Nurse Notes

Nurse Notes NL

“I believe that the greatest gift that you can give your family and the world is a healthy you.” 

(Joyce Meyers)


Your medications may be in short supply soon according to a recent report. About 10 percent of most prescription drugs made in the USA are manufactured in Puerto Rico. Due to the severity of the damage that is still is present there in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Shortages of Medications is expected to start soon. The report does not name any drugs by name, but states they are very concerned that this could become a major problem in the months ahead…What to do… Keep on top of your prescriptions and fill them as soon as they are due for refill and speak to your Doctor about possibly letting you get larger amounts for the short run, say a 90 day supply instead of your usual 30 day supply. The rebuilding of the plants in Puerto Rico has been given a high priority and they are slowly getting back up to production but there is no time table as to when this will be fully resolved.

New anti-theft Medicare cards will have beneficiary identifiers but not your social security number, gender or signature. The cards will be mailed starting April 2018 are intended to make it harder for thieves to steal your identity.  The new cards will include both numbers and letters and will be used for billing, to verify eligibility and to check claim status.

Just one hour of exercise a week can reduce your risk for depression. People who exercise for at least one hour per week have a 44 percent lower risk of developing depression. The exercise can be as simple as taking a simple walk thru your neighborhood.


Jack fruit when eaten raw tastes like a cross between a banana and a mango, but when cooked, it looks and tastes similar to pulled pork. Season the fleshy inside of this tropical Asian fruit and simmer or bake until it is soft. Use it in tacos, chili sandwiches and more.  It is a good source of fiber, potassium and vitamin C and is available in large supermarkets and Asian markets.


Use Your Grandmothers dishes to reduce your portion sizes Vintage dishes are smaller than dishes we use today. Smaller plates make portions seem larger but you will be eating less…