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

 
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.
 

First Aid Kits

All old and out of date kits and contents are now replaced with new, more efficient kits. You’ll know where they are by the Red and White First Aid signs placed at each location. This was an all team effort. Thanks to all who volunteered, and to Tim Friday for the detailed inventory!
 

Something New: “MVPC Friends” 

We are looking for people who would like to be a special
friend to one of our church family who live alone and are lonely.  Your person could be a shut-in, or someone who gets out and about but could use some regular communication with a Christian friend who cares. If your heart and your prayers lead you to this caring ministry, please sign the Interest Sheet in the Narthex. With enough interest, we will hold a short meeting in the future with more details. Teens are welcome to become an MVPC Friend, too!
 

CPR TRAINING – FREE

On Tuesday, January 28th Annette Mower, an American Heart Association CPR instructor plans to be holding a training session at MVPC starting at 9AM. She has graciously offered the opportunity to sit in for free to any MVPC folks who would like to review their training. If you wish to be certified and receive a card, the cost will be $70.00. Otherwise, a certificate of attendance will be given. Please sign up, so Annette knows how many mannequins are needed.

Thoughts from your Parish Nurse

The month of January is, among other things, Glaucoma Awareness Month. Have you had your annual eye exam?

In most cases, glaucoma is caused by higher-than-normal pressure inside the eye — a condition called ocular hypertension. Glaucoma is a serious eye condition that can cause blindness. It damages the optic nerve, which carries information from your eyes to the visual center in your brain. This damage can result in permanent vision loss.
The most common type of glaucoma has no early warning signs and can only be detected during a comprehensive eye exam. If undetected and untreated, glaucoma first causes peripheral vision loss and eventually can lead to blindness.
By the time you notice vision loss from glaucoma, it’s too late. The lost vision cannot be restored, and it’s very likely you may experience additional vision loss, even after glaucoma treatment begins.
The only way to protect yourself and your family from vision loss and even blindness from glaucoma is to visit an eye doctor for routine comprehensive eye exams. .Only an optometrist or ophthalmologist is trained to spot the early warning signs of glaucoma and to begin glaucoma treatment before vision loss occurs. During routine eye exams, in order to check for glaucoma, a small instrument is used to measure your intraocular pressure.
The two main types of glaucoma are: Primary open-angle glaucoma – This is the most common type of glaucoma and typically is the type that eye doctors describe to their patients. In primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG), the drainage angle that leads to the trabecular meshwork looks normal, but aqueous fluid exits the eye too slowly.

Angle-closure glaucoma, also called narrow-angle glaucoma is a less common type of glaucoma where the drainage angle is too narrow or begins to close, impeding the normal outflow of aqueous humor. Angle-closure glaucoma can be either chronic (an anatomically narrow angle or temporary episodes of angle closures over time) or acute (the angle narrows or closes suddenly). Acute angle-closure glaucoma — causes sudden, often severe symptoms of blurry vision, halos around lights, eye pain, nausea and vomiting This is a medical emergency. If you experience these symptoms, see or call an eye doctor near you immediately so steps can be taken to reduce your IOP, alleviate symptoms and prevent permanent vision loss.
A type affecting children is Congenital glaucoma – Some children are born with a defect in the drainage angle that prevents the aqueous fluid. from exiting the eye normally. Usually there are obvious symptoms, such as cloudy corneas, light sensitivity and watery eyes.
Glaucoma treatment There are several types of glaucoma treatment, including medicated eye drops, micro-surgery, laser treatments and other eye surgery. Depending on the type, severity and responsiveness of your glaucoma to treatment, your eye doctor may prescribe medical treatment, surgery or a combination of both. It’s important to realize that glaucoma treatments may prevent additional vision loss, but they will not restore vision already lost to the disease.
Be good stewards of your body and health. Commit to preventative health care. Why wait until it may be too late?

 
 

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