The challenges of COVID-19

Long ago we learned that COVID was quite the contagious virus and we learned its symptoms making us experts in viral epidemiology, (what a mouthful!) social distancing, contact-tracing and handwashing! Our country asked, we gave. We sheltered in place. Now, it’s time to get back to our old ‘norm,’ as this ‘new norm’ takes too much ‘getting used to.’ But, then there are others of us who are hesitant to dip their toes in the waters. After all, if we don’t get this reentry thing right, there will be a resurgence of cases and we’ll be set back some months, … Continue reading The challenges of COVID-19

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

Your best defense

Two of these items 1) droplets can travel up to 50 miles an hour and 2) they can travel up to 26 feet really grabbed my attention. But this little infographic is loaded with other information. It also emphasizes the importance of washing your hands, and I don’t mean running water over them for a few seconds as you dry them on your shirt. I mean PURPOSELY taking the bar of soap or pumping liquid soap and washing all surfaces of your hands for a good 20 seconds, rinsing under the faucet from your wrists to your fingertips, and then … Continue reading Your best defense

“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