Parish Nursing at CCPC
Central College Presbyterian Church is blessed to have a Parish Nurse(PN) program in place with RN Amy Taylor on staff. The PN program provides healthcare information, activities and programs throughout the year. Volunteer RN's assist with regularly scheduled blood pressure screenings and more.
Health Happenings Spotlight - March 2018
According to a recent article in Time Health, one of our nation’s most common health complaints is related to our digestive system.
What are our top concerns?
1. Heartburn. This is also commonly called acid reflux and occurs when acid in the stomach backs up into the esophagus. Several types of food and lifestyle habits contribute to heartburn. Foods such as tomato sauce, coffee, high fat foods, stress, smoking, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory pain relievers, and obesity, are culprits.
Steering clear of these food triggers, eating earlier or sleeping with your head elevated can reduce symptoms. Proton-pump inhibitors like Prevacid and Prilosec can also help though recent research recommends not taking these for more than 3 months at a time.
2. Constipation. Not generally a topic at church, but a frequent complaint of many people! This can be caused by dehydration, lack of exercise, aging, medications, and lack of fiber in your diet.
Management then is staying active, hydrated and eating plenty of fiber.
3. Gastroenteritis. This is any irritation of the stomach and intestines caused by bacteria or viruses, ie. A stomach bug or troubles associated with diarrhea when traveling. Symptoms can be pain, low-grade fever, nausea and/or vomiting, diarrhea.
If you find yourself having these symptoms, avoiding dehydration is the key. Sip water, Gatorade, or ginger ale. Even ice chips can help. After about 24hrs start the BRAT diet which consists of bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast. If you can keep liquids down for >24hrs, have been vomiting for > 2 days, see a doctor!
For tips on Best and Worst foods for your gut, see the handout in the Welcome Center wall pocket.
Care Visitors - Providing care to Caregivers. Get more HERE.
Communion Bread - The communion bread at CCPC is now gluten-free (11/15). Ingredients include milk, eggs butter, and gluten flour (Whole grain sorghum flour, brown rice flour ,whole grain millet flour, rice flour, whole grain quinoa flour, xanthan gum.) The flour does not contain any nut flours.
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Please let us know if you would like pastoral care. Please be aware that unless we are notified, Central College Presbyterian Church may not know that you have been hospitalized. One of our members, a family member of the affected member, or a hospital employee who has been given permission (requested by the patient) to contact the church directly, may contact the church to let us know of your hospitalization. This is part of federal HIPAA regulations, but has been hospital policy for many years.
With your best care in mind. Amy Taylor, Parish Nurse (Contact Amy)