Men's Health Awareness Month 2020

The start of summer is always a great time to get outside and get active. It's the 26th annual men's Health Month. the facts about Men's Health:

  • Men are at a greater risk of death in every age group

  • Men have a higher rate of suicide than women

  • Men have a higher rate of workplace injuries than women

  • Men do not get physical exams from physicians as often as women

Here are some top ideas for celebrating Men's Health Week and promoting male health all throughout Men's Health Month:

  1. Excercise - Walk, run, bike, hike, garden, play ball. Find a type of exercise that gets their heart pumping and accompany them for 30 minutes at least several times a week.

  2. Examine - Schedule a physical. Setting a health...

Nurse's Notes April 2020

Hand Washing is like a "do-it-yourself" vaccine - It involves five simple and effective steps:

  1. Wet your hands with clean running water and apply soap.

  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with soap.

  3. Scrub all surfaces of your hands, including the palms, back of your hands, fingers, between your fingers and under your nails for at least 20 seconds.

  4. Rinse your hands under clean running water.

  5. Dry your hands with a clean towel or air dry them.

Regular handwashing, particularly before and after certain activities, is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick and prevent the spread of germs to others.

Please stay safe!!!

Nurse's Notes December 2019

A Few Fun Facts:

  • Stress heightens allergies

    • Not only do allergies increase stress levels, but stress can also make your allergies worse.

  • Saying "Thank you" measurably improves your mood.

  • More than half of your bones are in your hands and feet.

  • Owning a pet can lower your risk of heart disease.

    • Studies show that owning a pet lowers blood pressure and lowers your cholesterol, which decreases your risk of cardiovascular disease.

  • Chewing gum sharpens your focus.

  • Eating bananas are not only high in fiber, but can provide you with extra energy!

Dementia: What Raises Your Risk

Age - Alzheimer's disease is the most common for 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 i...

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 wel...

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...

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."


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...

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 dr...

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.