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Ask a Nurse: Easy Skillet Meals

Pamela is an RN, MSN/Ed.

Pamela is a mother of 6 amazing children ages 11 to 24. She is a nurse educator and loves to travel overseas to work in medical clinics and teach health-related topics to schools and communities. She has been married to her best friend, Steve, for 29 years. She has many different interests including reading, writing (NOT arithmetic!), baking, teaching, and spending time with her family. She lives in central Pennsylvania with her husband and two youngest daughters. To see all Ask a Nurse articles click here.

Easy Skillet Meals


Do you ever get caught up in the busyness of life and realize that you have eaten out of a box or drive-through several times in a week? Easy and healthy meals do not have to be a chore to make! You can quickly whip up a healthy meal in less than 20 minutes with a few healthy ingredients that you keep on hand.

Begin with deciding what type of protein you want. You can use any meat, fish, tofu, or beans. Keep canned beans on hand to save time. Let’s say you chose fish. Take frozen fish out of the freezer and thaw slightly in the microwave. Cut into bite sized pieces and brown in a skillet with a little olive oil. The fish will start to get crumbly if you keep it in the pan, so after it is browned, put it on a plate to the side. Next, you will put in whatever vegetables you have on hand. The author keeps frozen chopped onions and peppers on hand for busy days. Add frozen vegetables first, cooking over medium high heat. Now you are ready for any fresh vegetables you have on hand. Bagged spinach is great, sliced portabella mushrooms are wonderful! Other good choices are green beans, broccoli, carrots, and cauliflower.

Now you can decide what filler you want. Rice and pasta are easy to do. If you just want the fish and vegetables, season to taste and you are done! Quick cooking rice (or leftover) works well in this meal, pasta works well, also. You need extra liquid when adding the rice or pasta directly to the skillet.  If you want a tomato base, add one or two large cans of crushed, diced, or pureed tomatoes. You can also use any kind of broth, or mix some up with powder or cubes. Add ½ to 1 cup of uncooked rice for a large skillet, or ½ box of pasta. You may need to add a little water to provide enough liquid for the rice or pasta. Cook until rice or pasta is tender, add fish (or meat or beans) and enjoy!

If you have time, you can make the rice separately, and serve the skillet meal on top. Experiment with different combinations; see what your family likes best. Enjoy this quick and healthy meal on busy days!

This is the chicken stir fry that I made

To finish your healthy meal, have some fresh fruit! We added sugar free cool whip on top-yum!
I will be away next week on a medical mission trip to Peru, have a great week!

Be Well,
Nurse Pam

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Ask a Nurse: The Top 10 Things Dentists Want You to Know

Pamela is an RN, MSN/Ed.

Pamela is a mother of 6 amazing children ages 11 to 24. She is a nurse educator and loves to travel overseas to work in medical clinics and teach health-related topics to schools and communities. She has been married to her best friend, Steve, for 29 years. She has many different interests including reading, writing (NOT arithmetic!), baking, teaching, and spending time with her family. She lives in central Pennsylvania with her husband and two youngest daughters. To see all Ask a Nurse articles click here.

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The Top10 Things Dentists Want You to Know

Do you have a fear of the dentist? I have a very strong fear of going to the dentist! I was always hard to numb up when I was a child, and the pain and frustration of past dentists have caused me (a nurse!) to want to avoid dental visits. By the time this is posted, I will have been to the dentist for a broken tooth and probable (horrors!) root canal. I plan on interviewing my dentist and asking what his top 10 things he wants us to know are. Hopefully, they will agree with my research! If not, I will add his information. I have put off this broken tooth for (wait for it…) 3 years! It is a back molar, and it caused me no pain. Well, until recently, that is! I have had my share of root canals, and I want to share this information so hopefully you will not have to go down the same road. This time I looked for a new dentist who specialized in catering to cowards. The big words, “sedation dentistry” caught my eye. Maybe, this could be my answer! Put me out, and when I wake up, the work is done! It sounded great to me! I requested a call for an appointment online before I changed my mind. The woman who called sounded so sweet, professional and calm. “Oh, yes,” she said, “we will put you in for an emergency visit first thing in the morning.”  Well, this wasn’t so hard! But, wait! She didn’t say anything about making sure I had a driver with me! I was afraid to ask. I timidly spoke up, “ummm…don’t I need a driver?” her answer? “Oh, that won’t be necessary; we don’t do sedation on Fridays!” What? That was the whole reason I picked them! So, I had to fumble around trying not to sound too ridiculous, explaining that sedation was why I picked them. She assured me that they had other ways to help me feel calm (so does my regular dentist, it doesn’t work!). Now I feel really dumb! I want to back out, but I now have an appointment.

All this to say, don’t avoid the dentist, it only gets worse! Now I have scoped far and wide to find out what dentists wished we all knew. Ready? Here goes!

  1. Brushing twice a day (after breakfast and before bed) and flossing once a day really make a difference! “Thirty to 40 percent of 3-year-olds have at least one cavity, and 50 percent of children have at least one cavity by the time they enter elementary school. So, tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease,” says Dr. Foud Salama, chair of the department of pediatric dentistry at the University of Texas, Health Science Center at Houston.
  2. Don’t put children to bed with a bottle! “For the past 20 years, we’ve been telling parents about baby bottle tooth decay and not to let a child go to sleep with a bottle, but I haven’t seen much of a change.” Winifred J. Booker, DDS, pediatric dentist, Owings Mills, Maryland.
  3. If every time we took a shower, our ears started bleeding, we would see a doctor, right?  When people brush their teeth and their gums bleed, they think it is normal! Unless you are brushing way too hard, any gum bleeding is considered gingivitis. Gingivitis is gum disease with inflamed, bleeding gums. If you have this, see a dentist right away!
  4. Sports drinks are causing young people to have decayed teeth. Sports drinks are marketed as being healthier, what they are doing are bathing teeth in acid. Dentists are seeing a lot of decay due to sports and energy drinks. Give your child water! Rinsing the mouth with water after drinking these drinks can help, but how many kids are going to do that?

  1. You can have cavities without a toothache.  Mild tooth decay doesn’t cause symptoms. The pain we associate with cavities comes when tooth decay is more advanced and causes damage to the nerve.

Allowing tooth decay to advance can “lead to much more expensive procedures, like root canals,” Harms says. That’s why regular dental checkups are so important.
Also, once a cavity starts, it doesn’t repair itself. A cavity “will always grow once you get to a point where you can’t clean it out any longer.” Once decay gets into the dentin of the tooth — below the enamel — it just continues to grow.

  1. Change your toothbrush! Manual toothbrushes become worn out after about 3 months and are not as effective as they once were. If you have gum disease, you should change your toothbrush every 4 – 6 weeks because bacteria can harbor in the bristles. You should always rinse your toothbrush out with hot water after every use and change it after you have been sick.
  2. Bad breath could be from a dental problem. About 85% of people with persistent bad breath have a dental condition that is to blame. If bad breath is the cause of a dental condition, mouthwash will only mask the odor and not cure it. Don’t be embarrassed to talk to your dentist; they are there to help you. Flossing daily and brushing your teeth & tongue twice a day can greatly reduce and possibly eliminate bad breath.
  3. Smoking increases you chance of poor dental health. Smokers have seven times the risk of developing gum disease compared to non-smokers.
  4. Dental Hygienists find more than just dental problems. Routine dental checkups can discover skin diseases, mental illness, diabetes, thyroid problems, leukemia, cancer or hardening of the arteries in their early stages.

  1. . According to Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General:

Tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease. It’s five times more common than asthma and seven times more common than hay fever.

More than 50% of five- to nine-year-old children have at least one cavity or filling, and that proportion increases to 78% among 17-year-olds.

Wow! There are lots of good reasons to take care of our oral health, huh? One more fact from the very latest in dental research is that chewing sugar-free gum with Xylitol effectively prevents cavities!

I hope you learned something new this week, I know I did!

Be Well,

Nurse Pam

For more dental health tips, read these:

Save on Dental Bills
Read Ask a Dental Hygienist: Fluoride
Ask a Nurse: The Top10 Things Dentists Want You to Know
A Trip to the Dentist

Ask a Nurse: Risotto with Sugar Snap Peas and Spring Onions Recipe

Pamela is an RN, MSN/Ed.

Pamela is a mother of 6 amazing children ages 11 to 24. She is a nurse educator and loves to travel overseas to work in medical clinics and teach health-related topics to schools and communities. She has been married to her best friend, Steve, for 29 years. She has many different interests including reading, writing (NOT arithmetic!), baking, teaching, and spending time with her family. She lives in central Pennsylvania with her husband and two youngest daughters.


Risotto with Sugar Snap Peas and Spring Onions (adapted from A Cooking Light recipe)
Yield:  4 servings (serving size: 1 1/4 cups)

  • 4 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar snap peas, trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped spring (green) onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrot
  • 1 cup Arborio rice
  • 1/4 cup dry sherry
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Bring broth to a simmer in a medium saucepan (do not boil). Keep warm over low heat.

Cook peas in boiling water for 3 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain and rinse with cold water; drain.

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and carrot; sauté 5 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Add rice; cook 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in 1 cup broth; cook 5 minutes or until the liquid is nearly absorbed, stirring frequently. Stir in 1/2 cup broth, sherry, salt, and oregano. Add remaining broth, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring frequently until each portion of broth is absorbed before adding the next (about 25 minutes). Add peas; cook 4 minutes. Stir in cheese and remaining ingredients.

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May 18, 2012

Fashion Friday: How to Spot a Fake Louis Vuitton Purse

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I love Fashion but I hate paying tons of money to look great. I believe you need two things the knowledge of what looks good on you and the skill to find it for less. I encourage you to get rid of all the items in your closet that you do not wear. They cloud up your options to make really great outfits because you can’t see your clothes! If they are in good condition sell the at a consignment store or a place like Plato’s closet, or host a clothing swap. Clothing swaps are a blast!

Amee

Okay, Last week we talked about the wallet. How do you spot a fake Louis Vuitton Wallet. I think it is important to also know how to spot a fake Louise Vuitton Purse. This is a huge problem and it runs rampant on eBay and in the streets of most big cities. I also know if you save up and buy an item you want to get the real deal.

Here are a couple of hints

  After I closely examined two almost identical Louis Vuitton bags, I was able to clearly identify the original bag and the fake bag. Here are some of the things that I was able to distinguish in an original bag that are not in the fake bag despite them being in a similar color. There are many ways to identify a fake Louis Vuitton bag. One of these ways is by looking at the interior of the bag. Most manufactures of the fake Louis Vuitton bags are not cautious enough to replicate the interior of the bag. An original Louis Vuitton bag’s interior is made of fine micro monogram textile, microfiber suede, canvas lining that is red or honey, tone on tone polyester or cross-grain leather. If you come across a bag that does not contain any of these features, be assured that it is a fake bag.

    The stitching of the bags is also a good way to identify a fake bag. All original bags have even, smooth and straight stitches throughout the bag. You can easily identify this by touching the stitches, if you note that the stitches are coarse and uneven, that is a fake bag. The logo L V can also be used to identify a fake Louis Vuitton bag. The logo of an authentic bag is symmetrical on the bag unlike the fake bags that may have the logo off the center. Genuine Louis Vuitton purses  are made from a similar material and will therefore have upside down logos. The fake bags will have well aligned logos throughout the bag. The pulls and zippers of authentic Louis Vuitton bags are made of brass and contain the LV logo. A fake one will not have these features. The easiest way to tell a fake from the real Authentic Louis Vuitton Bag is the texture and smell of the bag. Louis Vuitton does not use plastic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ask a Nurse: A Letter to New Mothers

Pamela is an RN, MSN/Ed.

Pamela is a mother of 6 amazing children ages 11 to 24. She is a nurse educator and loves to travel overseas to work in medical clinics and teach health-related topics to schools and communities. She has been married to her best friend, Steve, for 29 years. She has many different interests including reading, writing (NOT arithmetic!), baking, teaching, and spending time with her family. She lives in central Pennsylvania with her husband and two youngest daughters. To see all Ask a Nurse articles click here.

A Letter to New Mothers

Dear New Mom,

Happy Mother’s Day for the first time! For the rest of your life this day will have a special meaning to you. For many years I longed to be a mother. I figured, when I graduated college and worked for a few years, we would try to have a baby and become pregnant right away. Sadly, it was not that way for me, or for many others. Some women will never conceive, but will become a mother through adoption. For us, after over 13 months of not conceiving, we lost our first baby to miscarriage.  We finally had our first baby, Joshua, 25 years ago. Today we sat in an auditorium and watched his wife graduate from medical school! We ended up having 6 children over the years and I have learned a few things along the way (You do realize that by, “learned,” I mean, failed horribly and finally found the least painful way of doing things!).
Children are resilient. The first time you raise your voice you may feel like a failure, but raising your voice will not scar your kids for life. What happens more often is, frazzled moms raise their voices loudly and often. This usually trains the children that mommy doesn’t mean business unless she screams.  A firm and quiet voice is often more powerful.
The phone may ring all day long. Guess what? You don’t have to answer it! I cringe when I think of all the time I spent talking on the phone while trying to care for my kids. This was one lesson I learned late. It doesn’t have to be the phone, it could be the TV or computer…try to limit the time you spend on these while your kids are with you. Kids need some undivided attention; many kids will DEMAND it from you! Let your children know how important they are to you. Some parents have “dates” with one of their children every so often. That one on one time is treasured by the child; you will enjoy it, too!
Don’t feel like a failure if your child is not signed up for all kinds of organized sports, music, or art lessons. Children can turn out to be happy, athletic, musical and talented even without paying others to make sure they are! With 5 children under the age of 6, we simply could not be driving to various lessons all the time. Our kids played outside, rode bikes, learned to play the guitar from Daddy, and had their own basketball hoop. When they got older they could pick one activity per season. It was pure insanity to do otherwise. Kids will appreciate the time you spend with them playing in the yard, building forts in the house with blankets and whatever else you come up with. It doesn’t always have to be lessons and teams from the age of 3.
Mommies need a time out, too! Take from me, if you try to be super-mom, or even a regular mom without time for yourself to recharge, you will surely burn out. My second child had colic, he screamed constantly. At his 3 month checkup, the Pediatrician actually wrote on a prescription pad, “Mom is to take 3 hours at the mall, without baby!” Plan for someone to help you out occasionally. Ask a friend to watch the kids while you take a walk or a bubble bath. Play dates can be for moms, too! Talk and visit while your children play in your homes, at a park, or at a fast food restaurant with a play place. The times that I did that were really life savers for me! My area has a weekly “Mother’s Time Out” where the children are in classrooms at a church doing crafts, hearing stories, having snacks and playing, while the moms are having a speaker, crafts and snacks too! It was a great way to connect with other moms and recharge.
Ask your own mom for advice, if you can. Many things have changed in parenting over the years, but the older generation always has some advice you can use. It will make your mother or grandmother so happy to hear you ask for advice! You don’t need to follow everything they suggest, but glean what you can.
Praise your children for helping out, and give them chores at an early age. This helps you and them. Even a 2 year old can put spoons in a dishwasher! I used to let my youngest empty all the plastic dishes from the dishwasher to a bottom drawer.  Younger children can dust, put away toys, and feed the family pet while older children can do their own laundry, mow the grass, vacuum and carry out the garbage.

Your job as a mom is hard, but so rewarding! Call someone who has children older than yours when you feel worn out or at the end of your rope. Ask what worked for them. These are only a few tips, feel free to write me at [email protected]  if you have any specific questions!

Happy Mother’s Day to my mom, Barbara and my Mother in law, Janet!

Oh, and thank you Josh, Caleb, Julianna, Samuel, Emma and Katja for molding me into the mother I am today-thanks for all the practice! I love you all more than you could ever imagine!

Be Well,
Nurse Pam

May 11, 2012

Fashion Friday: How to spot a Fake Louis Vuitton Wallet

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I love Fashion but I hate paying tons of money to look great. I believe you need two things the knowledge of what looks good on you and the skill to find it for less. I encourage you to get rid of all the items in your closet that you do not wear. They cloud up your options to make really great outfits because you can’t see your clothes! If they are in good condition sell the at a consignment store or a place like Plato’s closet, or host a clothing swap. Clothing swaps are a blast!

Amee

   I just had a birthday and I decided my gift was going to be a Louis Vuitton Wallet. I received one from a friend and it was fake which I knew it would be. I honestly didn’t care except I saved for month to buy the real deal purse and then when I put the fake wallet in there it started to bother me. I decided I was buying the real wallet. I emailed a potential seller and she sent me pictures. I looked through them quickly and they looked good. I sent her money. Then I went and looked at the rest of the images and one stood out for me.

  I kept thinking this doesn’t look right. I went online and I searched for images on the wallet model. There wasn’t one picture that had that lining in the wallet. I searched online for the current model then I searched for vintage no dice. I knew this was not an authentic wallet. I decided that I should figure out how to tell if a Louis Vuitton Wallet was real or fake would be valuable.

Here are just three of the tips in my video. You can watch the video to learn more.

1) The material of the wallet needs to be leather

2) The wallet needs to be made out of a single piece of leather

3) Look at the stitching it should be straight and smooth