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
Don't Wait - Hydrate!
The human body is approximately 60% water. Adequate fluid intake is essential to remove body waste, control temperature, regulate the heart rate, maintain proper blood pressure, and assure other metabolic functions occur correctly.
Too little (dehydration) or too much water (overhydration) can have dramatic, sometimes life-threatening affects. This is because the concentration of blood and electrolytes changes with the amount of fluid in the body.
Keeping ourselves hydrated is a challenge, especially during the summer. Here are a few tips:
<> Try to drink at least six eight-ounce cups of water per day.
<> Drink fluids throughout the day – always have a bottle of water with you and keep on a schedule (for example, with meals or on the hour)
<> Eat water-rich foods like salads, vegetables, and fruits.
<> Check urine output and color – colorless or light-yellow means adequate hydration; darker yellow means possible dehydration.
<> Avoid caffeinated or alcoholic beverages in extreme heat – these may actually increase fluid loss
<> Add sugar-free flavoring to your water such as a slice of lemon or lime
<> Be proactive and drink fluids before you exercise or work outside and before you actually feel thirsty!
Other Healthy Information From Around The Community
We are counting on you to help save lives this summer! Blood products save lives of the young, the old, the sick, and the injured. Please GIVE THE GIFT OF LIFE at this Sunday’s blood drive in La Salette Hall from 8 am until 2 pm.
Your old eyeglasses may give sight to others! Our La Salette Mission Club collects old, unused eyeglasses to help those in need. Drop off unused eyeglasses at Pastoral Care in the Parish Office.
WellStar is offering FREE screening mammograms if you are over 40, have not had one in over a year, and have no mammogram health insurance coverage. Contact Linda Walsh at x6019 for a free voucher.