Our Nurse’s Blog

November is Diabetes Awareness Month When you have diabetes, your body has difficulty using glucose for energy. When you eat, your body turns most of the food you eat into glucose. A diabetic stores glucose in the blood instead of …

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Where are those Bandages? Did you know that there are six first aid stations in the church? If a mishap that requires first aid occurs in the church, would you know the closest place to find the supplies you need? …

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Get serious about Lyme disease! Did you know Lyme disease is increasing right in our area? This disease is transmitted by the black legged tick, commonly known as the deer tick. This tick bites rodents carrying the bacteria Borrelia Burgdorfer …

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New Shingles Immunization Herpes Zoster, also known as Shingles, is a painful, itchy rash that lasts for two to four weeks. It develops along a nerve pathway and happens as we age. A complication called postherpetic neuralgia sometimes happens after …

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Anyone Can Treat an Opioid Overdose We are experiencing an opioid abuse epidemic now. Overdoses occur for many reasons: 1) illicit opioid drug abuse, 2) accidental prescription overdose, 3) mixing opioids with anxiety meds like Xanax or Valium, or drinking …

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The 411 on the Opioid Crisis Every day the media makes us aware of the growing opioid abuse epidemic in the US, but do you really know how this is happening? Each day 80-100 people die from opioid overdoses. Let’s …

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Are you alcohol aware? The National Institute on Health has designated April as Alcohol Awareness Month. Drinking alcohol can be a health risk for anyone. Let’s review what alcohol is and how it affects our body. Alcohol is both a …

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Care for Your Eyes More than 20 million Americans suffer from severe vision loss. The American Academy of Opthamology has dedicated March to educating us about things you can do to reduce vision problems. Not all diseases of the eye …

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CPR, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, is another way you can help our community! Reformation Evangelical Lutheran Church has two AED machines (automated electronic defibrillators). They are also available in community centers, work environments and airports. Police carry an AED in squad cars. …

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Medication: miracle or nightmare? Across our nation drug abuse is on the rise. What is the first step in preventing this health crisis? Education with assertive open dialogue is helpful in dealing with this problem, according to the NIDA (National …

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