or CVA (Cerebral Vascular Accident) is suspected. This is a circulation emergency, which may be a sudden rupture or blockage of a blood …

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FirstAid

This newsletter continues a review of circulatory first aid care. Last month I covered first aid for fainting. This month I will cover first aid for bleeding. When anyone who is not a trained medical individual helps someone there is …

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FirstAid

In June I reviewed first aid for respiratory emergencies. Here I will review first aid for fainting, which is a circulatory problem. Fainting occurs when the blood supply to the brain is momentarily inadequate, causing one to lose consciousness. This …

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National-Cancer-Control-Month

April has been designated as Cancer Control Month. I know that even the word cancer can cause concern. Is there really anything that we can do to reduce our cancer risk? Research indicates several positive things to do to decrease …

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By Pat Woerheide, RN,  Parish Nurse So much is happening at this time of year that your body may be feeling stressed. There are tried and true techniques that you can use to control stress. Relaxed breathing with exercise like …

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