Parish Nurse Health Tips for February 26, 2017

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Parish Nurse Health Tips for February 26, 2017

This week we begin our Lenten journey with our Ash Wednesday observance.  The Lenten journey always helps bring me back to a focus on my faith walk.  This past week, I have been so excited to see the sunshine in the sky and the smiles on the faces of our students in Wednesday chapel service as they were recognized for their efforts at LEST.  What a blessing our school mission outreach shows to the Peace family of worshippers.  I also thank all of our Peace family who made blessing cards to send with each of our LEST participants.

A health focus for March also hosts National Poison Prevention awareness, and as Parish Nurse, I would like to touch on ways to POISON-PROOF YOUR HOME to make sure we keep our homes safe for family and friends.

  • Check house and garage for any household products and medicines and keep out of the reach of children.
  • Store medications safely away from all other household products.
  • Always read the label before using any product – keep all products in their original containers!
  • Refer to medicines as medicine; never call it candy.
  • Place “Mr. Yuk” stickers on all household products and medicines.
  • Clean out  your medicine cabinet and safely discard all outdated and unneeded medicines.
  • Have the poison control phone number posted at your phone or on your cell phone list!
  • Keep all household plants out of the reach of infants and toddlers (many plants are poisonous!).

We focus on poison prevention in our words, too: but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison (James 3:8). Think about what you say or do – is it a poison?

Please contact me if I can help you “poison-proof” your life.

Cynthia Rutan, RN, Parish Nurse at Peace Lutheran,

peaceparishnurse@comcast.net