Nurses Corner

Parish Nurse Health Tips

From the Volunteer Parish Nurses:

Warm greetings to all of our parishioners.  We miss you! Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.  If you would like to speak with us, just call the parish office.  We are here to help, as always!

As we continue navigating through these difficult times, remember we are never alone.  Our Lord walks with us always.  Our recommendation for the pandemic is to remain vigilant to the safety precautions clearly established.  Wear your masks in all public spaces indoors and out when social distancing cannot be maintained.  Do your best to keep tabs on your teens and young adult family members and plead with them to avoid closely packed, unmasked, social gatherings.  Wash your hands with soap and water often, and avoid touching your face.  These simple steps work.

We also want you to attend to all of your health needs.  We are blessed to have outstanding medical facilities in our area who are well prepared to protect you and care for your health care needs.  And finally, we want to remind you of symptoms of emergency cardiac situations.  Please review the stroke and heart attack warning signs below from the American Heart.

Warm Regards,

Nancy Houser, Donna Hoscheit, Pam Papp, Lisa Carani, Jenny Schweitzer, Sue Barnett, and Sandra Gatehouse

Stroke Warning Signs

Stroke is a medical emergency.  Every second counts, because time lost is brain lost! Know these stroke warning signs and share them with others.  

5 Warning Signs of Stroke

Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.

Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech.

Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.

Sudden trouble walking or dizziness, loss of balance or problems with coordination.

Sudden, severe headache with no known cause.

If you or someone with you has one or more of these signs, don’t delay!  Call 9-1-1 or the emergency medical services (EMS) number immediately so an ambulance – ideally with advanced life support – can come.  Also, check the time so you will know when the first symptoms appeared.  It is important to take immediate action. 

Heart Attack Warning Signs

  • Don’t wait to get help if you experience any of these heart attack warning signs. Some heart attacks are sudden and intense. But most start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Pay attention to your body and call 911 if you experience:
  • Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes – or it may go away and then return. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath. This can occur with or without chest discomfort.
  • Other signs. Other possible signs include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

(American Heart Association 2019.)

Stay healthy and if you would like to speak to us, call the office or send an email to nhouser@sjnstcharles.org