Health Ministry/Parish Nurse

Health Ministry Team Members 

We are excited to introduce the Health Ministry Team Members! Dian Ward, RN, Paula Anderson, Tim Friday, Laura Martin, Tim Martin, and Beverly Norton. 
 

Memory Education and Support Team

The month of November is known as Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. President Ronald Reagan made that designation in 1983 and it is something that is still recognized today. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, at that time there were less than two million people with the disease. Through the years that number has grown to more than five million.
Are you aware that MVPC hosts a Memory Education and Support group that meets on the second Thursday of the month?  The group meets in the Chapel from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.  If you or a family
member are experiencing memory issues or you are a caregiver of a person with memory issues, you are encouraged to attend this group led by Paula Anderson.
 
 

Cancer Support Group

This amazing ministry meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month from 6PM to 7:30PM. The next meeting will be November 19th upstairs in our Esther room.  I am pleased to inform you this meeting plan has been designed and is facilitated by Tim and Willette Friday, MVPC members and both cancer survivors themselves. In this meeting you will find support – emotional, spiritual and experiential.
Are you a cancer survivor? Come lend support and prayers. Are you currently undergoing treatment? Come for the wonderful
understanding and uplifting one can only find supplied by another person with similar experiences. Help yourself and help others.

Thoughts from your Parish Nurse

ONE NEW MEDICINE AT A TIME!!
There may come a time when your physician decides you need a change in medications. You may be prescribed more than one.
There are two things you MUST clarify:
1.) Should you stop the other medication/s you take for the same problem?
2.) WHICH ONE of the new meds does your physician want you to start with FIRST?
 
Yes, not only are you “allowed” to ask the doctor these questions, it is vital to your health that you do. Adding additional medications to ones you already take for a particular problem can cause serious trouble. Even if your current doctor is the one who prescribed the existing medicine, and even if it is listed in your chart, you
need to ask to clarify!
Why only start one new medication at a time? If you start 2 or more new medications at the same time and you have an adverse or allergic reaction after you started those new meds, how will it be determined which one (or ones) are giving you trouble?
In addition, it may end up being costly. Why pay for and start more than one new drug at a time? If you can’t tolerate a medicine, Pharmacies will not let you return it. Nor will they or your insurance company reimburse you!
Learn to be your own medical advocate and a smart consumer at the same time.

Blessings and health,
Launa.
 
 

MVPC AED

What is it? AED stands for Automatic External Defibrillator. If the need for CPR should arise here in church, the AED can be a true lifesaver. It can be more effective than manual chest compressions, as it “shocks” the heart into beating when there is no pulse.
 
Who can use it? Nearly anyone, even if you have not been trained in its proper use. This machine walks you through the procedure in pictures, writing and most importantly, verbally step-by-step.
 
Where is it? There is a white metal box on a side wall in the Narthex, above the cabinets which sit under the stainedglass windows, across from the Serve Counter. This houses the unit. It is marked AED in red letters. If needed, pull open the door and remove the case with bright yellow corners, and the small bag attached to the case.
 
Please make it your business to find the AED and remember where it is. In an emergency, if someone points at you and shouts “You! Get the AED!” You will be able to respond immediately by quickly bringing the life-saving device to them. What an important role to play in helping to save a life!
 
In the love of Christ, and wishing you Blessings and health,
Launa