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Ask a Nurse: Not Tonight, Dear…

Headache

Not tonight, dear…

Before I get into the subject of headaches, I want to thank Madame Deals for having me as her featured health writer for one year this month! I can hardly believe it has been that long already! You dear readers have been with me through the death of several ones dear to my heart and blessed me with your comments and readership! I am beginning another journey in a few short days. You may remember my post on zero deductible  healthcare where I described my experience as a missionary nurse. Well, my husband (a physician assistant), my youngest daughter (almost 13 years old) and I will be leaving Monday to work in a small rural village in West Africa for 6 months. I will try to write articles as often as I can, but the internet connection is very unreliable in that part of the world. Those of you who are praying people, we sure would appreciate your prayers! If you would like to follow our journey, you can follow our blog at www.jablonskimissions.webs.comContinue reading

October 8, 2012

Karla’s Korner: Depression is Not Shameful

I am proud to introduce a new column to Madame Deals! I think we all need a touch point a place we can go to be inspired. Karla is my children’s teacher, a good friend, and a person with a heart of gold. I hope that her words will inspire you to do more. We are only as good as the people we surround ourselves with. It is important to listen with your heart and proceed with your eyes open. Enjoy!

This past week the University of Virginia put forth a campaign to increase awareness of depression and the affects it has on mental health. The campaign was a display of 1,100 empty backpacks spread across the famed historical lawn that spans in front of the Rotunda. “Send Silence Packing” a program developed by the nonprofit group Active Minds was brought to UVA to highlight the fact that every year 1,100 college students commit suicide. Each backpack had a message attached to it to help illustrate the idea that students who feel or become depressed should not be afraid to ask for help. I wonder just how many of those 1,100 young people who took their own lives last year would still be here if just one person reached out to them and let them know that depression is nothing to be ashamed of. We will never know the answer.

The reality is that life today is difficult for everyone; especially young people who see their future as bleak and unreachable. Let’s face it, times are tough. Money is tight for everyone and as a parent of a young adult in college I know firsthand how overwhelming it all can be. When our children are young they know that they can depend on us for anything and everything they need. As they travel throughout life they strive for independence, all the while knowing that mom and dad really have their backs; they are not totally independent. As they go off to college, they quickly realize that if their laundry is going to be done they are the ones who have to do it. No matter what the need is they quickly understand that they are the one in charge of everything; a fact that can overwhelm anyone.Continue reading

Ask a Nurse: A Winning Diet

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.

A Winning Diet

Has the Olympic fever hit your house? As I watch these incredibly fit athletes, I think of the Olympic roots which had its beginning in Greece. Over the last few years, the Mediterranean diet has gained popularity among health experts. According to the Mayo Clinic, “The Mediterranean diet incorporates the basics of healthy eating — plus a splash of flavorful olive oil and perhaps a glass of red wine — among other components characterizing the traditional cooking style of countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea.”

The Mediterranean diet is easier to follow than many other “diet plans.”  This is more of a way of life, which is the best way to develop a healthy and fit body.

Here are the basics of the Mediterranean Diet:

Ask a Nurse: How to Prevent Drowning Accidents

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.

 

Never Look Away!

How to prevent drowning accidents

When I was a child, I saved my cousin Johnny from drowning. We were in his pool splashing and playing, when I realized he had drifted into deeper water and was sinking under. I grabbed his hair and pulled him up; by that time all the adults were screaming and took over. I always felt bad about pulling him up by the hair, but when I got older my Aunt told me it didn’t matter how I did it, just that I did it was great. I ended up pulling several more kids out of the water when they were in trouble, one more as a kid and the latest one only a few years ago when I jumped in fully clothed because no one saw the child sinking and struggling!

Have you ever been to a public pool and felt you were the only one watching any of the babies and kids?  I got so stressed out watching (and rescuing) so many kids whose moms were oblivious! The last time I went to a public pool with all my kids was when I was pregnant with my sixth child, trying to watch my own kids, and rushing to help other toddlers whose parents were not paying attention! I honestly can’t stand the stress. Some say, “don’t stress, you’re only responsible for your own kids.” Well, that doesn’t work for me. When a child is having trouble and no one seems to notice, I am gonna pull that baby out!

Did you know that death by drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death for children ages 1 to 14? According to the CDC, for each child drowning death, about six children need hospitalization or emergency-department care for their near-drowning or non-fatal submersion injury.

We can’t expect lifeguards to see everyone at once, it just isn’t possible. Parents and care givers need to take responsibility for the children they care for and learn and follow safety guidelines to prevent drowning!

Here are some basic guidelines to help you:Continue reading

Ask a Nurse: Preventing Summer Heat Injuries

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Preventing Summer Heat Injuries

We have all been having some super-hot weather across the US! Have you been keeping cool? When the weather is hot and humid, your body can’t cool itself as effectively, and if your core temperature gets too hot you can have damage to internal organs and even die. The people most at risk for heat related injuries are babies to 4 year olds, elderly, and those with obesity, fever, dehydration, heart disease, mental illness, poor circulation, sunburn, and prescription drug use and alcohol use.  Here are a few tips to keep yourself and your families’ safe during extreme heat:

  • Stay hydrated! In extreme heat, you need to drink more water than you feel a need to. This is especially true if you are exercising or otherwise expending energy. Drink 2 to 4 glasses of water per hour (16 to 32 ounce for adults). These should be non-alcoholic drinks (preferably water as suggested) as alcohol dehydrates.Continue reading

Ask a Nurse: Danger of Energy Drinks

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.

 

That’s not energy you’re drinking!


Do you grab an energy drink now and then as a quick pick me up when you are feeling exhausted? How about some of the energy drink that claim they are “all natural?”
First of all, the caffeine content is usually higher in energy drinks than coffee (average 8 oz. cup=133 mg), tea (average 8 oz. cup=53 mg), or soda (average can=54 mg, except mountain dew, which is 71 mg; the FDA limit for sodas).  Do you ever check to see what other supplements are in your energy drink?  Here is a list of supplements commonly used in energy drinks:Continue reading