Nurse Notes

Nurse Notes NL

DID YOU KNOW?

1)  Eating Dark Chocolate while studying helps the brain retain new information more easily and is directly related to higher test scores?

2)  90 percent of the babies in the womb seen sucking their thumbs are sucking their right thumb?

3)  October is National Apple Month!

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Apples are a nutritional powerhouse of Vitamins C and B which boosts the body’s ability to fight infection as well as great source of fiber. Remember to always eat the skin as this is where most of the nutrients are located.  Other benefits: improve neurological health, lowers cholesterol, reduces diabetes risk, prevents obesity, cuts risks of some cancers, tastes good and is good for you.

Fun Fact: The term Adams Apple sprung form the idea that the protrusion on a man’s throat was caused by a piece of the forbidden fruit from the Garden of Eden getting lodged in Adam’s throat rather than it being the thyroid cartilage of the larynx.

Selecting and caring for apples:

  • Select apples that are firm to the touch, have a good aroma and are free of bruises
  • Wash apples under running water and dry with a paper towel
  • To prevent apple slices from browning, coat with lemon juice mixed with water
  • Apples can last from four to six weeks if placed in refrigerator to slow ripening and maintain flavor
  • To prevent apples from absorbing unpleasant odors, store away from strong smelling foods

To freeze apples, peel cut and core then soak in lemon juice and water for a few minutes, freeze slices on a cookie sheet, when frozen place in sealed plastic bags for future use.

 

TIPS ON MEDICATION COMPLIANCE

If your doctor prescribes you medications on a regular basis, here are some tips on how to take your medication.

  1. Don’t stop taking medication without first speaking to your doctor even if you are feeling better
  2. Don’t hesitate to speak to your local pharmacist with any questions you may have and try to use the same pharmacy for all your medications needs.
  3. Know the names of all your medications and why, how, and when to take them.  Always keep a current list with you.
  4. Check to see if you need to avoid certain foods drinks or other drugs while on your medication.
  5. Ask about possible side effects of your medication and what you should do if they occur.
  6. Take all your medication on time. If you miss a dose, speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
  7. Don’t take more or less medication then what is on the label.
  8. Never take or share anyone else’s medications.
  9. Clean out and dispose of unused medications at least every three months.
  10. If you are having trouble keeping track of when to take your medication, keep pills in a container that you can purchase that tells you the day of the week and the time of day for medication to be taken to help you keep track. You can also have a loved one or caregiver help you or use an alarm system to help you remember.
  11. Always remember to speak to your pharmacist or doctor with any questions or concerns.

 

DID YOU KNOW?

A lot of people today like to bring their own canvas bags to use at the grocery store. While this is a good idea to help the environment, the bags over time can become a breeding place for bacteria that can make you ill, including E.coli.  One of the main reasons is that juices from meat and chicken can leak into the bag while it is in your trunk and the bacteria will grow and multiply. Easy to fix:  wash your canvas, nylon or cotton bags on a regular basis with soap containing a disinfectant, then put them in a dryer. This can reduce bacterial growth by 90 percent.

OCTOBER CHECKLIST:

Avoid fallen leaf dangers.  Drive carefully, leaves can make stopping difficult and can obscure potholes and road markings in the road. Don’t park near leaf piles.  Hot exhaust from your car can make them ignite. Don’t let children play in tall pile of leaves that are piled up near the street.

BE KIND TO YOUR LUNGS

October is Healthy Lung Month. Protect yourself from colds and other respiratory infections, which can develop into serious illness.  Improve your lung function with aerobic exercises and breathing exercises. Example: With pursed lips, breathe in through your nose and out for at least twice as long through your mouth.

STOCK UP ON THE GOOD STUFF FOR HALLOWEEN

Non-candy favorites include animal crackers, pretzels, raisins, hot chocolate packets, pencils, stickers and soap bubble bottles.

FUN FACT:

A full head of hair (approx.. 150,000 strands) is strong enough to support the weight of two full grown elephants!