Sensible Advice from a Nurse in the UK –If You Get Covid-19

By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP By now you are totally well-informed of the signs and symptoms of the COVID-19 virus and what to do when you experience major changes in your respiratory system. These are the people that would be hospital bound and they would be under either acute observation or intensive care management. But what if you have symptoms that are … Continue reading Sensible Advice from a Nurse in the UK –If You Get Covid-19

True Or False – A Personal Story Verifying News on the COVID 19

By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP Did you have fun reading the characteristics of COVID 19 from last week’s posting? Great if you feel you know a little more about this hot topic. This week, I will present to you information that might be floating around that are not evidence-based. Knowing that is not true is just as important as accessing information that … Continue reading True Or False – A Personal Story Verifying News on the COVID 19

True Or False – A Personal Story Verifying News on the COVID 19

By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP I am sure my story is not unique. I know on a daily basis you receive from friends and families updates on the COVID 19 virus, offering advice and health tips. Many links are from reliable sources such as the CDC or renowned Universities. However, there are plenty of quotes from sources that may or may not … Continue reading True Or False – A Personal Story Verifying News on the COVID 19

Surviving the Lockdown – Lessons Learned from Aging Seniors

By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP By now most of us who live in California have a taste of what it is like to be lock-downed in the confines of our home. This virus spares no one – the rich, the poor, the famous, the lonely, the old and the young. For most of us, this is a novel, universal health crisis that … Continue reading Surviving the Lockdown – Lessons Learned from Aging Seniors

Why Exercise Boosts Up Your Immunity

By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP Given that the COVID 19 has visited our country, directives from the health officials are to maintain social isolation. If you are sick, stay home and don’t spread the germs to others. Sick contact contributes to community spread. Now that we are advised to stay indoors, many of us have to give up our gym routine or … Continue reading Why Exercise Boosts Up Your Immunity

How to Take Care of Your Cold Feet?

By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP This week, I am going to devote my message to the seniors because the experience of “cold feet” is quite different between age groups. Younger folks will have “cold feet” when they become indecisive when they face a major life-changing milestone. You probably have heard of having “cold feet” before their wedding. Well, for us, old folks, … Continue reading How to Take Care of Your Cold Feet?

A Healthier You – Savor Small Pleasures

By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP I always wonder if there is a scientific base for being happy and how it affects our body. My curiosity brought me to look up the topic and found these very interesting facts. How does our body react to joy? Without digging into complex research, these few simple sentences positively affirm the value of being happy. The … Continue reading A Healthier You – Savor Small Pleasures

An Everyday Valentine Message – How to Say I Love You

By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP Growing up in a Chinese family, the expression of love was not always verbal; “I love you” had not been uttered explicitly by my parents. Nor was it in their culture or tradition that they would openly praise the children for a job well done. As a matter of fact, the approval came from perhaps a smile, … Continue reading An Everyday Valentine Message – How to Say I Love You

Wealth, Fame and Health: Choose One

By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP It seems like 2020 was ushered in in the blink of our eyes, I just realize this is my second article in 2020.To my dear Salesian Families, I wish you the very BEST in 2020. Following the past tradition, I present to you the first homework from our Provincial Care Ministry. I begin with this simple question: … Continue reading Wealth, Fame and Health: Choose One

Understanding Sleep – The Brain Stem

By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP Last edition we reviewed the role of the hypothalamus ; the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) turns off alerting signals, allowing sleep to occur. Similarly, the ventrolateral preoptic nucleus (VLPO) also can inhibit their activity and turn off the arousal centers, promoting sleep to occur. Today we will go over the function of the brain stem in regulating our … Continue reading Understanding Sleep – The Brain Stem

Understanding Sleep – The Hypothalamus

By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP I have a confession to make; last week, we detailed the anatomy of the brain center that governs sleep. I have a feeling that each structure is pretty novel to you. I, therefore, take the liberty of dissecting each important part of the brain that regulates sleep and try to present the information slowly. To begin with, … Continue reading Understanding Sleep – The Hypothalamus

Understanding Sleep – Anatomy of Sleep

By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP The following is the subsequent of Understanding Sleep from the Mayo Clinic. This piece might be a little more technical. But it is worthwhile to understand the anatomy in the brain that indicts how the brain functions during sleep. This is important because most of us spend one third of our daily life is under this vital … Continue reading Understanding Sleep – Anatomy of Sleep

Understanding Sleep (Part I)

By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP Before the age of technology, i.e. the time when there were no stethoscope, no EKG, no sleep lab, no ultra sound, no X-Ray, no MRI and no CT scan, doctors used their naked eyes to visualize your health, asked pertinent questions to assess your problems and felt your pulses at your wrist to determine your health status. … Continue reading Understanding Sleep (Part I)

What is the Circadian Rhythm? (Final Part)

By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP Impact of Modern Technology The blue light emitted by mobile phones, TVs, and tablets mimics the blue we see in the sky during the daytime. Our bodies have evolved to be awake during the day, so our brains release the hormone cortisol when we see blue-ish light. Cortisol wakes up the brain, making us alert and active. However, if … Continue reading What is the Circadian Rhythm? (Final Part)