Oh, the weather outside is…creating some health problems that I feel warrant a reminder.
Ice: Icy sidewalks and stairs are a FALL waiting to happen (and has happened already to some). Do be very aware of black ice that is very slow to melt away on shady steps and driveways. Wear shoes with good gripping soles, use extreme caution and hold on to hand rails or use a cane or walker. Don’t hesitate to have someone help you carry packages if you are a bit unsteady. I was very pleased that the helpers at Fred Meyer were out helping some folks get their purchases safely to the vehicles and saw one young man rescuing a young mom from a fall while she was juggling a baby and packages and slipped on an icy spot. We can be helping angels, too. Our parking lot is slippery and slanted just enough to be a challenge when icy season is here. Thanks to our helping angels we are preventing falls by lending a hand to folks getting in and out of vehicles coming and leaving worship.
Air quality issues: We are experiencing some intermittent air stagnation issues. Although this clears some with rainy periods, it is still an issue that will be part of our winter time and we need to be mindful of limiting exposure time as much as possible. If you have inhalers, make sure they are with you, because the environment in one area of our county can be totally different in another, and leaving the rescue inhaler at home can really cause breathing issues without warning. Check with your care provider for advice on dealing with this if you are unsure. Things like using the air recirculation setting in your car rather than outside air can help reduce pollution issues. Don’t be too proud to wear a mask if it will help prevent respiratory issues.
Flu season: The health department reports and increase in cases of flu in our area. Since many are out shopping, attending parties, involved in seasonal sports events, etc., our exposure to the virus is greater. Dress warmly, cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, and wash hands every time you might have sneezed or coughed into your hand. Carry a purse size hand sanitizer for times when you aren’t near a sink to wash. Avoid rubbing your eyes after sneezing or coughing to help prevent eye infections that can be very uncomfortable. Wash, wash, wash!
Taking care of our body can sometimes seem like a full time job that cuts into the “fun times”, but it has been given to us as a gift to care for, and we pray that God will be pleased with our efforts!
Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul. 3 John 1:2 (ESV)
Joy to you in this beautiful season of preparing for the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Cynthia Rutan, RN, Parish Nurse at Peace email@example.com