From the Desk of our Parish Nurse

From the October issue of the Konnoak Door...

Fall is in the air - FINALLY - and all kinds of fun things are going on -- the Dixie Classic Fair, football games, chicken pie time at Konnoak, and above all FLU TIME.  As you all know, we had a very successful clinic last year right after church.  For your good health, we will have another one this year.  CVS has agreed to come out and give us our vaccine.  The date is October 23rd, right after church in the Fellowship Hall.  All you need is your insurance card and an arm.  :-)  CVS will take care of the rest!  Get your shot and plan on being safe from the flu this winter!!

Hope Moravian will be showing Being Mortal on October 9 from 2:00 to 4:00.  I can't begin to tell you how important this film is and why we each need to see it.  Whether you have aging parents, or you are a senior, this is information you need to consider for your own lives.  The Board of Co-Operative Ministries is sponsoring the film.  John and I have both assisted in getting this for our neighborhood.  Please plan on attending.  There will be a question and answer period after the movie and I'll keep you informed on who will be there.

The Aging Well Team of the Board of Co-Operative Ministries is offering a Senior Friends Luncheon at Fairview Moravian Church on October 11th at 12:30.  More info is on the bulletin board and I have tickets for this event.  Let's get a group together and go have a nice lunch with others from around the Province.

Then comes "Trick or Treat time" -- Boo!!!!  I'll see you there, too.  With all these events, we are again off and running!  Blessings and hugs to each of you -- Please stay healthy!!!

Jane, PN, RPN


From the September issue of the Konnoak Door...

Can you believe it? It's September already!!! I have so much to share right now: This past June, I was asked to become a member of the Board of Cooperative Ministries Aging Well Committee. This group is looking to enhance Senior experiences. By this, I mean activities and experiences that will help us feel better, have a better outlook on life, and be more active. For those of you who have attended Tai Chi, you understand what I'm trying to share. The committee is offering a luncheon on October 11 at Fairview Moravian Church and the entertainment will be our own Karen Strausser playing the Handbells. I hope we can get a group together for this outing.

I will again be offering Flu shots with CVS this October. Also, we are joining our South Branch Conference to offer a showing of Being Mortal. We can all benefit from this powerful movie. It was first aired on PBS after the book became a best seller. I would encourage everyone to plan on attending October 9 at 2:00 at Hope Moravian Church, 2751 Hope Church Rd.

Last but not least, our Tai Chi class is expanding to allow working folks to be able to attend. On September 8th, we will be having Tai Chi at 3:00 and 5:30 pm at $2 a session. All I can say is -- come and have fun with us and become stronger in so many ways!! Looking forward to seeing you and your friends.

Blessings to each of you!!

Jane, PN, RPN

From the May issue of the Konnoak Door...

The Konnoak Music Festival is around the corner... and so is our Annual Blood Drive, May 7, 11:00 - 3:30!

As usual, I Need Help (no comments please).  I need refreshment servers (especially) and helpers to set up the fellowship hall after the blood drive for Sunday morning.  Let me know if you can give a hand.  Most importantly, I need DONORS!!!!! There's a sign up sheet outside my office on the bulletin board.

Did you know there are 4 blood groups and each is special?

"O" is the universal donor -- because it has none of the other antigens -- a substance that the body can react to with an allergic response.  These red cells can be used for anyone.  In the case of an emergency, such as a car wreck, 4 pints of "O" go to that traumatized person and it's lifesaving at that time.  It also contains the "A" and "B" antigens in the plasma.

"A" Group only has the "A" antigen on the red cells and the "B" antibodies in the plasma.  These folks can donate to "A" and "AB" folks.

"B" type blood is the "B" antigen on the red cells and "A" in the plasma.  "B" can donate to "B" and "AB" folks.

Lastly, we have "AB".  This unique group has both "A" and "B" antigens on the red cells, but neither "A" or "B" in the plasma.  In addition to those antigens, we also have the positive and the negative antigens called the Rh factor.  Although blood is made of the same basic elements, not all blood is alike!!!!  This is why one pint of blood can save 3 people!


I will be speaking following dinner on Wednesday, May 4.  I was asked to update you all on all the things I've learned this year.  I will be speaking about antibiotics, statins, newer options in knee surgery, pediatric immunization changes, and in general, how to maintain good health in this polluted society!!!  See you there.

May I close this last letter for the summer with this thought:

His destiny was the cross... His purpose was love... His reason was YOU!!!

His blessing to each of you,

Jane, PN, RPN


From the March issue of the Konnoak Door...

I recently attended a class given by Dr. Michelle Nichole, PhD from the Neurobiology division at Wake Forest Medical Center.  She is an associate of Dr. Huggenschmidt.  She spoke on empathy, sympathy, and compassion, and how they reflect in our lives.  We teach a child doing by example -- language, activities and emotions, and by this we share our culture. 

Empathy -- feels a connection.  There is no judgement, you actively listen and you feel that connection.

Sympathy -- is a feeling of pity but you don't tend to listen.  There is an expected platitude and an inferred judgement, with a choice to connect to something better.

Compassion -- an emotional state of genuine wellbeing for others.  One cares for the individual who is suffering.  What physically happens is the heart rate will slow down, we secrete oxytocin, which is a normal hormone of bonding, and we'll have a genuine feeling of wellbeing for another.

The point of her whole discussion was that we need to cultivate a living kindness for self so that we may avoid a negative emotion that causes stress and compassion fatigue -- as it can cause a secondary trauma for the individual.

Blessings to each of you -- you are a wonderful group of people!

Jane, RN, PN


From the February issue of the Konnoak Door...

Happy Valentine's Day and Healthy Heart Month as well!!

I know you don't want or need me to tell you how important diet is to longevity.  Minimize the Fats, Salt, and Sugars in your diet!  THIS WILL KEEP YOUR HEART HAPPY!

I have a few things I need to share with you:

1) I can no longer do CPR as my doctor has placed that restriction on me.  I need four able-bodied folks to step up.  If you need instruction, please let Jessica Smith know so she can arrange a class.  We are required to have 4 people in order to maintain our AED.

2) I have a volume of medical equipment to place, either with you all in the congregation or with another agency that can place these items with folks who could not otherwise afford them:  We have 4 wheelchairs, 5 walkers that fold up and are adjustable, 1 chair walker, 6 shower chairs and 1 shower bench, 2 canes, 1 IV pole and 6 different sized potty chairs.  If you should need something, just ask.  I would also like to have these items in a place where they can be easily reached.

Blessings to each of you and may you have a wonderful February!

Jane, RN, PN


From the January issue of the Konnoak Door...

With the holidays coming to a close, I thought maybe I could infuse some Healthy Aging Facts for your New Year.  Some Resolutions are very basic but will help give us longevity.

1) Stay in touch with family and friends  --  this maintains good mental health.

2) Relax -- practice meditation, deep breathing, yoga, or tai chi to help reduce stress.

3) Quit smoking -- this will dramatically improve your health.  If you need help, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW

4) Think happy thoughts -- want to live to 100?  Embrace positivity for better health and enhanced quality of life.

5) Create -- arts and crafts may sharpen your brain.  So, set up an easel, start a sewing project, or take an art class.

6) Stay active -- exercise at 60 may boost our brains but keeping moving is necessary for all ages.

7) Be forgiving -- let go of resentment and anger.  You'll be happier and healthier.

8) Save your hearing -- protect your ears from loud noises and get evaluated as needed.  Most insurances now offer help with testing and pricing for hearing aids.

9) Get your shots -- disease strikes harder as you age.  Prevent all that you can.  Talk with your doctor.

10) Protect your skin -- cover up when necessary and use sunscreens as needed.

All of these suggestions are basics but they can keep you very healthy and happy!

Blessings, Jane, RN, PN

From the October issue of the Konnoak Door...

It has come to my attention that folks are becoming sensitized to Latex. There are numerous allergies occurring. Let's explore some of the things that contain Latex that you might not think about: rubber bands, balloons, baby bottle nipples, elastic in waistbands, bathing suits, bath mats with rubber backings, glue and paste, utensils with rubber grip handles, toys, shoes, sneaks soles and swimming goggles -- just to mention a few. If you are developing a sensitivity to Latex, these are a few items to consider. Sometimes all you may feel is a funny sensation as you handle these products, such as a tingling in your lips as you blow up a balloon for your child, or a funny yucky feeling as you handle rubber bands. These symptoms could be the onset of a Latex allergy and you need to be alert if it continues. They can become severe quickly and require medical attention. Be aware of when your body is talking to you.

The month of October starts Open Enrollment for Medicare and in Forsyth County 1,000 people enroll. This keeps the SHIIP crew extremely busy. Being part of that team, I will be unable to contribute to next month's newsletter. So Happy Thanksgiving a little early!!! Please know if you need to change your health plan, enroll or need help in any way with Medicare, call the Shepherd Center at 748-0217 and ask for a SHIIP counselor to call you back or set up an appointment or call me.

You are all in my heart and prayers

Blessings, Jane, RN, PN

From the September issue of the Konnoak Door...

I'd like to say that I hope everyone had a happy and healthy summer!!!

This fall I will be doing blood pressures on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month. The other two Sundays will give me the opportunity to visit Nursing Homes and see my own family more frequently. If you are sick and would like a call or a visit, let the church office or me know. The Novant Wellness Check will start immediately after church on the 20th and CVS will be at the round table in the Fellowship Hall for flu shots. Be sure to bring your insurance card. Soup and salads will be offered to those of you who are participating while you are waiting your turn -- or as you finish up.

Now for my pearls of information:

Heart Attacks and Water I knew you needed a minimum of water to help flush toxins out of your body but I learned of the correct time to drink water from a Cardiac Specialist! This is to maximize its effectiveness on the body:
2 glasses of water after waking to help activate internal organs
1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal -- helps digestion
1 glass of water before taking a bath -- this helps lower your blood pressure
1 glass of water before going to bed -- helps to avoid heart attacks and strokes.  It also reduces leg cramps as muscles need hydration.

This information is from an article Dr. Virend Somers wrote for the Journal of Cardiology. He is a cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic.

Blessings to each of you -- stay hydrated and healthy.

Jane, RN, PN

From the June issue of the Konnoak Door...

Summertime... Already!!!  I want to share that I am taking the summer off.  I haven't spent much time with my family, (mainly the grandchildren) as I would like.  I have a new granddaughter. She's a year old and I haven't met her yet.  New Jersey was just out of the question when my daughter broke her ankle.  I am spending time with all my kids this summer.  Because of this, I have spoken with Novant about doing a screening for the member of Konnoak come fall.

I have arranged for a Wellness Check for you immediately after church on September 20th.  Every 10 minutes, we will have labs offered -- with results immediately.  There will be a Registered Nurse, besides me, who will privately give you the results and an explanation.  This report can be shared with your doctor, or not.  It can also be used for your own information as to how well you are and what your values mean.  The savings to each of you is a co-pay, or out of pocket about $200.  I have also asked CVS if they will do the flu shots again this year -- they are also free!!

Novant has asked that we have at least 25 people signed up in order to have their team come out.  I am putting the sign-up sheet out the first of June, so I can say we definitely are ready.  Please think about this benefit that's being offered and plan on being there.  Lunch will be offered -- sandwiches and salads, while you wait or as you finish!  A donation would be appreciated for the Parish Nurse fund, as we need to replace our AED pads at a charge of $50 and the money will go toward this purpose.  Blessings to each of you.  I want you healthy and around as long as possible!!!

Jane, RN, PN

From the May issue of the Konnoak Door...

It's May already! Happy Mother's Day to all. What a gift God gave us in mothers!!

I want to remind you all of our Blood Drive on May 9th. We need all who wish to donate. Please help! The sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board across from the church office. Let's try to hit 30 pints again.

Last year, so many people in North Carolina lost their health insurance coverage with BCBS. I realized there was a need in our congregation for someone to become a Senior Health Insurance Information Counselor. I took the course and am now certified to assist any senior and their families with Medicare to understand their choices of insurance programs available.

SHIIP is housed within the North Carolina Department of Insurance. It was established in 1986 to help educate Medicare beneficiaries about Medicare, the supplements, long-term care insurance, advantage plans, prescription plans, along with other insurance options.

After 40 hours of study, 13 chapters and testing, and successfully passing the test, I am now your SHIIP Counselor.

Please don't hesitate to call on me if I can help you in any way. Remember, if you are not satisfied with the plan you are in, you may switch in October (for next year). I'll be glad to discuss your options with you.

Blessings to each of you and stay healthy!

Jane, RN, PN

From the February issue of the Konnoak Door...

February is Heart Month. I thought I'd share something that touched my heart beyond belief. As I mentioned in my December column, you can change the pathways from the brain of a stressful response by simple acts of loving kindness. With the hurt in Ferguson at Thanksgiving, I had the privilege of being in a small fishing town in south Florida that had a community effort to feed the less fortunate. I thought my daughter and I were going to serve some homeless folks at their church kitchen. To my amazement, we pulled up to a previously vacant lot which now had numerous tents and activities -- lots of people, all doing something. My daughter said to look around and see what I'd like to do. They had a small area set up for Children's Ministry where she was face painting along with three other women. There was a stage and a couple of guitar players working on "Jesus Loves Me" and loads of kids singing. I wandered over to a tent where they were filling styrofoam trays. They had more than enough hands, so I moved on to help set up tables -- well, inmates were doing that so I again looked around and found my spot -- people were loading cartons with food platters to be taken out in vans, cars, and buses to people who had no way to attend this feast. We packed a total of 2,000 meals to go to those neighborhoods and were told all that needed to be said was, "Happy Thanksgiving and God Bless You!" This community got together with all the churches and synagogues, the supermarkets with numerous donations to feed a total of 7,000 people. Six hours later, the vacant lot was again empty and there was no evidence of what had transpired. I thank God I had the privilege of being there to feel the blessings of that day. Keep your heart healthy and find blessings each day to share.

Blessings, Jane, RNP

From the November issue of the Konnoak Door...

As we come into one of the most blessed seasons, may we each stop and consider how grateful we should be.  Speaking for myself, and I'm sure some of you will recognize similar blessings,, I'd like to thank God for:  my life, and the healthful days I have, my family and their love, my church and the fantastic congregation God shared with me, the uniqueness of our City, State and Country, and, above all, the privilege of being a Parish Nurse.  His guidance has been such a blessing, I can never be grateful enough!  I wish each of you a very wonderful holiday and God's Blessings.  Also, please add the rainbow of colors in veggies to your Thanksgiving Meal, so you will continue to be healthy!

Blessings, Jane, RNP

From the October issue of the Konnoak Door...

With that nice crisp air in the mornings now, I would like to remind you of taking care of yourself first, so that you will be able to help others.  This is so important.  Get a flu shot!!!!  If you don't protect yourself, be prepared to be very uncomfortable -- let alone the thanks you will receive from those you will share the germ with.

I have done so much reading over the summer, and there are great things coming in medicine.  But again, if you don't take care of you, you won't be able to take advantage of these innovations.

One of the most remarkable advancements is a "YES" gene that has been found in pancreatic cancer which can turn off further development of this cancer.  BioMed can grow your own artery should you need bypass surgery.  There are numerous more to share and I will in the coming months.

One other item I learned about in a recent class was the Allen Tate Real Estate Company will help a senior sell a house by doing an estate sale, cleaning, painting, and any fix up requirements you might need to downsize, if you allow them to sell your house.  So there is less worry for you.

Blessings to each of you -- Stay healthy!!!
Jane, RN, PN

From the September issue of the Konnoak Door...

Fall is just around the corner, and activities are beginning!  I have a wonderful event coming up that has been planned for this Congregation -- A Health Fair -- it will be on Saturday, September 27, from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm.  It will include:  The Novant Health Team, CVS will offer flu shots (please bring your insurance card as your insurance will be charged), UNCG will have offerings for Stress Help, Susan Roediger will offer a Healing Touch Experience, Mary Saunders will have a table filled with healthful products for good nutrition and beauty.  We will again have a SHIPP Counselor who will help navigate the insurance maze.  And finally, a Nurse Practitioner who can help you with any medical question you may have -- or to interpret your test results that were just done by Novant.

I hope each of you had a wonderful summer.  It is now time to get a free check and maintain health for the coming winter, along with the knowledge of what needs fixing.  I have arranged these events to protect the people I have come to love!  I hope each and every one of you will take advantage of what is being offered!

Along with this event, the Red Cross will have their mobile blood van in the Luther Street parking area and will be doing a Blood Drive.

For those of you who attend, we will have soup and sandwiches in the Activity Building, and a Bounce House for any children who are with their family.  Please MARK YOUR CALENDARS and attend!!!  This is a FREE Event!!

Love and Blessings to each of you,
Jane, PN, RN

(Our thanks to Salem Congregation for a generous donation supporting this event.)


From the June issue of the Konnoak Door...

Summertime Allergy Alerts

Hay fever sufferers -- if you experience an itchy mouth or scratchy throat after eating certain raw veggies or fruits, you may have what is known as the pollen-food syndrome.  It happens when the immune system confuses certain foods with similar tree or grass pollens.  It can occur, seemingly out of nowhere, after eating the same things for years without problems.

The American College of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology lists common combos:

1.  Grass pollen, celery, melons, oranges, peaches, tomatoes
2.  Ragweed pollen, bananas, cucumbers, melons, zucchini
3.  Birch pollen, apples, carrots, celery, cherries, kiwi fruit, peaches, pears and plums

These are some of the more common troublemakers.  There are many more, so if you should have these symptoms, ask your doctor about this possibility.  I'm taking a short break from writing -- see you in September!  Have a wonderful summer!

Blessings to each of you, Jane RN, PN


From the May issue of the Konnoak Door...

The merry month of May -- YEA -- finally a warm month!  Let's not forget our Music Festival.  Along with the Music Festival, the Health Team is offering a free eye and hearing screening, in conjunction with the Lions Club from Konnoak.  You will be given valuable insight into your needs.  The van will be parked in the Pastor's driveway in the back of our church and is open for all to take advantage of this opportunity.  As usual, we'll have our annual Blood Drive.  Walk ins are acceptable but if you want to get a specific time, please call or sign up for an appointment.  Last year we had 33 willing donors and we made a nice dent in the needs of our community.  Let's top that this year.  With summer coming and accidents occurring, you can't imagine how important that pint of blood is to a traumatized child or adult.  And in most cases, it truly is life-saving.  I thank each of you for your support and I'll see you Saturday, May 10th!

Blessings to each of you, Jane RN, PN


From the April issue of the Konnoak Door...

Coming up with information for these columns isn't always easy.  I decided to tell you about some of the things I've read about and some of the classes I continually take.

The Doctors TV show is very informative and some of this is from them.  Dr. Stork, who is on an awareness kick about sugar, says we all consume about 15 lbs. of sugar a year and it can, over time, cause end stage renal disease.  You may end up needing kidney dialysis or a transplant.  This is why I have been telling you about eating clean.  So much sugar is masked in other substances.  High sugar diets pump cytokinens into your bloodstream and they can exacerbate arthritis.

The more fat you carry, the more wear and tear your joints endure.  Dr. Stork adds "that sugar can rewire your brain's pleasure pathways and people with sugary diets are more likely to be depressed."  Your heart "will have the linings of the arteries inflamed with a sugary diet, thus leading to heart disease."

Speaking of heart disease, the info on aspirin is showing that taking your baby aspirin before bedtime is the best choice.  It helps prevent the early AM heart attacks.  4:00 am to 9:00 am are the most common hours for problems.

OK, so now the ball is in your court, as they say, and the choices are yours -- choose wisely as I want you each around a good long while!!!! :-]  I also want to remind you that my bulletin board has the latest information of what is available and new found facts.

Blessings,  Jane Blizzard, RN, PN


From the March issue of the Konnoak Door...

Stop the Madness -- Eat Clean:  Whta do I mean by this?  Well... WE are consuming 130 pounds of added sugar in our diets a year without knowing it!  Overconsumption of sugar is contributing to a national health crisis.  Many of us struggle with weight.  One study shows that one form of sugar in particular packs on the belly fat and stimulates the secretion of toxic chemicals that wreak havoc on the body.  So what can you do?????

Make a Clean Sweep

1.  Ditch sodas -- 1 can has 39 grams of sugar.  Sweetened iced tea (ex. - Snapple) has 36 grams.  Opt for water with lemon or plain seltzer -- add fruit to help improve the taste.
2.  Beware of sugar-packed foods, such as when dining at Denny's, the Cranberry Apple Salad has 36 grams of sugar.
3.  Watch out for fat-free foods, especially salad dressings.  Food manufacturers commonly use sugar as flavor enhancers, instead of fat.

Fructose corn syrup is the most common sweetening agent.  Here are some others to watch out for -- as they are sugars too -- barley malt, carob syrup, fruit juice concentrate, lactose, maltose, rice bran syrup, and sorghum syrup.

I hope this enlightens your knowledge of sugars, as we only need 13-15 grams of carbs per meal.  Help me keep you healthy and think about these additives and what they are doing to your bodies!

My blessings to each of you!  Jane Blizzard, RN, PN


From the February issue of the Konnoak Door...

As you know, February is "Heart Health Month". One of the important things to share is the knowledge about plaque.  Plaque, which clogs arteries, starts in childhood with deposits of fatty substances.  Over the years, it thickens and calcifies, or hardens.  You cannot feel this happening.  A partially clogged artery can cause more damage than a fully clogged one.  This happens when a hard piece of plaque breaks off and travels to a small vessel.  It occludes the vessel and, depending on where it is, determines what type of damage occurs.  A stroke, heart attach, and a blocked artery in the kidney or lungs, or any other part of the body, may rupture, causing life-threatening problems.  This plaque cannot be cured -- it must be contained by watching our diets.

1.5 million heart attacks and strokes occur each year -- and 500,000 sudden deaths.  I value each and every one in this congregation.  I hope that you'll learn about the foods that aren't good for you, and make a concerted effort to change the habits and foods that aren't healthy.  By doing this, you will also prevent and stop other degenerative diseases that are caused by the same factors -- along with reversing clogged arteries!  When your heart speaks... take good notes!

Bless each of you!  Jane Blizzard, RN, PN


From the December issue of the Konnoak Door...

For those  who have been good to their health this year, Jane offers the following holiday recipes as a reward:

Sensational Truffles

20 squares of semi-sweet chocolate, divided
1 - 8 oz. Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened

Melt 8 squares of chocolate.  Beat cream cheese with mixer until creamy.  Stir in melted chocolate.  Shape into 36 balls.  Place on wax paper-lined tray.  Melt remaining chocolate.  Use fork to drip truffles into melted chocolate.  Decorate with sprinkles, nuts, icing.  Refrigerate until served.

Party Cheese Ball

2 - 8 oz. Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened
1 pkg Kraft shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 cup mixed nuts, chopped

Mix all ingredients except nuts.  Cover and refrigerate 1 hour.  Shape and roll into boll, then roll in nuts.  Serve with crackers.

ENJOY!!  Blessings this holiday to each of you!   Jane, RN, PN

From the November issue of the Konnoak Door...

From the November issue of the Konnoak Door...

With cooler weather arriving, I just wanted to remind you that heating must be done safely.  Fireplaces are wonderful and soothing and warming, but if the chimney isn't cleaned or the drafts aren't workign properly, they can be a real hazard for fires or carbon monoxide build up.  For folks who use kerosene heaters, may I advise you to always have a window cracked opened just a little.  Be careful where you place it, as it can be tipped over.  Above all, invest in a carbon monoxide detector.  They warn people of a serious build-up of carbon monoxide, which is a silent killer.  The detectors should be put in a lower placement than the fire detectors as carbon monoxide gas sinks to the floor.  Please be safe.  I wouldn't want anyone hurt this winter trying to keep warm.

Blessings to you all, Jane, RN, PN

From the September issue of the Konnoak Door...

Summer's Over. Get Ready for the Health Fair October 5

With crisp mornings, what a better way to start a day than to take a walk? On Saturday, October 5th, I would like to invite you to "Take a Walk on the Blind Side." We will be hosting Industries for the Blind of Winston-Salem to walk with us in our neighborhood from 9:00 - 10:00 am.

Upon return, we are inviting everyone in our congregation and our neighborhood to attend our Fall Health Fair!! Our healthcare providers will be: Locke Chiropractic doing balance assessments and chair massages and UNCG Nursing Program offering information on stress reducers (stress balls will be given out). A Nurse Practitioner will help answer any questions you may have about an elevated test result, medication you are taking, or information you may need on a particular disease. Beltone will be doing hearing screenings and ear checks for adults and children. Lens Crafters will do eye screenings. The Shepherd Center will have a table for a SHIPP counselor to assist with questions on insurance changes and what plan might offer the best coverage. Hospice will have a table to help with advanced directives, living wills, and MOST forms. They will answer questions on what Hospice can do for you or a family member. These groups will be in the Fellowship Hall. Outside, we will have the Winston-Salem State University Mobile Van in the front parking area. They will be doing extensive health checks, blood pressure, height and weight, glucose checks, BMI's, along with development screenings for children.

The BEST I left for last -- we will have a bounce house in the playground area for all children while parents are being screened. Soup and sandwiches will be served inside and out for a donation to the Health Care Team.

This could save you $100 to $200 in health care costs as it is free to each and every one! Plan to attend.

My blessings and prayers go out to each of you!!

Jane, RN, PN

From the June issue of the Konnoak Door...

What to Do for the Ouches and Itches of Summer

Let's Start with Bug Bites:
  It is important to remove ticks from the skin.  Grasp the tick with tweezers, close to the skin, and gently pull with consistent pressure.  Be sure to remove the head!  Mark your calendar (most problems with tick bites occur in 2-3 weeks).  Wash the skin and keep and eye out for a bulls-eye type mark.  If you see this, visit your doctor for antibiotics, as Lyme disease will make you very sick.

Mosquitoes:  This itch can be relieved with a variety of creams including Benadryl, Cortisone 10, and calamine lotion.  Use them freely.

Spider Bites:  A spider bite is a little more serious because you need to know what type of spider bit you.  If you do see it and it is poisonous -- seek help right away!  If it just leaves a mark like a chicken pox spot, just do the basics -- first aid wash and antibiotic ointment.  Do not let it become infected.  Some bites take weeks to clear.

Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, and Sumac:  There is a new cream/wash on the market called "Zanfel."  You leave the cream on for a specific time and then wash it off.  Within 2-3 days, the itch is gone.  It's pricey, but worth it!

Swings, bikes, lawn mowers and ATV's all need supervision.  Any injury from them needs first aid.  The June medical bulletin board will include this information.

Bee Stings:  Remove the stinger, by using a credit card or your finger, by scraping the area.  Observe for breathing problems, hives or feeling faint.  If necessary, call 911.  Refrain from pinching the stinger to prevent injecting more venom.  Use the above meds for itches to take care of the bite.

Have a Good Summer!

Jane, RN, PN

 From the May issue of the Konnoak Door...

As I enter my third year here at Konnoak, I would like to share a prayer I wrote with all of you in mind:

For the blessings you have bestowed upon this church family,
For all the days we have together, and all the days to come,
For all the joys and sorrows that bind us ever closer,
For all the trials we have overcome,
For teaching us that we can do no great things, only small things with great love,
I Thank You!!! Amen.

Remember -- live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly. There are no strangers -- only friends you haven't met!

Jane, RN, PN

From the March issue of the Konnoak Door...

Well Heart Month came and went but it doesn't mean I'm not thinking of each of your HEARTS! So, here are a few facts that will help you to take care of your hearts. Most important is KNOW YOUR NUMBERS. Measure your middle because waist size forecasts your heart health better than your weight or body mass. Know your BP and your cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood sugar. This is so you can see improvement with a month of practical heart activities.
Week 1 - Lace up your sneakers and move in your own way for 30 minutes each day.
Week 2 - Create a healthy plate. If you do just one thing: Start each day with a breakfast featuring low-fat protein and a fruit or vegetable. Stock up on what you need for the week on the weekend and then don't skip a meal.
Week 3 - Learn to take it easy: connect with a friend, laugh (laughter stretches the linings of your arteries, allowing blood to flow more freely), prescribe yourself a 30 minute time out to relax every day. Cuddle with your honey or just sit and dream.
Week 4 - Make a change list. Make a motivational motto. Turn this plan into a forever plan by making heart healthy choices, such as home-cooked meals with a rainbow of colors. Visualize, inspire and reward yourself with a dance class or movie with a friend or a flattering outfit.
By doing these few things slowly and well, you will stay Heart Healthy. And I'll have each of you around for a good long while.

Blessings to you each, Jane, RN, PN

From the January issue of the Konnoak Door...

Well folks -- it's a new year and I do wish you each a healthy one! So let's start with nutrition info. Did you know that a person who eats chocolate a couple of times a week has a lower BMI than those who don't. This is because one ounce of chocolate a couple of times a week revs up the metabolism enough to compensate. One ounce of basil will give you half your daily vitamin A. And if you can't tolerate the after taste of fish oil [omega 3], take them with yogurt, stash them in the freezer, or pick up the lemon flavored brand. Just a few pearls to help you feel better.

Blessings to you each, Jane, RN, PN

From the December issue of the Konnoak Door...

With the blessing that has arrived with this most wonderful time, may I simply add that I wish each of you could be held in the arms of Jesus, just as Mary held her child.

Peace be with you. Jane, RN, PN

From the November issue of the Konnoak Door...

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I wanted to share 3 moves to help you each feel happier.  Holidays can cause sadness and I would not want anyone to experience this!  So --

1) Reach out.  Write a letter or an email to someone who has gone out of their way for you and let them know it mattered.  Gratitude elicits positive emotions and boosts your mood.

2) Surround yourself with an energetic crowd, a sporting event, an exercise class -- enthusiasm is contagious and habit-forming.

3) Dig deeper.  Rather than wondering about a topic of interest, read an article, go to an exhibit, or journal about it.  Learning and sharing knowledge fosters curiosity.

And remember Jeremiah 29:11.  For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord... plans to prosper you, not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Blessings to each one of you, and I am thankful for my two years here with you!

From the October issue of the Konnoak Door...

Well, with the stress of the onset of fall, school and getting back into the groove at work, our immune systems are weakened. So, I wanted to share a few tips to help you recognize viruses versus bacterial infections. Most important is the fever. When you have a virus, the fever is up 12 hours as high as 105 and gone for 12 hours (adults don't reflect thos temperature heights but children do). Now, while I'm talking about fever, there are two schools of thought. One is let it go -- don't treat it as it will burn out the virus more quickly. The other is to keep comfortable and use Tylenol or Motrin or Aspirin (FOR ADULTS ONLY). Personally, I think the second is more humane and helps with sleep and the ability to keep hydrated. Next: Bacterial Infections -- the fever here is always climbing, no matter what you take, and doesn't break until you are placed on an antibiotic. The two biggest bacterial infections are strep and MRSA. Strep usually starts in the throat, but it can settle in the kidneys and/or the valves of the heart. Later in life, a doctor may say, "Do you know you have a murmur?" and that could have been a childhood strep infection that wasn't adequately treated. MRSA is usually a skin infection and resembles a bad bug bite, a boil, or an actual draining abscess. Both of these bacteria are serious and need immediate attention from an MD or Nurse Practitioner for antibiotic therapy.

I hope this helps you to understand more fully how our bodies tell us what is going on and you'll be blessed with good health and not need these tips.

Blessings to you all, Jane, RN, PN

From the September issue of the Konnoak Door...

In 3 weeks it will be Fall. Does that even seem possible? But, within these 3 weeks we have lots of wonderful events to share. School will be in full swing -- our Wednesday evening meals will start again on September 5. The following Saturday, along with all the other events at New Philadelphia, the Parish Nurses, in conjunction with Winston-Salem State School of Nursing and the NC Council of Churches, will sponsor the RAM's Mobile Health Unit at the Festival. The next week we will have our fall cookout at the church.

Then Wednesday the 12th, we will have a guest speaker, talking about Regenerative Medicine. This will share were medicine is going and the "parts" that are already being developed and how they can help now. Please feel free to bring a guest to this talk.

And to give you a heads up, Sam Matthews, who is a SHIP counselor from the Shepherd Center, will be with us the first Wednesday in October to update where insurance is going and how Obama Care will affect seniors. So be ready for lots of activities.

Next Pearls from the Parish Nurse & Prevention Magazine -- Foods That Fight Pain

Cherries -- for muscle & arthritis pain, 45/da. They block inflammation and inhibit pain enzymes.

Ginger -- 1/4 tsp/da. Similar to aspirin, they offer relief from migraines and also nausea. This can be made into a ginger lemonade with honey and ice water.

Cranberries -- We all know the benefits of cranberry juice for the bladder but they also help stomach ulcers caused by h. pylori.

Salmon -- Lastly, for achy muscles of the back or neck, 2-3 oz. served 3x a week will allow the omega-3 fatty acid to help these muscles along with the heart muscle..

May you remain Happy and Healthy,

Blessings to you all, Jane, PN

Also, in August, our congregation was one of 33 house of worship in North Carolina that received an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) through Strive to Revive. Strive to Revive is an innovative partnership between Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, the North Carolina Council of Churches, and the American Red Cross. Through this partnership, the Red Cross has distributed these defibrillators (AEDs) and has provided adult CPR/AED training. This gift, valued at $1750, is made possible through funding provided by BCBSNC. On August 7, I represented our congregation at a special luncheon in Durham that launched the Strive to Revive Partnership.

The AED is mounted on the wall in the Parish Nurse Room/Library across from the church office.