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Sep
13
Foods that can Zap your Energy

What you eat gives you energy. But some kinds of foods are more like a burst, while other types keep you going longer. Do you know what's got staying power and what's a quick hit?

Simple Carbs - Think pasta, white bread, crackers, candy and sweets. Food made with lots of sugar or refined white flour don't have much fiber for your body to break down. This lets sugar get into your bloodstream really fast. You may get a quick burst of energy, but when your blood sugar drops you will feel sluggish.

Sugary drinks - These include sports and energy drinks, regular soda, and some fruit juices. You may get some pep in your step, but not for long. Some of these drinks have caffeine in them as well. If you drink too much and can't sleep wel...


Jul
19
10 Totally Unrelated Facts

  1. 466 million people in the world have disabling hearing loss.
  2. People blink an average of 15 times per minute.
  3. The average American purchases 100 toothbrushes in his/her lifetime.
  4. 1.1 billion young people around the world are at risk of hearing loss due to noise exposure in recreational settings.
  5. People who eat an orange a day are 60% less likely to develop macular degeneration.
  6. On average, doctors will interrupt 11 seconds after you start explaining your symptoms.
  7. 1 in 12 men are color blind while only 1 in 200 women are color blind.
  8. If you are average, you will attend 35 weddings in your lifetime.
  9. Ears have the tiniest bones in the body.
  10. People whose ancestors originate from different continents have different types of ear wax.


Jun
01
Nurse's Notes June 2019

How to Stop a Panic Attack:

Know the signs - You don't have to be in a scary situation to have a panic attack. You could be on a hike, at a retaurant, or asleep in bed. All of a sudden you get a strong surge of fear. This triggers physical symptoms like a pounding heart, sweating, shortness of breath, nausea, chets pain or tembling. It can last 5 to 20 minutes. Once you learn to recognize when attacks are coming on, you find ways to stop them.

Talk to yourself - When you feel a panic attack coming on, remind yourself that you're feeling anxiety, and not real danger. You can even try directly addressing the fear. Practice a go to response like, "I am not afraid" or "This will pass."

Don't distract yourself - As tempting as it may b...


May
03
4 Signs You May Have a Blood Clot

What is a clot?

A clot is a clump of cells and protein in yur blood. A clot helps slow bleeding when you are injured. It usually dissolves as you heal. But if it doesn't, or if it forms when it's not needed, it can clog up or completely block a blood vessel.

What problems can it cause?

In an artery, it can give you a heart attack or a stroke. If it happens in a vein, you can feel pain and swelling. A clot deep inside your body is called a deep vein thrombosis (DVT). One in your lungs is a pumonary embolism (PE). They are both medical emergencies.

Know your chances

You can get a clot if you break a bone or pull a muscle badly. But sometimes you may not know why it heppened or that you have one. Your odds are higher if you:

  • Are recovering from surgery or had to sit too long on a flight or in a wheelchair
  • Are overweight or obese
  • Have diabetes or high cholesterol
  • Are over 60 years old

What ...


Apr
05
Dry Eyes and What You Can Do About Them

If your eyes are dry you might feel like you have sand in your eyes, or they might burn or itch. Your eyes need moisture. This helps them work the way they are supposed to and keeps them comfortable. If your body is not producing enough moisture for your eyes it can cause pain and sometimes affect your eyesight.

Your tears soothe the surface of your eyes and protect them from things like debris and infection. Each time you blink, they go over your eyes, then drain into the inner corners of your eyelids to the back of your nose.

Dry eye syndrome can be caused by age, autoimmune disease and previous eye surgeries such as LASIK. Low humidity or too much computer screen time can also cause dry eyes.

What you can do:

  • Using artificial tears or ointment can provide relief for dry eyes.
  • Adding flax oil to your diet may help keep eyes moist.
  • Stay away from things that can irritate or dry your eyes such as hair dryers, air conditioning, wind and smoke. Using protective eyewear also helps keep mositure around your eyes.

Feb
01
Diabetic Neuropathy

Diabetes can harm your nerves. That damage, called neuropathy, may be painful.

It can happen in several ways, and they all seem to be related to blood sugar levels being too high for too long. To prevent it, work with your doctor to manage your blood sugar.

Symptoms include:

  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Burning
  • Pain

Early symptoms usually get better when your blood sugar is under control. There are medications available to help manage the discomfort.

What you should do:

  • Check feet/legs daily.
  • Use lotion for dry skin.
  • Take care of toenails.
  • Wear well-fitting shoes

If you think you may have a nerve problem, talk with your doctor, so they can check for the cause.


Jan
18
How to Become a Happier Person in the New Year

  • Put some pep in your step - Walking tall with swinging arms helps you feel more positive. Even if you're not feeling happy a spirited stroll can help you fake it until you make it!
  • Slap on a smile - When you smile like you mean it, you can change your brain's chemistry and feel happier.
  • Volunteer - Find ways to get involved in your community or help a friend in need. It can improve your mental helath and well-being.
  • Make new friends - Studies show the more connected you are, the happier you are. So be open to new relationships, whether it's someone you meet at the office, gym, church or park.
  • Break a sweat - It can take as little as 5 minutes for exercise to put you in a good mood. Regular exercise helps keep depression at bay.
  • Turn on some tunes - Pick your favorite music mix and get in the groove. You will get a real feel good vibe.
  • Tackle your goals - Ask yourself if they are realistic and within your reach or choose things that you can start to work towards.
  • Forgive and forget - Forgiveness frees you from negative thoughts and makes more room for inner peace.


Dec
03
Dementia: What Raises Your Risk?

Age - Alzeheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia. About 1/3 of people 85 and older show signs of the disease.

Heart Disease - Heart disease could lead to heart attack or stroke, which makes dementia more likely. It is usually caused by plaque buildup in arteries around your heart which slows blood flow to the brain, making it harder to think well or remember things.

Diabetes - People with diabetes are more likely to have damaged blood vessels. This can slow or block blood flow to the brain, and damage areas of the brain, leading to what's called vascular dementia.

High Cholesterol - Some research shows that high cholesterol in midlife could be risk for Alzheimer's disease later in life, but the exact link isn't clear.

De...


Nov
02
Why Your Liver is so Important

Your liver does three main jobs: It filters harmful things from your blood, stores fuel, and makes a liquid called bile that helps you digest food. The average adult liver weighs around 3 pounds and holds 1 pint of your blood at any given time. Cone shaped and colored a deep reddish-brown, it sits between your diaphragm and your stomach. If injury or disease damages your liver, surgeons can sometimes take out as much as 3/4th of it without destroying it. It often grows back to its former size within a few weeks.

Most medications pass through your liver. In some cases, they have to so they'll work the right way. The liver has chemicals that "activate" some drugs so they can work. These chemicals also control how quickly the drug...


Sep
10
Nurse's Notes September 2018

Blood Clots: What you Need to Know

What is a clot?

A clot is a clump of cells and protein in your blood. A clot helps slow bleeding when you are injured. It usually dissolves as you heal. But if it doesn't, or if it forms when it's not needed, it can clog up or completely block a blood vessel.

What problems can it cause?

In an artery, it can give you a heart attack or a stroke. If it happens in a vein, you can feel pain and swelling. A clot deep inside your body is called a deep vein thrombosis (DVT). One in your lungs is a pulmonary embolism (PE). They are both medical emergencies.

Know your chances

You can get a clot if you break a bone or pull a muscle badly. But sometimes you may not know why it happened or that you have one...