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
May is Stroke Awareness Month
Strokes are caused by the lack of blood flow to the brain. This may be due to either a blocked blood vessel or one that has ruptured. Other medical conditions may contribute to strokes such as high blood pressure, blood clots, poor circulation, arrhythmias, atherosclerosis, etc. While most common in older people, strokes may occur at any age. For that reason, it is vital that everyone recognizes the four signs of a stroke. Remember “F.A.S.T.” “F” is for face. Is one side of the face drooping? Ask the person to smile. “A” is for arm. Is one arm not able to raise over head or stay up? Is one hand weaker than the other? “S” is for speech. Is the speech garbled, slurred, incoherent, or not present? Is the wrong word being said? “T” is for time. Do not delay in getting treatment. Some treatment is only available within a few hours of the onset of the stroke. Therefore, it is important to know when the symptoms started. If a stroke is suspected, DO NOT attempt to drive the person to the emergency room. ALWAYS call 911 so that evaluation and treatment may be obtained as quickly as possible. For more information about strokes, go to www.strokeassociation.org.
Other Healthy Information From Around the Community
A Babysitting Workshop will be held on 6/3 from 10a – 3p at WellStar North Fulton Hospital for kids age 11-14 interested in learning how to be a responsible babysitter. Cost: $30. Limited space! Pre-registration required by calling 770-751-2660 or go to www.wellstar.org.
The Chemo Cap and Prayer Blanket Ministries welcome donations of yarn and fleece. If you would like to make a donation of either, please contact the Pastoral Care Office at 770-552-6400 extension 6019. Thank you!