Nurse Notes

This Sunday is Blood Pressure Sunday!  Hope to see you in classroom C between masses today. Stop by to get your blood pressure checked or with any health  questions or  concerns you may have. We would love to see you!

“Let the peace of Christ rule your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”
Colossians 3:15 NIV


Medicare has started sending out new Medicare cards to replace your current one. Cards will no longer have your social security number imprinted on them and will be randomly shipped over the next 12 months, so if you get yours first and your spouse does not, don’t worry!  By next year all cards will be replaced.  But along with the new cards comes new threats of identity theft. So here are a few safeguards you can take to protect this from happening.


  • Share your card information only with trusted health providers and never give your Medicare information over the phone if someone calls and says they are from Medicare and need to verify your new number. Medicare will not contact you over the phone or leave any kind of message, they will only contact you via mail.
  • Don’t leave the number in emails or on your computer digital files. These can be easily obtained by hackers
  • Always check all the bills that you receive from Medicare and question any procedures you are not sure about by contacting Medicare for confirmation that they are your charges and not submitted by someone else using your information.
  • Protect your Medicare card carefully to protect against it becoming lost or stolen.

Bacteria can survive in contact solutions for hours.  Pseudomonas bacteria cause ulcerations of the cornea that can result in vision issues.  It may be a good idea to talk to your doctor about using disposable lens.

Bed bugs pose a newly discovered threat according to a recent report.  It has been discovered that bedbugs secrete a large amount of histamine which can increase Asthma symptoms and cause allergic reactions including rashes and itching. It is a good idea to add diluted bleach to your wash when washing bed linens since heat from drying them in a dryer does not seem to be as effective as previously thought.

Swallow pills easily.  This method worked on about 90 percent of the people who tried it.

Place the pill on your tongue. Take a sip of water but do not swallow it. Tilt your chin down towards your chest and swallow. This should help the pill go down easier.

Diets high in fiber can help with your digestion because the good bacteria in your gut needs fiber to help them thrive.  Aim for 25 to 35 grams of fiber per day. Good sources: Beans, cauliflower, broccoli, kale, cabbage, berries, and oats.