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
Flu or cold? Which one is it?
While both make you miserable, the main difference is the onset and type of symptoms. Colds usually start gradually with nasal congestion or sore throat. They rarely include fever, severe aches/pains, or extreme exhaustion. On the other hand, the flu comes on suddenly, with severe fatigue/exhaustion, aches/pains, and a fever of 100-102°F. Treatment for both is based on symptoms. Prevention for both includes washing hands with soap and water, avoiding contact with others with questionable symptoms, and for the flu, getting an annual flu shot! Each flu shot contains immunization against 3 or 4 different strains of the flu virus. This will lessen your chance of getting or spreading the viruses that are prevalent during the current flu season. Even if you get a flu shot, you may still get the flu. However, the shots tend to decrease the severity and duration of the symptoms. Remember, complications of the flu can be serious and life-threatening, especially to the very young, elderly, or for those with compromised immune systems. Early statistics show that 2017-18 may be a severe flu season, so if you haven’t already received the flu shot, please do before either you or someone you know becomes ill.
Other Healthy Information From Around the Community
Early-onset Dementia and Parkinson’s Spousal Support Group – for those caring for spouses 50+ with dementia, Parkinson’s, or other health related issues. Join us on 12/13 at 5 pm in La Salette Hall as we share insights, helpful tips and resources to provide comfort and encouragement through your caregiving journey. Facilitated by Dawn Reed, Aloha to Senior Solutions. To RSVP call 678-777-7241.
Library program for people with visual or physical impairments – offered by Georgia Libraries of Accessible Statewide Services (GLASS). Georgia residents may receive audible books, large print, braille books, etc. through the mail. For more information including an application form go to www.georgialibraries.org/glass, or call 404-235-7157 or 800-248-6701.