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

What is hospice? For whom?

You heard the term, ‘hospice;’ sketchy on details, you seem to remember a relationship between ‘hospice’ and ‘terminal illness.’ Further, hospice is an approach to the care of someone terminally ill who has chosen not to have more aggressive treatment to save his life. He now wants care to focus on his comfort. Often that means no more chemo, goodbye to radiation, no more operations-unless the doctor is certain that they will bring comfort, but they are not intended to cure. What care is involved? Nursing care involves symptom management and pain control usually. The nurse isn’t a ‘junior doctor’ … Continue reading What is hospice? For whom?

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

“Baby it’s Cold Outside”

We’re always told to use caution in this extreme cold: LISTEN! When exposed to extreme cold, the danger of frostbite is real; cover up or better yet,  DON’T GO OUT! If you must go out, use some common sense-sit in the car while pumping gas to avoid the wind, minimize alcohol, wear mittens instead of gloves and layer your clothing; to name a few. What about the indigent or homeless living with minimal heat? Check on them or invite them to stay with you. One anonymous bystander in Chicago sprang for hotel rooms for a block of homeless last evening. … Continue reading “Baby it’s Cold Outside”

Dry, itchy skin?

This is winter, no more calling it ‘Indian Summer’! The snow has fallen, plows are out, and yes, you wear your coat, and gloves. One thing you’ve surely noticed, especially on those days when you ‘got by’ without gloves, is that your hands are dry: dry from the dry, windy and cold air.  Usually, I can’t go into the store, a doctor’s office, or the post office without seeing hand sanitizer. Washing your hands is a great habit to get in to, but what about the dry skin that comes with it? While sanitizers ‘KILL BUGS DEAD,’ their alcohol base … Continue reading Dry, itchy skin?