The Parish Nurse is a liaison between the individual and their family, parish, and medical health system, promoting both physical and spiritual health care, and assisting with active health care issues. Care is given to balance faith, knowledge, and skills to help the individual reach an optimum sense of well-being. The Parish Nurse does not provide physical nursing care but instead works to assure that the medical and spiritual needs of parishioners are met through the gifts we each receive from the Holy Spirit. The Parish Nurse functions through the following seven roles: health educator, health counselor, referral agent, health advocate, facilitator of volunteers, developer of support groups, and integrator of faith and healing of mind, body and soul. If you would like to contact the Parish Nurse, please use the information provided below.
Linda M. Walsh, RN, BSN
August is Gastroparesis Awareness Month
What is gastroparesis? It is a condition where the stomach does not normally empty, resulting in poor digestion of foods. Many times, the direct cause is unknown but it may be related to a malfunction of the nerve which regulates the digestive system. This condition is often associated with other medical conditions such as uncontrolled diabetes, gastric surgery, medication usage (narcotics or antidepressants), Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and some connective tissue disorders. Gastroparesis is often a long-term, chronic condition which can be treated but not cured. However, modification of diet and frequency of meals may help. Always follow up with your physician regarding any digestive symptoms you may have to be sure you are getting to the cause of the problem and to prevent serious issues in the future.
Other Healthy Information From Around the Community
Blood products are desperately needed during the summer! Please save a life this weekend! The Knights of Columbus blood drive will be in La Salette hall this Sunday, 8/20 from 8 am – 2 pm. Please donate! You may be saving the life of a friend, neighbor, or parishioner!
Fueling Your Body: Food 101 – a Speaking About Wellness for Healthy Aging presentation will take place on Tuesday, 8/22 at WellStar East Cobb Health Park at 6 pm. Watch a cooking demonstration and learn how to prepare food to keep you healthy, boost energy, and help prevent serious illness. Cost of $10 includes healthy dinner, presentation, and gift. RSVP to 770-956-7827.
Ostomy Support Groups are held monthly by the Greater Atlanta Ostomy Association at WellStar Kennestone. The next one will be Wednesday, 9/6 at the Outpatient Rehabilitation building, 100 Lacy Street. Meetings feature guest speakers, special programs, educational opportunities, and community resources. For more information call 770-793-7171.
Powerful Tools for Caregivers of children with developmental disabilities. – a FREE, six session presentation every Monday starting 8/7 from 1 – 3 pm at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church, 4385 Lower Roswell Road. Space is limited and RSVP required at 770-579-9224, extension 25.
Prostate Cancer Support Group for patients, family members, caregivers and friends. Second Thursday every month from
7 – 8 pm at Kennestone Hospital. Call WellStar Cancer Connect Line for more information at 877-366-6032, choose option 0.