Just a little love

When we stop and slow down the pace of our busy lives (as we have been forced to do with the sheltering in place that has been required of us recently with COVID-19-and just with ANY stressful situation), we have become closer to family, and realize the wonders of each blade of grass-at least I have tried to notice these things. This video shows the power of pure love, the power of slowing down for the little things in life, the power of laughter and a completely stress-free moment. It has been shown that blood drawn after laughing shows less … Continue reading Just a little love

National Nurses Week-Covid-19

What a week! For the past few months, nurses have earned their rightful place as FIRST responders, Never before have I seen such national attention paid to honor my chosen profession. When I practiced, the honorarium for a nurse during National Nurses Week might have been a new ‘Bic’ pen for charting! Not only did our president state that he is going to honor nurses with a proclamation, there are numerous television commercials that I’ve seen; but it is also National Prayer Day and nurses will indubitably be honored. Nurses are in the frontlines with ventilators, they meet, assess, triage, … Continue reading National Nurses Week-Covid-19

“It’s more than I usually do…”

What humility, what gravitas! In ‘nurse-speak,’ that’s code for, ” I was so busy, I barely had time to think!” “I was so busy, I was running on auto-pilot,” or “I was so busy that I was running on fumes.” When your nurse is running on AUTOMATIC PILOT,  know that beyond the shadow of a doubt, that the skills, the basics, the education, the ability to ‘think[ing] on her feet’ are the best they can be. That the best solid nursing skills were second nature to her and etched in stone. This could be your life. There’s no need for … Continue reading “It’s more than I usually do…”

ElderCare

Your grandparents just made a major change in their lives; they moved into an assisted living facility. The coordinator at assisted living encouraged that as new residents, they ought to get physicals to assure that their health, though always monitored, was on target. They’re all set and they don’t need any more monitoring, right? Wrong. What guidance ought you give? Because they are elderly their blood sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure, diet must be monitored more closely.  Blood sugar? The elderly have a higher chance of developing type II diabetes-indicators of which can be found on routine blood tests. Cholesterol and … Continue reading ElderCare

What your ankles say about Your Heart

No, they don’t shout from the rooftop or send messages, but these little old skinny things can speak volumes.  If you’ll look at them you may notice a thing or two. They may be swollen. Or, your feet, ankles, and calves may be swollen and your feet may be a bit sore. Remember when we spoke of congestive heart failure (CHF)? Well, in CHF, for several reasons, the heart loses its ability to be an effective pump, a pump that needs to be strong enough to send blood from the arms and legs back to the heart. There are a … Continue reading What your ankles say about Your Heart